The Lightning re-signed defenseman Doug Janik on Wednesday, completing a one-year, two-way contract that would pay Janik the league minimum of $475,000 if he makes the team.
Just a few days ago, it seemed unlikely the Lightning would be able to re-sign Janik because he was seeking a one-way deal. Janik's agent, Stephen Bartlett, said he received interest from a half-dozen teams, but with no one-way offers on the table, Janik decided the best situation was to stay with the Lightning.
Entering camp, Janik, 27, will compete for the sixth defenseman spot with youngsters such as Dan Jancevski, Jay Leach, Dave Schneider, Bryce Lampman, Matt Smaby and Vladimir Mihalik. Janik made the team out of training camp last season and scored two goals and had 11 points in his first full NHL season.
"We have every confidence that Doug can and will compete hard in camp to win a job on our blue line," Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said, "but we felt the need to protect our downside in the event that one of our other players jumped over him and grabbed the final spot."
Under the two-way deal, Janik would make a $100,000 minor-league salary if he doesn't make the team.
"Unfortunately, we're dealing with an economic structure in the NHL where third- and fourth-line players like Doug will have to play under two-way contracts," Bartlett said. "But at the end of the day, it made the most sense to stay in Tampa Bay, where he's familiar with the system and he knows the coach and organization likes him."
Janik, who averaged 14:28 in ice time and was fourth among defensemen with 98 blocked shots, spent some time on the Lightning's first two defensive lines, but his playing time dwindled once Tampa Bay acquired defenseman Shane O'Brien from Anaheim near the trade deadline.