Veteran captain returns to Cup champs

Updated: September 15, 2004, 12:16 AM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed captain Dave Andreychuk to a one-year contract Tuesday.

Dave Andreychuk

The signing ended speculation that Andreychuk might retire after winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in his 22-year NHL career. He had been an unrestricted free agent since July 1.

Andreychuk, a center, was signed as a free agent by the Lightning in July 2001 and was named the seventh captain in team history in 2002. He also played for Buffalo, Toronto, New Jersey, Boston and Colorado.

``We really have a good thing going here, and I want to be a part of it,'' he said.

``David has been a leader for our franchise both on and off the ice,'' Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said. ``And while we certainly would have respected his decision to 'go out on top,' we are pleased that the competitive fires still burn brightly within him and that he wants to help us win back-to-back Stanley Cups.''

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound native of Hamilton, Ontario, is the NHL's all-time leader in power-play goals and became the 14th player in league history to score 600 career goals.

Last season, the 40-year-old Andreychuk appeared in all 82 games, recording 39 points (21 goals and 18 assists), his highest point total since his 1997-98 season with New Jersey. He also had a goal and 13 assists in 23 playoff games.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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