May 9, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Ottawa Senators left wing Colin Greening (14) is checked into the boards by Montreal Canadiens center Gabreil Dumont (37) and right wing Mike Blunden (45) during the third period in game five of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Mike Blunden

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed right wing Mike Blunden to a one-year two-way contract.

Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman has certainly been a busy man this off-season.

While he has exhibited a strong commitment to sealing up some of the holes in the defense that the Lightning have been suffering from over the course of the last few seasons, he has made sure not to forget the offense in the process.

Just yesterday, Yzerman reaffirmed this by adding yet another player to the mix on the offensive side of things as he signed former Montreal Canadiens right wing Mike Blunden to a one-year two way contract.

Last year, Blunden played in 7 total games with the Canadiens. Unfortunately, in those seven games he was not able to find his way to the back of the net.

The remainder of the 2013-14 season was spent with the Canadiens’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. The six foot four inch tall, two hundred and sixteen pound winger suited up for 68 games with Bulldogs last season. In that amount of time, he was able to net 18 goals and 19 assists for a total of 37 points. These numbers put him in third place on his team in points.

The 2013-14 season was definitely not his first season on NHL ice. For the last three seasons, he has played intermittently for the Montreal Canadiens; his longest run being 39 games in the 2011-12 season. Before that, he played two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets and two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Blunden has also played on some of the same ice as our boys in blue have on their way to the Tampa Bay Lightning. In the 2005-06 season, Blunden played for the Norfolk Admirals which, as you know, used to be the Lightning’s AHL affiliate. He also suited up for the Syracuse Crunch from 2008-2010.

It will be very interesting to see what he will be able to bring to the table for the organization. His former teams all have very different systems from that of the Tampa Bay Lightning, so there may be a bit of an adjustment period, but that is something that can be very easily overcome with some good, old fashioned hard work.

What do you think Blunden brings to the table for the Lightning organization? What do you expect to see from Blunden next season? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

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