With Ben Bishop, Evgeni Nabokov, Latvian Olympic hero Kristers Gudlevskis and ’12 first-rounder Andrei Vasilevski in the fold, Tampa Bay isn’t exactly a team needing more depth in goal — but that’s what the Lightning added on Tuesday, signing former Columbus netminder Allen York to an AHL deal.
The move was announced by Tampa Bay assistant GM Julien BriseBois and is reportedly of the two-way variety (in the AHL, not NHL). It could provide some stability for the 25-year-old York, who split last season between four American League clubs (Charlotte, Texas, Rockford and Syracuse) and two ECHL teams (Evansville and South Carolina).
It’s been a rocky road for York since making his NHL debut in 2011-12 with Columbus. The former R.P.I. standout actually posted quality numbers that year — in 11 games with the Jackets, he went 3-2-0 with a .919 save percentage and 2.30 GAA — but failed to latch on with the club long-term, and has bounced around ever since.