The Tampa Bay Lightning
re-signed right wing Steve Downie
to a two-year contract Wednesday afternoon, GM Steve Yzerman
Downie appeared in 79 games with the Lightning last season and tallied 22 goals and 46 points. He set career highs for games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes (208). He also became the first player since Theo Fleury
in 2001-02 to record at least 20 goals and 200 penalty minutes in a season.
"We are pleased to get Steve under contract," Yzerman said. "We look forward to him building on the success he had last season and becoming an even bigger part of the team."
A native of Newmarket, Ontario, Downie has played in 140 career NHL games with Tampa Bay and the Philadelphia Flyers
, registering 31 goals and 64 points. He has also appeared in six Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with the Flyers.
Downie was originally drafted by Philadelphia in the first round (No. 29) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.