TAMPA BAY –
The Tampa Bay Lightning
have reassigned center Chris Gratton
to Norfolk of the American Hockey League and right wing Radim Vrbata
to BK Mlada Boleslav of the Czech Extraliga, it was announced by Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton
Gratton, a 6-foot-4, 226-pound native of Brantford, Ontario, skated in 18 games with the Lightning this season, recording two assists and 10 penalty minutes. He played in 60 games with the Lightning last season, recording 10 goals, 21 points, one power-play goal and one game-winning goal while battling a hip injury. The 33-year-old has played in 482 career games during three stints with Tampa Bay, recording 98 goals, 161 assists and 259 points. Gratton ranks seventh on the franchise list in games played, goals, assists and points, and is first in penalty minutes.
The 16-year NHL veteran has played in 1,086 career games with Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Phoenix, Colorado and Florida. He has 214 career goals and 567 points with 1,636 penalty minutes. During his career, Gratton has recorded seven seasons with 15 goals or more and 12 seasons with 10 goals or more. He also put together 10 seasons with 30 points or more. He has played in 40 career playoff games, recording eight goals and 15 points during his career. He made his first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance with Tampa Bay in 1996 and recorded two points. Gratton was the Lightning’s first-round choice, third overall, at the 1993 Entry Draft and served as Tampa Bay’s captain during the 1999-00 season.
Vrbata, 27, skated in 18 games with the Lightning this season, tallying three goals, three assists and eight penalty minutes. He enjoyed a breakthrough season in Phoenix in 2007-08, setting career highs and finishing as the Coyotes’ second-leading scorer with 27 goals and 56 points in 76 games.
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