The Tampa Bay Lightning signed left wing Ondrej Palat to a three-year, entry-level contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Palat, 6-foot, 174-pounds, was drafted by the Lightning in the seventh round, 208th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He is the first prospect from his Lightning draft class to sign a pro contract. He is also 20, which is 18 months-to-two-years older than the others in his class.
(Norfolk Admirals press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, signed defenseman Daniel Milan to a three-year, two-way contract today, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. Milan is currently attending the Lightning's training camp.
Milan, 6-foot-3, 194 pounds, skated in 68 games last season with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, recording 14 goals and 38 points. He led all Moncton defensemen in goals and also ranked first among all QMJHL rookie defensemen in points. His eight power-play goals were good for fifth among all Wildcats skaters. In addition, Milan appeared in five QMJHL postseason games, registering a goal and an assist. Following the 2010-11 season, Milan was honored as Monctonâ€™s Rookie of the Year after breaking the clubâ€™s scoring record for first-year defensemen.
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.