Tampa Bay Lightning lock up Yanni Gourde to big contract

Yanni Gourde looking to “chirp everyone” as he prepares for emotional return to Tampa

TAMPA – Life for Yanni Gourde in Seattle is a little cooler, a little wetter and there's a lot less winning these days.
As the popular sparkplug who spent the previous eight seasons in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, and was in the middle of the team's runs to back-to-back Stanley Cup titles, makes his return on Friday as a member of the expansion Seattle Kraken, he carries the same sort of chip on his shoulder that fueled his path to reach the NHL.
After being exposed in the expansion draft, Gourde felt unwanted.
He knows his return to Amalie Arena is going to be filled with more emotio...


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