TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed right wing Norm Milley to a one-year contract, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.
"Norm Milley is a very solid veteran and leader at the AHL level and has demonstrated that he is on the doorstep of becoming a regular in the NHL,” Feaster said. “We are very pleased that he has chosen to remain with our organization and we look forward to seeing him in Training Camp in September where he will have an opportunity along with a number of other players to make our team. Norm is a high-character player who consistently puts the team first."
Milley, a 6-foot, 195-pound native of Toronto, played in 14 games with the Lightning in 2005-06. He scored two goals, including the first of his NHL career, and had three points in his first season in Tampa Bay. He scored one goal on the power play and averaged more than seven minutes of ice time per game with the Lightning.
Milley appeared in 73 games with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League last season and ranked second on the team in goals with 26 and points with 60. He tied for the team lead in power play goals with 10 and was second in shorthanded goals with two.
Milley, 27, joined the Lightning after spending five seasons in the Buffalo Sabres organization. He has appeared in 29 career NHL games with Buffalo and Tampa Bay. He had his most productive season in 2005-06 with the Lightning.
He has played in 493 career AHL games and has scored 131 goals with 311 points in seven seasons. He has scored 20 or more goals in three AHL seasons.
He played 259 games in four seasons with Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League and scored 167 goals and added 201 assists. Milley surpassed the 30-goal plateau in each of his junior seasons and scored 50 or more in two consecutive seasons.
He was originally signed by the Lightning as a free agent on August 18, 2005.