AHL Syracuse signs 4 to minor-league deals
AHL Syracuse announced it signed four players to minor-league deals: defensemen Evan Oberg and Matt Taormina and forwards Mike Angelidis and Pierre-Cedric Labrie. The contracts allow the players, who have two-way deals with the Lightning, to play for the Crunch without clearing waivers. Negotiations are continuing with defenseman Keith Aulie, who also has a two-way deal with Tampa Bay.
Here is the announcement from the Crunch:
The Syracuse Crunch have signed four players to AHL contracts today, Crunch General Manager Julien BriseBois announced. The team agreed to terms with defensemen Evan Oberg and Matt Taormina and forwards Mike Angelidis and Pierre-Cedric Labrie. Per club policy financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Oberg, 24, played in 54 AHL games during the 2011-12 season with the San Antonio Rampage and Norfolk Admirals. The Forestburg, Alberta native skated in 42 games with the Admirals, recording 23 points (7g, 16a). During the Admirals 2012 Calder Cup run Oberg played in 18 games earning 10 points (2g, 8a). The defenseman also skated in three games with the Lightning last season. Oberg has played in 167 career AHL games with Norfolk, San Antonio, Rochester and Manitoba, collecting 17 goals and 64 points, to go along with 138 penalty minutes. He has also skated in 23 career Calder Cup playoff games, collecting 12 points (3g, 9a).
Taormina, 25, spent the 2011-12 season in the New Jersey Devils organization. The Warren, Michigan native skated in 33 games with the Albany Devils, collecting 16 points (6g, 10a) and 30 games with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, earning seven points (1g, 6a). Taormina has played in 119 career AHL games with Binghamton, Lowell and Albany. He has registered 71 points (18g, 53a), including a career-high 16 goals and 66 points in 2009-10.
Angelidis, 26, spent the 2011-12 season with the Norfolk Admirals, where as captain, he led the club to its first Calder Cup Championship. The Woodbridge, Ontario native skated in 54 regular season games with the Admirals, posting 27 points (14g, 13a). Angelidis recorded six points (1g, 5a) in 18 games during the Calder Cup playoffs. The left wing also skated in six games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season, recording one goal. Angelidis has played in 369 career AHL games with Norfolk and Albany, collecting 150 points (76g, 74a), to go along with 760 penalty minutes. He has also skated in 40 career Calder Cup Playoff Games, collecting 14 points (3g, 11a).
Labrie, 25, played the last two seasons with the Norfolk Admirals. During 2011-12 the left wing appeared in 56 games with the Calder Cup Champion Norfolk Admirals. With the Admirals, Labrie collected 35 points (14g, 21a). He also recorded nine points (5g, 4a) in 18 games during the Calder Cup playoffs. Labrie also skated in 14 games, recording two points, with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Labrie has played in 311 career AHL games, recording 101 points (39g, 62a) with Manitoba, Peoria and Norfolk.