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Tampa Bay signs Lindback to two-year, $3.6 million deal

Jul 6, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

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When Steve Yzerman acquired Anders Lindback to stabilize Tampa’s goaltending, all that remained was getting the Finnish netminder signed.

On Friday, mission accomplished.

The Lightning announced they’ve agreed to terms with the 24-year-old ‘tender on a two-year deal worth $3.6 million. Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports the contract pays $1.4 million in 2011-12 and $2.2 million in 2013-14 for an average annual cap hit of $1.8 million.

A restricted free agent, Lindback had received his qualifying offer from Nashville prior to be acquired by the Bolts.

The deal serves as confirmation that Lindback will be Tampa Bay’s No. 1 heading into next season. While his body of work is relatively small — just 38 appearances over two NHL seasons — he’ll head into 2012-13 ahead of Mathieu Garon, Riku Helenius and Dustin Tokarski on the depth chart.

No surprise, then, that Yzerman bolstered his blueline this offseason, in the event Lindback struggles with his first bite at a starting gig.

Tampa’s new-look defense will feature the likes of Matt Carle, Victor Hedman, Eric Brewer, Sami Salo, Brian Lee, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Brendan Mikkelson and Matt Taormina (it’s safe to assume Mattias Ohlund will either retire or end up on long-term injured reserve.)

It’s possible youngsters Keith Aulie and Evan Oberg could be in the defensive mix as well.

  1. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    I’d expect Aulie to be ahead of Lee and Taormina on the depth chart, at least as of now.

    Also, I really really wish the season started now. Can’t freaking wait to see this guy in goal along with our improved D.

    • drunkbro - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      i hope youre not referring to matt carle in regards to ‘improved D’

      • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        You clearly didn’t see our D last year.

    • mathieug79 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      here i’ve watched this video at least 12 times in the last 2-3 days, and im getting excited about this season. I think this guy will thrive in a tampa bay jersey! he’s a stud

  2. ray2013 - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    This is just further proof that Steve Tambellini is one of the worst, if not the worst, GMs in hockey.

    Schneider, Dubnyk and Lindback are all close to the same age. I think most people would rank them Schneider, Lindback and then Dubnyk. Schneider gets $4 million a year, Lindback gets $1.8 million a year, and Dubnyk gets $3.5 million a year. Huh? Dubnyk almost makes more in one year than Lindback makes in two?

  3. bensawesomeness - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Gotta figure Tampa is one of the few teams who feels really good about themselves so far in Free Agency, along with Minnesota, and maybe two of three others. Picked up a goalie and a bunch of D from the market. Pretty impressed with what TB’s putting together

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