Tampa Bay Lightning Have an Active Day One Of Free Agency

July 1st, 2010 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
Mighty Mouse will still call Tampa Bay home. The Tampa Bay Lightning secured the heart and soul of their hockey team, Martin St. Louis, for another four years. The diminutive forward signed a four year contract extension worth a believed $22.5 million dollars.

The extension of 2010 Lady Byng Trophy winner capped an active first day of the free agency period for the Lightning's new general manager Steve Yzerman.

Yzerman also re-signed toughman Mitch Fritz, traded away maligned defenseman Andrej Meszaros for a bag of hockey pucks and a second round pick, then signed former Nashville goalie Dan Ellis to a very reasonable two year $1.5 million dollar contract.

The team is also believed to be sniffing around Carlo Colaiacovo, an offensive defenseman who played last season in St. Louis.

The Lightning did take some hits as well, losing defenseman Kurtis Foster to Edmonton (2 yrs, $3.6 million), goalie Antero Niittymaki to San Jose (2 yrs, $4 million) and Alex Tanguay to Calgary.

Ellis comes to Tampa Bay after being displaced by Pekka Rinne, he looks to challenge incumbent Mike Smith for the main man between the Tampa Bay pipes. E ...

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