Lightning Sign AHL Star Cory Conacher

Interesting story from Andy Strickland at TrueHockey.com …..

Lightning Sign AHL Star

Andy Strickland | TrueHockey.com

Norfolk Admirals rookie forward Cory Conacher has agreed to a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. An announcement could come as soon as Thursday.

Conacher is currently 4th in AHL scoring with 63 points. His 29 goals ranks him second in the league.

The former Canisius College star was named an AHL All-Star this year while leading all rookies in scoring for most of the season. At 5’8 some have compared the crafty forward to former Hart Trophy winner Martin St. Louis. He was one of the final cuts during Tampa Bay’s training camp last fall after playing multiple pre-season games on a line with St. Louis and Steven Stamkos.

The story of Conacher is pretty interesting. He actually played 7 AHL games with both Rochester and Milwaukee last season following his senior year but was never offered a contract for 2011-2012. He also played a handful of ECHL games with Cincinnati.

Norfolk stepped up and signed him to a one-year AHL deal with a NHL training camp tryout. Several NHL teams have expressed interest in signing Conacher for next season but he’s remained loyal to Steve Yzerman and the Lightning organization.

Because of his age, the 22 year old will sign a two-year, entry level deal that pays him $832,500 in 2012 and $725,00 in 2013. He’ll get the maximum $70,000 AHL salary with the max $92,500 in signing bonus.

March first is the first day he can officially sign without this season counting against his entry level status.

 

More to come,

Andy Strickland

Strickland.andy@gmail.com

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I'm not the average hockey nut. It took a bit to grow, but when it did it was like a drug flowing in my veins. I am a season ticket holder of the Norfolk Admirals, longtime supporter of the Washington Capitals, and part time supporter of the Anaheim Ducks (It's hard, but it can be done). My blog is a result of the lack of good sources of Admirals information and happenings. Our paper provides very weak coverage and there is only so much the Admirals themselves can do. There are not to many blogs that cover the Admirals, and when they do it is just rehashed information from the club, the AHL. Nine times out of ten the blogger doesn't even live in the area or go to the games. So what do I want to do? Hmm...good question. I would use this as an outlet for getting out information about the Admirals. Not necessarily the information provided by official channels, but news and information from a fans point of view. Hopefully this is something I can accomplish. I am open to criticism, comments, contributions of infomation for the site. Thank You and Welcome......

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