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Lightning re-sign D Gudas to three-year deal

May 6, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-upped with one of their pleasant blueline surprises from this season.

Radko Gudas has agreed to a three-year contract extension, the club announced on Monday. Financial terms were not released.

“We are extremely happy to have Radko signed for another three years today,” GM Steve Yzerman said in a statement. “He played well in his first NHL season and we look forward to him playing an important role on our defense in the coming years.”

Gudas, 22, started the year with AHL Syracuse but quickly worked his way into the Bolts lineup, appearing in 22 games while recording two goals, five points and plus-3 rating.

He also racked up 38 PIM while playing close to 17 minutes per evening.

In March, former head coach Guy Boucher praised Gudas’ ferocity.

“He’s a head hunter,” Boucher told the Tampa Bay Times. “He’s one of those guys that hits you clean but extremely hard.”

Gudas, 22, was taken by Tampa in the third round (66th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He was set to become a restricted free agent this summer.

  1. 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    That beard alone has to be worth a few hundred thousand per season. It’s positively Weberly.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      With the beard he looks like General Zod’s lieutenant “Non” from Superman 2…

      • ibieiniid - May 7, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        and the award for most obscure/most awesome reference goes toooooo….

  2. letsgolightning - May 6, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    A +3 is pretty impressive with the way we played this year. We need some physicality in our D. I’m glad to see this signing.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      I’ve only seen him in one game and he was over the top and got thrown out mid-way through…didn’t seem like the help TB needed to me.

  3. jpelle82 - May 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    i like this guy. wish he was on my team

  4. ibieiniid - May 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    well deserved. saw him many times in Norfolk. one of my fav Calder cup-winning Ads.

  5. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - May 6, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I doubt anyone in the coming Northeast(?) division is too scared of the Lightning right now, but I can promise you no one is looking forward to facing Gudas all season. I’m just hoping his style of play can rub off on the rest of the defensemen on this team.

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