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Bolts Deal Bergeron to 'Canes; Re-Acquire Adam Hall

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Adam Hall and a seventh-round pick in 2013 from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Hall, 32, has played in 26 games this season with the Hurricanes and Lightning, collecting four assists and 23 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound forward was claimed off waivers by Carolina on March 16, 2013 from Tampa Bay. In 20 games with the Lightning this season, Hall posted four assists and a plus-three rating.

The Kalamazoo, Michigan native has skated in 591 career NHL games with the Lightning, Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and Nashville Predators, recording 65 goals and 147 points to go along with 259 penalty minutes. Hall has appeared in 233 games as a member of the Lightning over four seasons, collecting 14 goals and 39 points.

Hall was originally drafted by Nashville in the second round, 52nd overall, of the 1999 NHL Draft.

Lightning Extends Crombeen Two More Years

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to terms with forward B.J. Crombeen on a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

“We are pleased to have B.J. with the Lightning organization for another two years,” Yzerman said. “He has proven to be a hard-nosed right winger and reliable penalty killer, as well as a very popular teammate of outstanding character.”

Crombeen, 27, has skated in 30 games with the Lightning this season, recording a goal and seven points to go along with 86 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating. He ranks first on the Lightning and fifth in the National Hockey League in penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound forward scored his first goal in a Lightning uniform on March 5 against the Devils in New Jersey.

“I am very thankful to the organization for giving me the opportunity to re-sign for two more years," Crombeen said. "I am very excited to move forward with the group we have and chase a spot in the playoffs."

Bolts Reassign Tyrell to Syracuse; Recall Angelidis to Tampa

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Mike Angelidis from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Additionally, the Lightning have reassigned forward Dana Tyrell to the Crunch.

Angelidis, 27, has skated in 64 games with the Crunch this season, recording 10 goals and 21 points to go along with 142 penalty minutes. He ranks second on the team behind Radko Gudas in penalty minutes. The current Crunch captain also ranks tied for first on the Crunch with two shorthanded goals.

Last season, Angelidis scored his first career NHL goal in his NHL debut on January 24 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The 6-foot-1, 212-pound forward skated in six games with the Lightning last season and collected a goal and five penalty minutes.

Lightning Sign Defenseman Luke Witkowski

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Luke Witkowski to a two-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Witkowski, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, appeared in 38 games as a captain with the Western Michigan University Broncos in 2012-13, recording two goals and 10 points to go along with 46 penalty minutes while being named Second-Team All-CCHA. He led the Broncos with 53 blocked shots and ranked second for penalty minutes. Witkowski also added two power-play tallies.

A native of Holland, Michigan, Witkowski played in 152 games during his four-year career at Western Michigan. He accumulated seven goals and 38 points with 235 penalty minutes. He won the 2010-11 Bill Saunders Plus/Minus Award for finishing with the Broncos’ best plus/minus rating at plus-13.

Prior to attending Western Michigan, Wikowski played for the Fargo Force and the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets of the USHL. He amassed nine goals and 26 assists in two USHL seasons. Witkowski was named to the 2009 USHL All-Star Team.

Witkowski was drafted by the Lightning in the sixth round, 160th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Since being drafted he has attended four Lightning Development Camps.

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