Tuesday, June 12, 2007

"Nasty" Tarnasky and Wanvig re-up

Nick Tarnasky re-upped Monday with the Lightning. The deal is for 3 years, $1.575mil. Last season the Nasty Man appeared in 77 games and scored five goals (one game-winner) while recording nine points. He registered the first multi-point game of his career with a goal and an assist on March 10 at Calgary and scored on his first career shootout attempt to win the game March 1 at Washington. He made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals and played in six games. He was a great complement to a checking line that included Andre Roy and Andreas Karlsson.

"Nick Tarnasky has all the makings of a true dominant power forward in the NHL," Feaster said. "He has size, strength, solid skating ability, willingness to commit himself to the defensive side of the game and an under-developed ability to finish that even he is just starting to harness and explore."

"I love him, " Feaster said. "He's one of my favorite guys because he brings so much to the table. He's only scratching the surface of how good he can be."

"The main thing is I want to contribute more offensively, " said Tarnasky, who averaged 6:29 of ice time. "It's nice to see where I ended off last season. It's a good spot to start at."

As for where the 6-foot-2, 233-pounder ends up, Feaster said, "If he ever realizes he belongs in the league and can actually play, he'd bear down and finish those chances and opportunities he created for himself as opposed to being surprised he had them."

In two seasons with the Lightning Tarnasky has played in 89 career games. He played 12 games and recorded his first career point, an assist, in 2005-06. Before joining Tampa Bay he played 148 games with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. He scored 21 goals and had 40 points in his first two AHL seasons.

Wanvig signed a 1 year 2-way contract. Wanvig, acquired February 1 in a trade with Atlanta, appeared in four games with the Lightning last season. A 6-2, 210-pound native of Calgary, Alberta, Wanvig skated in 23 games with Springfield of the AHL after being acquired, recording 11 goals and seven assists. He started the season with Chicago of the AHL, tallying 10 goals and 21 points in 26 games.

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