Skip to main content

Tampa Bay Lightning sign defenceman Mattias Ohlund to seven-year deal

The Hockey News

The Hockey News

TAMPA, Fla. - Mattias Ohlund is leaving the only NHL home he's ever had.

The 32-year-old defenceman has signed a US$26.25-million, seven-year contract with the Tampa Lightning.

Ohlund spent the first 11 years of his career with the Vancouver Canucks, who drafted him 13th overall in 1994.

He's compiled 325 points (93-232) in 770 career games.

Ohlund was one of the most sought-after defencemen available through unrestricted free agency.

The Lightning have significantly bolstered their blue-line. To go with Ohlund and recent addition Victor Hedman, who was drafted second overall last weekend, Tampa Bay also signed Wednesday defenceman Matt Walker away from the Chicago Blackhawks and re-signed defenceman Lukas Krajicek.

Walker played in 65 games for the Blackhawks last season, when he had one goal and a career-high 13 assists. Krajicek, who signed a one-year deal, had two goals and 19 points last season with the Lightning.


Nazem Kadri

Nobody Deserves the Brutal Abuse Nazem Kadri is Facing

Nothing Nazem Kadri has ever done as an NHLer warrant treating him like some subhuman monster. These racist attacks on him – and everyone – need to stop.


Cat-astrophe: Florida Must Learn From Lightning Loss

The Panthers came into the series as the higher seed, but Tampa Bay taught their in-state cousins a lesson about playoff hockey.

2022 IIHF World Championship

Men's World Championship Roundup: Quarterfinal Matchups are Set

The group of eight teams that will play for gold has been set at the men's IIHF World Hockey Championship after an interesting final day of round-robin play.