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: [i]"Doug Janik is an experienced defenseman who, we believe, is truly knocking on the door of playing full-time in the NHL as demonstrated by his strong play during the Eastern Conference Finals this past season,” Feaster said. “He is a high character player who fits well within our team-first philosophy. This signing provides us with some much-needed depth at a very critical position, and we expect Doug to challenge for a spot on our roster at Camp." [/i] [i]Janik, a 6-foot-2, 209-pound native of Agawam, Massachusetts, scored his first career NHL goal for Buffalo in Game 7 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals and played five games with the Sabres during the postseason. Janik, 26, has appeared in 10 career NHL games and has a plus-1 rating and 21 penalty minutes. He played his first NHL game against the Lightning on March 14, 2003 at Buffalo and had a plus-1 rating with one shot on goal.[/i] [i]During the 2005-06 regular season he compiled five goals and 24 points in 71 games for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. He also led the team in plus/minus rating with a plus-8 and in penalty minutes with 161. He netted two power play goals along with his first professional shorthanded goal.[/i]

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I guess with the free agent market being what it is, Feaster doesn't have the money to sign true veteran bottom pair d-men, but I personally like this signing. I've only seen him in that particular game-7 which you had mentioned, so there isn't too much for me to judge him with. Nonetheless, he could still turn out to be a quiet surprise for at least Springfield.

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