Contract Status

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Bolts Ink 2013 Pick Henri Ikonen to Entry-level Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Henri Ikonen to an entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. He will report to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League for the remainder of the season on an amateur tryout contract.

Ikonen, 19, played in 54 games with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League this season, posting 25 goals and 70 points to go along with 49 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating. He ranked second on the Frontenacs for points and was tied for second for assists with 45. The Savolinna, Finland native scored three shorthanded goals which ranked tied for first on Kingston. Ikonen also skated in seven postseason games for the Frontenacs, recording a goal and six points.

The 5-foot-11, 182-pound forward played in seven games for Team Finland at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden, recording a goal and three points. Ikonen won the Gold Medal with Team Finland at the tournament.

He has skated in 115 career OHL games, all with Kingston, over the past two seasons, collecting 47 goals and 121 points to go along with 79 penalty minutes. Ikonen set career highs for goals, assists, points, plus/minus and penalty minutes during the 2013-14 season.

Ikonen was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 154th overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Bolts Sign 2013 Draft Pick Adam Erne to Entry-Level Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Adam Erne to an entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. He will report to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League for the remainder of the season on an amateur tryout contract.

Erne, 18, played in 48 games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season, recording 21 goals and 62 points along with 65 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the Remparts for points and was fourth for goals. Erne played in one playoff game with Quebec during the QMJHL playoffs and recorded one goal.

The 6-foot-1, 206-pound forward appeared in 180 games over three seasons with Quebec, amassing 57 goals and 189 points to go along with 164 penalty minutes. He also skated in five games for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden, posting one assist.

Erne was selected by the Lightning in the second round, 33rd overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft

Bolts Ink Free Agent Camper Cody Kunyk

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Cody Kunyk to a one year, two-way NHL contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Kunyk, 23, skated in 37 games for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks this season, posting 22 goals and 43 points to go along with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating. The 5-foot-11, 197-pound forward led the Nanooks for goals, points, power-play goals (six) and shorthanded goals (two). Kunyk was named the WCHA’s Player of the Year and to the First Team All-WCHA team. He also led the WCHA for scoring during the 2013-14 season.

The Sherwood Park, Alberta native skated in 148 games over four seasons at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, amassing 60 goals and 133 points. He set career highs his senior year for goals, assists (21) and points. Kunyk became the 30th Nanook in program history to join the 100-point club with a goal on November 22, 2013.

Kunyk also participated in the Lightning’s development camp this past summer.

Bolts Sign Vermin to Entry-Level Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Joel Vermin to a three-year, entry level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Vermin was selected by the Lightning in the seventh round, 186th overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft in New Jersey this past summer.

Vermin, 21, skated in 47 games last season with Bern (Swiss-A), recording 13 goals and 35 points to go along with 14 penalty minutes. Vermin skated in 19 playoff games, posting three goals and nine points for Bern. The Frauenkappelen, Switzerland native has appeared in 128 career games with Bern over the past four seasons, amassing 25 goals and 63 points to go along with 20 penalty minutes.

The 5-foot-11, 192-pound forward has represented Switzerland at the World Jr. Championships in both 2011 and 2012, posting four goals and six points in 12 career games in the tournament. Vermin led the Swiss team in 2012 for goals (four) and points (six) during the tournament.

Vermin will be assigned to play with Bern for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Bolts Finalize Deal with Gudlevskis

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis (güd-LEV-skeez, KRISS-turs) to a three-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Gudlevskis was recently drafted in the fifth round, 124th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey.

Gudlevskis, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, played in 56 games with HC Riga in Russia’s top junior league, the MHL, last season, posting a 27-18 record with a .927 save percentage and a 2.09 goals-against average with three shutouts. He ranked fourth in the MHL for save percentage among goaltenders with more than seven games played and sixth for goals-against average. Gudlevskis’ three shutouts were tied for 10th in the league. He also appeared in three playoff games. Gudlevskis also played in two games with the Riga Dinamo of the KHL last season, his debut in Europe’s top league, posting a 1-1 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.18 goals-against average.

Bolts Re-Sign Mark Barberio to 1-Year Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Mark Barberio to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Barberio, 23, skated in two games with the Lightning during the 2012-13 season, recording one shot on goal. He made his NHL debut on April 9 against the Ottawa Senators at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Barberio also skated in 73 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, collecting eight goals and 42 points to go along with 44 penalty minutes. He ranked tied for third in the AHL among defensemen for assists with 34 and ranked sixth for points. Of his eight goals last season, five were recorded while on the power play. Barberio also played in 18 games during the Calder Cup playoffs with Syracuse, notching three goals and 15 points with 18 penalty minutes. He led all defensemen for points, and was tied for first in both goals and assists during the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman has skated in 215 career AHL games with the Crunch and Norfolk Admirals, posting 30 goals and 134 points with 111 penalty minutes. During the 2011-12 season, while playing for the Admirals, Barberio won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s top defenseman. He was also part of the Admirals team that won the Calder Cup, registering two goals and nine points in 18 games during the playoffs.

