Holmqvist signs one-year deal with Lightning

Johan Holmqvist


Tampa Bay Lightning


TAMPA, Fla. -- Free agent goaltender Johan Holmqvist
re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

The 29-year-old native of Sweden, who signed a one-year
contract, replaced Marc Denis as the starting goalie late this
season and was in net for all six games of the Lightning's
first-round playoff series loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Holmqvist appeared in a career-high 48 games during the regular
season, going 27-15-3 and leading the team with a 2.85
goals-against average.

"As we said at the end of the season, Johan Holmqvist is one
piece of the puzzle for us in net, and it was one of our top
priorities this offseason to get him re-signed," general manager
Jay Feaster said.

"By signing a one-year deal, Johan has demonstrated that he
intends to build on last year's performance and firmly establish
himself -- once and for all -- as a legitimate No. 1 goalie in the

Before this season, Holmqvist played in four games over a
three-season span with the New York Rangers.