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Namestnikov, Witkowski Sign One-Year Contracts

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.

Lightning Ink Winger Erik Condra

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.

Mike Angelidis Agrees to One-Year with Lightning

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.

Sustr Signs Two-Year Deal with Bolts

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

Lightning Part Ways with Mark Barberio, Qualify Others

The Tampa Bay Lightning have issued qualifying offers to five players, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Receiving qualifying offers were forward Carter Ashton, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Philippe Paradis along with defensemen Andrej Sustr and Luke Witkowski

The deadline for NHL clubs to issue offers is today. By issuing qualifying offers to the aforementioned players, the Lightning are given the right of the first refusal or draft choice compensation should the player sign an offer sheet with another NHL club.

Players not receiving a qualifying offer include forwards Cody Kunyk, Dalton Smith, and Danick Gauthier along with defensemen Mark Barberio and Daniel Milan. These five players are now unrestricted free agents.

Lightning Sign Harvard Prospect Brian Hart; Extend Marchessault

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Jonathan Marchessault to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2015-16 season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Additionally, the team signed forward Brian Hart to a three-year, two-way NHL contract.

Marchessault, 24, played in two Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning this past postseason. He also appeared in two games with the Bolts during the 2014-15 regular season, recording one goal. Marchessault scored his first career NHL goal on April 11, 2015 in the Lightning’s regular season finale against the Boston Bruins. The Cap-Rouge, Quebec native also played in 68 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch last season, ranking sixth in the league for assists with 43.

Hart, 21, skated in 37 games with the Harvard Crimson during the 2014-15 season, recording seven goals and 17 points. The Cumberland, Maine native ranked sixth on the Crimson for goals and tied for seventh for points. Hart has skated in 98 career games with Harvard over three seasons, recording 18 goals and 50 points

6th Round, 180th Overall, LW Bokondji Imama

Name: Bokondji Imama
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6'1" 214 lbs.
Weight: 214 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Club: Saint John (QMJHL)

Baie-Comeau (QMJHL), 36 GP, 10-9-19, +4, 89 PIM
Saint John (QMJHL), 23 GP, 3-6-9, -2, 48 PIM

Sixth Round, 153rd Overall, G Kristian Oldham

Name: Kristian Oldham
Position: Goaltender
Catches: Left
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Club: Omaha (USHL)

Omaha (USHL), 33 GP, 21-6-5, 1 SO, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%

Fifth Round, 150th Overall, D Ryan Zuhlsdorf

Name: Ryan Zuhlsdorf
Position: Defenseman
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 188 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Club: Sioux City (USHL)

Fourth Round, 120th Overall, RW Mathieu Joseph

Name: Mathieu Joseph
Position: Right Wing
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 166 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Club: Saint John (QMJHL)

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