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Tampa Bay Lightning signs goaltender Anders Lindback to a two-year contract



The Tampa Bay Lightning signed goaltender Anders Lindback to a two-year, $3.9 million contract that pays $1.4 million next season and $2.2 million in 2013-14. Lindback, acquired from the Predators as the long-term answer to the team's issues in net, was a restricted free agent, so, as he said about signing a contract, "It was just a matter of time."

That said, he added, "I'm really happy with this deal and excited to get going."

Here is the announcement from the team:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Anders Lindback (AHN-dehrs LIND-bahck) to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Lindback, 24, played in 16 games this past season with the Predators, compiling a record of 5-8-0 to go along with a 2.42 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. The 6-foot-6, 203-pound goaltender has appeared in 38 career NHL games, all with Nashville, registering a 16-13-2 record, with a 2.53 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. One of the league’s tallest goaltenders, Lindback made his NHL debut on October 9, 2010 against the Anaheim Ducks in a relief effort. He made seven consecutive starts from December 4-17 during the 2010-11 season, posting a 6-0-1 record with a 1.43 goals against average and a .949 save percentage.

The Gavle, Sweden native was originally selected by Nashville in the seventh round, 207th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Lindback earned a Bronze medal with Sweden at the 2010 World Championships, his first time representing his nation.

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