Barberio was drafted by the Lightning in the sixth round, 152nd overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Lightning Re-Sign J.T. Brown to 1-Year Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward J.T. Brown to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Brown, 23, skated in 51 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League last season, recording 10 goals and 28 points to go along with 27 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound forward ranked ninth on the Crunch for points and was 10th for goals. He also skated in 18 Calder Cup playoff games with Syracuse, registering four goals and nine points to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

Brown made his NHL debut with the Lightning on March 31, 2012 against the Winnipeg Jets at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. He recorded his first NHL point (assist) on April 7 at Winnipeg. Brown also skated in six games for the United States at the 2012 World Championships held in Finland and Sweden.

The High Point, North Carolina native skated in 81 career games with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs during the previous two seasons, collecting 40 goals and 84 points to go along with 109 penalty minutes. In 2011, Brown was a member of the Bulldogs team that captured the NCAA Frozen Four Championship, being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Brown was originally signed by the Lightning as a free agent on March 28, 2012.

2015-2016 Organizational Roster Tracker

NHL Signed (50-contract limit)
  1. D   Mattias Ohlund
    Long-term IR
  2. D   Matt Carle
  3. D   Braydon Coburn
  4. D   Anton Stralman
    out indefinitely with fractured fibula
  5. D   Victor Hedman
  6. D   Jason Garrison
  7. D   Andrej Sustr
  8. D   Nikita Nesterov
  9. D   Matt Taormina
  10. D   Luke Witkowski
  11. D   Slater Koekkoek
  12. D   Daniel Walcott
  13. D   Dylan Blujus
  14. D   Jake Dotchin
  15. D   Anthony DeAngelo
  16. F   Valtteri Filppula
  17. F   Ryan Callahan
  18. F   Brian Boyle
  19. F   Steven Stamkos
    out 1-3 months with blood clot
  20. F   Erik Condra
    out indefinitely with an upper body injury
  21. F   Alex Killorn
  22. F   Tyler Johnson
  23. F   Ondrej Palat
  24. F   Jeff Tambellini
  25. F   Nikita Kucherov
  26. F   J.T. Brown
    out indefinitely with lower body injury
  27. F   Cedric Paquette
  28. F   Vladislav Namestnikov
  29. F   Mike Blunden
  30. F   Jonathan Drouin
  31. F   Tye McGinn
  32. F   Jonathan Marchessault
  33. F   Mike Angelidis
  34. F   Joel Vermin
  35. F   David Broll
  36. F   Yanni Gourde
  37. F   Philippe Paradis
  38. F   Brian Hart
  39. F   Cameron Darcy
  40. F   Henri Ikonen
  41. F   Matthew Peca
  42. F   Tanner Richard
  43. F   Adam Erne
  44. G   Ben Bishop
  45. G   Andrei Vasilevskiy
  46. G   Kristers Gudlevskis
  47. G   Adam Wilcox
  
Signed, But Contract Start Delayed
  1. D   Dominik Masin
    ATO with Syracuse for rest of 2015-16 season; ELC slide to 2016-17 season
  2. D   Ben Thomas
    ATO with Syracuse for rest of 2015-16 season; ELC slide to 2016-17 season
  3. D   Matthew Spencer
    ATO with Syracuse for rest of 2015-16 season; expected to return to Peterborough for 2016-17 season and ELC slide to 2017-18 season
  4. F   Brayden Point
    ELC slide to 2016-17 season
  5. F   Mitchell Stephens
    ATO with Syracuse for rest of 2015-16 season; expected to return to Saginaw for 2016-17 season and ELC slide to 2017-18 season
  6. F   Jonne Tammela
    ATO with Syracuse for rest of 2015-16 season; expected to join Peterborough for 2016-17 season and ELC slide to 2017-18 season
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Lightning Sign F Valtteri Filppula to 5-Year Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent center Valtteri Filppula (FIHL-poo-luh, VAL-tuhr-ee) to a five-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

“We are pleased to sign Valtteri to a five-year contract today,” Yzerman said. “We feel he is an outstanding, all-around centerman who brings a winning pedigree to our organization. He fills a much-needed position for us at center and his skill, work ethic and character will make him a great addition to our team. On behalf of the Lightning we’d like to welcome him to the organization.”

Filppula, 6-foot, 193 pounds, played in 41 games with the Detroit Red Wings last season, recording nine goals and 17 points. He ranked fifth among team forwards for assists (8) and points. Filppula’s 17:46 in average ice time was also fourth among Red Wings forwards. He won 179 of 323 (55.4 percent) of face-offs last season to lead the team. Filppula also played in all 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games for Detroit last season, recording two goals and six points. During the NHL lockout he returned to his native Finland to play for Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League, where he posted six goals and 15 points in 16 games.

Bolts Ink Jonathan Drouin to Entry Level Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed the third overall selection of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Jonathan Drouin, to a three-year, entry level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Drouin will be participating in the Lightning’s annual development camp which kicks off tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum.

Drouin, 18, skated in 49 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, registering 41 goals and 105 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the Mooseheads for goals, assists (64), points and shorthanded goals with four. The Ste-Agathe, Quebec native also led all Moosehead forwards with a plus-48 rating during the regular season. He ranked second in the QMJHL for points, third in assists and ranked tied for seventh for goals. Drouin also skated in 17 playoff games, recording 12 goals and 35 points with 14 penalty minutes. He helped the Mooseheads win the Memorial Cup, recording five assists in the championship game against the Portland Winterhawks.

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