Antero Niittymaki, beloved netminder known as "Frank", signed earlier today with the San Jose Sharks. The contract is believed to be for two years. While many fans would have liked to have seen Frank retained by the Bolts, I guess the best news with this signing is that he is no longer in the East and will not be a force to deal with in the Southeast Division that much.
But with the loss of Niitymaki, the Lightning did not sit idle and wait for the free-agency dust to clear. Instead, they opted to sign goaltender Dan Ellis. Ellis had played for the Nashville Predators the past three seasons and was traded earlier this week to the Canadiens.
#0 / Goalie / Tampa Bay Lightning
Jun 19, 1980
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Ellis has already posted, via his Twitter account, about his excitement in joining the Lightning. One of the aspects that plays into hsi excitement is re-joining former team mate and friend Mike Smith. The two played together for the Iowa Stars about 5 years ago.
The official team press release is below the fold.