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Lightning Sign Saint John Scoring Star

Cory Conacher's reign as the Lightning's newest prospect lasted a day.

On Friday the Tampa Bay Lightning announced the signing of free agent forward Danick Gauthier of the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Gauthier, 6-foot-2, 201 pounds, has played in 59 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, recording 41 goals and 72 points, to go along with a plus-35 rating. He ranks second in the QMJHL in goals and is tied for 12th in points. Gauthier has recorded four hat-tricks this season and also leads the Sea Dogs with 11 power-play goals.

The Repentigny, Quebec, native has skated in 212 career games in the QMJHL with the Sea Dogs and Shawinigan Cataractes, posting 70 goals and 132 points, to go along with 219 penalty minutes. Gauthier was a member of the 2009-10 Sea Dogs team that won the Memorial Cup.

Jerome Berube of HockeyProspect.com called Gauthier a late bloomer and pointed out he only started playing in the league at age 18. HockeyProspects had Gauthier graded as a possible third round choice in the 2010 NHL draft.

"Good size with nice offensive upside," Berube said of Gauthier. "He will stick up for his teammates."

Gauthier, who camped with the Phoenix Coyotes last year after working out twice a day to further his chances at a professional career, has the potential to fill a void left by the departure of Carter Ashton to Toronto in a trade deadline day deal this week. The Lightning have a nice crop of skill forwards in the pipeline, but not many with grit and size.

Gauthier is eligible to join the Norfolk Admirals when the Sea Dogs are finished playing, but the defending Memorial Cup champs have an impressive roster and are highly likely to be one of the two teams from the Q in the Memorial Cup tournament in May.

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Conacher the Newest Bolt Prospect

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Cory Conacher to a two-year, two-way contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Conacher, 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, has played in 57 games with the Norfolk Admirals this season, recording 30 goals, 13 power-play goals, 26 power-play points and 64 points. He leads the Admirals in goals, power-play goals, power-play points, points, and ranks second for assists with 34. Conacher is also tied for the AHL lead for PPGs, is second for goals and is tied for third in points. He was recently selected as a starter for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, where he had two goals and three points.

A native of Burlington, Ontario, Conacher has played in 64 career AHL games with Norfolk, the Milwaukee Admirals and the Rochester Americans, notching 34 goals and 70 points. He has played in seven career Calder Cup Playoff Games.

Conacher, an undrafted free agent, played four years at Canisus College prior to joining the professional ranks. He is the school’s all-time leader in goals with 62, game-winning goals with 12 and points with 147. He signed a one-year, AHL contract with the Admirals on July 5, 2011.

NHL Game Night: 2-28-12 Canadiens at Lightning

Opportunistic Lightning beat Habs, flu virus.

MTL-1
TB-2

Mathieu Garon was stellar in stopping 23 of 24 for the victory.

First Period
TB Stamkos (44), (Purcell, St. Louis), 8:42
MTL Desharnais (13), (unassisted), 16:02

Second Period
TB Hall (2), (Malone, Wyman), 0:28

Third Period
NO SCORING

Garon, Adam Hall, and Eric Brewer were the game's three stars.

Granted, Montreal's abysmal right now, but with all the new pieces and the wholesale call-ups because half the team had the flu, this game could've very easily gotten out of hand the other way. Games are played on ice, not on paper, though, and the Lightning continue to tease us enough to hold our interest. The team moved to within 5 points of 8th place, which is now held by Washington as the Caps hopped Winnipeg with a win tonight. There's still a lot of head-to-head games against teams directly in front of the Lightning. Hope springs.

Trevor Smith had 1 blocked shot in 14:41.

J.T. Wyman had an assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 16:19.

Evan Oberg had 3 shots and 1 hit in 16:44.

Mike Angelidis had 1 shot in 5:19.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had a fight and 2 hits in 4:37.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Yzerman Continues Blueline Makeover; Acquires Brian Lee from Ottawa

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Brian Lee from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Matt Gilroy today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Lee, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, has played in 167 career NHL games, all with the Senators. He has amassed five goals and 28 points after making his NHL debut during the 2007-08 season. In 2008-09 he ranked sixth among all rookie NHL defensemen in points with 13 and shots with 51. Lee also ranked ninth among rookie blue liners in average ice time with 18:53. He also played a career high of 53 games that season.

A native of Moorhead, Minnesota, Lee has played in 123 career AHL games with the Binghamton Senators, recording eight goals and 52 points. He played NCAA hockey for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, playing in 82 games in two seasons. He was named to the WCHA all-rookie team in 2005-06. Lee also represented the United States at the World Junior Championships on two occasions.

Lee was drafted by the Senators in the first round, ninth overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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