TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have signed former Admiral Chris Durno to a one-year, two-way contract, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Durno, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound left wing from Scarborough, Ontario, played in 41 games with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche last season, recording four goals and eight points with a plus-3 rating. He set NHL career highs for games played, goals, assists, points and shots on goal. Durno also appeared in one Stanley Cup Playoff Game with the Avalanche. He has played in 43 career NHL games with Colorado during the previous two seasons.
Durno has played in 293 career American Hockey League games with the Norfolk Admirals, Milwaukee Admirals, Portland Pirates, San Antonio Rampage and Lake Erie Monsters. He has amassed 89 goals and 175 points. He scored 20 goals or more on two occasions (2005-06, 2007-08). Durno played in 17 games with Lake Erie last season, notching 10 goals and 18 points. In 2008-09, Durno served as captain with the Monsters and led the team in goals (18) and penalty minutes (131) while ranking second in points (45) and assists (27).
Durno has also played in 147 career ECHL games with the Gwinnett Gladiators, registering 52 goals and 124 points. Before joining the professional ranks, Durno played his college career at Michigan Tech where he played in 130 games, recording 22 goals and 48 points.
An undrafted free agent, Durno was originally signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks on September 25, 2006. He began the 2006-07 season in Norfolk, recording four goals and five points in 22 games with the Admirals. He was then traded to Anaheim by the Blackhawks with Sebastien Caron and Matt Keith in exchange for Pierre Parenteau and Bruno St. Jacques on December 28, 2006. Durno was then sent to Nashville by Anaheim in exchange for Shane Endicott on January 26, 2007. He was then signed by Colorado on July 3, 2008.
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