TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning has announced the signings of three former University of Maine hockey players, with the NHL team inking former Black Bear defenseman Brett Clark to a two-year contract while re-signing defenseman Mike Lundin and right wing Teddy Purcell to one-year deals.
Clark, 33, played one season at Maine in 1995-96, skating in 39 games with seven goals and 38 points while earning Hockey East All-Rookie status.
He comes to Tampa Bay after playing with the Colorado Avalanche for the last five seasons. Clark played in 64 games last season, recording three goals and 20 points with two power- play goals. He led Colorado in blocked shots with 162 and was tied for fourth among defensemen in points.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Clark has played in 517 career NHL games with the Avalanche, Atlanta Thrashers and Montreal Canadiens. He has amassed 34 goals and 139 points with 11 power play goals.
“In Brett Clark, we are adding an experienced, intelligent defenseman who plays the game efficiently,” said Tampa Bay vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman in a press release. “He’ll not only help steady and stabilize our defense, we expect him to help mentor our younger defensemen as they grow and develop. We are pleased he elected to join the Lightning today.”
Lundin has played in 155 career games with the Lightning, recording three goals and 21 points. He made the Lightning directly out of college at the University of Maine in the 2007-08 season and went on to represent Tampa Bay in the 2008 NHL YoungStars Game in Dallas. That season he led all Lightning defensemen, second overall on the team, in plus-minus rating with a plus-3.
A plus-one is given to a player if he is on the ice when his team scores an even-strength goal; minus-one is handed out if he is out there for an even-strength goal allowed by his team.
Lundin appeared in 49 games with Tampa Bay last season, with three goals and 13 points. He set career highs for goals, assists, points, penalty minutes with 18, shots on goal with 42 and average time on ice with 21:56.
Lundin, 25, played in 160 games with Maine during his four-year career, totaling 13 goals and 68 points.
Purcell, 24, has played in 110 career NHL games with Tampa Bay and the Los Angeles Kings, accumulating 11 goals and 34 points along with four power-play goals and two game-winning goals.
Last season Purcell played in 41 games with the Kings, amassing three goals and six points before being acquired by Tampa Bay on March 3. At the time of the trade, he ranked seventh on Los Angeles in takeaways and averaged 11:21 in ice time per game.
After joining the Lightning, Purcell skated in 19 games, recording three goals and nine points. He averaged 16:05 minutes per game, the highest of his career.
Before turning pro, Purcell played one season with the University of Maine, with 16 goals and 43 points in 40 games during the 2006-07 campaign before being named Hockey East Rookie of the Year as well as Inside College Hockey Rookie of the Year.