Lightning ink Eddie Shore Award winner

The Tampa Bay Lightning, parent club of the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, have signed free agent defenseman Andy Delmore to a one-year contract, executive vice president and general manager Jay Feaster announced.

Delmore, a 6-foot, 201-pound native of LaSalle, Ont., has played 283 career NHL games with Philadelphia, Nashville, Buffalo and Columbus, recording 43 goals, 58 assists and 101 points. The 29-year-old also skated in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Flyers, tallying six goals and eight points.

In 2005-06, he led American Hockey League defenseman in scoring with 17 goals and 72 points in 66 games with Syracuse, winning the Eddie Shore Award as the league’s outstanding defenseman. His 72 points tied him for 18th overall in league scoring.

Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia prior to the 1997-98 season, Delmore won a Calder Cup championship with the AHL Phantoms as a rookie in 1998.

Delmore, who also skated in five NHL games with Columbus in 2005-06, represented the Crunch at the 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, and was also named a First Team AHL All-Star.