Just a couple weeks after losing in the Calder Cup finals, the Crunch and the Tampa Bay Lightning have been hard at work at work signing players and getting ready for the 2012-13 season.
A week ago, the Lightning resigned Crunch captain Mike Angelidis to a NHL-AHL two way deal. Since then, the Lightning re-signed Eric Neilson, Cedric Desjardins, and Joey Mormina to two way deals.
Along with the re-signings, the Lightning brought in a familiar face to Syracuse Crunch hockey to fill the assistant coaching void. Former Crunch defensemen and assistant coach Trent Cull has been signed as an assistant coach after spending time in Canada as the head coach of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. With Cull, the Lightning have also signed defensemen Matt Tormina, who spent last season as the captain of the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguin and Geoff Walker, who was with the Lake Erie Monsters this past season.
Though the Lightning and Crunch are keeping and bringing in plenty of talent, not everyone is sticking around. Dan Sexton, who was with the Crunch this past season and the pervious season when the Crunch were still affiliated with Anahiem, has opted to leave and has signed to play with TPS over in Finland. JT Wyman, who was critical in the Crunchâ??s Calder Cup run and was predicted to stay with the Lightning, optioned this week to sign with the Colorado Avalanche.
Down the road in Utica, the Comets and Vancouver Canucks are starting to build their rosters for 2013-14. This week, the Canucks signed Mike Santorelli and Alex Biega to two-way contracts. Santorelli spent time with the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers organizations this past season and Biega spent three seasons with the Rochester Americans. It was also announced today that Pascal Pelletier has signed with the Canucks for a two way deal. Pelletier played with the Crunch in 2009-10.