Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr signs with Anaheim

Andrej Sustr, who played the last five seasons with the Lightning, signed a one-year deal with Anaheim. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Andrej Sustr, who played the last five seasons with the Lightning, signed a one-year deal with Anaheim. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published July 5 2018
Updated July 5 2018

Defenseman Andrej Sustr, an unrestricted free agent after playing the past five seasons with the Lightning, signed a one-year contract Thursday with the Anaheim Ducks.

Sustr, 27, saw a diminished role this past season and was inactive during Tampa Bay's postseason run to the Eastern Conference final. He averaged 12:50 in ice time per  game during the season, down from 17:35 the previous season. Sustr had 10 goals and 53 assists in five seasons with the Lightning.

"Thank you @tblightning for the opportunity I have been given over the past 5 years," Sustr wrote on Instagram. "But most importantly, thank you to the people of Tampa and the Bay Area for providing me with such an amazing environment to live in and grow. #grateful"

Tampa Bay returns its blue line otherwise intact from last season, with Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh, Mikhail Sergachev, Anton Stralman, Dan Girardi, Braydon Coburn, Slater Koekkoek and Jake Dotchin all returning under contract.

Stralman, Girardi and Coburn will be unrestricted free agents after the upcoming season, while Koekkoek and Dotchin will be restricted free agents.

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