The Lightning acquired goaltender Jeff Reese and a ninth-round draft selection in 2000 from the Maple Leafs for Tampa Bay's ninth-round choice in the same draft, the team announced Friday. Reese then retired and was named Tampa Bay's goaltending consultant.
Lightning spokesman Jay Preble said NHL bylaws state that if a player plans to retire and work for a team that does not hold his rights, his original team must consent. Preble said the Maple Leafs didn't, forcing the trade.
Reese, 33, who played for the Lightning in 1995-96 and posted a 7-7-1 record with a 3.26 goals-against average, will work with goaltenders on every level of the organization.
In 11 seasons, Reese, who also played with the Flames, Whalers and Devils, was 53-65-17. He appeared in two games last season with the Maple Leafs and 27 with St. John's of the American Hockey League.
In other team news, auditions for United States and Canadian anthem singers for this season will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Ice Palace in Tampa. Candidates should enter Gate D. Three to five individuals will rotate throughout the season.
Interviews for the entertainment team will be held from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Palace Club Restaurant at the Ice Palace. Candidates must be 21 or older, physically fit, have ice skating ability and an understanding of hockey. For more information on the entertainment team, call Jason Gulledge at (813) 301-6712.
Four ice hockey clinics are scheduled:
+ 10:30 a.m. Monday at the High Point YMCA, Clearwater.
+ 2 p.m. Monday at the Circle Y Summer Camp at Bauder Elementary School, Seminole.
+ 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Safety Harbor Community Center.
+ 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ice Palace.
For information, call (813) 301-6594.
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FLAMES: Forward David Roche and defensemen Wade Belak and Lee Sorochan signed contract extensions. Roche played in 36 games with Calgary last season, scoring three goals with three assists. Belak was acquired from Colorado in the Theoren Fleury deal and played in nine games. Sorochan played in two games.
THRASHERS: Restricted free-agent goalie Corey Schwab, selected by Atlanta in the expansion draft, agreed to a contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Schwab, 28, split last season between the Lightning and Cleveland of the International Hockey League. In 40 games with Tampa Bay, Schwab was 8-25-3 with a 3.52 GGA.
_ Information from Times wires was used in this report.