TAMPA – One day ahead of free agency, the Lightning ticked off another name on their to-do list.
Tampa Bay re-signed defenseman Keith Aulie to a one-year, two-way contract on Saturday. The 23-year-old was scheduled to become a restricted free agent on Sunday.
Acquired in a trade from Toronto at the trade deadline in exchange for prospect forward Carter Ashton, Aulie appeared in 19 games with the Lightning, registering one assist and 13 penalty minutes. After the end of the season, Aulie was assigned to Norfolk in the American Hockey League where he helped the Admirals capture a Calder Cup championship appearing in all 18 playoff games picking up a goal and six points.
The 6-foot-6, 217-pound defenseman was originally drafted in the fourth round by Calgary in the 2007 draft before being dealt to Toronto as part of the trade that sent Dion Phaneuf to the Maple Leafs. Aulie appeared in 57 games with the Leafs in parts of two seasons before being traded to the Lightning.
With free agency set to begin on Sunday at noon, the Lightning have two pending restricted free agents left unsigned – defenseman Evan Oberg and goaltender Jaroslav Janus – after inking Brendan Mikkelson and Brian Lee to deals earlier this week.
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