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Lightning re-sign Downie to two-year deal

Wednesday, 08.25.2010 / 3:23 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

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Lightning re-sign Downie to two-year deal
Restricted free agent Steve Downie has reportedly agreed to a new two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to TSN.
The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed right wing Steve Downie to a two-year contract Wednesday afternoon, GM Steve Yzerman announced. 
 
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.



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