elvis15 Posted July 11, 2014 Share Posted July 11, 2014 Lightning, ’10 first-rounder Connolly agree to one-year deal Brett Connolly made the jump straight from the WHL to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but after scoring four goals and 15 points in 68 games in 2011-12, he’s spent most of his time in the minors. With that in mind, the Lightning and Connolly agreed on a one-year, two-way contract for the 2014-15 campaign. It looks like he will enter training camp with a fair shot of making the team and if all goes well, he could be in line for a more favorable contract next summer. Although Connolly has only played in 16 games with Tampa Bay over the last two seasons, he has been a prolific scorer in the minors. He had 21 goals and 57 points in 66 AHL games last season after recording 31 goals and 32 assists in 71 contests in 2012-13. Connolly was taken by the Lightning with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. I was tempted to put this in the minor signings thread, but with the attention he's gotten around CDC in the past I thought people might be interested in discussing it. Connolly still has a lot of competition for a spot, with Kucherov, Panik, Brown and of course Callahan on the wing already. He might suddenly become available if he can't crack a spot, since he's not exempt from waivers starting this year. And before the inevitable proposals, we've already got Vrbata, Kassian, Hansen, Vey and Dorsett on the right side, so it'd require some moves on our part if we wanted to bring him in. Maybe with Vey to center and Matthias to the left wing, and then moving Hansen we'd be able to make room: Sedin Sedin Vrbata Burrows Bonino Kassian Higgins Vey Connolly Matthias Richardson Dorsett Sestito Not really room for any prospects to step up either though, so I don't see a lot of options how it could work. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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