Tampa Bay Lightning
Lightning extend deal for C Thompson
TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Monday a two-year contract extension for center Nate Thompson worth $1.8 million. Thompson signed a one-year contract this past summer for $625,000 and was scheduled to be a restricted free agent at the end of this season. Under the extension he is set to make $950,000 next season and $850,000 the following year. Acquired off waivers from the New York Islanders midway through last season, Thompson has turned into a valuable role player this season for the Southeast Division leaders. With seven goals and 17 points through 51 games this season he has already surpassed his previous career totals while his 10 assists match his previous career totals. A top penalty killer, Thompson is also second on the team in faceoffs winning 55.8 percent. "I had lots of talks with (assistant general manager) Tom Kurvers about (Thompson) in June prior to signing him, and from day one of training camp - and I know he trained hard in the offseason - he came in and made a very good first impression on the new organization and has played very well in the first half," Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said."And after having preliminary discussions with Kevin Epp, Nate's agent, we felt that there was a deal we felt made sense for both parties and we were able to reach that pretty quickly."