With Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate changing to the Syracuse Crunch next season, a lot is in flux with the Lightning’s system. One thing they may not have to worry about is replacing the squad’s captain.
The Lightning announced on Monday that former Admirals forward Mike Angelidis has been re-signed to a one year, two way contract.
Angelidis played in 54 games for the Admirals during the 2011-12 season. He recorded 14 goals, 27 points, and 135 penalty minutes. He did suffer a knee injury, but recovered in time to join his team to the playoffs.
During their Calder Cup winning post season, the captain had 1 goal and 6 points. He also helped steer the Admirals to their first championship in franchise history.
He even found his way to Tampa for six games this past season, scoring his first career goal in his NHL debut on March 24th. To make the story even better? The goal came on just his second shift.
Angelidis would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, but he had other ideas.
“I have a lot of respect for the organization. They’ve given me a lot over the last couple of years,” he said. “I could say, let’s hold off. But me and my agent felt this was the right move to make. They’ve helped me get so far. I hope they can get me to the next level.” (Quote Source: Syracuse.com)
In celebration of the signing, let’s relive his first NHL goal. His reaction was one of the best home game moments of the season in my estimation.