Erik Erlendsson covers the Tampa Bay Lightning for The Tampa Tribune.
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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback signs a deal
Posted Oct 27, 2012 by Erik Erlendsson
Updated Oct 27, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback signed a two-month contract to play with Ilves in Finland, his agent confirmed on Saturday.
Lindback, acquired from Nashville during the summer, had been working out in his hometown of Gavle, Sweden, for the past month during the NHL lockout while weighing his options. The deal was announced on the Ilves website.
“He’s in great shape and anxious to play,’’ agent Mike Deutsch said.
Should the lockout be resolved before the two months is up, Lindback would still return to the Lightning, Deutsch said.
The 6-foot-5 netminder was in Tampa prior to the lockout working out with teammates at the practice facility in Brandon before opting to return home to resume workouts. The 24-year-old former Nashville backup was acquired in the hopes of solving Tampa Bay’s long-term issues in goal. In 38 career games with the Predators behind Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne, Lindback has a 16-13-2 record with a 2.53 goals against average and .914 save percentage.
Lindback becomes the third Lightning player to sign a contract with a European team while the NHL is on hold due to the lack of a collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NHL Player’s Association.
Defenseman Victor Hedman is currently playing with Barys Astana in the Russian Kontinental Hockey League where he has eight assists and is a plus-6 through 11 games played. Forward Adam Hall has two goals and three points playing with Ravesnburg in the German second division.