Report: Lightning sign James Wisniewski to PTO

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After having his 2015-16 season reduced to just 47 seconds of ice time, defenseman James Wisniewski has signed a professional tryout (PTO) with the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail.

Wisniewski, 32, had one more year left on his six-year contract with an annual cap hit of $5.5 million, but the Hurricanes bought out the remainder of his deal the day before free agency opened.

He suffered a torn ACL just 47 seconds into his debut with the Hurricanes at the beginning of last season, and didn’t play another shift in 2015-16.

The Hurricanes initially acquired the veteran blue liner from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goalie Anton Khudobin in June of 2015.