O'Brien Inks Two-Year Deal with Bolts

The Tampa Bay Lightning issued a press release today reporting that the team has re-signed defenseman Shane O'Brien to a two-year deal. The deal is reported to pay O'Brien $2M over the next 2 years, with $875k coming this season and $1.125M due the following. O'Brien's NHL salary last season paid $495k.

O'Brien, acquired at the trade deadline along with a 2007 3rd round pick for goaltending prospect Gerald Coleman and Tampa's 2007 1st round selection, quickly adapted to the Lightning system and established himself capable of playing second pair minutes.

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"Shane O'Brien has already demonstrated to us, in a very short period of time, that he is going to be a perfect fit in our system,” Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster said. “He skates incredibly well, gets the puck to our forwards in transition, and he has great grit. He is everything we want in a hockey player and we are extremely pleased to have him signed for the next two years. We expect great things from Shane."

Restricted free agents Paul Ranger, Doug Janik, Karl Stewart and Ryan Craig still remain unsigned from the 2006-2007 roster. It has been reported that Feaster is having difficulties coming to terms with potential unrestricted free agent Eric Perrin.

It has been reported that Tampa will allow unrestricted free agents Ruslan Fedotenko, Cory Sarich, Luke Richardson, and Nolan Pratt to enter the July 1 free agent market.