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Bolts Re-Sign Mark Barberio to 1-Year Contract

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

Barberio, 23, skated in two games with the Lightning during the 2012-13 season, recording one shot on goal. He made his NHL debut on April 9 against the Ottawa Senators at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Barberio also skated in 73 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, collecting eight goals and 42 points to go along with 44 penalty minutes. He ranked tied for third in the AHL among defensemen for assists with 34 and ranked sixth for points. Of his eight goals last season, five were recorded while on the power play. Barberio also played in 18 games during the Calder Cup playoffs with Syracuse, notching three goals and 15 points with 18 penalty minutes. He led all defensemen for points, and was tied for first in both goals and assists during the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman has skated in 215 career AHL games with the Crunch and Norfolk Admirals, posting 30 goals and 134 points with 111 penalty minutes. During the 2011-12 season, while playing for the Admirals, Barberio won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s top defenseman. He was also part of the Admirals team that won the Calder Cup, registering two goals and nine points in 18 games during the playoffs.

Barberio was drafted by the Lightning in the sixth round, 152nd overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Lightning Re-Sign J.T. Brown to 1-Year Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward J.T. Brown to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Brown, 23, skated in 51 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League last season, recording 10 goals and 28 points to go along with 27 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound forward ranked ninth on the Crunch for points and was 10th for goals. He also skated in 18 Calder Cup playoff games with Syracuse, registering four goals and nine points to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

Brown made his NHL debut with the Lightning on March 31, 2012 against the Winnipeg Jets at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. He recorded his first NHL point (assist) on April 7 at Winnipeg. Brown also skated in six games for the United States at the 2012 World Championships held in Finland and Sweden.

The High Point, North Carolina native skated in 81 career games with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs during the previous two seasons, collecting 40 goals and 84 points to go along with 109 penalty minutes. In 2011, Brown was a member of the Bulldogs team that captured the NCAA Frozen Four Championship, being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Brown was originally signed by the Lightning as a free agent on March 28, 2012.

Roster Predictions for Tampa Bay, Syracuse

The following are projections for this fall’s Tampa Bay and Syracuse rosters. Projections are merely educated guesses based on history, talent, basic line composition, contract statuses, and information that’s been made available. All members of Tampa Bay's organizational roster are accounted for, as are AHL contracts. These projections are assuming no one is acquired/released, and is obviously for entertainment purposes only. They are also projections for Game 1 in October, not Game 41 or 82. Things will be much different then.

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Kucherov Leads Team Stamkos to Tournament Title

Team Stamkos won the Lightning’s 3-on-3 tournament today at the club’s development camp with a 1-0 win over Team Hedman. Rookie pro Nikita Kucherov had the lone goal for Team Stamkos, which gave him 15 points for the tournament – second only to Cedric Paquette. The club released the final tournament statistics shortly after Kucherov, Saku Salminen, Artem Sergeev, Brian Hart, and Andrey Vasilevskiy were done skating the championship trophy around the ice.

Final Standings:

Team Hedman 4-1
Team Brewer 3-1-1
Team Salo 3-2
Team St. Louis 1-3-1
Team Stamkos 1-3-1
Team Malone 1-3-1

Final Statistics

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