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Bolts Ink Veteran Goalie Michael Leighton to a One-Year Two-Way Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Leighton, 36, appeared in four games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, compiling a record of 2-2-0 to go along with a 3.43 goals-against average and .870 save percentage. The 6-foot-3, 186-pound goaltender has played in 110 career NHL games, posting a record of 37-43-4 with 10 ties, to go along with a 2.98 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. Leighton has also appeared in 16 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, registering a 8-4 record to go along with a 2.54 goals-against average and .912 save percentage. He started for the Flyers during the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, losing to Chicago in six games.

The Petrolia, Ontario native also played in 23 games with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League during the 2016-17 season, posting a record of 11-7-3 to go along with 2.17 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. Leighton has appeared in 318 career AHL games over 10 seasons, compiling a record of 157-120-32 to go along with a 2.41 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. He’s also played in 16 career Calder Cup Playoff games, posting a record of 7-8 to go along with a 1.79 goals-against average and .947 save percentage.

Leighton was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth round, 165th overall, at the 1999 NHL Draft.

Tampa Bay Signs Dan Girardi to Two-Year Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Dan Girardi to a two-year contract worth an average of $3 million, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Girardi, 6-foot-1, 212 pounds, has played in 788 career NHL games, all with the New York Rangers from 2006 through 2017. He has registered 46 goals, 230 points and 13 power-play goals with a plus-54 rating for his career. During the 2010-11 season, Girardi led the entire NHL for blocked shots with 236. He has ranked in the Top 10 in the league for blocked shots during six of the previous eight seasons overall. Girardi ranked fourth in the league for average ice time during the 2011-12 season with 26:14. After serving as interim alternate captain of the Rangers on a few occasions, he was given the honor permanently for the 2014-15 season.

The Welland, Ontario native has skated in 122 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording six goals and 33 points with 36 penalty minutes. He played in 25 games in 2014, helping the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final, notching a goal and seven points. Girardi immediately becomes Tampa Bay’s most experienced playoff performer, ahead of Braydon Coburn who has appeared in 115 Stanley Cup Playoff contests.

Girardi played in 63 games with the Rangers last season, notching four goals and 15 points with a plus-8 rating. He led the team in blocked shots with 166, was fifth for hits with 107 and ranked tied for fifth for game-winning goals with three. Girardi also played in 12 playoff games in 2017, notching two assists.

The 33-year-old was originally undrafted, signing with the Rangers as a free agent.

Lightning Sign Oleg Sosunov to Entry Level Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Oleg Sosunov to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Sosunov,19, skated in 32 games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, registering 79 penalty minutes last season. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound defenseman also appeared in eight games with the Lokomotiv junior team, recording 12 penalty minutes. Sosunov played in five postseason games with Lokomotiv Jr., registering three assists.

The Ryazan, Russia native has skated in 47 career games with Lokomotiv Jr. over two seasons, collecting four goals and 12 points. Sosunov has also appeared in 35 games with Lokomotiv over the past two seasons, including one playoff game in 2017.

Sosunov was originally selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 178th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft.

Bolts Sign Volkov to Entry Level Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Alex Volkov to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Volkov, 19, skated in 16 games with SKA St. Petersburg in the MHL, the Russia Junior League, last season, posting six goals and 11 points to go along with 12 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound forward also appeared in 15 games with Neva St. Petersburg, scoring three goals and four penalty minutes.

The Moscow, Russia native has played in 128 career games with SKA St. Petersburg over four seasons, registering 33 goals and 61 points to go along with 88 penalty minutes. During the 2014-15 season, he helped his club win their first ever Kharlamov Cup, posting a goal and two points during the playoffs.

Volkov was selected in the second round, 48th overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft. He’s currently attending the Lightning’s development camp at the Ice Sports Forum, which will be held through Saturday, July 1.

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