Tampa Bay Lightning adds another solid piece, free-agent center Dominic Moore
The Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday continued its winning summer with another solid addition, free-agent center Dominic Moore, who signed a two-year, $2.2 million deal that will pay $1 million next season and $1.2 million in 2011-12.
Moore, who turns 30 on Tuesday, likely will be the third-line center. He split last season between the Canadiens and Panthers and had 10 goals, 28 points and 43 penalty minutes in 69 games. In 19 playoff games for Montreal, he had four goals and five points. Moore has 45 goals, 128 points and 243 penalty minutes in 374 NHL games and also has played for the Rangers, Penguins, Wild, Maple Leafs and Sabres.
Here is the announcement from the team:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent center Dominic Moore to a two-year contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
“Dominic’s skating ability, strength on face-offs and versatility will be a great edition to our line up,” Yzerman said. “We’re pleased to welcome him to the organization.”
Moore, 6-foot, 196 pounds, has played in 374 career NHL games with the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens. He has amassed 45 goals, nine power-play goals, three shorthanded goals, three game-winning goals, 128 points and 243 penalty minutes. Moore has also played in 23 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with New York and Montreal.
A native of Thornhill, Ontario, Moore split last season between the Panthers and Canadiens, recording 10 goals and 28 points in 69 games while averaging just less than 15 minutes of ice time per contest. He ranked 18th in the NHL among forwards who took 600 face-offs or more, winning 365 of 663 draws for a 55.0 percentage. Moore was traded from Florida to Montreal on February 11 and went on to play in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Canadiens.
Moore went on to play in 19 postseason games with Montreal in 2010, recording four goals and five points. He ranked tied for second on the team in plus/minus with a plus-1, tied for third on the team for goals and fifth among forwards in average ice time with 14:33.
A former forward at Harvard University, Moore played four seasons for the Crimson, skating in 128 career games. He recorded 64 goals and 83 assists with 135 penalty minutes. Moore finished his college career 11th on Harvard’s all-time scoring list and 10th on the school’s all-time goals list. While with the Crimson he was named the most valuable player and was named to the ECAC All-Tournament Team during his senior season. Moore was also named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year during his freshman season while also helping Harvard to the Ivy League Championship.
Moore was drafted by the New York Rangers in the third round, 95th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.