TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Mike McKenna from the Florida Panthers in exchange for goaltender Adam Wilcox, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
McKenna, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, has played in 26 games with the Springfield Thunderbirds this season, recording a 9-10-7 record with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage with one shutout. He has appeared in 415 career AHL games with Springfield, the Portland Pirates, Peoria Rivermen, Binghamton Senators, Albany Devils, Lowell Devils, Norfolk Admirals, Milwaukee Admirals and Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights. McKenna has amassed a 201-158-18 record, a 2.70 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage with 26 shutouts.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, McKenna has played in 22 career NHL games with the Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets and Arizona Coyotes. He made his NHL debut with Tampa Bay on February 3, 2009 at the New York Islanders in a relief effort.
McKenna, 33, was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the sixth round, 172nd overall, of the 2002 NHL Draft.
Players receiving qualifying offers were defensemen Lukas Krajicek, Matt Smaby, Matt Lashoff and Mike Lundin; forwards Martins Karsums, Blair Jones, Radek Smolenak and Lauri Tukonen; and goaltender Karri Ramo. Both Smolenak and Ramo have signed contracts to play in the KHL next season.
Has a good-sized frame (6-2, 190 pounds) for the goaltending position, a positive attitude and a lot of perseverance. Owns an ideal demeanor for a backup netminder.
Has too many holes in his game to be considered a regular puck-stopper at the National Hockey League level. Has never been able to carry over his minor-league success to the NHL.
Journeyman depth goaltender.
|1999-2000||Springfield Jr. Blues||NAHL||16||3.28||-||||
|2000-2001||Springfield Jr. Blues||NAHL||48||-||-||||
|2001-2002||St. Lawrence Univ.||NCAA||20||3.16||.898||||
|2002-2003||St. Lawrence Univ.||NCAA||15||3.48||.902||||
|2003-2004||St. Lawrence Univ.||NCAA||27||2.44||.917||||
|2004-2005||St. Lawrence Univ.||NCAA||35||2.73||.908||||
|2005-2006||Las Vegas Wranglers||ECHL||25||2.13||.923|||||Playoffs||4||3.12||.905|
|2006-2007||Las Vegas Wranglers||ECHL||38||2.21||.927|||||Playoffs||6||2.51||.913|
|Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights||AHL||2||3.74||.889||||
|2008-2009||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||15||3.56||.887||||
|2010-2011||New Jersey Devils||NHL||2||3.05||.893||||
|2013-2014||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||4||3.01||.904||||
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