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Bolts add goalie depth, sign ex-Blue Jacket York to AHL deal

Jul 8, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

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With Ben Bishop, Evgeni Nabokov, Latvian Olympic hero Kristers Gudlevskis and ’12 first-rounder Andrei Vasilevski in the fold, Tampa Bay isn’t exactly a team needing more depth in goal — but that’s what the Lightning added on Tuesday, signing former Columbus netminder Allen York to an AHL deal.

The move was announced by Tampa Bay assistant GM Julien BriseBois and is reportedly of the two-way variety (in the AHL, not NHL). It could provide some stability for the 25-year-old York, who split last season between four American League clubs (Charlotte, Texas, Rockford and Syracuse) and two ECHL teams (Evansville and South Carolina).

It’s been a rocky road for York since making his NHL debut in 2011-12 with Columbus. The former R.P.I. standout actually posted quality numbers that year — in 11 games with the Jackets, he went 3-2-0 with a .919 save percentage and 2.30 GAA — but failed to latch on with the club long-term, and has bounced around ever since.


  1. blomfeld - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:55 PM


    summary: Tampa and Miami equal ‘paper-mache’ hockey …

    • convincedofthehex - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      You win the award for most ignorant comment of the day. You obviously have never been to Tampa for a game.

      • blomfeld - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        that’s right pal … and God willing I ‘never’ will either !

    • lightning79 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      you can keep watching your canadian teams, struggle to even make the playoffs! Stick to commenting on baseball!

      • blomfeld - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        ‘invite the infidel to the River Jordan and there where the current is strongest, push him in, so that he may drown like the rat he is’ … Proverbs 34:8

      • lightning79 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        Keep praying, your Leafs might make the playoffs one day..

      • dueman - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        lightning79 – You must be new here (or you just haven’t paid much attention) because everybody knows that Blom for one, does not in any way , shape, or form, represent all of Canada, so to try to make your argument a national one, (you can keep watching your Canadian teams, struggle to even make the playoffs) is just silly. For two, EVERYBODY on here knows that Blom is a Kings fan.

        If you really are a Lightning fan, and not just some troll, then you should be very excited about your team at the moment, because they are really starting to look like a contender. In other words, there’s no need for the sh!t talk! Sit back and enjoy what looks to be a good season for your team, and leave the stupid talk to the other kids…

    • letsgolightning - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      If you exclude the ‘home’ game at Dodger Stadium, the Bolts averaged more fans at home last year than the Kings. The last time the Kings managed a better audience was the ’10-’11 season – four years ago.

      The Panthers attendance is pretty bad, though.

    • boltsfan777 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      Here we go again. Do your homework. Bolts 10th in overall attendance last season. Not

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