The Tampa Bay Lightning have added some depth by signing Mike Halmo to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Saturday. Tampa didn’t announce the financial terms of the contract, but General Fanager reports that the deal carries a $575,000 value in the NHL and $150,000 in the AHL.
The 25-year-old left wing has been an alternate captain of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the last two years and has spent the last four seasons on the team after being signed as an un-drafted free agent out of the OHL by the Islanders. He grabbed 20 NHL games in the 2013-14 season but hasn’t tasted NHL action since then.
He’s been called a “feisty” winger who is a hard worker, has offensive upside, but is best known as a sandpaper player. Last season he posted a career-high 22 goals and 41 points with 117 penalty minutes in 70 games for the Tigers.
In his final OHL season, he captained the Owen Sound Attack to an OHL championship, scoring 85 points in 66 regular season games and 15 points in 22 playoff contests.
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