Oct 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr (62) during the third period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Sign Defenseman Andrej Sustr

The Tampa Bay Lightning has re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year contract.

Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman has certainly been busy this off-season, a time which is generally considered to be one of the slowest and most arduous periods of time in a hockey fan’s life.

Yzerman has shown a special dedication to sealing up some of the holes that the Lightning’s blue line has had to endure for the past few seasons.

In an effort to complete his task, Yzerman has re-signed another of the Lightning’s younger players.

Steve Yzerman announced via the Tampa Bay Lightning’ official site that the team has come to terms with Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr and re-signed the Czech Republic native to a one-year one-way contract.

Sustr’s new deal is worth a reported $874,125.

Sustr has the potential inside him to be a very strong asset to the Lightning’s blue line. His sheer size alone affords him the ability to go toe to toe with some of the National Hockey League’s biggest players like Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.

This is something that the Bolts have needed for some time.

Last season, Sustr suited up for 43 games with the Lightning. In that amount of time, he was able to score 1 goal and 7 assists for a total of 8 points to accompany a plus-3 rating.

He also participated in 3 of the 4 games the Lightning played in the 2013-14 Stanley Cup Playoffs; unfortunately, he was unable to notch and additional points.

In addition to Sustr’s time with the Lightning last season, he also spent time with the Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

The six foot eight inch tall two hundred and twenty five pound defenseman suited up for 12 games with the Crunch, in which time he was able to score a goal and three assists for a total of four points.

While I still assert that Sustr has not achieved the full potential that he is capable of, with the right guidance and veteran leadership on the blue line, Sustr could develop into one of the most dangerous defenseman on the team.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait until Training Camp gets underway and we finally start to see the final pieces of the puzzle come together and the team’s new look coming into the 2014-15 season.

What do you think of Sustr’s new deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning? What do you think the young defenseman brings to the ice for the organization? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

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