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New Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon seeks another Stanley Cup

Mathieu Garon, left, signed by the Lightning on July 1, says he’s comfortable backing up Dwayne Roloson, a teammate in Edmonton from 2007-09.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Mathieu Garon, left, signed by the Lightning on July 1, says he’s comfortable backing up Dwayne Roloson, a teammate in Edmonton from 2007-09.

TAMPA — Goalie Mathieu Garon said the Lightning was the first team to contact him once free agency started July 1. And once it did, Garon had a one-track mind, knowing it was exactly where he wanted to be and believing it would give him a shot at hoisting another Stanley Cup

That day, he signed a two-year, $2.6 million deal to back up veteran Dwayne Roloson.

"The reason why I'm here is to win," Garon said, who won his only Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2008-09.

Garon, 33, got his first look at his new home Friday, touring the St. Pete Times Forum. Sitting in front of his locker and jersey (No. 32), Garon met the media, taking a break from a whirlwind weekend looking for a new place and schools with his wife, Marie.

While it will take Garon (MA-tyew Gah-ROHN), a Chandler, Quebec, native, a while to get used to the area, he's comfortable in his role as a backup, having played 35 and 36 games the past two seasons with the Blue Jackets. He said having worked with Roloson, whom he calls a "true professional," in Edmonton from 2007-09 also helps.

"I know how it's going to be," Garon said. "It doesn't matter how many games I play. I just want to play good. And if I don't play much, it's probably because (Roloson) is playing great."

Garon, who last season went 10-14-6 with a 2.72 goals-against average, said he has recovered from April surgery for a torn tendon in his right elbow. He said he plans to start skating in the next week and will be ready to go for training camp in September.

Said Garon: "I feel pretty perfect right now."

Transaction: Defenseman Scott Jack­son signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Lightning. He had a goal and five points and was plus-13 in 68 games last season for AHL Norfolk.

Around the league

Kane hurt: Chicago wing Patrick Kane has a broken left wrist but is expected to be ready by training camp. The team did not say how the injury occurred.

Signings: Washington re-signed defenseman Karl Alzner for two years and $2.57 million. It leaves it $890,128 over the $64.3 million salary cap. But teams can be over by 10 percent during the offseason. … Chicago re-signed forward Michael Frolik for three years. Financial terms weren't disclosed. … Calgary re-signed center/wing Brendan Morrison for one year and $1.25 million.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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