The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed unrestricted free agent left wing Dave Andreychuk to a two-year contract, Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster announced today. In accordance with club policy, financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
In 2004 Andreychuk realized his dreams when he lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time after 1,597 regular season and 162 playoff games. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound 41-year-old native of Hamilton, Ontario recorded a goal and 13 assists in 23 games during the Lightning's Stanley Cup run, setting a franchise mark for assists by a left wing in a playoff season. During the 2003-04 regular season he was sixth on the team in points (39) and appeared in all 82 games.
"Dave Andreychuk walked into our locker room four seasons ago and helped us find our way," Feaster said. "He helped our young players grow and develop and mature more quickly, and he helped establish an expectation level in terms of expecting to win each and every night through hard work and commitment. Just as importantly, Dave immediately bought into John Tortorella's 'team concept' and helped sell that message to his teammates. Having his veteran presence back in our locker room, and his perennial 20-goal contribution on the ice, are huge factors in helping us attempt to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions."
Andreychuk ranks second all-time in the NHL among left wings in goals (634), assists (686) and points (1,320), and currently sits seventh in league history in games played. He is five goals ahead of Brett Hull for most career power-play goals (270) and reached the 20-goal mark for the 19th time in 2003-04, third most in NHL history behind Gordie Howe (22) and Ron Francis (20).
Andreychuk was signed as a free agent by the Lightning on July 13, 2001, and was named the seventh captain in team history on September 11, 2002. He became the 14th player in league history to record 600 goals on November 23, 2002 at New Jersey. He has completed 22 NHL seasons with Buffalo, Toronto, New Jersey, Boston, Colorado and Tampa Bay, recording 634 goals, 686 assists, 1,320 points and 1,109 penalty minutes.
Originally drafted by Buffalo 16th overall in 1983, Andreychuk has recorded two 50-goal seasons, two 40-goal seasons and an additional five seasons with 30 or more goals. A two-time NHL All-Star (1990, 1994), Andreychuk set career highs with 54 goals in 1992-93 with Buffalo and Toronto and 99 points in both 1992-93 and 1993-94. He recorded a career high of five goals in a game vs. Boston in 1986, and has tallied four goals in a game three times and three goals in a game seven times. Andreychuk also has skated in 162 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording 43 goals, 54 assists, 97 points and 162 penalty minutes.