REPORT: Conacher signs NHL contract

Reports out of Florida say former Canisius standout Cory Conacher has signed a two-year deal with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.

The deal may be finalized as soon as Thursday, March 1, the first day he can sign without having this season count against his entry-level status.

“Well folks, he did it. Didn’t take long,” Canisius hockey captain Scott Moser tweeted from the Canisius Hockey account. “Nobody deserves it more!”

Conacher is currently fourth in scoring in the AHL with 63 points (29 goals, 34 assists) through 56 games played. He was named a starter for the East in the AHL All-Star Game last month, where he scored two goals and added an assist.

Conacher graduated from Canisius last spring and left the school with 12 hockey records, including career marks for goals, points and game-winning goals.

The report from True Hockey also gives details on Conacher’s contract:

Because of his age, the 22 year old will sign a two-year, entry level deal that pays him $832,500 in 2012 and $725,00 in 2013. He’ll get the maximum $70,000 AHL salary with the max $92,500 in signing bonus.

Conacher’s contract is reported to be a two-way deal, which means he is eligible to play in the minors and the NHL. His previous contract only allowed him to play in the AHL.

Tampa Bay made two moves at the deadline, acquiring a depth forward and defenseman along with two draft picks. Tampa is also dealing with several injuries, including one to top center Vincent Lecavalier, who is out until at least mid-March with a broken hand.