Sep 21, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens right wing Ryan White (60) is checked by Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Matt Corrente (38) in front of goalie Anton Khudobin (31) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Defenseman Matt Corrente

Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman has certainly made a commitment to the Lightning this season to fill in some of the many holes the team has experienced over the past few seasons on the defense.

After what turned out to be a very defense-heavy draft this year, Yzerman continued to add quality players to the defensive roster.

One of the additions Yzerman has made is the addition of defenseman Matthew Corrente.

Yzerman has signed Corrente to a one-year two-way contract worth a reported $550,000.

Last season, Corrente played in 72 games with the Carolina Hurricanes’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.  In that amount of time, the six foot tall, two hundred and five pound defenseman scored 2 goals and 9 assists for a total of 11 points.

Prior to his time with the Checkers, he played three seasons with the Albany Devils, the AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils.

Should Corrente find himself on the main roster next season, it will not have been his first time in the NHL. In the 2009-10 season and the 2010-11 season, Corrente played in a total of  34 games with the New Jersey Devils. In those 34 games, he was able to score a total of 6 assists.

Ironically, his last two games in the NHL were against the Tampa Bay Lightning back in January of 2011.

What are your thoughts on the Lightning’s most recent acquisition? What do you think Corrente brings to the ice for the Lightning organization? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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