Lightning signs Swiss player Retu Suri with eye toward future
Swiss star Retu Suri has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning.
There is an understanding between the team and player, however, that Suri, a left wing, will play next season with Zug in the Swiss elite league to further develop his game and have the best chance to play on the Swiss national team in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
"We're comfortable with that," general manager Steve Yzerman said.
In the meantime, Suri, 24, will go on the Lightning's reserve list and the team will hold the players rights until he is 27, Lightning assistant general manager Julien BriseBois said.
Suri, 24, is coming off a terrific world championship in which he had five goals and eight points in 10 games. He scored twice in the shootout that decided Switzerland's 3-2 upset win over Canada in the preliminary round, a game certainly witnessed by Yzerman, who was general manager of Team Canada.
Suri, 6 feet, 185 pounds, had 14 goals, 25 points and 34 penalty minutes in 46 games last season for Zug.
"He's a good skater and a smart player," Yzerman said. "He's got good skills and good hands and we like him because he's a very responsible player. He's got good size. He's strong. He checks well. For us, he compliments some of the younger prospects we have coming. He's something we can really use."