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New Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Sami Salo begins to settle in

Sami Salo said it will be strange not wearing a Canucks uniform; nine seasons aren't easily pushed aside. But the Lightning's new defenseman, signed this month to a two-year, $7.5 million deal, said sometimes it's time for a change. "You have to have some new challenges in your life to push you and keep you on your toes," Salo said Wednesday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Salo, 37, spent the past two days with his wife, Johanna, looking at houses and schools for their kids, Julia, 14; Oliver, 9; and Peppi, 6. He said talks with Lightning defenseman and former Canucks teammate Mattias Ohlund helped convince him to sign. "The city is fantastic, and people are nice," Salo said. "It's not all about hockey. You have to have your family be happy and comfortable as well."

New Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Sami Salo begins to settle in 07/18/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 9:41pm]

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