Lightning Sign Goaltender Lindback to Two-Year Deal
Tampa Bay, FL
The Tampa Bay Lightning have locked up goaltender Anders Lindback with a two-year deal worth $3.9 million.
Lindback, a restricted free agent, was acquired by the Lightning in a seven-player trade with the Nashville Predators. He was originally selected by Nashville in the seventh round in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
"I'm really happy with this deal and excited to get going," said Lindback, who will earn $1.4 million next season and $2.2 million in 2013-14. He earned $875,000 last season.
The 24-year-old Lindback is expected to replace 42-year-old starter Dwayne Roloson, who is expected to retire.
The 6-6 Lindback, one of the tallest goaltenders in the NHL, was full of promise when he joined the Predators but he never left the shadows of starter Pekka Rinne.
Lindback played 16 games last season with the Predators, compiling a record of 5-8-0 to go along with a 2.42 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.
He appeared in 38 career NHL games, all with Nashville, registering a 16-13-2 record, with a 2.53 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.
Lindback made his NHL debut on October 9, 2010 against the Anaheim Ducks in a relief effort. He made seven consecutive starts from December 4-17 during the 2010-11 season, posting a 6-0-1 record with a 1.43 goals against average and a .949 save percentage.
Lindback earned a bronze medal with Sweden at the 2010 World Championships when he represented his country of Sweden for the first time.
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