The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed minor league defenseman Cameron Gaunce to a one-year, two-way contract. Gaunce was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but will stick around for another year.
Gaunce, 29, played 59 games for the Crunch this season and was their best offensive weapon on the blue line. Recording 46 points in 59 games he set new career highs in basically every category, and earned himself a chance to suit up with the Lightning twice. Even with that breakout season there is little reason to think that Gaunce will play a big role in Tampa Bay next season, instead likely heading to the AHL right away. He’ll have to clear waivers to do it, but he did that twice last season including just a few months ago.