Lightning, Ross Colton settle on two-year, $2.25M contract

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, left, and center Anthony Cirelli (71) crowd left wing Ross Colton (79) after scoring on Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (Gerry Broome/AP)

The Tampa Bay Lightning and restricted free agent centre Ross Colton aren't heading to arbitration after all.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Monday the two sides have agreed to a two-year, $2.25-million deal.

Colton had nine goals and three assists in 30 regular season games, including a goal and an assist in his NHL debut against the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 24.

The 24-year-old from Robbinsville, N.J., scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 5 as the Lightning shut out the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in the decisive game. Colton, a fourth-round pick in 2016, finished with four goals and two assists in 23 playoff games.

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