Tampa Bay Lightning signs center Nate Thompson to one-year deal, avoids arbitration
The Tampa Bay Lightning avoided arbitration with Nate Thompson by signing the center to a one-year, $625,000 deal.
Thompson, 25, had a goal and four points in 32 games for Tampa Bay after being claimed off waivers in January from the Islanders. Still, Thompson became a valuable defensive player and helped out on the penalty kill. Good for both sides for avoiding arbitration, a messy process that sometimes leaves hard feelings.