7-Year Veteran Tyler Motte Finds New NHL Home

After splitting his seventh season in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers, fourth-line winger Tyler Motte has found a new home, signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The guaranteed $800K contract comes just shortly after the Bolts put Josh Archibald on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract. 

Motte will be a secondary penalty-killer for the Lightning, while filling 4th-line minutes as well. He'll block shots, and generally be a solid grinder. With Ottawa and New York last year, he totalled eight goals, 11 assists and a career-high 19 points. 

His $800K is a pay-cut from last season, when he signed a $1.35M deal with Ottawa in mid-September. 

Motte was a fourth-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks (121st overall) back in the 2013 NHL Draft. He's compiled 43 goals and 81 points in 331 total games in seven seasons. In addition to the Rangers and Sens last year, he's also suited up with the 'Hawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks. 

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