TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Matt Gilroy to a one-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Gilroy, 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, played in 58 games with the New York Rangers last season, recording three goals and 11 points with one game-winning goal. He also had a career-best plus-5 rating in just his second NHL season. Gilroy also made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in 2011, recording his first career NHL playoff goal in his first game, April 13 against Washington.
A native of North Bellmore, New York, Gilroy has played in 127 career NHL games with the Rangers, recording four goals and 15 points. In 2009-10, his rookie season, he notched career highs with four goals and 11 assists in 69 games. That season he tied for sixth in the NHL among rookie defensemen in goals, seventh in blocked shots (77) and ninth in points.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent right wing J.T. Wyman (WIGH-muhn) to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Wyman, 6-foot-2, 199 pounds, played in 80 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League last season, recording 18 goals and 36 points. He was fourth on the Bulldogs for goals and fifth for points. He set career highs for goals and penalty minutes with 36. Wyman has played in 216 career AHL games, all with Hamilton, recording 41 goals and 85 points. He has also skated in 45 career Calder Cup Playoff games, notching four goals and 13 points. Wyman has played in three career NHL games, all with the Montreal Canadiens.
TAMPA, Fla. â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have signed free agent right wing Michel Ouellet (wuh-LEHT) to a one-year, two-way contract today, Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. The forward also played for the Lightning during the 2007-08 season.
Ouellet, 6-foot, 203 pounds, has spent the previous two seasons in Europe. Last year he played in 39 games for the Hamburg Freezers of the German Elite League, notching 11 goals and 28 points. He ranked fourth on the team in points and was also tied for third for assists and fourth for goals. In 2009-10, Ouellet skated for Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss Elite League, recording a goal and five points in 11 games.
A native of Rimouski, Quebec, Ouellet has played in 190 career NHL games with the Lightning, Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks. During that time he has amassed 52 goals, 27 power-play goals and 116 points. Ouellet played in 64 games with Tampa Bay during the 2007-08 season, registering 17 goals and 36 points, both the second-highest totals of his career. That season he led the Bolts in plus/minus rating with a plus-11 and was fourth in goals. Ouellet has played in five Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with Pittsburgh in 2007, notching two assists. Ouellet was originally drafted by the Penguins in the fourth round (124th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed right wing Brett Connolly to a standard three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Connolly, 6-foot-2, 181 pounds, spent last season with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League, recording 46 goals, 27 assists and 73 points in 59 games played. He set WHL career-highs for goals and points while also ranking third among all WHL goal-scorers. His 15 power-play goals ranked 12th.
A native of Campbell River, British Colombia, Connolly has spent each of the past four seasons with Prince George of the WHL. Throughout his career he has amassed 86 goals and 152 points in 144 WHL games. He has also appeared in five career postseason games, registering two points.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent goaltender Mathieu Garon (gah-ROHN, MA-tyew) to a two-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Garon, 6-foot-1, 206 pounds, played in 36 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season, posting a 10-14-6 record with a 2.72 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. He also recorded three shutouts. Garon led the Blue Jackets in goals-against average and was tied for the lead in save-percentage and shutouts. His three shutouts were the second-highest of his career.
A native of Chandler, Quebec, Garon has appeared in 275 NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings and Montreal Canadiens. He has posted a 116-106-25 career record with a .904 save percentage and 2.82 goals against average. Garon has posted double-digit wins in each of the previous two seasons with a save percentage above .900 as well as a goals-against average below 3.00 in each of the previous three. He has played in two Stanley Cup Playoff games, both in relief roles.