Conacher signs two-year deal with Tampa Bay Lightning

After months of excellent play, former Canisius star Cory Conacher has officially signed with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.

Cory Conacher (right) stands next to Martin St. Louis in a Tampa Bay preseason game. With his signing yesterday, this could become a more familiar sight. (Photo: Facebook)

The announcement, which came out yesterday afternoon, details the contract as a two-way deal, meaning Conacher could play with the Lightning and their farm team, the Norfolk Admirals without having to clear waivers. The news broke on Wednesday and became official yesterday.

The move has been anticipated for months, and for good reason.

Conacher is currently leading the Admirals in scoring with 30 goals and 34 assists in 57 games. He is third in the AHL in scoring and tops among rookies.

Conacher was also named a starter in the AHL All-Star Game and scored two goals and an assist for the East squad.

Conacher will make $817,500 in the NHL next season and $925,000 the following year. If he plays in the AHL, he will make $70,000.

Conacher started with the Lightning organization as a training camp invitee. Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher was impressed with Conacher’s first scrimmage with the team on Day Two of training camp, citing it as the best he has seen at the NHL level in some time.

Conacher also played well in the preseason, scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues and playing on a line with Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis in his preseason debut.

Conacher is the second Canisius player to sign an NHL contract. Carl Hudson signed a one-year deal with the Florida Panthers in July 2010, but a shoulder injury that Hudson sustained while at Canisius prevented him from participating in the team’s training camp and he was released. Hudson currently plays with ESV Kaufbeuren in Germany.

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