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Alex Killorn and the Lightning wanted to keep the team together, and Tampa Bay made sure hed be part of its long-term future. Adidas Blue Jackets Jerseys .The Lightning on Sunday signed Killorn to a $31.15 million, seven-year contract to avoid arbitration and lock up another important player.Earlier this offseason, Tampa Bay signed captain Steven Stamkos for eight years and $68 million, defenseman Victor Hedman for eight years and $63 million and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for three years and $10.5 million.After a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015 and the Eastern Conference final in 2016, Killorn saw the Stamkos contract and the potential for more postseason success and wanted keep the trend going.When you have your captain, the leader of your team, taking a pretty substantial discount, I think that sets a precedent for everyone else, Killorn said by phone. For me it wasnt just about money. I think the contract was a great contract, but living in Florida, playing on a team that has a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup every year is important.Killorn, who turns 27 in September, will count $4.45 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23 season.He has 53 goals and 85 assists for 138 points in 272 regular-season NHL games. In 47 Stanley Cup playoff games, he has 15 goals and 18 assists.The Halifax, Nova Scotia, natives 33 playoff points are the fourth-most among Canadian-born players over the past three years. That total trails only Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks.Ive been pretty fortunate because when you play on a team that does so well, obviously youre going to be put in those situations, Killorn said. I think playoff hockey kind of suits my style.Winning in the playoffs is what its all about for the Lightning, who needed to keep Killorns cap hit manageable with three other restricted free agents who need contracts: forwards Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov and defenseman Nikita Nesterov.General manager Steve Yzerman said recently that negotiations with Kucherovs camp are ongoing, and Namestnikovs arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 29.If Yzerman can get the other deals done while navigating the salary cap, the Lightning should be one of the favorites to win the Cup next season and for several more years after that.Theres obviously still a couple guys that need to be signed, but it seems like most guys want to be here and want to be a part of this, Killorn said. Everyone really believes in the management and what theyre doing, so were just excited for the future.---Follow Stephen Whyno on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SWhyno . 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BEIJING -- Seeking to dismiss lingering doubts, a top Chinese sports official says the country has committed to a zero-tolerance stance on doping ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Vice Director of the General Administration of Sports Gao Zhidian told the official Xinhua News Agency on Thursday that Olympics-bound athletes and coaches are required to sign pledges not to cheat, saying violators would be severely punished.Gao said athletes, coaches and team doctors must also pass a written exam on banned substances with only those scoring 80 percent or more permitted to go to Rio.China has been firmly against doping and has a zero-tolerance approach to this particular problem, said Gao, who is also deputy chef de mission of Chinas 711- member Olympic delegation. We have made it very clear that we want to ensure fair play and the well-being of athletes.China has sought to shake off a reputation for doping, particularly in ddistance running and swimming that gave rise to multiple scandals in the 1990s. Youth Blue Jackets Jerseys. That resolve was questioned when it emerged that officials waited six months before revealing that champion swimmer Sun Yang served a three-month suspension after testing positive in May 2014.Sun, the gold medalist in the 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics, was named male swimmer of the meet at the world championships in Kazan, Russia, last August.China is sending 416 athletes to Rio, including 35 former Olympic champions. China topped the table at the 2008 Games and won the second largest number of medals in London, including 38 golds.Based on recent performances by Chinese athletes, some studies predict the country could return to the top of the table at Rio with as many as 39 golds. 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