Lightning pick up netminder Garon
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed veteran goaltender Mathieu Garon on Friday.
Garon, last with Columbus, will be joining his sixth NHL club. He's compiled 25 shutouts, a 2.82 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 275 games spent with Montreal, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Pittsburgh and the Blue Jackets.
Garon will pair with 41-year-old Dwayne Roloson, re-signed earlier this week by the Lightning. The pair were teammates on the Oilers in 2007-08 and for part of the following season.
The transaction means that goalie Mike Smith will be on the market for other clubs to sign.
Garon was signed to a two-year deal for $2.6 million US.
The Lightning brought back former player Michel Ouellet on a one-year, two-way contract. He spent the past two seasons playing in Europe.
The Lightning signed right wing Brett Connolly, their 2010 first-round draft pick, to a three-year, entry-level contract.
General manager Steve Yzerman is trying to work out a long-term deal for young superstar Steven Stamkos. The sniper could be vulnerable to an offer sheet from another club, but the Lightning would have five days to match in that case.
With files from The Associated Press