Apr 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Lightning 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Sign Alex Killorn

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that they have re-signed center Alex Killorn to a two-year deal.

It would seem as if there is some more big news coming out of the Bolts Nation this week. After the Tampa Bay Lightning sealed the deals of center Tyler Johnson and left wing Ondrej Palat, many people were left wondering who would be the next player to have their deal re-upped for the new season.

Well, fans don’t have to wait any longer to get their answer.

Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced via the Lightning’s official site that the organization has re-signed center Alex Killorn to a two year deal which will see him in a Lightning jersey until the end of the 2015-16 season.

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the deal is worth $5.1 million to Killorn; $2.4 million in the 2014-15 season and $2.7 million in 2015-16.

Last season was the 6’2” Halifax native’s first full season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. During that time, he played in all 82 games the Lightning played last season, scoring 17 goals and 24 assists for a total of 41 points. This accompanies his plus-8 rating.

This put Killorn in sixth place on the team in points, right behind the likes of left wing Ondrej Palat, who led the team with 59 points, center Valtteri Filppula with 58 points, defenseman Victor Hedman who has 55 points, center Tyler Johnson who scored 50 points, and right wing Teddy Purcell who brought home 42 points.

Killorn was also fourth on the team during the post season where he recorded an additional goal and assist.

Alex Killorn is another one of the young Lightning rookies that I have been waiting anxiously for the team to re-sign. Now that Yzerman has Johnson, Palat, and Killorn in place, things are really starting to take shape.

There are still quite a few more contracts that need to be tied up before the end of the offseason, like defensemen Andrej Sustr, Keith Aulie, Mark Barberio, and Mike Kostka just to name a few; however, it would seem as if Yzerman has the team on the right path and if the current moves are any indication, we are in for one heck of a season.

What are your thoughts on Alex Killorn’s new two-year deal with the Lightning? In the light of the recent signings, how do you think the Bolts are going to fare next season? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

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