Mattias Ohlund spent 11 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. ((Bill Boyce/Associated Press))

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Mattias Ohlund to a seven-year deal worth $26.25 million US.

Ohlund, 32, has spent his entire 11-season NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks. The six-foot-two, 220-pounder has the franchise's all-time lead in goals (93) and points (232) for a defenceman.

He had six goals and 19 assists last season.

The Swede was drafted 13th overall by the Canucks in 1994. Ohlund was a member of Sweden's gold-medal-winning squad at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

The Lightning drafted highly touted defensive prospect Victor Hedman of Sweden second overall in the 2009 entry draft last week.

Tampa Bay also locked up another defenceman on Wednesday, getting Matt Walker for four years at $6.8 million US, and re-signed blue-liner Lukas Krajicek.

The NHL's free agency period began at noon.