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Report: Former Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger inks AHL deal

Aug 21, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

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Defenseman Paul Ranger hasn’t seen NHL ice since the 2009-10 season with the Tampa Bay Lightning but now he’s back after reportedly signing a deal with the AHL Toronto Marlies.

As Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times points out, Ranger left the Lightning in 2009 with a reported personal issue to attend to and never came back. Ranger became an unrestricted free agent on July 1 after two seasons of still being under the Lightning’s control.

At his best in the 2007-08 season, Ranger was a solid two-way blue liner scoring 10 goals and adding 21 assists. Shoulder problems hampered him the next two seasons, however, and his leave of absence from Tampa helped remove him from memory. How he does after two seasons away from hockey will be curious to see.

  1. boltindc - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    I want to know why he left. If some of the rumors are true I hope he knows coming back might mean he has to answer some tough questions.

    • killerpgh - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      What rumors did you hear? I remember hearing drug/alcohol problems but nothing was ever made public.

    • Joe Yerdon - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      There was always talk of contract issues there. I know he’d been an RFA for a while and wasn’t happy with how things went in Tampa. Possible he just held out and waited to become unrestricted to get out of town.

  2. Vintage Hockey Barn - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

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