TSN is reporting that veteran Vancouver Canucks defenseman Sami Salo has signed a two-year, $7.5M contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. While the Lightning have yet to issue an official press release, Tampa Tribune beat writer Erik Erlendsson tweeted that GM Steve Yzerman confirmed the signing via text message.
The 38-year-old blueliner has size and one of the hardest point shots in the NHL, but chronic injuries have diminished Salo's effectiveness in recent years. For the Bolts, who sported one of the leagues worst power plays last season, Salo could be an important acquisition for the team despite his injury history and limited contribution five-on-five.
Salo has scored 93 goals and added 212 assists spanning 761 career games in the NHL mostly with the Vancouver Canucks organization.
UPDATE: The Lightning made the signing official with an announcement Sunday night.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Artem Sergeev to a three-year entry level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Sergeev, 19, played in 46 games with the Val-dâ€™Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, recording seven goals and 20 points to go along with 46 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the Foreurs defense in power play goals with four and was second in goals. Sergeev also appeared in three playoff games with Val-dâ€™Or, posting nine penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-1, 205 pound defenseman represented Russia at the IIHF World Junior Championships in Calgary, Alberta last year, registering one goal, two points and 12 penalty minutes. He captured the Silver Medal with Russia, losing to Sweden in overtime in the Gold Medal game.
The Moska, Russia native has skated in 110 career games in the QMJHL with the Foreurs, collecting 12 goals and 47 points to go along with 86 penalty minutes. Sergeev has also appeared in seven career postseason games, recording one assist and nine penalty minutes.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, one-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Pouliot was acquired from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Michel Ouellet and their fifth round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on June 23.
Pouliot, 25, played in 74 games with the Boston Bruins last season, collecting 16 goals and 32 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes. The Alfred, Ontario native set career highs in goals and points last season. Pouliot ranked third on Boston in game-winning goals with five and eighth in goals and plus/minus (+16). He also skated in seven playoff games with the Bruins, posting a goal and two points.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Evan Oberg to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. That leaves just goaltenders Anders Lindback and Jaroslav Janus as the team's only remaining unsigned restricted free agents. Recently acquired forward Benoit Pouliot also remains unsigned, but was not qualified by the team and now has unrestricted free agent status. Pouliot is expected to sign with the Lightning amid multiple reports from team and agent indicating that deal would be done.
Oberg, 24, played in three games with the Lightning last season, recording a plus-2 rating. He was acquired by the Lightning with Mike Kostka from the Florida Panthers on December 2 in exchange for James Wright and Mike Vernace. He made his Lightning debut on January 24 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Oberg has skated in seven career NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks and Lightning.
(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Keith Aulie to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Aulie, 6-foot-6, 217 pounds, played in 19 games with the Lightning last season, collecting one assist and 13 penalty minutes. He recorded his first point with the Bolts, an assist, on March 29 at New Jersey. Aulie appeared in three regular season games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, notching two assists and six penalty minutes. He won the Calder Cup with the Admirals, skating in 18 playoff games, recording a goal and six points to go along with 10 penalty minutes.
(Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Brian Lee to a two-year, one-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Lee, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, played in 20 games with Tampa Bay after being acquired from the Ottawa Senators on February 26 in exchange for defenseman Matt Gilroy. Following his Bolts debut on February 28 he went on to record eight assists and 17 shots on goal while averaging 17:05 in ice time. In 2011-12, with both the Tampa Bay and Ottawa, he combined for career-highs in games played with 55, assists with 15 and points with 16.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Brendan Mikkelson to a one-year, one-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Mikkelson, 25, played in 41 games with the Lightning last season, collecting one goal and three points to go along with 13 penalty minutes. He scored his first career NHL goal on March 17 against the St. Louis Blues. Mikkelson recorded his first points (two assists) with the Lightning on February 16 versus the San Jose Sharks. He was acquired by Tampa Bay from the Calgary Flames on January 6 in exchange for Blair Jones.
The 6-foot-3, 206 pound, defenseman has played in 127 career NHL games with the Lightning, Flames and Anaheim Ducks, recording one goal, eight assists and 53 penalty minutes. Mikkelson made his NHL debut as a member of the Ducks on January 2, 2009 against Philadelphia.
The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they had extended qualifying offers to five of their eight pending restricted free agents. Defensemen Keith Aulie, Brian Lee, Brendan Mikkelson, and Evan Oberg along with goaltender Jaroslav Janus received the required offers to guarantee the Bolts retain exclusive rights to these players. It is expected that Tampa will come to terms with contract extensions with these five players sometime during the summer.
Recently required goaltender Anders Lindback received a qualifying offer from the Nashville Predators prior to his trade to the Lightning last week.
Defenseman Sebastien Piche and forward Benoit Pouliot were not tendered qualifying offers, and will be unrestricted free agents on July 1. Pouliot was acquired Saturday from the Boston Bruins during the 2012 NHL Draft, and is expected to sign an extension with the Bolts prior to start of the NHL free agency signing period on Sunday. Pouliot has arbitration rights as a pending restricted free agent, and the Lightning's decision not to qualify Pouliot is speculated as a means to circumvent Pouliot electing player arbitration later this summer.
Piche was acquired from the Detroit Red Wings in the Kyle Quincey/First Round Pick trade. The Red Wings needed a spot in their 50-man roster and Piche was sent to Tampa Bay. He was one of the leaders for the ECHL Florida Everblades as they won the Kelly Cup. The writing was on the wall for Piche's future when the third year pro was not recalled to Norfolk following the conclusion of Florida's season.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Mike Angelidis to a one-year, two-way contract, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Angelidis, 26, played in six games with the Lightning last season, recording one goal and five penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward scored his first career goal in his NHL debut with the Lightning on January 24 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Woodbridge, Ontario native also played in 54 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League this past season, posting 14 goals and 27 points to go along with 135 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the club in penalty minutes and tied for eighth in goals. The Admirals captain helped lead Norfolk to its first Calder Cup Championship in 2012. Angelidis recorded one goal and six points in 18 games during the Calder Cup playoffs.
Angelidis has played in 369 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Albany River Rats, collecting 76 goals and 150 points, to go along with 760 penalty minutes. He has also skated in 40 career Calder Cup Playoff Games, collecting three goals and 14 points.
(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forwards Adam Hall and JT Wyman (pictured) to contracts, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Hallâ€™s contract is a one-year, one-way deal, while Wyman signed a one-year, two-way contract.
â€œIâ€™m happy and excited to be returning to the Lightning for the upcoming season,â€ Hall said. â€œThe expectations for this year are understandably high, and I look forward to contributing where I can to help the team return to the playoffs with the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.â€