Lightning re-sign forward Ryan Craig to $1.575-million, two-year contract

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Ryan Craig to a US$1.575-million, two-year contract.

The 26-year-old native of Abbotsford, B.C., was a restricted free agent. He will earn $775,000 next season and $800,000 in 2009-10. Craig missed 72 games last season with back and knee injuries. He had one goal and one assist in seven games.

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Craig has 30 goals and 27 assists in 127 NHL games.

The Lightning also signed newly acquired defenceman Janne Niskala to a $600,000, one-year deal. The 26-year-old was acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday in exchange for a sixth-round draft choice in 2009. Niskala had 44 points (19-25) in 80 games with Milwaukee of the AHL last season.