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Lightning’s Hedman off to KHL

Victor Hedman

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), of Sweden, celebrates with teammates after his goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


The agent for Tampa Bay blueliner Victor Hedman says his client has agreed to terms with KHL outfit Barys Astana.

Peter Wallen -- a Stockholm-based Octagon agent that also represents Gabriel Landeskog and Patrick Berglund -- confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times that Hedman will be off to Kazakhstan to join a Barys team that’s been agressive in its pursuit of players with NHL experience.

The team has already secured the services of one locked-out NHLer (Winnipeg’s Nik Antropov) and a slew ex-NHLers: Nigel Dawes, Dustin Boyd, Brandon Bochenski and Andrew Hutchinson.

Hedman is coming off a frustrating 2011-12 campaign that saw him miss 21 games to various aliments, including a concussion that cost him over a month of action.

Just prior to suffering the concussion, Hedman signed a five-year, $20 million extension with the Lightning, one that will keep him in Tampa Bay until 2017.