The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they had extended qualifying offers to five of their eight pending restricted free agents. Defensemen Keith Aulie, Brian Lee, Brendan Mikkelson, and Evan Oberg along with goaltender Jaroslav Janus received the required offers to guarantee the Bolts retain exclusive rights to these players. It is expected that Tampa will come to terms with contract extensions with these five players sometime during the summer.
Recently required goaltender Anders Lindback received a qualifying offer from the Nashville Predators prior to his trade to the Lightning last week.
Defenseman Sebastien Piche and forward Benoit Pouliot were not tendered qualifying offers, and will be unrestricted free agents on July 1. Pouliot was acquired Saturday from the Boston Bruins during the 2012 NHL Draft, and is expected to sign an extension with the Bolts prior to start of the NHL free agency signing period on Sunday. Pouliot has arbitration rights as a pending restricted free agent, and the Lightning's decision not to qualify Pouliot is speculated as a means to circumvent Pouliot electing player arbitration later this summer.
Piche was acquired from the Detroit Red Wings in the Kyle Quincey/First Round Pick trade. The Red Wings needed a spot in their 50-man roster and Piche was sent to Tampa Bay. He was one of the leaders for the ECHL Florida Everblades as they won the Kelly Cup. The writing was on the wall for Piche's future when the third year pro was not recalled to Norfolk following the conclusion of Florida's season.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Mike Angelidis to a one-year, two-way contract, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Angelidis, 26, played in six games with the Lightning last season, recording one goal and five penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward scored his first career goal in his NHL debut with the Lightning on January 24 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Woodbridge, Ontario native also played in 54 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League this past season, posting 14 goals and 27 points to go along with 135 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the club in penalty minutes and tied for eighth in goals. The Admirals captain helped lead Norfolk to its first Calder Cup Championship in 2012. Angelidis recorded one goal and six points in 18 games during the Calder Cup playoffs.
Angelidis has played in 369 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Albany River Rats, collecting 76 goals and 150 points, to go along with 760 penalty minutes. He has also skated in 40 career Calder Cup Playoff Games, collecting three goals and 14 points.
(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forwards Adam Hall and JT Wyman (pictured) to contracts, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Hallâ€™s contract is a one-year, one-way deal, while Wyman signed a one-year, two-way contract.
â€œIâ€™m happy and excited to be returning to the Lightning for the upcoming season,â€ Hall said. â€œThe expectations for this year are understandably high, and I look forward to contributing where I can to help the team return to the playoffs with the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.â€
(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Riku Helenius to a two-year contract, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. The first year of Heleniusâ€™ contract will be a two-way deal, while the second will be a one-way.
Helenius, 24, played in 33 games for JYP of Finlandâ€™s SM-liiga, compiling a 1.64 goals against average and .936 save percentage. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound goaltender appeared in 13 playoff games this past season, posting a 1.73 goals against average and a .947 save percentage, helping lead JYP to the league championship. The Palkane, Finland native was also given the Urpo Ylonen Award as the top goaltender during the regular season.
The Finnish netminder was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the first round, 15th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Helenius made his NHL debut with the Lightning on January 30, 2009 against the Philadelphia Flyers in a relief effort and stopped both shots he faced.
Renaud Lavoie of RDS reports that the Lightning have signed goaltender Riku Helenius to a new two-year deal. The first year of the deal will reportedly be a two-way deal worth $550,000 on its upside while the second year will be a one-way deal worth $650,000. Helenius won a SM-liiga championship this season with JYP and earned the Urpo Ylonen Award as the league's top goaltender. Helenius was the Lightning's first round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.