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Monday, June 9, 2014
Ondrej Palat gets 3-year contract

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have locked up the other half of their talented rookie duo, signing left wing Ondrej Palat to a three-year contract, the team announced Monday.

Ondrej Palat
Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat finished second among NHL rookies with 59 points and 23 goals this season.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that it was for a total of $10 million -- with $2.8 million in 2014-15, $3.2 million in 2015-16 and $4 million in the final season.

The Lightning had signed rookie center Tyler Johnson to the same three-year contract on May 23.

Palat and Johnson -- as well as Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche -- are finalists for the Calder Trophy, given to the league's top rookie.

Palat had 23 goals -- just one behind Johnson's rookie team-record -- and had 36 assists this past season. He finished plus-32 for the season.