The Tampa Bay Lightning have tweeted that forward Ted Purcell has agreed to a two-year, $4.725M contract, avoiding a scheduled arbitration hearing earlier today. The 25 year old winger, who enjoyed a breakout season last year with the Lightning, will be an unrestricted free agent at the expiration of the two-year deal. Purcell tallied 17 goals and 51 points during 81 regular season games, but was major part of the Lightning's 2010-11 post season success by scoring 6 goals and 11 assists in 18 playoff games.
From the Lightning's official press release:
"We were happy to get Teddy signed this morning for the next two seasons,â€ Yzerman said. â€œHe had a good year in 2010-11, his first full season in the NHL, and we look forward to seeing him continue to grow as a contributor for the Tampa Bay Lightning.â€
â€œI would like to thank Steve and the rest of the organization for this opportunity,â€ Purcell said. â€œIâ€™m looking forward to being part of this team for the next two years and beyond as we try and build on last yearâ€™s success.â€
The undrafted Purcell was acquired by the Lightning from the Los Angeles Kings at the 2010 trade deadline with a third round pick in exchange for center Jeff Halpern. With today's signing, the rosters for both the Lightning and their AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals appears to be secured for the start of the 2011-12 season.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to terms with restricted free agent Steven Stamkos on a five-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
â€œSteven is extremely important to this franchise and is part of the foundation of our hockey team,â€ Yzerman said. â€œWe are very pleased to have him signed and look forward to seeing him in a Lightning uniform for years to come.â€
â€œI am excited we were able to reach an agreement today,â€ Stamkos said. â€œThis was obviously very important to me and I appreciate Mr. Vinik and Steve Yzerman for all their work in the transformation of the franchise as we move forward. There is no place Iâ€™d rather be than as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.â€
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Scott Jackson to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Jackson, 6-foot-3, 219 pounds, played in 68 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League last season, recording a goal and five points with a plus-13 rating. He was tied for sixth among all Norfolk defensemen for plus/minus and also served as alternate captain for road games from December 17 until the end of the season. Jackson also made his professional playoffs debut with the Admirals, skating in six games during the Calder Cup Playoffs.
A native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Jackson has played in 174 career AHL games, all with Norfolk, registering two goals and 24 points with a career plus-18 rating. In 2009-10 he set career highs with 72 games played, 14 assists and 15 points. Jackson has also played in one career NHL game, April 11, 2010 at Florida, with the Lightning.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent right wing Ryan Shannon to a one-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Shannon, 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, played in 79 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, recording 11 goals, five power-play goals and 27 points while averaging 12:55 in ice time per game. He established career highs for games played, goals, assists, points, plus/minus (+3), power-play goals, shorthanded goals (1) shots on goal (118) and tied his personal best with one game-winning goal. Shannon was tied for fifth among Senators forwards for points and fourth for assists as well as leading all Ottawa skaters with more than 25 games played in plus/minus.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed left wing Alexandre Picard to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Picard, 6-foot-2, 206 pounds, played in 59 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League last season, recording 24 goals and 46 points. He led the Rampage in goals and power-play goals with 11, while ranking third for points. Picard has played in 309 career AHL games with San Antonio as well as the Syracuse Crunch, accumulating 105 goals and 207 points with 557 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 19 career Calder Cup Playoff games, notching three goals and four points. Picard has also played in 67 career NHL games, registering two points.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed center Tom Pyatt to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Pyatt, 5-foot-11, 186 pounds, played in 61 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season, recording two goals and seven points with 65 shots on goal. He averaged 10:38 in ice time per game. Pyatt ranked fourth among Canadiens forwards for blocked shots with 34 and won 50 percentage of draws taken (55-110). He also played in all seven Montreal playoff games in 2011. Pyatt has played in 101 career NHL games with the Canadiens during the past two seasons. He has recorded four goals and 12 points in his career with 19 penalty minutes. He played his first NHL game on November 5, 2009 at Boston. Pyatt also played in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games with two goals and four points, averaging 12:10 in ice time.
Reports have been emerging the last 12 hours or so that the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent depth forward Trevor Smith to a one-year, two-way league-minimum contract. Club officials have confirmed that a contract has not been signed, but indicators point that an official announcement may be near.
[ed. Lightning confirmed the free agent signing on 7/5/2011]
Smith, an undrafted winger out of the University of New Hampshire, was signed as a free agent in 2007 by the New Islanders and spent three productive seasons mainly with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. During the 2008-09 season, Smith scored his first and only NHL goal for the Islanders during a 7 games stint in New York. In 2010, the Anaheim Ducks signed Smith as a free agent and spent half the season playing for the AHL Syracuse Crunch before being acquired on January 4th by the Colubus Blue Jackets organization and finishing the season for the AHL Springfield Falcons.
In 292 career AHL games, Smith has tallied 92 goals and added 100 assists. If signed by the Bolts, Smith would project to provide the Norfolk Admirals with top-line veteran forward talent, and provide a depth call-up option for the Lightning.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Richard Petiot (PEH-tee-awt, RIH-chuhrd) to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Petiot, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, appeared in 66 games with the Oklahoma City Barons last season, recording 15 assists. He was tied for the team lead with a plus-14 rating and tied for fifth among defensemen for assists. Petiot is a veteran of 308 AHL games with Manchester, Toronto, Norfolk, Rockford and Oklahoma City, registering 18 goals and 89 points. He has also skated in 19 career Calder Cup Playoff games, including six with the Barons last season, recording one goal.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Matt Gilroy to a one-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Gilroy, 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, played in 58 games with the New York Rangers last season, recording three goals and 11 points with one game-winning goal. He also had a career-best plus-5 rating in just his second NHL season. Gilroy also made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in 2011, recording his first career NHL playoff goal in his first game, April 13 against Washington.
A native of North Bellmore, New York, Gilroy has played in 127 career NHL games with the Rangers, recording four goals and 15 points. In 2009-10, his rookie season, he notched career highs with four goals and 11 assists in 69 games. That season he tied for sixth in the NHL among rookie defensemen in goals, seventh in blocked shots (77) and ninth in points.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent right wing J.T. Wyman (WIGH-muhn) to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Wyman, 6-foot-2, 199 pounds, played in 80 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League last season, recording 18 goals and 36 points. He was fourth on the Bulldogs for goals and fifth for points. He set career highs for goals and penalty minutes with 36. Wyman has played in 216 career AHL games, all with Hamilton, recording 41 goals and 85 points. He has also skated in 45 career Calder Cup Playoff games, notching four goals and 13 points. Wyman has played in three career NHL games, all with the Montreal Canadiens.