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The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Radko Gudas to a three-year contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Gudas, 22, played in 22 games with the Lightning this past season, collecting two goals and five points to go along with a plus-3 rating and 38 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut on March 12 at Florida and scored his first career NHL goal on March 20 at Toronto. Gudas ranked seventh in the NHL among rookies with 87 hits despite playing in only 22 games during the 2012-13 regular season.
The 6-foot, 204-pound defenseman skated in 57 games this season with the Crunch, notching four goals and 20 points. Gudas ranked first in the American Hockey League with a plus-32 rating and was seventh in the league with 207 penalty minutes. During the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs, he has recorded one goal and four penalty minutes, helping the Crunch sweep their first round opponent, the Portland Pirates.
The Prague, Czech Republic, native was originally drafted by the Lightning in the third round, 66th overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft. Gudas has played in 228 career AHL games with the Norfolk Admirals and the Crunch, registering 15 goals, 57 points and 567 penalty minutes. In the 2011-12 season, Gudas led the Admirals in penalty minutes with 195.
TAMPA, FL (Tampa Bay Lightning Communications) – The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to terms with center Cedric Paquette on a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Paquette also signed an AHL ATO for the remainder of the season.
Paquette, 6-foot, 187 pounds, played in 63 games with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this past season, recording 27 goals, including six on the power-play, and 83 points with a plus-29 rating and 103 penalty minutes. He led the Armada for points, assists and shots on goal with 261, while ranking second for plus/minus and penalty minutes. Paquette was also fourth on the team in goals. He played in 15 postseason games, registering seven goals and 12 points. Paquette was tied for the team lead for goals and led for penalty minutes with 33.
A native of Gaspe, Quebec, Paquette has played in 126 QMJHL games during his two-year career with Blainville-Boisbriand, amassing 58 goals and 131 points with 191 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 26 postseason games, notching 14 goals and 29 points. He led the Armada with 31 goals in 2011-12. Prior to joining the Armada Paquette played three seasons for College Notre-Dame in Montreal, scoring 28 goals in 2010-11 before going to the QMJHL.
Paquette was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round, 101st overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.