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Tampa Bay Lightning signs Antti Miettinen but must wait for waivers

TAMPA — The Lightning will watch the waiver wire closely.

The team on Monday signed free agent Antti Miettinen, but the right wing has to clear waivers and GM Steve Yzerman believes there is a chance he will be claimed by noon today.

"There's a possibility," Yzerman said. "We sat around here waiting for a week to see if anyone would sign him. We'll see what happens."

The contract is clearly fashioned to scare other teams away; two years at $1.5 million a year (this season's salary will be pro-rated), a $500,000 signing bonus and a no-move clause.

Miettinen, 30, played 20 games for Kazan of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League with two goals and eight points before getting out of his contract. The 6-foot, 190-pounder had 16 goals, 35 points in 2010-11 for the Wild and 20 goals, 42 points in 2009-10.

Yzerman said he had interest in Miettinen over the summer.

"A week or two ago when he got out of his contract, his agent sent out an email that said he was free of his contract and if you have interest give him a call," Yzerman said.

"We're hoping he clears waivers. He'll help our team."

DOWNIE FINED: RW Steve Downie said he was fined by the league for his part in Thursday's fracas with the Rangers. There has been no official announcement. The maximum under the collective bargaining agreement is $2,500.

"It's what I expected," Downie said after his conversation with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. "I respect what he did and what he's trying to do."

Downie, 24, came to the aid of Vinny Lecavalier, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Steven Stamkos, who were taking turns trying to get at New York's Artem Anisimov after he used his stick as a mock rifle to celebrate a goal.

Downie, sitting on top of the boards, joined the confrontation after it heated up.

"Yeah, I see Vinny getting in there. I see Stammer, Bergeron; I was supposed to be on the ice," Downie said. "We were halfway through a line change, so with those guys on the ice. I felt I had to go in there."

MEDICAL MATTERS: D Pavel Kubina played Monday after missing four straight games with a lower-body injury.

ODDS AND ENDS: Rookie Brett Connolly slid into the boards and left the ice during an intra-squad game for Canada's world junior championship team. The Lightning said he is fine. … D Evan Oberg was re-called from AHL Norfolk and was scratched. … D Bruno Gervais also was scratched.

Tampa Bay Lightning signs Antti Miettinen but must wait for waivers 12/12/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2011 10:43pm]
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