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Lightning Sign Richardson

The Tampa Bay Lightning [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1408]have signed veteran defenseman Luke Richardson to a one-year $500,000 deal.[/url] Barring perhaps the trade of veteran netminder Sean Burke, Richardson appears to be the final piece in the Lightning's offseason makeover. The 37 year old blueliner has played 1,312 regular season games in his long NHL career. Last year he appeared in 65 games between Columbus and Toronto notching 1 goal and 10 points and logging 16:40 a game in ice time.

Where are we on the Salary Issue(s).

Just checked out TSN for the current salary status of the Bolts after the Feds signing. Using 450k for those listed as undisclosed including Janik at 475k if he along with Alexeev, Delmore and Karlsson bring the Bolts to just under the 40mil number. That leaves Dmitry Afanasenkov, Evgeni Artyukhin, Ryan Craig, and Cory Sarich to be signed with the remaining 4mil. This assumes the team uses Burke as the backup, who chews up 1.6mil of cap space. He has a no trade contract so any trade will need to be negotiated. My guess is they buyout the contract and send him home which would save about 400k which they can use to ink Johan Holmqvist who they would prefer to be their backup at this time. I don't know if Johan would play for the 450k or would he accept a two way contract? There could be an eligibility issue with the two way contract, Pete do you know?

Lightning Sign Doug Janik

The Springfield Falcons are reporting the Lightning have signed former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Doug Janik to a two-way contract. Janik scored Buffalo's first goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Carolina and logged more than 16 minutes of ice time. The Falcons Press release, quoting Tampa GM Jay Feaster, stated:

Fedotenko Signs

TSN is reporting the Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed Ruslan Fedotenko to a one year contract worth $1.65 million to avoid arbitration. Fedotenko had a career-high 26 goals last season playing mainly with Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal.

Norm Milley Re-signed

Sportsnet.ca reported earlier this morning that left winger Norm Milley re-signed with the Lightning. The Springfield Falcons have since confirmed the signing. The deal was reported as a 1 year, 2-way contract at the league minimum of $450k. Milley had two goals and three points in 14 games with Tampa last year. His abscence from the Falcons during that time was felt in Springfield as the AHL club struggled without his leadership and on-ice presence. With the Falcons, Milley had 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points in 53 games. "We are very excited to have Norm Milley under contract for the upcoming season," Tampa GM Jay Feaster said. "During the 2005-06 campaign Norm demonstrated that he is more than capable of playing in the NHL and is knocking on the door of being a regular. He needs to train as never before this summer so that he comes into camp in the best shape of his life to really give himself a legitimate chance to make our hockey team." Feaster credited Assistant GM Claude Loiselle for the "systematic manner in which he has gone about getting so many valuable depth players signed already this off-season."
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