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Lightning's Hedman signs standard rookie contract

Add another (officially) to the defensive mix. Victor Hedman is signed to a standard 3 year contract at the rookie max of $900,000 a year. Incentives are supposed to drive this up quite a bit, but that's all up to his performance.

Antero Niittymaki and Tampa Bay

Reports are coming out that Tampa Bay has made an offer to free agent goalie Antero Nittymaki. Will it happen or is Antero KHL bound as speculation earlier this week suggested? And what does this mean for the Bolts depth in net?

Petiot Signs with Blackhawks and a Lightning UFA Assessment

Richard Petiot becomes the second Lighting UFA to sign elsewhere. Is this a testament of lack of quality Free Agents from the Lightning roster this year?

"He won't fit into our plans," Lawton said. "There won't be a roster spot for him. He has the right...

"He won't fit into our plans," Lawton said. "There won't be a roster spot for him. He has the right to come back and if he wants to he can, and he'll end up in Norfolk."

Brian Lawton - speaking of Radim Vrbata

Hedman at the TB Lightning press conference

Brian Lawton and Carter Ashton look on as Victor Hedman speaks at a press conference in Wednesday afternoon. Hedman said he chose #77 because he looked up to former NHL Defenseman Ray Borque. Click the link to view the picture.

From the Bolts Facebook profile: "Victor Hedman and Carter Ashton were just greeted by the...

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From the Bolts Facebook profile: "Victor Hedman and Carter Ashton were just greeted by the Lightning staff! They're getting ready for this afternoon's press conference, and the first chance to meet the local media."

Lightning continue the Wild times, ink Kurtis Foster

Kurtis Foster, who sustained a horrible broken leg at the end of 2007-08 and played only 10 NHL games last season, was signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Interview: A chat with Paul Szczechura

Eric Fish of It's Just Sports conducts an interview with Lightning center Paul Szczechura about the thrill of breaking into the NHL, about team mates, Tampa Bay and the 2009-10 campaign.

Lightning and Hockey link dump for Wednesday, July 8th

A few links ffrom around the blogosphere regarding both the Bolts and general league stuff.

OT: Welcome the new blog manager at Buc'Em

Buc'Em -- SB Nation's Tampa Bay Buccaneers weblog and community website -- has themselves a new blog manager. We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome Buc Wild to the SB Nation ranks. Buc's training camp will be opening in the next few weeks and there's sure to be a flurry of things to talk about with Tampa Bay's NFL team.

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