The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that they have signed forwards Jonathan Marchessault and Brian Hart.
Marchessault, 24, has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract. He spent the bulk of the 2014-15 campaign in the AHL where he scored 24 goals and 67 points in 68 contests. However, he was also used twice during Tampa Bay’s playoff run and averaged 11:27 minutes per game during that stretch. Prior to that, he scored his first career NHL goal on April 11 against Boston.
Hart is turning pro now that he’s armed with a three-year, entry-level contract. The 21-year-old spent the last three campaigns with Harvard, scoring 18 goals and 50 points in 98 career NCAA games.
Tampa Bay originally selected him with the 53rd overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
The Lightning have no shortage of restricted free agents that still need to be addressed, including Vladislav Namestnikov, Mark Barberio, and Andrej Sustr.
#tblightning has issued a qualifying offer to RFA D Andrej Sustr to retain his rights, and the two sides will continue to talk re: deal
— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) June 28, 2015