After acquiring goaltender Anders Lindback from the Nashville Predators last month, the Lightning have made it official. General Manager Steve Yzerman made the announcement on Friday that Lindback has been signed to a two year contract. The $3.6 million deal comes out to $1.4 million next season and $2.2 million in 2013-14.
Yzerman hopes that the longer contract will help to take some of the pressure of a long term deal off the young netminder, giving him time to develop and grow accustomed to the organization in Tampa.
The 6’6″ Swede has played behind Pekka Rinne for the last two seasons, but he does have a career 2.52 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in spite of not seeing regular work. Many seem to believe he is ready to make the leap to a number one goalie.
So there it is. A relatively short contract that will hopefully lead to a long term solution in a position that has been vexing for the Lightning for far too long.