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Janik Signs 2-Way Deal to Return to Lightning

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Doug Janik to a one-year, two-way contract, Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster announced.

Janik, a 6-foot-1, 209-pound native of Agawam, Massachusetts, played his first full NHL season with Tampa Bay in 2006-07 after earning a roster spot during training camp. He finished the season with two goals and 11 points in 75 games. Janik averaged 14:28 of ice time per game last season and ranked fourth among Lightning defensemen in blocked shots with 98. He scored his first NHL goal on January 2 at Montreal and recorded his first point on November 22 at Florida. Janik also played in one Stanley Cup Playoff game. He is a veteran of 85 regular season games and six playoff games with the Lightning and the Buffalo Sabres.

Sea Wolves Sign Hurtubise

The Mississippi Sea Wolves have announced the signing of center Mark Hurtubise. The 23 year old center played last year for Long Beach of the ECHL notching 17 goals and 41 points in 71 games. The previous season, his rookie season of pro hockey, was spent with Adirondack of the UHL where he scored 24 goals and 66 points in 68 games. The 6'2" 185 lbs pivot played four seasons of junior hockey in the QMJHL with Quebec and Val d'Or. His career season came in 2004-2005 when he scored 18 goals and 55 points in 53 games. Hurtubise is just the third player under contract in Mississippi along with defenseman Chris Cava and forward Kyle McCullough.

Karl Stewart Re-Signs

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed left wing Karl Stewart to a one-year, two-way contract, Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster announced.

Stewart, acquired in a trade with Chicago for Nikita Alexeev on February 27, skated in seven games with the Lightning in 2006-07, recording two shots and two penalty minutes. A 5-foot-11, 180-pound native of Aurora, Ontario, Stewart, 24, appeared in 47 NHL games with Tampa Bay, Chicago and Pittsburgh last season, recording two goals, three assists and 47 penalty minutes.

“This will be a very important Training Camp for Karl Stewart,” Feaster said. “This will be his first Camp under John Tortorella and this is where opportunities and jobs are won or lost. He needs to come into Camp in great shape and with a very positive attitude and do the little things that are essential within our system. If he does that he will give himself a chance to stick with the big Club. If not, he provides us with outstanding depth in Norfolk and we know he is knocking on the door of being an NHL regular."

Bolt Prospects Alumnus Paul Ranger Re-Signs

Lightninig Press Release:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Paul Ranger to a three-year contract, Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster announced. Ranger, 22, appeared in 72 games for the Lightning in 2006-07, recording four goals, 24 assists and 42 penalty minutes. He ranked third among Lightning defensemen in goals and points.

“Paul Ranger is a very good young hockey player who should only continue to develop and get better,” Feaster said. “He has played some important minutes for us over the past two seasons and we expect he will be called on even more in the upcoming campaign. Now that he has become a regular NHL player, we look forward to him continuing to develop all aspects of his game, including contributing more to the team's offense. We are thrilled to have him under contract for the next three years.”

Cunti to St. Cloud State

According to Chris Heisenberg's 2007 NCAA Hockey Recruiting Page, Lightning 2007 3rd round pick Luca Cunti has pledged his commitment to the St. Cloud State University Huskies of the WCHA for next season.

The St. Cloud Times reported on Saturday that Cunti did indeed commit to the Huskies. However, this is presuming Cunti can negotiate all the paperwork for the NCAA Clearinghouse in time.

In the event he doesn’t join the Huskies this fall, he remains on the protected list for the USHL’s Chicago Steel.

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