Gomez, like Thompson, signed a tryout contract, while Crabb signed a standard deal.
Thompson, an Alaska native has 29 goals and 35 points in 147 games over his two years with the Lightning. He also represented the United States at the World Championships last season. He is entering his eighth season in the NHL, playing 265 career regular-season games
*Nate Thompson photograph courtesy of Linda Hamilton.
About the Author: WB Philp is a published hockey writer who has a built in disdain for Barry Melrose. He covered the Detroit sports teams for many years until he came to his senses and moved to the Sunshine State. He is a true puckhead on a mission from God (Gordie Howe) to make hockey relevant in the south. He lives in Hockey Bay USA and covers the Lightning full time. Did I mention he hates Barry Melrose?