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Lightning sign Clark

Monday, 07.05.2010 / 5:41 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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Lightning sign Clark
Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman has reportedly added another piece to the Lightning defense with the signing of Brett Clark to a one-year contract, according to the Tampa Tribune and Denver Post.
Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman has added another piece to the Lightning defense with the signing of Brett Clark to a two-year contract.

Clark, 33, has played the last five full seasons with the Colorado Avalanche. He had 20 points in 64 games this past season, but he led the Avs with 162 blocked shots. He had 238 blocked shots in 2008-09 when he played in 76 games. Only Zbynek Michalek (271) had more.

Atlanta traded Clark to Colorado on Jan. 4, 2002, but he spent most of the next three seasons with in the American Hockey League with the Hershey Bears, at the time the Avs' top affiliate. Clark had 130 points and a plus-6 rating in 371 games with the Avalanche, but he had 77 of those points in his first two full seasons when he missed only two games.

Yzerman last week traded Andrej Meszaros to Philadelphia and signed Pavel Kubina to a two-year contract.

Clark, who checks in at 6-foot and 195 pounds, was originally drafted by Montreal in the fifth round of the 1996 Entry Draft. He played in 102 games with the Habs and 44 with the Thrashers.

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