Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Two


Apr 13, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center

Cody Kunyk

(28) shoots the puck in front of Washington Capitals right wing

Troy Brouwer

(20) in the first period at Verizon Center. The Lightning won 1-0 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning made a couple of additions to their roster today as they re-signed restricted free agent forward Cody Kunyk and added defenseman Matthew Corrente.

Kunyk made his NHL debut last season as he appeared in just one game for the Bolts after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He’s signed a new one-year, two way deal, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announced.

Kunyk logged 10:12 on ice time in his NHL debut, which came against the Washington Capitals on April 13.

He played last season with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks, where he posted 43 points (22-21). The 24-year-old spent four years with the Nanooks and previously played four seasons with the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL.

Due to the Lightning’s deep depth up front, Kunyk is likely going to be starting the season in the AHL with the Crunch.

Joining him in Syracuse will be Corrente, who has also penned a one-year, two way deal.

The 26-year-old has spent the last three seasons in the AHL. He last appeared in the NHL in the 2010-11 season with the New Jersey Devils.

He’s played in 34 career NHL games, recording six assists.

Similar to Kunyk, Corrente will be starting the season in the AHL. The Lightning are at least eight deep on the blue line so NHL time will be sparse for Corrente this season but he provides excellent depth at Syracuse.