The Tampa Tribune is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed center Chris Gratton to a one-year, $1.25M contract. With the number of off-season acquisitions made by the Lightning's new ownership group, there was much speculation that Gratton would not be returning. However, a serious knee injury to center Jeff Halpern at the World Championships increased the liklihood of Gratton's return.
â€œWe are extremely excited to have Chris back in the fold for next season,â€ vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said. â€œHe is a true professional that fits in perfectly with our plan to be a tough team to play against. We look forward to having a healthy Chris Gratton on the ice next season.â€
With the Gratton signing, the Lightning currently have 16 forwards on one-way contracts.