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Bolts Re-Sign AHL Goal and Point Leader to One-Year Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Carter Verhaeghe to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Verhaeghe, 23, played in 76 games with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2018-19 season, recording 34 goals and 82 points to go along with 34 penalty minutes and a plus-26 rating. The Toronto, Ontario native led the Crunch for points and assists (48) last season, while also pacing the AHL for goals and points. He was also one of two players to appear in all 76 games last season (Cal Foote). Verhaeghe also skated in four Calder Cup Playoff games in 2019, notching a goal and six points.

The 6-foot-1, 181-pound forward has skated in 211 career AHL games with the Crunch, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Toronto Marlies over five seasons, recording 73 goals and 175 points. Verhaeghe set career highs for games played, goals, assists and points during the 2018-19 season.

Verhaeghe was acquired by the Lightning from the New York Islanders in exchange for goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis on July 1, 2017.

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.

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