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Lightning re-sign Killorn to two-year deal

Jun 19, 2014, 9:48 AM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are keeping their young corps of forwards together nicely.

The team announced they’ve re-signed forward Alex Killorn to a two-year contract. He was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1.

Killorn, 24,  had 17 goals and 41 points for Tampa this season and ever since coming out of Harvard he’s been a steady offensive threat.

Along with Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson, Killorn has provided an offensive threat after coming out of the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch. Unlike those players, he didn’t snag a matching three-year, $10 million deal.

This season, Killorn was getting prime-time duty playing on the Lightning’s top line alongside Steven Stamkos as well as with Valtteri Filppula. His strong two-way play has helped make him a valuable player on both sides of the ice and an excellent complement to the team’s bigger stars.

  1. pjblake2redwings - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    The Lightning are going to be a legit Cup contender soon. Soo many young stars in the making and with Stamkos leading the way the only thing they need to figure out is if Ben Bishop is the answer in net

    • falstaffsmind - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Fortunately with Vasilevskiy and Gudlevskis in the wings, the bolts are pretty rich at the position for the first time in franchise history.

  2. smarterthantheauthor - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    This is a nice story for us Bolts fans but I think we’re all still on the edge of our seats waiting for updates on two other stories:
    1 – Callahan?
    2 – Buy out of Malone – please make this happen!

    • letsgolightning - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Agreed, and I would add…
      3 – Matt Niskanen and/or Dan Boyle? (Though we likely wouldn’t know on either until 7/1)

      • smarterthantheauthor - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        Niskanen would be a great add – as would good ol’ Danny Boy. (my favorite Bolt)

      • pfhockey - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        4- 4 1st round picks between this year and next!

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    You could argue that Tampa’s forward group is as deep and dangerous as any in the league. Throw in a Vezina-caliber netminder (who would’ve made a big difference against the Habs) and the development of Hedman as that true #1 defender and the Lightning look to be scary for many years.

  4. msolo1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Defensive depth is going to be a question moving forward and the only problem with rising stars is eventually they will become too expensive to keep them all. The landscape of the team could very well change in 3 years. But it wouldn’t surprise me if they manage another Cup before then.

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