Yesterday, the Lightning announced that they had signed free agent Michael Halmo to a one-year, two-way deal. Halmo was an undrafted junior player and eventually signed an entry level contract with the New York Islanders near the end of his junior career with the Owen Sound Attack. Since then, he has played the past four seasons with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL plus 20 games in the NHL with the Islanders during the 2013-14 season.
Halmo doesn’t bring much playoff experience with him as he’s only played in 3 career AHL playoff games, but he does bring grit, jam and some offensive ability to the line up. He’s listed at 5’10” tall, but 209 pounds. He’s a stocky winger that plays a tough game and is willing to drop the mitts from time to time as he’s averaging right around five fights per year in the AHL according to HockeyFights.com.
Already 25 years old, Halmo isn’t much of a prospect any more and has probably hit his ceiling as a player. As it stands now, he’ll be way down the list for forward recalls to the Lightning and should provide a good complementary presence to the Syracuse Crunch. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him paired with one of the smaller centers like Matt Peca or Brayden Point to provide some size to go with their skill.
While not offensively gifted, Halmo has averaged around half a point per game in his AHL career. It’s also been pretty clear with many of the signings, including Halmo,. that the organization is intent on turning Syracuse into a winner again and on making them a tough team to play against.
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