Forward Mike Halmo put up 22 goals and 41 points in a collective 74 games for the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers last year – but this summer, he’s moved on to a new organization.
Halmo tweeted on Saturday that he was excited to join the Tampa Bay Lightning for the upcoming season, and his tweet was confirmed by Sportsnet with a report that he has inked a one year, two way deal with the Atlantic Division club.
Undrafted at the NHL level, Halmo first joined the Islanders organization as a part of the Bridgeport organization back in the spring of 2012. Up until this point, he has played his entire pro career with the Metropolitan Division club, who took him on just after finishing out his OHL career with the Owen Sound Attack.
A native of Kitchener, Ontario, the 25-year-old Halmo hasn’t gotten much of a shot at the NHL level, but he did manage to score his first NHL goal during a 20-game stint with the Islanders in the 2013-14 season. For the Lightning, who will be short on extra cap space this season with a number of pending restricted free agents left to sign, this deal will serve as good depth both at their AHL level with the Syracuse Crunch and in the instance that they need to call someone up at any point in time.