Lightning ink F Thompson to four-year contract extension Staff

3/23/2013 2:19:34 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to terms with forward Nate Thompson on a four-year contract extension.

The 28-year-old Thompson will earn $1.6 million per year over the term of the contract.

"We're very pleased to have agreed to a contract extension with Nate," said vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman. "He has and will continue to be a very important member of our team both on and off the ice."

Thompson has six goals and four assists in 30 games this season and ranks second on the team in hits, third in faceoff percentage and is tied for fifth in goals.

"I'd like to thank Steve Yzerman and the organization for having the confidence in me to make me a part of this team for the next four years," said Thompson. "I see a bright future here for the Lightning and I very much want to be a part of it."

The Anchorage, Alaska native has skated in 295 career NHL games with the Lightning, New York Islanders and Boston Bruins, recording 29 goals and 64 points with 161 penalty minutes. He was originally selected by the Bruins in the sixth round, 183rd overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.