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by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Doug Janik to a two-way contract today, Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster announced.

"Doug Janik is an experienced defenseman who, we believe, is truly knocking on the door of playing full-time in the NHL as demonstrated by his strong play during the Eastern Conference Finals this past season," Feaster said. "He is a high character player who fits well within our team-first philosophy. This signing provides us with some much-needed depth at a very critical position, and we expect Doug to challenge for a spot on our roster at Camp."

Janik, a 6-foot-2, 209-pound native of Agawam, Massachusetts, scored his first career NHL goal for Buffalo in Game 7 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals and played five games with the Sabres during the postseason. Janik, 26, has appeared in 10 career NHL games and has a plus-1 rating and 21 penalty minutes. He played his first NHL game against the Lightning on March 14, 2003 at Buffalo and had a plus-1 rating with one shot on goal.

During the 2005-06 regular season he compiled five goals and 24 points in 71 games for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. He also led the team in plus/minus rating with a plus-8 and in penalty minutes with 161. He netted two power play goals along with his first professional shorthanded goal.

Janik has played in 376 games with Rochester in five seasons and scored 18 goals while recording 91 points. He has registered a plus-41 rating, four power play goals and one shorthanded goal in his AHL career. An alumni of the University of Maine, Janik has appeared in 30 AHL playoff games and has scored one goal while adding four assists. In 2002 he was nominated for the Timex Ironman Player Award by the Professional Hockey Players' Association and became Americans defenseman since 1984-85 to play in all 80 regular season games. Following the season he was also named the team's Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Unsung Hero.

Janik played in 13 games with the United States at the World Junior Championships in 1999 and 2000. He served as the Captain for the University of Maine Black Bears for the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons and was named to the 2000-01 NCAA All-East Regional Team. During the 1999-00 season Janik was member of the New England Hockey Writers Association All-Star Team and was a runner-up for the best defensive defenseman in Hockey East. He also won a National Championship with Maine in 1999.

He was selected by Buffalo in the second round, 55th overall, at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
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