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Lightning Add Depth with Three Minor League Signings

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltenders Scott Wedgewood and Spencer Martin, as well as forward Chris Mueller, to one-year, two-way contracts, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Tampa Brings Back Witkowski

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Luke Witkowski to a two-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Witkowski, 29, skated in 34 games with the Detroit Red Wings last season, collecting two assists and 23 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound defenseman has spent the past two seasons with the Red Wings, appearing in 65 games over that stretch while posting a goal and six points.

The Holland, Michigan native started his NHL career with the Lightning when he was drafted by the Bolts in the sixth round, 160th overall, at the 2008 NHL Draft. Witkowski has appeared in 54 career games with Tampa Bay, posting four assists. He has skated in 218 career American Hockey League games, all with the Syracuse Crunch over five seasons and served as the captain of the Crunch during the 2016-17 season.

Bolts Ink D Luke Schenn to One Year Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Luke Schenn to a one-year contract worth $700,000, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Schenn, 6-foot-2, 221 pounds, skated in 26 games with the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks in 2018-19, recording two assists. He was traded from Anaheim to Vancouver in January. Schenn also played in 22 games for the San Diego Gulls and seven with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.

A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Schenn has played in 734 career NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Arizona Coyotes, Ducks and Canucks, recording 30 goals, 145 points and 545 penalty minutes.

Schenn, 29, was drafted by Toronto in the first round, fifth overall, of the 2008 NHL Draft.

Lightning Sign G Curtis McElhinney to Two-Year Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a two-year contract worth an AAV of $1.3-million, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

McElhinney, 36, appeared in 33 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, posting a 20-11-2 record to go along with a 2.58 goals-against average and .912 save percentage with two shutouts. He set career highs for games played, wins and saves (1,978) during the 2018-19 season. The London, Ontario native also played in five Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2019, winning three games with a 2.01 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.

The 6-foot-2, 203-pound goaltender has played in 219 career NHL games over 13 seasons with the Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Phoenix Coyotes, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, registering a record of 82-82-15 to go along with a 2.81 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. McElhinney was previously acquired by the Lightning on February 24, 2011 from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Dan Ellis. He was then claimed off waivers four days later by the Ottawa Senators.

McElhinney was originally drafted by the Flames in the sixth round, 176th overall, at the 2002 NHL Draft.

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