Crunch Ink Shalagin to 1 Year AHL Deal; Exercises Option on Valleau

SYRACUSE, N.Y. ­­– The Syracuse Crunch have signed forward Mikhail Shalagin to a one-year AHL contract, general manager Stacy Roest announced today. The team has also picked up the one-year option on defenseman Nolan Valleau.

Shalagin, 19, skated in 43 games with the MHK Spartak Moskva of the MHL last season tallying 75 points (48g, 27a) with a plus-31 rating, earning MHL MVP honors. His 48 goals set a new league record for the most in one season. The 6-foot-4, 185 pound forward also appeared in four games with the Moscow Spartak of the KHL and seven with the Khimik Voskresensk of the VHL tallying two goals.

Shalagin was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the seventh round, 198th overall, at the 2019 NHL Draft.

Valleau, 26, skated in 68 games with the Crunch last season earning three goals and 17 assists along with a plus-20 rating. He also played in seven games with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL posting four points (2g, 2a).

Bolts Add Size Up Front; Sign Maroon to 1 Year Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Pat Maroon to a one-year contract worth $900,000, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

“We’re very pleased to add Pat to our organization today,” BriseBois said. “He brings size and physicality to our group as well as significant playoff experience. We expect Pat’s to be a great addition to the roster.”

Maroon, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, won the Stanley Cup last season as a member of his hometown St. Louis Blues. He skated in 74 regular season games with the Blues, recording 10 goals and 28 points to go along with 64 penalty minutes. Maroon also played in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games, registering three goals and seven points while winning his first Stanley Cup.

The St. Louis native has played in 449 career NHL games with the Blues, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils notching 88 goals and 206 points. He has skated in 73 career playoff games, recording 16 goals and 34 points

Maroon is reunited with his former junior coach Jon Cooper, where the two worked together with the St. Louis Bandits of the NAHL during the 2006-07 season and won the Robertson Cup. He was named to the NAHL First All-Star Team.

Maroon was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round, 161st overall, of the 2007 NHL Draft.

Bolts Ship Adam Erne to Detroit

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a 2020 fourth-round draft pick from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Adam Erne, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Lightning Sign Shattenkirk to One-Year Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a one-year contract worth $1.75-million, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Shattenkirk, 30, skated in 73 games for the New York Rangers last season, posting a pair of goals and 28 points to go along with 20 penalty minutes. The New Rochelle, New York native ranked tied for first among Rangers defensemen for assists with 26 and was second for points.

The 6-foot, 206-pound defenseman has appeared in 609 career NHL games over nine seasons with the Rangers, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche, posting 75 goals and 349 points to go along with 368 penalty minutes. Shattenkirk represented the Blues at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. He scored eight power-play goals during the 2016-17 season, ranking tied for second in that category among all NHL defensemen. Shattenkirk has also skated in 60 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, notching five goals and 34 points.

Shattenkirk was originally drafted by the Avalanche in the first round, 14th overall, at the 2007 NHL Draft.

Tampa Bay Makes Move for Cap Relief

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Mike Condon and a 2020 sixth-round draft pick from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Ryan Callahan and the Lightning’s fifth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Condon, 29, has played in 129 career NHL games over the past four seasons with the Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, posting a record of 45-58-17 to go along with a 2.79 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound goaltender set career highs for games played (55) and wins (21) during his first season in the league in 2015-16 while with the Canadiens. Condon recorded five shutouts and a 19-14-6 record with Ottawa during the 2016-17 season.

The Holliston, Massachusetts native appeared in two games with Ottawa last season, missing the majority of the year with a hip injury. Condon also made one appearance for the Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League in 2018-19.

Condon went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by Montreal on May 8, 2013.

Bolts Lock Up Vezina Winner for Eight Years

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to an eight-year contract worth an AAV of $9.5-million, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

“I’m very excited to sign this extension with the Lightning today,” Vasilevskiy said. “I’d like to thank the entire organization, including Mr. Vinik, Julien BriseBois and the great Bolts fans, for making this such a great place to play and live for me and my family.”

