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Report: Bolts sign Mike Angelidis to a one-year, two-way deal

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The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to add depth up front.

In addition to the signing of free agent forward Jeff Tambellini, the Bolts locked up center Mike Angelidis on Sunday.

According to Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports, Angelidis’ deal is a one-year, two-way deal. The 30-year-old will earn $650,000 at the NHL level and $250,000 in the American Hockey League.

Angelidis spent much of the 2014-15 season with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch scoring 20 goals and 38 points to go along with 138 penalty minutes in 64 games. He appeared in three games with the Bolts registering 12 penalty minutes while averaging 7:21 in ice time.

The Ontario native has appeared in 10 career NHL games, all with the Lightning, over three seasons.

Lightning acquire Ashton and Broll from the Leafs


The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired forwards Carter Ashton and David Broll from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick at the 2016 NHL Draft.

The deal frees up two contract spots for the Leafs, who were at the maximum of 50.

Ashton appeared in seven games for the Leafs this season registering a minus-3 rating. The 23-year-old was also suspended 20 games earlier this season after testing positive for a banned substance.

Originally a first-round pick (29th overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009, Ashton was dealt to the Leafs in February 2012 for defenseman Keith Aulie.

In 12 American Hockey League games this season, Ashton has four goals and eight points with the Toronto Marlies.

Broll has split this season between the Marlies and the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears. The 22-year-old appeared in five NHL games with the Leafs last season registering an assist.

Both players will likely report to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

Lightning assign Vasilevskiy to AHL


The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League the club announced Thursday.

The 20-year-old started one game after being recalled on Tuesday making 10 saves in a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

Vasilevskiy has appeared in four games with the Lightning this season going 3-1-0 while posting a 1.76 G.A.A. and a .937 save percentage.

Originally the Lightning’s first-round selection (19th overall) in 2012, Vasilevskiy has appeared in 16 AHL games with Syracuse this season posting a 9-3-4 record to go along with a 2.34 G.A.A. and a .919 save percentage.

As Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune notes, with Vasilevskiy being reassigned, Ben Bishop will return to Tampa’s lineup Friday when the Lightning visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lightning recall Andrei Vasilevskiy (Updated)


The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

Vasilevskiy,20, has appeared in three games for the Lightning this season posting a 2-1-0 record to go along with a 2.01 G.A.A. and a .940 save percentage.

Originally Tampa Bay’s first round selection (19th overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft, Vasilevskiy is 9-3-4 with a 2.34 G.A.A. and a .919 save percentage in 16 AHL games this season.

Vasilevskiy’s recall has nothing to do with an injury to a Lightning goaltender according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune.

One explanation for the recall could be the close proximity between Syracuse and Buffalo, where the Lightning play Wednesday night.


Bishop missed four games earlier this month due to a lower body injury.

Lightning likely to recall a goaltender from Syracuse

The Tampa Bay Lightning may be calling Syracuse for a goaltender on Tuesday.

Ben Bishop suffered a lower body injury late in the first period Monday against Pittsburgh.

Jon Cooper wasn’t sure exactly when the injury occurred, but there was a span in the final 90 seconds where the Penguins directed several shots at Bishop.

As Steve Downie was whistled for a tripping minor, Bishop was seen getting up quite slowly.

Bishop allowed a goal on five shots before being replaced by Evgeni Nabokov.

Nabokov finished with 18 saves in the 4-2 loss to the Penguins.

“Well we play in less than 24 hours so if he pulled himself out tonight… be hard (for him) to go in less than 24 hours,” said Cooper.

Tampa Bay visits Philadelphia Tuesday and has back to back games against the Devils and Islanders on Friday and Saturday.

“It happened late (in the first). He said he couldn’t go,” Cooper said. “Its tough, he’s a big part of our team.”

Bishop entered Monday night’s game with a 16-6-2 record to go along a 2.34 goals against average.

Andrei Vasilevskiy and Kristers Gudlevskis are the two goaltenders on the Syracuse Crunch roster.

Vasilevskiy is 8-3-3 with a 2.34 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage to go along with two shutouts. He was named the AHL’s Player of the Week on Monday.

Gudlevskis meanwhile is 8-4-0 with a 3.03 G.A.A. and an .898 save percentage.