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Lightning re-sign defenseman Darren Raddysh

The team keeps a blue-line depth piece who made his NHL debut and played in four games last season.
Defenseman Darren Raddysh (43) works to keep forward Gage Goncalves from in front of the net during training camp in September at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is pictured at left.
Defenseman Darren Raddysh (43) works to keep forward Gage Goncalves from in front of the net during training camp in September at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is pictured at left. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jun. 30

TAMPA — The Lightning retained some of their blue-line depth on Thursday, re-signing defenseman Darren Raddysh to a two-year, two-way contract.

Raddysh, a 26-year-old with 289 AHL games under his belt, played four games for the Lightning last season, logging an average of 10:40 of ice time. He had six blocked shots, four hits, two shots on goal and a plus-1 rating.

The Lightning go into the offseason with some uncertainty regarding how the right side of their defensive pairings could look next season.

The team is looking to re-sign right-shot defenseman Jan Rutta, who is an unrestricted free agent, but Rutta could wind up being a salary-cap casualty. Former first-round draft pick Cal Foote, also a right-shot defenseman, improved his play in his second full NHL season but was a healthy scratch for the Lightning’s final 10 playoff games.

Raddysh, the older brother of former Lightning forward Taylor Raddysh, proved to be a dependable defenseman at AHL Syracuse in his first year in the Lightning organization, posting seven goals and 18 assists in 61 games for the Crunch with a plus-4 rating. Following a litany of injuries to Lightning defensemen, Raddysh made his NHL debut on Dec. 30 against Florida.

The Lightning also recently re-signed forward Simon Ryfors, who scored 11 goals and had 24 assists in 72 games with Syracuse in his first AHL season since coming over from Sweden, to a one-year, two-way contract.

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