The Tampa Bay Lightning continued to re-shape the roster this week, adding some veteran grit. The team announced Friday that they had signed forward Brenden Morrow to a one-year contract. While financial terms were not disclosed, the deal is reportedly worth $1.55 million.
The 35-year-old Morrow spent last season with the St. Louis Blues after signing a one-year deal, scoring 25 points in 71 games, to go along with 76 penalty minutes. A longtime member of the Dallas Stars, Morrow served as captain before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 921 career NHL games, Morrow has scored 262 goals and 567 points. He also has1,298 career penalty minutes.
Hailing from Carlyle, Saskatoon, Morrow also has a distinguished international career for his native Canada. He won an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in 2010. Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has some familiarity with Morrow, having served in the same role for that Olympic team. He has also won gold in both the World Championship and World Cup (both in 2004). He also won the Memorial Cup with the Portland Winterhawks in 1998, a year after being selected 25th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
The Lightning also signed forward Phillipe Paradis on Friday, to a one-year, two-way contract. Selected 27th overall by the Carolina Hurricaines in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Paradis has yet to play in an NHL game. In 56 games with the Syracuse Crunch last season, the 23-year-old Paradis had 15 points and 118 penalty minutes.
The team also added two depth players on Thursday, signing forward Jerome Samson and re-signing forward Brett Connolly. Both received one-year, two-way contracts. The 26-year-old Samson had 56 points in 68 games for the St. Johns Ice Caps last season. In 46 career NHL games, he has nine points. The 22-year-old Connolly was selected by the Lightning sixth overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In 66 games for the Syracuse Crunch last season, he had 57 points. He also had one point in 11 games with the Lightning last season. In 84 career games with the Lightning, he has 17 points.