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Lightning Sign Free Agent Defenseman Sami Salo

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Sami Salo to a two-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Salo, 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, has played in 761 career NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks and the Ottawa Senators. He has accumulated 93 goals, 305 points, 55 power-play goals and 24 game-winning goals.  Salo has played for Vancouver since the 2002-03 season.  He has played in 100 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with both the Canucks and Senators, recording 12 goals and 31 points. Salo was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 1999. 

A native of Turku, Finland, Salo played in 69 games with Vancouver last season, recording nine goals and 25 points with a plus-7 rating.  He led all Canucks defensemen in power-play goals with seven, ranked second for goals and fourth for average ice time with 20:26 per contest.

The 37-year-old represented Finland in each of the previous three Olympic Games.

Salo was drafted by Ottawa in the ninth round, 239th overall, of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.  He was acquired by the Canucks on September 21, 20002 in exchange for Peter Schaefer.

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