The Tampa Bay Lightning has re-signed right wing J.T. Brown to a Two-Year deal.
The Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to be on a roll on Wednesday. After executing their final compliance buyout on left wing Ryan Malone, the Lightning sealed the deal with Ryan Callahan which will see him in a Lightning jersey through the 2019-20 season.
Now, NHL.com is reporting that the Lightning organization has sealed the deal with yet another of their young players that were set to become Free Agents at the beginning of this year’s Free Agency period; J.T. Brown.
The Bolts have signed Brown to a two-year one-way deal that will see him in a Lightning jersey through the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
Brown’s new deal will give him $1.9 million over the next two years. He’ll receive $925,000 in the 2014-15 season and $975,000 in 2015-16 at which point he will be a Restricted Free Agent the following season; should the Lightning not secure him before then, of course.
Last season, Brown played in a total of 63 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. In that amount of time, he was able to score 4 goals and 15 assists for a total of 19 points. In the Bolts short run through the post season, Brown was able to notch an additional two points from two assists.
Last season was not the 23 year old winger’s first run with the Lightning. Brown played 5 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning back in the 2011-12 season where he notched 1 assist and a plus-2 rating.
Prior to joining the Lightning last season, he played 51 games with the Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate the Syracuse Crunch. In those 51 games, the Burnsville, Minnesota native scored 10 goals and 18 assists for a total of 28 points.
Brown is definitely one of the young talents that I was hoping Yzerman would re-sign before the July 1st deadline. While I don’t feel that he has fully lived up to his potential just yet, I know that once he opens up, he has the potential to be a solid force on the ice.
It will also be a rather large benefit to him to continue his career here in Tampa Bay since Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper will be behind the bench to steer the ship. Cooper is all too familiar with Brown’s strengths and weaknesses after coaching him, not just last season, but also in his time with the Syracuse Crunch.
Brown was originally acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 28, 2012 as an undrafted free agent.
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