The Tampa Bay Lightning have added an interesting young defenseman, signing Andreas Borgman to a one-year, two-way contract. Borgman became a Group VI unrestricted free agent this offseason because of his lack of NHL opportunity and had been playing in Finland.
Christopher Gibson has also signed a one-year, two-way deal with the team. He’ll serve as a depth goaltender for the system, but isn’t expected to challenge for NHL playing time after seeing only 14 appearances at the highest level throughout his career.
Borgman, 25, came over to play with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2017 and actually suited up for 48 games right away. The undrafted Borgman ended up in the buried in the minor leagues, even after a trade to the St. Louis Blues this season. That led to the Group VI designation, but he’s still an interesting player to keep an eye on in the Lightning system.