The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed left winger Ondrej Palat to a $26.5 million, five-year deal Friday.
Palat will count $5.3 million against the salary cap over the length of the contract, which was announced by general manager Steve Yzerman.
Palat was a restricted free agent who had filed for salary arbitration. The sides settled on this deal before a hearing was needed.
The 26-year-old had 17 goals and 35 assists for 52 points in 75 games last season. In 307 NHL games, the Czech native has 74 goals and 144 assists for 218 points and is considered one of…