Lightning re-sign goalie Denis to three-year deal

Updated: July 4, 2006, 1:14 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning signed goaltender Marc Denis to a three-year, $8.6 million contract on Tuesday.

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L T SV% GAA
49 21 25 0 .900 3.25

The Lightning obtained Denis from the Columbus Blue Jackets last Friday for left wing Fredrik Modin and goalie Fredrik Norrena. He will replace John Grahame, who signed with Carolina, as Tampa Bay's starting goalie.

"When we traded for Marc, it was our plan to attempt to negotiate a long-term deal while recognizing that if we were unsuccessful he would be eligible for unrestricted free agency after the upcoming season," Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said. "From our first conversation, Marc told us that he shared our interest in a long-term deal, and being able to have him signed and in the fold for at least the next three seasons is a very significant accomplishment for our organization."

Denis, 28, has a career record of 94-156-28 with a 2.97 goals-against average. He was 21-25-1 last season, including 17-6-1 when the Blue Jackets scored at least three goals.


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