March 9, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Cedrick Desjardins (30) during the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Sign Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins

The Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced on Wednesday that the team has re-signed goaltender Cedrick Desjardins, who was due to become an Unrestricted Free Agent this week,  to a one-year, two-way contract.

Last season, Desjardins hit the ice with the Lightning for three games.

He carried a Goals Allowed Average of 3.00 and a Save Percentage of .890 with a record of 0-3-0.

The 6’ tall, 192 pound Edmundston, NB native played a majority of the season with the Lightning’s AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch.

In the 36 games he played in the American Hockey League during the regular season, 14 of those with the Crunch, he maintained a Goals Allowed Average of 2.61 and a Save Percentage of .910.

In the 14 games Desjardins played with the Crunch, the 27 year old goaltender held an 8-5-1 record with a Goals Allowed Average of 2.12 and a Save Percentage of .918.

Desjardins also guarded the net for the Crunch during the Calder Cup Playoffs, helping the Crunch get to the Finals for the first time in franchise history.

This is not the first time that Desjardins has been in a Lightning jersey.

Desjardins played 2 games for the Lightning in the 2010-11 season where he had a 2-0-0 record with a GAA of 1.0 and a Save Percentage of .968. He spent a majority of that season with the then-Lightning AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals, where he held a record of 15-6-1.

The next season, he would sign with the Colorado Avalanche be subsequently reassigned to their AHL affiliate the Lake Erie Monsters.

Desjardins was reacquired by the Lightning on February 14th, 2013 from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Crunch goaltender Dustin Tokarski.

Cedrick Desjardins has a ton of potential. If groomed correctly, he could very well be the future in net for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is very quick on his feet, and can make amazing stops that would get past even the best of goaltenders.

What do you think of Yzerman’s decision to re-up the young Lightning netminder? What kind of impact do you think Desjardins will have this season? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.


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