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.

Tampa Deals Nate Thompson to Anaheim for Picks

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired fourth and seventh-round draft picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Nate Thompson, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Thompson played in 305 games with the Lightning after being claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay on January 21, 2010. During his career with the Lightning he registered 36 goals and 75 points. He has played in 22 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with Tampa Bay in 2011 and 2014, and recorded a goal with four points. Thompson has played in 391 career NHL games with the Lightning, New York Islanders and Boston Bruins. He has registered 39 goals and 85 points with 199 penalty minutes.

Lightning Send Gagner, Crombeen to Arizona for 2015 6th Round Pick

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a sixth-round pick at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Sam Gagner and B.J. Crombeen, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

The Lightning acquired Gagner this evening from the Edmonton Oilers. Crombeen played in 99 games with Tampa Bay during two seasons, recording four goals and 18 points with 191 penalty minutes.

Reports have surfaced that the Lightning are retaining one-third of Gagner's salary as part of the deal.

Bolts Trade Teddy Purcell to Edmonton for Sam Gagner

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded forward Teddy Purcell to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Sam Gagner, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced tonight.

Gagner, 5-foot-11, 202 pounds, has played in 481 career games with Edmonton, recording 101 goals and 295 points. He was drafted first overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Purcell, 6-foot-3, 203 pounds, has played in 310 games with the Lightning since being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on March 3, 2010. During his career in Tampa Bay he accumulated 67 goals and 203 points. Purcell also played in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Bolts, recording seven goals and 18 points.

2014 Draft: 7th Round, 185th Overall

Name: Cameron Darcy
Position: Center
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 192 lbs
Club: Cape Breton QMJHL

Strengths:
Well seasoned overage prospect has taken the long route through North American junior hockey on the way to being drafted. Darcy's stops include playing with the Dexter School in Massachussetts prep hockey, the USNTDP, Northeastern University, the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL, and Cape Breton of the QMJHL. Along the way, he won a U18 WJC Gold Medal with Team USA. This year, he led the Screaming Eagles in scoring and plays a balanced all-around game. Plays a pro-style, north-south, shoot-first style of hockey. Above average hands in tight.

Weaknesses:
Needs to improve his skating and his upper body strength.

Projection:
Checking liner and minor league depth.

Comparable:
Alex Killorn Lite

2014 Draft: 6th Round, 170th Overall

Name: Cristiano DiGiacinto
Position: Left Wing
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 186 lbs
Club: Windsor (OHL)

Strengths:
Mean, agitating winger gets under his opponent's skin. Has some ability to pass and shoot the puck, but his primary task is to get the other team off their game. Classic lower line checker is at his best when the other team is trying to strangle him.

Weaknesses:
Late bloomer struggled to be picked up by a junior team until this past season. Below average skater, particularly in terms of his acceleration.

Projection:
Fourth line agitator

Comparable:
Zac Rinaldo

2014 Draft: 4th Round, 119th Overall

Name: Ben Thomas
Position: Defense
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190 lbs
Club: Calgary (WHL)

Strengths:
Assertive, aggressive player at both ends of the ice. Strong upper body with a high compete level. Excellent puck handler with the much coveted righty shot who loves to jump in the play. Loves to jump in the play, but responsible enough not to get caught for odd man rushes the other way. High compete level.

Weaknesses:
Poor backward skater with mediocre lateral agility compounded by poor reads and hockey sense in the defensive third.

Projection: #5 defenseman

Comparisons: Cody Franson

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