Erik Erlendsson covers the Tampa Bay Lightning for The Tampa Tribune.
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Posted Mar 22, 2011 by Erik Erlendsson
Updated Mar 22, 2011 at 07:26 PM
For the second time in the past two weeks, the Lightning have dipped into the undrafted free agent pool, this time adding Ferris State (Mich.) goaltender Pat Nagle. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound native of Bloomfield, Mich., just completed his fourth season in the NCAA compiling a record of 18-14-5 with a 2.02 goals against average, .923 save percentage while ranking fifth in the nation with three shutouts. In 101 career games with Ferris State, the 23-year-old finished with a 45-42-11 record and 2.32 goals against average. Nagle was a nominee, but not a finalist, for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey.
Nagle signed a two-year entry level deal which will begin for the 2011-12 season. Nagle will not report to Norfolk on an ATO. Expect to see him at the team’s prospect camp this summer - assuming the team holds one once again - and at the rookie tournament in Traverse City, Mich. around the first of September. With Nagle, the Lightning now have three goaltenders under contract for next season - Dustin Tokarski, Jaroslav Janus and Nagle.
The Lightning previously signed undrafted center Tyler Johnson out of Spokane in the Western Hockey League.