The following is a log of all player movement in and out of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization in preparation for the 2007-2008 season. (A link to in-season deals can be found at the bottom)
March 25 -- UFA D Justin Fletcher (St. Cloud St., NCAA) signed to a 1-year, two-way contract.
April 6 -- D Vladimir Mihalik (Prince George, WHL) signed to a 3-year entry level contract.
May 31 -- RW/C Chris Lawrence (Mississauga, OHL) signed to a 3-year entry level contract.
May 31 -- Mike Sullivan named assistant coach.
May 31 -- G Riku Helenius (Ilves Jr., Finland) signed to a 3-year entry level contract.
June 13 -- C Chris Gratton acquired from the Florida Panthers for a 2nd round pick in the 2008 draft.
June 14 -- UFA LW Jan Hlavac signed to a 1-year contract.
July 1 -- UFA RW Michel Ouellet signed to a 2-year contract.
July 2 -- UFA C/LW Craig MacDonald signed to a 1-year contract.
July 2 -- UFA LW Mathieu Darche signed to a 1-year contract.
July 3 -- UFA D Jay Leach signed to a 1-year contract.
July 3 -- UFA D David Schneider signed to a 1-year contract.
July 4 -- D Bryce Lampman acquired from the New York Rangers for Mitch Fritz.
July 6 -- UFA D Dan Jancevski signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
July 12 -- D Mike Lundin signed to a 2-year contract.
August 7 -- Absolute Hockey Enterprises, a group led by Doug MacLean, agrees to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning.
April 10 -- D Joe Rullier signed with Lukko Rauma (Finland).
May 24 -- Craig Ramsay, assistant coach, fired.
June 20 -- UFA W Eero Somervuori signed with Farjestad of SEL.
July 1 -- UFA D Cory Sarich signed with the Calgary Flames.
July 1 -- UFA C Eric Perrin signed with the Atlanta Thrashers.
July 4 -- W Mitch Fritz traded to the New York Rangers for Bryce Lampman.
July 4 -- UFA LW Ruslan Fedotenko signed with the New York Islanders.
July 13 -- UFA LW Eric Healey signed with the Colorado Avalanche.
August 7 -- UFA D Luke Richardson signed with the Ottawa Senators.
August 15 -- W Rob DiMaio takes head office job with the Dallas Stars.
September 7 -- UFA C Daniel Corso signed with the Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the Vysshaya League West (Russia).
May 9 -- Pending UFA C/W Jason Ward re-signed to a 2-year contract.
May 16 -- Pending UFA C/W Andreas Karlsson re-signed to a 1-year contract.
May 19 -- Pending UFA G Johan Holmqvist re-signed to a 1-year contract.
June 11 -- Pending RFA W Nick Tarnasky re-signed to a 3-year contract.
June 11 -- Pending UFA W Kyle Wanvig re-signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
June 21 -- Pending RFA D Shane O'Brien re-signed to a 2-year contract.
June 26 -- Pending UFA W Norm Milley re-signed to a 1-year contract.
July 4 -- RFA D Bryce Lampman signed his qualifying offer - a 1-year, 2-way contract.
July 6 -- RFA D Mike Egener re-signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
July 13 -- RFA D Paul Ranger re-signed to a 3-year contract.
July 24 -- RFA W Karl Stewart re-signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
July 25 -- UFA D Doug Janik re-signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
August 6 -- RFA W/C Ryan Craig awarded a 1-year contract by an arbitrator. Tampa Bay accepted the ruling.
RFA -- W Evgeni Artyukhin (signed tentative deal with Avangard Omsk of RSL on 5/2)
UFA -- C John Toffey
UFA -- W Adam Henrich (Invited to Flyers camp)
UFA, VI -- W Stephen Baby
UFA -- D Nolan Pratt (Later signed with Buffalo)
UFA -- D Brady Greco
UFA -- G Morgan Cey (Invited to Admirals camp)
Key: UFAâ€”Unrestricted Free Agent, RFAâ€”Restricted Free Agent (must be given qualifying offer to be retained)
This book contains a history of the Tampa Bay Lightning's player transactions in and out of the organization on a year-by-year basis. Recent history will be addressed first, with historical transactional archives being added as time and resources allow.
Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is confirming the Lightning have re-signed Jason Ward to a two year deal on his blog. The contract is slated to pay Ward an average of $675,000 a year. Ward was acquired from the LA Kings at last year's trade deadline and quickly ascended to a scoring line job on Brad Richards' wing. In an ideal world, Ward would be a third liner, but given the Lightning's depth issues he could find himself back on Richards' line next season.
The Trib also reports contract negotiations may be at an impasse with formed 2001 3rd round pick Evgeny Artyukhin. Artyukhin has turned down a 1 year $475,000 offer from the Lightning and has reportedly signed a deal with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Superleague. According to Erlendsson, GM Jay Feaster has no plans to make a counteroffer to Artyukhin's agent Mark Gandler.
Eurohockey.net is confirming that defenseman Joe Rullier has signed a contract to play with Lukko Rauma of the Finnish SM-liiga next season. Rullier was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks organization at the trade deadlime this season in exchange for defenseman Doug O'Brien. Rullier's departure leaves the Lightning in need of a veteran defenseman to anchor the blueline corps in Norfolk next season.
Word on the street is that despite the fact Vasily Koshechkin is under contract to Lada Togliatti through the 2007-2008 season, Togliatti may not be able to afford Vasily and he may be on his way to Tampa as a result. Recall, Togliatti traded half their team two seasons ago including Dimitri Kazionov during the December Euro Tour break because one of their main partners in ownership pulled out of the club. Apparently those financial problems haven't disappeared which is why Koshechkin coming to North America may be on the table a year earlier than was thought going into this season.