The Lightning are in search of a new ECHL affiliate this week after the club was forced to cut ties with the Florida Everblades after a 5-year relationship.
The ECHL voted to have only single NHL affiliations with their 28 clubs, and with both the Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes sharing the Everblades, one had to go. The decision was easy for Florida since Carolina Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos also owns the Everblades.
The Tampa Bay Lightning confirmed the move by removing the Everblades from the affiliation section of its website.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
McGinn, 24, skated in 51 games in the NHL last season, splitting time between the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes, posting two goals and seven points. The Fergus, Ontario native began the 2014-15 season with the Sharks, appearing in 33 games and recorded a goal and five points. After being traded to the Coyotes, McGinn recorded one goal and two points in 18 games.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov and defenseman Luke Witkowski to one-year, two-way contracts, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Namestnikov, 22, skated in 43 games with the Lightning during the 2014-15 regular season, posting nine goals and 16 points to go along with 13 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 182-pound forward set career highs for games played, goals, assists (seven) and points (16) during the regular season. Namestnikov scored his first career NHL goal on October 13 against the Montreal Canadiens last season. He appeared in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2015, recording one assist.
The Zhukovskiy, Russia native played in 34 games with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2014-15 season, registering 14 goals and 35 points. Namestnikov represented the Crunch at the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic. He has played in 134 career AHL games, all with Syracuse over the past two seasons, recording 40 goals and 104 points.
Namestnikov was selected by the Lightning in the first round, 27th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.
Witkowski, 25, played in 16 games with the Lightning during the 2014-15 season, recording 15 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound defenseman made his NHL debut on January 20 against the Vancouver Canucks last season. Witkowski landed 37 hits and blocked 20 shots in his 16 games with the Bolts.
The Holland, Michigan native skated in 50 games with the Crunch last season, collecting two goals and eight points to go along with 91 penalty minutes. Witkowski ranked tied for seventh on the Crunch for penalty minutes. He also skated in three Calder Cup Playoff games with Syracuse in 2015, posting one assist and four penalty minutes. Witkowski has appeared in 129 career AHL games, all with the Crunch over the past three seasons, tallying four goals and 20 points to go along with 299 penalty minutes.
Witkowski was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 160th overall, at the 2008 NHL Draft.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Philippe Paradis to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Paradis, 24, skated in 34 games with the Crunch during the 2014-15 season, posting eight goals and 15 points to go along with 49 penalty minutes. He ranked fifth on Syracuse with a +10 rating. Paradis missed the final three months of the season due to injury which he suffered in early February. Despite missing the final portion of the season, Paradis recorded a career-best eight goals in 2014-15.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Jeff Tambellini to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Tambellini, 31, has skated in 242 career NHL games over six seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks, recording 27 goals and 63 points. The Calgary, Alberta native played his last NHL season with the Canucks during the 2010-11 campaign, posting career highs for goals (eight), points (17), plus/minus (+10) and shots on goal (114).
TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Matt Taormina to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. It is his second stint with the Lightning.
Taormina, 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, played 76 games with the Worchester Sharks of the American Hockey League last season, notching 11 goals and 38 points. He led all Sharks defensemen for goals and points. Taormina’s 11 goals were also a career high in the AHL. He has played in 308 career AHL games with Worchester, Syracuse Crunch, Binghamton Senators, Lowell Devils and Albany River Rats. He has registered 42 goals and 159 points.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent right wing Erik Condra to a three-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Condra, 6-foot, 190 pounds, played in 68 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, recording nine goals, a career high, and 23 points. He also set a career high with a plus-13 rating and ranked third among Ottawa forwards. Condra was the Senators’ most-used forward on the penalty kill, averaging 2:13 per game in 2014-15. He was also tied for the lead among team forwards for blocked shots with 53. Condra played in six Stanley Cup Playoff games with Ottawa and recorded one goal.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Mike Angelidis to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Angelidis, 30, skated in three games with Tampa Bay last season, recording 12 penalty minutes. He also played in 64 games for the Syracuse Crunch in 2014-15, recording 20 goals and 38 points while serving as the team’s captain. Angelidis ranked third on the Crunch for both goals and points, while leading the team with 138 penalty minutes. He has been captain of the Crunch since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
Earlier today, the Lightning's AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch announced the signing of minor league veteran defenseman Joey Mormina had re-signed a one-year contract with the Crunch.
The Canadian Hockey League Import Draft got underway today, with two rounds slated for all Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Western Hockey League teams.
New Lightning prospect Jonne Tammela was selected by OHL Peterborough in first round, 15th overall. The Lightning's fourth round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft will take his tenacity and skill to the OHL, joining fellow import Dominik Masin and newly selected Matt Spencer with the Petes. Tammela played in the SM-Liiga in Finland against men for a good portion of last season, where teenagers are normally used as checking liners. Moving to Ontario with the Petes will give him scoring line opportunities to further his offensive game, which he said he models after Chicago's Patrick Kane.
AHL Syracuse could be in the cards for Tammela after this coming season because he was drafted out of Finland and not the CHL. There is no AHL age restriction in that case. Technically, Masin could play in Syracuse this season because he was drafted out of the Czech Republic before coming to Peterborough last season. Each CHL team is allowed to dress two import players, and with Russian Artem Vladimirov returning home to the MHL, that opens up a spot for Tammela. It also indicates the Petes are expecting Masin to return to Ontario, since they passed on their second Import Draft selection.
Masin suffered significant facial injuries last winter and had surgery to repair an orbital bone. He is observing Lightning Development Camp this week. Tammela is participating in the camp.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a two-year, one-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Sustr, 24, played in 72 games with the Lightning this past season, recording 13 assists and 34 penalty minutes. The Plzen, Czech Republic native set career highs for games played, assists, plus/minus (+10) and penalty minutes. Sustr also appeared in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Lightning, registering one goal and two points. He scored his first career postseason goal in Game 2 against the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs.
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound defenseman has skated in 117 career NHL games, all with the Bolts over the past three seasons, collecting one goal and 21 points. Sustr ranked fourth on the Lightning for blocked shots with 84 during the 2014-15 season. He also set the Lightning franchise record for best plus/minus (+7) in a playoff series in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Red Wings.
Sustr was originally signed by the Lightning as a free agent out of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on March 21, 2013