“The Lightning are very proud to extend Andrei for another eight years today,” BriseBois said. “Since joining the organization Andrei has shown unmatched work ethic and professionalism both on and off the ice. We look forward to him continuing his career in Tampa Bay for the foreseeable future.”

Vasilevskiy, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, played in 53 games for the Lightning last season, posting a 39-10-4 record to go along with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. He set career highs for goals-against average and save percentage en route to becoming Tampa Bay’s first Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goaltender. Vasilevskiy led the NHL for wins, was ninth for goals-against average, tied for sixth for save percentage and tied for fourth for shutouts with six. He was selected to represent the Lightning at the NHL All-Star Game for the second time in 2019.

The Tyumen, Russia native has played in 208 career NHL games, all with the Lightning, posting a 124-59-15 record with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage with 18 shutouts. He is Tampa Bay’s all-time leader for saves with 5,819 and shutouts. Vasilevskiy has also skated in 33 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with a 15-15 record, including a 2.83 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.

Vasilevskiy, 25, joined Team Russia for the 2019 IIHF World Championships this summer and helped backstop the team to the Bronze Medal. He led all tournament goaltenders for save percentage with .946, tied for the lead with two shutouts and was second for goals-against average with 1.60.

Tampa Bay drafted Vasilevskiy in the first round, 19th overall, of the 2012 NHL Draft

Tampa Bay Extends Prospect Blueliner Dominik Masin

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Dominik Masin to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Masin, 23, skated in 69 games with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2018-19 season, posting two goals and 12 points to go along with a plus-36 rating. He led the Crunch and ranked tied for second in the American Hockey League for plus/minus. The 6-foot-2, 198-pound defenseman also appeared in four playoff games in 2019.

The Mastec Kralove, Czech Republic native has played in 214 career AHL games, all with the Crunch over the past four seasons, notching 14 goals and 42 points. Masin set career highs for goals (nine), assists (15) and points (24) during the 2017-18 season. He was originally drafted by the Bolts in the second round, 35th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft.

Bolts Re-Sign Defensive Prospect Ben Thomas

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Ben Thomas to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Thomas, 23, played in 67 games with the Crunch last season, recording two goals and 16 points to go along with 24 penalty minutes. The Calgary, Alberta native set a career high with a plus-18 rating and netted his first career shorthanded goal during the 2018-19 season.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound defenseman has skated in 218 career AHL games, all with Syracuse over the past four seasons, registering 10 goals and 63 points to go along with 112 penalty minutes. Thomas has also appeared in 29 career Calder Cup playoff games, posting five goals and 13 points. He was originally drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round, 119th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft.

Lightning Make Martel Extension Official

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Danick Martel to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Martel, 5-foot-8, 176 pounds, played in nine games with the Lightning last season, recording two assists. He also skated in four games for Tampa Bay’s top affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, and recorded one assist. Martel was claimed off waivers by the Bolts from the Philadelphia Flyers on September 22, 2018.

The Drummondville, Quebec native has played in 13 career NHL games between the Lightning and the Flyers, recording two assists. He has also appeared in 203 career AHL games with the Crunch and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, notching 68 goals and 121 points with a plus-19 rating. Martel has also skated in 18 career Calder Cup Playoff games, all with the Phantoms, and registered five goals with nine points.

Martel, 24, was originally undrafted and was signed by Philadelphia as a free agent on March 10, 2015.

Bolts Sign Gemel Smith to One Year, Two-Way Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Gemel (juh-MEHL) Smith to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced.

Smith, 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, played in 17 games last season with the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins, recording two goals and three points. He also played in 47 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, notching 16 goals and 40 points. Smith also skated in two Calder Cup Playoff games. He was claimed off waivers by Boston from Dallas on December 6, 2018.

The Toronto, Ontario native has played in 80 career NHL games with the Stars and Bruins, registering 11 goals and 20 points. He established career highs of six goals and 11 points in 46 games with Dallas during the 2017-18 season. Smith has played in 233 career AHL games with the Bruins and Texas Stars, amassing 51 goals and 126 points. He has also played in five career Calder Cup Playoff games.

Smith, 25, was selected by Dallas in the fourth round, 13th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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