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Big Bolt: Lightning reportedly sign Andrej Sustr

Mar 21, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT


Apparently Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is taking his team’s big problems in their own end quite literally.

The Bolts signed 6-foot-8, 225 lbs. defenseman Andrej Sustr to a two-year entry level contract on Thursday, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

(The Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson notes that the terms of the deal might not be finalized for a few days.)

Sustr, 22, just wrapped up his junior year with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. As Erlendsson points out, this is the second year in a row that Tampa Bay landed a prominent college free agent; the Lightning landed J.T. Brown last year.

The Czech-born defenseman scored nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points in 39 games, collecting a +16 rating in the process.

Perhaps Yzerman has a dream scenario of oversized defensemen patrolling his blueline, as key cog Victor Hedman stands at 6-foot-6.

In other Lightning news, RDS’ Renaud Lavoie reports that the team recalled goalie Cedrick Desjardins from the AHL.

(Sustr photo via UNO’s Web site.)

  1. imleftcoast - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Chara has made a career of not being called for holding, but I thought the refs only pocketed the whistles for Chara because Greg Campbell plays for the Bruins.

    • windmiller4 - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      how in the hell does this have anything to do about tampa bay signing a free agent out of college? If youre gonna go on a conspiracy rant at least do it on the right story

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      What’s your excuse when he was playing for Ottawa?

  2. cameltoews - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    I wonder why he chose Tampa. I thought there were a lot better teams very interested in his services.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      He enjoys golfing during his off days

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Good call bud!

    mathieug79 – Mar 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM
    Agreed, Vinny has been a tremendous force for years, but now he’s injured at least once every season, he’s also slower than most NHLer’s. I like him and I grew up Idolizing him, but Im wondering if its time to part ways. Let St Louis take over! Also would like to see Brewer traded at the deadline, get Andrej Sustr signed (he’s 6’8″ look at the link below, he looks like a young chara in the making), And let go MA Bergeron. I like Hedman, Matt Carle, Keith Aulie, Radko Gudas, Brian Lee, and Its time to promote Mark Barberio! Any team that is in a playoff hunt could use a guy like Brewer (i’d be happy with 3rd-4th round pick or a young Dmen).

    Here’s the link to Andrej Sustr

    • mathieug79 - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Called it!! Thanks bud! After reading a story about Sustr having to pay his own gas and drive 14hrs (NCAA rules state that a player can’t take money from teams) to visit/participate in the Lightning prospect camp. I knew then we we’re the favorite to sign him. I can’t seem to find the link from that story!! lol

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Ah man I was really hoping the Flyers could bring this kid in. Better get in on the Danny Dekeyser sweepstakes. That kid is supposed to be just a notch below Justin Schultz. But Sustr definitely has potential. Tampa will have some imposing bodies on the backend with Sustr and Hedman.

    • mathieug79 - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Dont forget Aulie lol, If your looking for a couple of Dmen, we can supply them, their all trash tho lol, MA bergeron, Brian Lee, and Keith Aulie should all be available. Also I think we’ll see some forwards traded away, we have a couple of prospects that have been in the minors for a while who deserve a shot; Connolly, JT Brown, Panik just got called up. we also have Barberio who deserves a shot. Don’t be surprised to see Danny Dekeyser sign with the Redwings, or even Tampa. He’ll probably get 30 offers, so I guess its whichever team he wants to play for.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:17 AM

        haha yeah I don’t think any of those guys would help turn around the Flyers. I was hoping they could reel in one of the top college free agent defensemen, because they have no real D prospects. But it appeared Tampa was in on Sustr from the beginning and they’re apparently a frontrunner for Dekeyser. You’re right though it’s very likely he ends up in Detroit as he has connections there. Just as the Flyers were never really in the running for Schultz, it appears to be the same circumstances with these kids. They signed one of the top college forwards but they have enough of them, they obviously need help on the backend. And the good thing about college kids is they’re further along in development, so they’re quicker to the NHL, although most say Sustr is kind of raw. But you can’t teach size, solid addition for Tampa.

    • hockeyfan28 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      Shane Gostisbehere who is legit but he’s two years from the NHL dude was a stud for team USA at the world juniors
      but he’s more of a future kimmo timmonen power play captain from the point kinda guy

  5. mathieug79 - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    As per Erik Erlendsson, #tblightning GM Steve Yzerman says plan is for Sustr to join team next week in Tampa, evaluate from there if he plays in NHL games

  6. boltsfan777 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I’m guessing this will be a project, and he won’t be a Chara for years, but the Bolts have nothing to lose at this point. Teach him to stay with his man, retrieve the puck, and finish checks and he’ll be doing better than most Bolts d-men. Hedman is the only one having a decent year, and Gudas is amazing.

    • georgejarkko - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Salo looks very good and Aulie has been a pleasant surprise. Carle = disappointment. And yes, Gudas is amazing!

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