Nov 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Richard Panik (71) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Sign Richard Panik

The Tampa Bay Lightning has re-signed right wing Richard Panik to a one-year contract.

The Tampa Bay Lightning has certainly made a lot of moves during the off-season. In addition to all of this, the team made a pretty solid showing at the 2014 NHL Draft.

Now, it seems as if Yzerman has made some another move in order to secure one of the Lightning’s young players.

Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today via the Tampa Bay Lightning’s official website that the organization has re-signed right wing Richard Panik to a one-year two-way contract.

Panik’s new deal is worth a reported $735,000.

The six foot one inch tall winger suited up for a total of 50 games with the Lightning, in which time he was able to score 3 goals and 10 assists for a total of 13 points. Unfortunately, in the 2 games he played with the Bolts during the post season Panik was not able to find the score sheet.

During the 2013-14 season, he also played a total of 13 games with the Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. In that amount of time, the Martin, Slovakia native netted 3 goals and 8 assists for a total of 11 points to accompany a plus-1 rating.

At this point, Panik has not played up to his full potential. In both the 2011-12 season with the Norfolk Admirals and the 2012-13 season with the Syracuse Crunch, Panik was putting up 41 point seasons.

While I will concede that the NHL and the AHL are two completely different animals, I still assert that Panik has the skill within him to produce on a higher level in the NHL.

With all the changes that Yzerman has been making during the course of the off-season, the entire dynamic of the team is about to change. This may be just what Panik needs to get that boost to where he needs to be.

I don’t know about you, but I am honestly excited to see what he can do next season. The 2014-15 season could turn out to be a make or break one for the young winger.

What do you think of Richard Panik’s new deal? What do you think he can bring to the ice for the Lightning organization next season? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

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