Victor Hedman signs eight-year contract extension

Defenseman Victor Hedman has signed an eight-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team announced Friday.

The deal is worth $7.875 million per season.

"Victor has matured into one of the top defensemen in the NHL and coming off the recent re-signing of our captain, Steven Stamkos, we've secured another extremely important member of our team," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "I'm very appreciative of both Victor and [agent] Peter Wallen's efforts to reach an agreement with us at this time."

Hedman tweeted about the extension Friday.

Hedman had 10 goals and 37 assists for the Lightning last season, his seventh in the NHL. The 25-year-old has 49 goals and 180 assists in 470 career NHL games.

The Lightning drafted Hedman with the No. 2 overall pick in 2009.