Brett Connolly made the jump straight from the WHL to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but after scoring four goals and 15 points in 68 games in 2011-12, he’s spent most of his time in the minors.
With that in mind, the Lightning and Connolly agreed on a one-year, two-way contract for the 2014-15 campaign. It looks like he will enter training camp with a fair shot of making the team and if all goes well, he could be in line for a more favorable contract next summer.
Although Connolly has only played in 16 games with Tampa Bay over the last two seasons, he has been a prolific scorer in the minors. He had 21 goals and 57 points in 66 AHL games last season after recording 31 goals and 32 assists in 71 contests in 2012-13.
Connolly was taken by the Lightning with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
Trevor Daley, traded to Blackhawks for Sharp & Johns and to #Pens for Scuderi (who was flipped to LA for Ehrhoff) played 28:41 in G4 W.