Bolts Sign Free Agent Winger Antti Miettinen to Two-Year Deal
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to terms with free agent forward Antti Miettinen to a two-year, one-way contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Miettinen, 6-foot-0, 190 pounds, appeared in 20 games with Ak-Bars Kazan of Russiaâ€™s Kontinental Hockey League this season, recording two goals and eight points. He last appeared in an NHL game as a member of the Minnesota Wild during the 2010-11 season when he registered 16 goals and 35 points in 73 games played. He also tied for the team lead that year in power-play goals with eight and game-winning goals with four.
A native of Hameenlinna, Finland, Miettinen has skated in 472 career NHL games with the Wild and Dallas Stars. He has amassed 89 goals and 212 points throughout his NHL career. His best season came in 2008-09 when he recorded 15 goals and a career-high 29 assists for a career-best total of 44 points. The following season, in 2009-10, he put up a career-high goal total of 20 to finish fourth on the team in that category. In addition, he has played in 24 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with Dallas, notching two goals and five points with 10 penalty minutes.
Miettinen has also represented Finland in international competition multiple times throughout his career. He has suited up for his native county on six occasions to participate in the IIHFâ€™s annual World Championships tournament, registering eight goals and 23 points in 45 games. He was named to Team Finlandâ€™s Olympic roster in 2006, and most recently, in 2010, when he helped his squad bring home a bronze medal.
Miettinen was original drafted by the Stars in the seventh round, 224th overall, at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.