Tampa Bay Lightning

LIGHTNING SIGN FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN ANDY DELMORE

Saturday, 07.01.2006 / 12:00 AM / Bolts Report
Tampa Bay Lightning
FORMER 18-GOAL SCORER SIGNS 1-YEAR DEAL

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Andy Delmore to a one-year contract, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.

Delmore, a 6-foot, 201-pound native of LaSalle, Ontario has played 283 career NHL games with Philadelphia, Nashville, Buffalo and Columbus, recording 43 goals, 58 assists and 101 points. The 29-year-old also skated in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Flyers, tallying six goals and eight points. In 2005-06, he led American Hockey League defenseman in scoring with 17 goals and 72 points in 66 games with Syracuse. His 72 points tied him for 18th overall in league scoring.

"Andy Delmore has played almost 300 games in the NHL and he has demonstrated the ability to quarterback the power play and score goals," Feaster said. "He is an offensive-minded defenseman who likes to join the rush and isn't afraid to pinch from the point. In short, we believe that his style fits perfectly with our system, and the fact that Craig Ramsay knows him and has coached him in the past is another plus. We are excited about the offensive potential Andy brings to our team."

Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia prior to the 1997-98 season, Delmore skated in 73 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League that season, recording nine goals and 39 points in 73 games. He made his NHL debut the following year, appearing in two games with the Flyers. After appearing in 27 games with Philadelphia in 1999-00, he appeared in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording five goals and seven points as the Flyers were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Final. He became a regular for the Flyers in 2000-01 when he skated in 66 games, recording five goals and 14 points.

Delmore came into his own during the 2001-02 season after being traded to Nashville, recording 16 goals and a career-best 38 points in 73 games with the Predators. He increased his goal total to 18 in 2002-03, including six power-play goals for Nashville. He was traded to Buffalo prior to the 2003-04 season and recorded two goals and seven points in 37 games with the Sabres.

After spending the lockout season in Germany with Mannheim, Delmore was picked up by Columbus for the 2005-06 season, and represented Syracuse in the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic.