MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the acquisition of goaltender Dustin Tokarski from the Tampa Bay Lightning, in return for goaltender Cédrick Desjardins.
Tokarski, 23, played 33 games with the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) since the start of the 2012-13 season posting a record of 18 wins, 8 losses and 4 overtime losses along with a 2.46 goals against average and .900 save percentage.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Jean-Francois Jacques from the Florida Panthers in exchange for future considerations, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Jacques, 27, has played in 24 games this season with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League, collecting five goals and seven points to go along with 37 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 231-pound left winger ranks tied for first on the Rampage with three power play goals.
The Montreal, Quebec native has skated in 166 career NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks, recording nine goals and 17 points to go along with 197 penalty minutes. Last season Jacques appeared in six games with the Ducks and tallied 12 penalty minutes
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed center Tom Pyatt to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Pyatt, 5-foot-11, 186 pounds, played in 61 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season, recording two goals and seven points with 65 shots on goal. He averaged 10:38 in ice time per game. Pyatt ranked fourth among Canadiens forwards for blocked shots with 34 and won 50 percentage of draws taken (55-110). He also played in all seven Montreal playoff games in 2011. Pyatt has played in 101 career NHL games with the Canadiens during the past two seasons. He has recorded four goals and 12 points in his career with 19 penalty minutes. He played his first NHL game on November 5, 2009 at Boston. Pyatt also played in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games with two goals and four points, averaging 12:10 in ice time
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed undrafted free agent goaltender Pat Nagle to a two-year entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman said.
Nagle, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, played in 37 games with the Ferris State (Mich.) Bulldogs this season, posting an 18-14-5 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He ranked fifth in NCAA Division-1 in GAA, tied for ninth for shutouts with three and tied for 10th in save percentage. Nagle also set school records for GAA and was tied for second in save percentage.
A native of Bloomfield, Michigan, Nagle was named to the All-CCHA First Team this past season and was named a Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidate. He received CCHA Preseason Second-Team honors and was also selected to Inside College Hockey.com’s First-Half All-CCHA Team.
Nagle has played in 101 career games with Ferris State from 2007-10. During that time he recorded a 2.32 GAA and a .916 save percentage with a 45-42-11 record with five shutouts. Nagle has improved his GAA in each of the previous three seasons, going from 2.84 in 2008-09 to 2.02 in 2010-11.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning signed left wing Alex Hutchings to a standard, three-year entry-level contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Hutchings, 5-foot-10, 173 pounds, played in 68 games with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League last season, recording 47 goals and 81 points. He ranked second on the Colts in goals and points. Hutchings was tied for fourth in the OHL for goals. His plus-44 rating was also third on the team. Hutchings played in 13 playoff games with Barrie last season, notching two goals and 10 points.
A native of Burlington, Ontario, Hutchings has played in 229 career OHL games, all with the Colts, registering 111 goals and 208 points. During the 2008-09 season he led the Colts in goals with 34, assists with 34, points with 68 and plus/minus with a plus-27. He also led Barrie with 29 goals and 54 points in 2007-08.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning hired NHL veteran Steve Thomas as player development consultant today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
“Steve will be a great addition to the Lightning organization and we are happy he has elected to join the team,” said Yzerman upon making the announcement. “His long and successful career combine with tremendous character and personality, meaning he will be a great asset as we look to better develop our young players. He will be a big part of the long term success of the Tampa Bay Lightning.”
TAMPA BAY - Steve Griggs has been named chief operating officer of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum, Chief Executive Officer Tod Leiweke announced today. Griggs joins the Lightning from the Orlando Magic, where he has served as executive vice president of sales and marketing since October, 2007. He will become the organization’s day-to-day operations leader, with an emphasis on revenue generation and brand management. Griggs will begin with the Lightning in November.
“Steve is one of the rising stars in the sports industry,” said Leiweke upon making the announcement. “His experience in the NHL, and most recently, with the NBA’s Orlando Magic and the new Amway Center, will serve us well as we work to transform the Lightning and the Times Forum under the leadership of owner Jeff Vinik.”
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired right wing Alex Berry and forward Stefano Giliati from the Toronto Maple Leafs today in exchange for defenseman Matt Lashoff, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Berry, 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, played in 55 games with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies last season, recording three goals and seven points. His 97 penalty minutes ranked sixth among all Marlies skaters. Berry has played in 63 career AHL games during the previous two seasons.
A native of Danvers, Massachusetts, Berry also played in five ECHL games last season with the Reading Royals, recording five points. He also appeared in 16 Kelly Cup playoff games with the Royals, notching two goals and six points.
Berry was drafted by Toronto in the fifth round, 153rd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He played college hockey at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, appearing in 124 games, notching 29 goals and 62 points.
Giliati, 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, played in 25 games with the Marlies in 2009-10, recording three goals and nine points. He has played in 78 career AHL games, registering nine goals and 24 points with 24 penalty minutes
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired scouting veteran Al Murray as director of amateur scouting today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. Murray had previously served as Hockey Canada’s head scout of men’s national teams since August of 2007.
“Al’s vast scouting experience will prove to be a great asset for the Lightning as we move forward,” said Yzerman upon making the announcement. “We are pleased to have him join the organization and I very much look forward to working with him as he leads our amateur scouting staff.”
During his time with Hockey Canada, Murray was responsible for all player evaluations and selections for National Junior Team evaluation and selection camps as well as the National Men’s Under-18 Team. He also worked with regional under-17 programs. Murray won the Gold Medal at both the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships, and won gold at the 2008 World Under-18 Championship. He won championships with the National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2008 and 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournaments, also winning the 2010 tournament earlier this month, defeating the United States, 1-0, in the Gold Medal Game.
TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Jon Cooper to be the head coach of the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals today, Admirals General Manager Julien BriseBois announced. Cooper joins the Admirals from the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League.
“We are pleased to announce Jon as the head coach of the Admirals today,” BriseBois said upon making the announcement. “He has excelled at a championship level in each location he has coached and we are happy he elected to continue his career in the Lightning organization. Jon is a perfect fit as we strive to restore a winning culture for our players and the fans in Norfolk.”
Cooper, a native of Prince George, British Columbia, has spent the previous two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL, posting an 84-27-9 record. He also led the Gamblers to two Anderson Cups, awarded to the USHL regular season champions, and one Clark Cup, given to the playoff champions.
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