The Tampa Bay Lightning have added some depth for their AHL affiliate in Syracuse. The Bolts have signed forward Mike Halmo to a one-year, two-way deal.
Halmo spent the last five years in the Islanders organization. The 25-year-old played 20 games with New York back in 2013-14. He spent the majority of his time with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Halmo scored 22 goals, 41 points and 117 penalty minutes in 74 games with the Sound Tigers last season.
Before turning pro, Halmo spent four years with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack. In his final OHL season, Halmo scored 40 goals and 85 points in 66 games.
Here’s the full release from the Lightning:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Mike Halmo to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Halmo, 25, played in 74 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League last season, collecting 22 goals and 41 points to go along with 117 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the Sound Tigers for goals and was third for points. Halmo set career highs last season for games played, goals and points. The Waterloo, Ontario native has skated in 214 career AHL games, all with Bridgeport over the past five seasons, posting 56 goals and 112 points.
The 5-foot-10, 205-pound forward has appeared in 20 career NHL games, all with the New York Islanders during the 2013-14 season, posting one goal and 32 penalty minutes. Halmo made his NHL debut on February 27, 2014 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and netted his first career NHL goal on April 1, 2014 against the Florida Panthers (Scott Clemmensen).
Halmo went undrafted and originally signed as a free agent with the Islanders on March 10, 2012.
The Bolts are loaded with depth up front, but Jonathan Marchessault moved on to Florida in free agency. With a good camp, Halmo might be able to sneak onto the roster as a depth forward.