Bolts Sign Depth Defender Matt Corrente

Despite no official release by the organization, the Tampa Bay Lightning have apparently signed defenseman Matt Corrente to a one-year, two-way contract per the player's twitter account and corroborated by capgeek.com. Corrente, a 6'0" 205 lbs right-handed defenseman, is a another depth signing in a recent trend of acquisitions that include

Dalton Smith, Mike Blunden, and Jeff Costello that seems to point to making the Syracuse Crunch a tougher and more punishing team to play.

The Carolina Hurricanes signed Corrente last summer and he spent the entire season playing for team's AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers, leading the team in penalty minutes with 136. Corrente was a 1st round pick in the 2006 draft by the New Jersey Devils and spent 5 seasons in that organization, amassing 34 games with New Jersey and another 163 games with their AHL affiliate Albany Devils.

Corrente will join Jean-Philippe Cote and Joey Mormina in anchoring a veteran presence on the Syracuse blueline that sports a young crop of defensive prospects slated to include Luke Witkowski, Nikita Nesterov, Artem Sergeev, Slater Koekkoek, Dylan Blujus, and Jake Dotchin.

2014 Development Camp - Day 4

I finally had the chance to make it out to the Ice Sports Forum to catch up with some of the attendees and observe a good chunk of the 3v3 action. Following are some brief impressions and takeaways from my time at the rink:

Lightning Re-Sign Andrej Sustr

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, one-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Lightning Add Veteran Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to a one-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Nabokov, 6-foot, 202 pounds, played in 40 games for the New York Islanders last season, posting a 15-14-8 record with four shutouts, a .905 save percentage and a 2.74 goals-against average. He led the Islanders for games played, wins, GAA, save percentage and shutouts.

A native of Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, Nabokov is one of the most established goaltenders in the NHL. He has played in 686 games with the Islanders and the San Jose Sharks. Nabokov posts an all-time record of 350-221-98 with a .912 save percentage, a 2.43 GAA and 59 shutouts. He was a Vezina Trophy finalist as the NHL’s top goaltender in 2007-08. Nabokov has appeared in 86 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting a 42-42 record with seven shutouts, a .908 save percentage and a 2.43 GAA.

Nabokov, 38, was drafted by San Jose in the ninth round, 219th overall, at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft

Bolts Sign Big Center Brian Boyle

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent center Brian Boyle to a three-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Boyle, 6-foot-7, 244 pounds, played in all 82 games with the New York Rangers in 2013-14, recording six goals and 18 points with a plus-1 rating. He was second on New York for hits with 154 and second among forwards with more than 500 draws taken for face-off percentage with 52.9 percent. Boyle also played in all 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Rangers, helping them to the Stanley Cup Final. He recorded three goals and eight points during this year’s postseason.

A native of Hingham, Massachusetts, Boyle has played in 391 career NHL games with the Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings, recording 52 goals and 100 points along with 311 penalty minutes. He has played the previous five seasons in New York.

Boyle was drafted by the Kings in the first round, 26th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played college hockey at Boston College prior to joining the professional ranks.

Prospects Development Camp Starts Wednesday

Here's the two groupings for the Tampa Bay Prospect Development Camp that starts Wednesday, July 3 and continues through the weekend.

Group A
Forwards (8): DiGiacinto, Drouin, Erne, Point, Richard, Salminen, Smith, Vermin
Defense (5): Blujus, Curran, MacLeod, Renouf, Thomas
Goaltending (2): Vasilevsky, Witt

Group B
Forwards (7): Costello, Darcy, Hart, Ikonen, Maclise, O'Donnell, Robinson
Defense (6): DeAngelo, Dotchin, Koekkoek, Masin, Milan
Goaltending (2): Gudlevskis, Wilcox

Bolts Add Mike Blunden to Forward Depth

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed right wing Mike Blunden to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Blunden, 6-foot-4, 216 pounds, played in seven games with the Montreal Canadiens in 2013-14. He spent the majority of the season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League with 18 goals and 37 points. Blunden ranked third on the Bulldogs for points and second for goals.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Blunden has appeared in 102 NHL games with Montreal, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks. He has recorded four goals and eight points during his NHL career, which also includes one playoff game with the Canadiens in 2013. Blunden has played in 379 career AHL games with Hamilton, the Syracuse Crunch, Rockford IceHogs and Norfolk Admirals, posting 83 goals and 187 points.

Blunden was drafted by Chicago in the second round, 43rd overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Lighning Sign D Anton Stralman to 5 Year Contract

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Anton Stralman (STROHL-muhn, AN-tawn) to a five-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announce.

Stralman, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, spent the previous three seasons with the New York Rangers. Last season he recorded a goal and 13 points with a plus-9 in 81 games in New York. Stralman averaged 19:24 in ice time per game in 2013-14 which ranked fourth on the team. His 12 assists and 104 shots on goal were third among all Ranger defensemen. Stralman helped New York to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, playing in 25 postseason contests. He recorded five assists and averaged 21:03 in ice time per game, while his plus-4 rating was second among Ranger blue-liners.

Bolts Resign Syracuse Captain Mike Angelidis

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, 29, skated in 75 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League last season, recording 12 goals and 33 points to go along with 161 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the Crunch for penalty minutes and fifth for points. Angelidis has been captain of the Crunch since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.

The Woodbridge, Ontario native has skated in seven career NHL games, all with the Lightning, posting one goal and five penalty minutes. Angelidis scored his first career NHL goal in his NHL debut on January 24, 2012 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Lightning Extend Qualifying Offers to Six Players

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have issued qualifying offers to six players, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. There were four players who were not qualified.

Players receiving qualifying offers were forwards Brett Connolly, Cody Kunyk, Richard Panik, and Philippe Paradis. Defensemen Dmitry Korobov and Andrej Sustr also received qualifying offers.

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 who did not receive qualifying offers are defensemen Keith Aulie and Charles Landry, forward Geoff Walker and goaltender Anders Lindback. They will all become unrestricted free agents tomorrow.

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