The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Paul Ranger  to a three-year contract, Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster announced. Ranger, 22, appeared in 72 games for the Lightning in 2006-07, recording four goals, 24 assists and 42 penalty minutes. He ranked third among Lightning defensemen in goals and points.
â€œPaul Ranger is a very good young hockey player who should only continue to develop and get better,â€ Feaster said. â€œHe has played some important minutes for us over the past two seasons and we expect he will be called on even more in the upcoming campaign. Now that he has become a regular NHL player, we look forward to him continuing to develop all aspects of his game, including contributing more to the team's offense. We are thrilled to have him under contract for the next three years.â€
Ranger, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Whitby, Ontario, made his debut with the Lightning in 2005-06, recording a goal, 17 assists and 58 penalty minutes in 76 games. In five Stanley Cup Playoff games that season he recorded two goals and six points, ranking second on the team in scoring.
Chosen by the Lightning in the sixth round, 183rd overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Ranger played a season with Springfield of the American Hockey League in 2004-05, recording three goals, eight assists and 46 penalty minutes in 69 games. He played one game for the Falcons in 2004-05, recording a goal and two assists, before being recalled by the Lightning. Before turning pro, Ranger played four seasons with Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League, tallying 22 goals and 91 points in 224 games. He ranked first on the Generals in goals, assists and points by a defenseman in 2002-03 and 2003-04.