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Lightning re-sign forward Yanni Gourde to two-year, one-way contract

The 25-year-old netted six goals and two assists in 20 games with Tampa Bay last season

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

Gourde: Exit Interview

Gourde on being an impact player

Forward Yanni Gourde speaks to the media about being able to be an impact player for the Bolts late in the season during his exit interview

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Yanni Gourde to a two-year, one-way contract worth $1-million per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Gourde, 25, skated in 20 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, posting six goals and eight points to go along with eight penalty minutes. The 5-foot-9, 172-pound forward scored his first career NHL goal on March 11 against the Florida Panthers. Gourde also scored in three consecutive games from March 27 through April 1. He finished the season posting five goals over his past eight games. He's appeared in 22 career NHL games, all with the Bolts over the past two seasons, collecting six goals and nine points.

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The Narcisse, Quebec native also played in 56 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, registering 22 goals and 48 points to go along with 54 penalty minutes. Gourde ranked second on the Crunch for goals and third for points. He also ranked tied for first in the AHL last season with four shorthanded goals. During Syracuse's Calder Cup Playoff run, Gourde posted nine goals and 27 points in 22 games. He ranked first for playoff assists and was second behind teammate Cory Conacher for points.

Gourde went undrafted and originally agreed to terms with the Lightning on March 9, 2014.

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