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Lightning Sign Defenseman Brett Clark

Monday, 07.05.2010 / 5:28 PM / News
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In 359 games with the Avs over the last five seasons, Clark recorded 128 points (29-99), was a +3 and amassed 199 penalty minutes. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Brett Clark to a two-year contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Clark Profile

  • Height: 6' 0"
  • Weight: 195
  • Shoots: Left
  • Born: Dec 23, 1976
  • Birthplace: Wapella, SK, Canada
  • Drafted: MTL / 6th (154th) / 1996

"In Brett Clark, we are adding an experienced, intelligent defenseman who plays the game efficiently," Yzerman said. "He'll not only help steady and stabilize our defense, we expect him to help mentor our younger defensemen as they grow and develop. We are pleased he elected to join the Lightning today."

Clark, 6-foot, 195 pounds, has played in 517 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Atlanta Thrashers and Montreal Canadiens. He has amassed 34 goals and 139 points with 11 power play goals. Clark has had a even rating or higher in five of the previous six seasons and averaged more than 20 minutes in ice time per game in three of the previous four. He led the NHL in shifts per game during the 2007-08 season.

A native of Wapella, Saskatchewan, Clark has also appeared in 10 career Stanley Cup playoff games, all with Colorado, recording two goals and four points. He scored a goal in his postseason debut in 2006 and finished the playoffs tied for the team scoring lead among defensemen with two goals and four points.

Clark played in 64 games with the Avalanche last season, recording three goals and 20 points with two power play goals. He led Colorado in blocked shots with 162 and was tied for fourth among defensemen in points.

Prior to beginning his professional career, Clark played one season at the University of Maine where he skated in 39 games, recording seven goals and 38 points. That season he was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. The following season he joined the Canadian National Team.

Clark was drafted by Montreal in sixth round, 154th overall, of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

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SOUTHEAST DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 ATL 82 35 34 13 234 256 83
3 CAR 82 35 37 10 230 256 80
4 TBL 82 34 36 12 217 260 80
5 FLA 82 32 37 13 208 244 77

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2009-2010 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Stamkos 82 51 44 -2 95
M. St Louis 82 29 65 -8 94
V. Lecavalier 82 24 46 -16 70
R. Malone 69 21 26 -8 47
S. Downie 79 22 24 14 46
K. Foster 71 8 34 -5 42
A. Tanguay 80 10 27 -2 37
V. Hedman 74 4 16 -3 20
A. Meszaros 81 6 11 -14 17
T. Purcell 60 6 9 -9 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niittymaki 21 18 5 .909 2.87
M. Smith 13 18 7 .900 3.09