Chris Gratton missed the end of last season with torn cartilage in his left hip. ((Bruce Bennett/Getty Images))

The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed veteran centre Chris Gratton to a one-year contract on Friday.

Gratton, 33, recorded 21 points (10 goals) in 60 games last season for the Lightning before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left hip.

"He is a true professional that fits in perfectly with our plan to be a tough team to play against," vice-president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said in a release. "We look forward to having a healthy Chris Gratton on the ice next season."

Gratton's signing came on the same day that Jay Feaster resigned as Tampa Bay's general manager, leaving Lawton as the top executive under new owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules.

Gratton, a six-foot-four, 221-pound native of Brantford, Ont., has never quite lived up to the promise that compelled the Lightning to take him with the third overall pick in the 1993 draft. In 1,068 career games with Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Phoenix, Colorado and Florida, he  has 565 points (214 goals).

Gratton's best season was 1996-97, when he had a career-high 30 goals and finished with 62 points.