The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free-agent forward Antti Miettinen to a two-year, one-way contract, the team announced Monday. Miettinen, 31, is a seven-year NHL veteran. Prior to joining the Lightning, Miettinen appeared in 20 games for Ak-Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia.
With the Minnesota Wild in 2010/11, Miettinen made 73 appearances, tallying 16 goals and 19 assists. Half of his goals came on power plays, and he recorded four game-winning goals. Overall, the Finland native has 89 goals and 123 assists in his NHL career.
When Miettinen left Ak-Bars Kazan in November, it came under strange circumstances. As Hockey Wilderness, SB Nation's Wild blog, noted at the time, Miettinen's departure "will most certainly bring up the question of how a player remained on the top line of an NHL franchise and just a summer later can't even hold a job in the KHL."
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