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Lighting Announce a Pair of Organizational Moves

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Cameron Gaunce to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Gaunce, 29, skated in two games with the Lightning during the 2018-19 regular season, posting seven penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating. Gaunce made his Lightning debut on April 1 against the Ottawa Senators, recording seven penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound defenseman has appeared in 34 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Bolts over four seasons, registering two goals and five points to go along with 43 penalty minutes.

The Sudbury, Ontario native also appeared in 59 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2018-19 season, recording 10 goals and 46 points to go along with 65 penalty minutes. He ranked first among all Syracuse defensemen for goals, assists and points. Gaunce also ranked sixth in the AHL among defensemen for assists and tied for seventh for points. He also skated in four Calder Cup Playoff games for Syracuse, posting a pair of assists.

Gaunce has skated in 594 career AHL games with the Cleveland Monsters, Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Penguins, Portland Pirates, Texas Stars and Crunch, collecting 34 goals and 217 points. He helped the Texas Stars win the Calder Cup in 2014, skating in 18 postseason games, recording four assists and a plus-6 rating.

Gaunce was originally drafted by Colorado in the second round, 50th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.

The Lightning have also acquired the Nashville Predators’ seventh-round selection in 2021 in exchange for goaltender Connor Ingram, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Ingram was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round, 88th overall, at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Bolts Sign F Ryan Lohin to Entry-Level Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Ryan Lohin to a two-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Lohin, 22, skated in 33 regular season games during the 2018-19 season with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks, posting 12 goals and 27 points to go along with a plus-7 rating. The Chester, Pennsylvania native led his team for points and was third for goals and assists. He also ranked tied for second with three power-play goals. Lohin served as captain of the River Hawks during the 2018-19 season.

The 6-foot, 192-pound forward played in 110 career games for UMass-Lowell, collecting 33 goals and 81 points to go along with 56 penalty minutes. Lohin posted career highs for games played (44), assists (17) and points (29) during his freshman season with the River Hawks.

Lohin was originally drafted by the Bolts in the seventh round, 208th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Bolts Sign Undrafted Free Agent Out of Rimouski

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Jimmy Huntington to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced.

Huntington, 6-foot-1, 193 pounds, has played in 60 games this season with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, recording career highs of 38 goals and 83 points, along with 13 power-play goals and four game-winners. He ranks fifth in the QMJHL for goals and is sixth for points, while pacing the Oceanic for goals and ranking second for points.

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Huntington has played in 284 career QMJHL games with Rimouski, the Victoriaville Tigres and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, registering 67 goals and 179 points. He has skated in 22 career playoff games, all with Victoriaville, and scored four goals with 11 points.

Huntington was originally undrafted.

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Lightning Extend Conacher; Place Him on Waivers

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Cory Conacher to a one-year, one-way contract for the 2019-20 season worth $700,000 AAV, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Conacher, 28, has skated in one game with the Lightning this season, the Bolts’ 2-1 shootout victory against the Florida Panthers on opening night. He appeared in 36 games with the Lightning during the 2017-18 season, notching eight goals and 12 points to go along with 24 penalty minutes. The Burlington, Ontario native also played in 18 games with the Crunch last season, recording seven goals and 15 points.

The 5-foot-8, 182-pound forward has skated in 189 NHL games, posting 28 goals and 74 points to go along with 114 penalty minutes. Conacher’s eight goals last season were the most he’s notched since the 2012-13 season when he recorded 11 while splitting time between the Lightning and Ottawa Senators. Conacher has also skated in 240 AHL games, registering 91 goals and 228 points.

Conacher was undrafted out of Canisius College and was originally signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay on July 5, 2011.

Note: According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, the Lighting placed Conacher on waivers today although he was at practice today which means a reassignment to Syracuse (AHL) might not be imminent.

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