Sep 26, 2013; Estero, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Brett Connolly (14) skates with the puck against the Florida Panthers during the third period at Germain Arena. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Sign Brett Connolly

Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman has been a very busy man lately. He has signed quite a few new talents to the Lightning roster as well as re-signed the contracts of quite a few of the Lightning’s young guns. Today, another name joins that list.

Yzerman announced just a few moments ago via the Tampa Bay Lightning’s official site that the organization has come to terms with right wing Brett Connolly on a one-year two-way contract.

The 6 foot 2 inch 181 pound forward skated in 11 games with the Lightning last season. In that amount if time, Connolly was able to net himself a goal.

Connolly spent a majority of last season with the Bolts’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. In the 66 games he skated with the team, he scored 21 goals and 36 assists for a total of 57 points. Those numbers made him first on the team in both assists and goals and second on the team in goals.

Last season was not his first run with the Lightning. His first season on the main roster was in the 2011-12 season where he netted four goals and eleven assists.

All in all, in his time with the Bolts, the Campbell River, British Columbia native has played in 84 games with a total of 6 goals and 11 assists for a combined total of 17 points.

Connolly has certainly earned his spot on the team over the years, and for a while there we were beginning to worry that the Lightning was going to let him slip through our fingers, but it would seem as if he has proven us wrong. I can tell you with the sincerest of honesty; this is one of those rare moments when I am truly happy to be mistaken.

The Tampa Bay Lightning has one of the best farm systems in the entire National Hockey League, and if this group of men is what we have to look forward to in the future, then the rest of the league had better be prepared because we will be coming for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

What do you think of Connolly’s new deal with the team? What do you think he can bring to the table for the organization? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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