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Tampa Bay Lightning signs former Wild player and free agent Antti Miettinen



The Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday signed free agent and former Wild player Antti Miettinen. The Finnish right wing, 31, had been playing for Ak-Bars Kazan of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League but no longer is on the active roster, making him available to be signed. Miettinen must go through waivers. We will know at noon Tuesday whether he clears.

Miettinen is a defensively responsible player who has some offensive upside. In 2010-11 for Minnesota, Miettinen, 6 feet, 190 pounds, had 16 goals and 35 points with 38 penalty minutes and was minus-3. He had 20 goals and 44 points in 2009-10.

Here is the official announcement from the team:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to terms with free agent forward Antti Miettinen to a two-year, one-way contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Miettinen, 6-foot-0, 190 pounds, appeared in 20 games with Ak-Bars Kazan of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League this season, recording two goals and eight points. He last appeared in an NHL game as a member of the Minnesota Wild during the 2010-11 season when he registered 16 goals and 35 points in 73 games played. He also tied for the team lead that year in power-play goals with eight and game-winning goals with four.

A native of Hameenlinna, Finland, Miettinen has skated in 472 career NHL games with the Wild and Dallas Stars. He has amassed 89 goals and 212 points throughout his NHL career. His best season came in 2008-09 when he recorded 15 goals and a career-high 29 assists for a career-best total of 44 points. The following season, in 2009-10, he put up a career-high goal total of 20 to finish fourth on the team in that category. In addition, he has played in 24 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with Dallas, notching two goals and five points with 10 penalty minutes.

Miettinen has also represented Finland in international competition multiple times throughout his career. He has suited up for his native county on six occasions to participate in the IIHF’s annual World Championships tournament, registering eight goals and 23 points in 45 games. He was named to Team Finland’s Olympic roster in 2006, and most recently, in 2010, when he helped his squad bring home a bronze medal.

Miettinen was original drafted by the Stars in the seventh round, 224th overall, at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Other stuff from the morning skate: As expected, right wing Steve Downie said he was fined by the league for his part in the fracas Thursday with the Rangers. He did not say how much is the fine but the max would be $2,500. Downie and GM Steve Yzerman spoke with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. "It's what I expected," Downie said. "It is what it is. You've got to respect the decision. It's not my call but I expect what he did and what he said." ... Defenseman Pavel Kubina, who has missed four games with a lower-body injury, skated without a red no-contact jersey and might play tonight against the Devils. Coach Guy Boucher would not say if Kubina is playing, but said he might go with seven defensemen, which would keep Bruno Gervais in the lineup. ... Gervais had a tough game against the Flyers, committing the turnover that led to Philadelphia's first goal. ... Defenseman Evan Oberg has been re-called from AHL Norfolk. .... In light of Marty St. Louis' injury, Boucher said he would like all his players to wear visors, but understands it is a personal choice. "Its obviously their decision, but I just think eventually everybody will be wearing them." Yzerman over the summer asked his non visor-wearing players to put them on, though none did. Boucher he was on the same page as Yzerman. "All I know is you have something available to protect yourself, and the most important thing you probably can protect is your eyes." 

[Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2011 2:03pm]


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