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Lightning's Craig awarded 1-year, $850,000 deal in arbitration

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Tampa Bay Lightning center Ryan Craig will make $850,000 next season under a one-year contract awarded by an arbitrator on Monday.

Craig, the only Tampa Bay player to file for arbitration this summer, sought a one-year, $1.2 million deal. The Lightning offered $650,000 for one year during a hearing last Friday in Toronto.

Craig scored 15 goals as a rookie two years ago and had 14 goals and 27 points last season.

"We appreciate the fact that the arbitrator weighed all the evidence presented and awarded what we believe is a very reasonable contract for this player," Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said.

"We had consistently discussed a negotiated arrangement with Ryan that always had us starting at the $750,000 mark and we believe the award in this case is consistent with our thinking."

With the ruling, Tampa Bay has all of its restricted free agents under contract for next season.

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