Lightning re-signs defenseman Cameron Gaunce

The The 6-foot-2, 204-pounder signs a one-year, two-way contract.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Cameron Gaunce (33) before an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Cameron Gaunce (33) before an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Published June 14

ST. PETERSBURG — The Lightning has re-signed defenseman Cameron Gaunce, a depth player who appeared in two games for Tampa Bay last season.

Gaunce and the Lightning agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract for the 2019-2020 season.

Gaunce, 29, was recalled by Tampa Bay last March, and he debuted with the Lightning on April 4 against the Ottawa Senators. He made a second appearance on April 6 against the Boston Bruins.

Over his two-game stint with Tampa Bay, Gaunce recorded seven penalty minutes and put two shots on goal.

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The Lightning first recalled Gaunce from Oct. 27 to Nov. 9 last season, but he did not make it on the ice.

The 6-foot-2, 204-pounder posted 10 goals, 46 points and 65 penalty minutes in 59 games with the AHL Syracuse Crunch last season.

Colorado selected Gaunce with the 50th overall pick in 2008, and he has played 34 career NHL games since the 2010-2011 season. His career includes stops with the Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins before landing in Tampa Bay.

The Sudbury, Ontario, native has collected two goals, five points and 43 penalty minutes in his NHL career.

Gaunce has appeared in 594 career AHL games. The journeyman has skated with the Cleveland Monsters, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Portland Pirates, Texas Stars and Crunch. He has scored 34 career AHL goals and collected 217 points over 10 AHL seasons.

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