Lightning lure Artyukhin back to the NHL

The Canadian Press
7/8/2008 11:36:11 AM
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Tampa, FL - The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed right wing Evgeny Artyukhin to a multi-year deal on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5, 254-pounder was a third-round draft pick in 2001 for the Lightning. The 25-year-old forward spent the past two seasons in the Russian Super League. Artyukhin played 72 games for the Lightning during the 2005-06 season, his only in the NHL, and recorded four goals, 17 points and 90 penalty minutes.

"We are extremely happy to have Arty back in the fold after playing in Russia the previous two seasons," said Lightning vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton. "He brings a real unmistakable presence to the ice as soon as he comes over the boards and having his size and speed, along with his willingness to use them physically, will make us a tougher team to play against each night."

Evgeny Artyukhin  (Photo: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)


(Photo: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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