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Lightning D Gudas signs three-year deal

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas.

Defenseman Radko Gudas on Monday signed a three-year, one-way deal with the Lightning.

The $2.975 million package pays $575,000 next season, $1 million in 2014-15, and $1.4 million in 2015-16. He was to be a restricted free agent.

"We're extremely happy to have Radko signed for another three years," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "He played well in his first NHL season, and we look forward to him playing an important role on our defense in the coming years."

Gudas, 22, started the season with AHL Syracuse, but quickly found a niche after his March 11 call-up. He had two goals, five points and 38 penalty minutes in 22 games with an average 16:59 of ice time.

He was plus-3 and his 87 hits were third on the team, just four behind fellow defenseman Keith Aulie who played 45 games.

Gudas, 6 feet, 204 pounds, is back with Syracuse for its playoff run. In 57 regular-season games with the Crunch, he had four goals, 20 points, 207 penalty minutes and was a league-best plus-32.

Lightning D Gudas signs three-year deal 05/06/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:08am]
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