Reports have been emerging the last 12 hours or so that the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent depth forward Trevor Smith to a one-year, two-way league-minimum contract. Club officials have confirmed that a contract has not been signed, but indicators point that an official announcement may be near.
[ed. Lightning confirmed the free agent signing on 7/5/2011]
Smith, an undrafted winger out of the University of New Hampshire, was signed as a free agent in 2007 by the New Islanders and spent three productive seasons mainly with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. During the 2008-09 season, Smith scored his first and only NHL goal for the Islanders during a 7 games stint in New York. In 2010, the Anaheim Ducks signed Smith as a free agent and spent half the season playing for the AHL Syracuse Crunch before being acquired on January 4th by the Colubus Blue Jackets organization and finishing the season for the AHL Springfield Falcons.
In 292 career AHL games, Smith has tallied 92 goals and added 100 assists. If signed by the Bolts, Smith would project to provide the Norfolk Admirals with top-line veteran forward talent, and provide a depth call-up option for the Lightning.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Richard Petiot (PEH-tee-awt, RIH-chuhrd) to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Petiot, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, appeared in 66 games with the Oklahoma City Barons last season, recording 15 assists. He was tied for the team lead with a plus-14 rating and tied for fifth among defensemen for assists. Petiot is a veteran of 308 AHL games with Manchester, Toronto, Norfolk, Rockford and Oklahoma City, registering 18 goals and 89 points. He has also skated in 19 career Calder Cup Playoff games, including six with the Barons last season, recording one goal.
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.