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Lightning sign rookie Vermin

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The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Joel Vermin to a three-year, entry level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Vermin, 21, was a seventh-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. He scored 13 goals and had 35 points along with 14 penalty minutes in 47 games last season with Bern (Swiss-A), where he will be assigned to open the 2013-14 season.

Forward Brett Welychka, defenseman Jake Dotchin and goaltender Eric Brassard were released from their amateur tryout agreements.

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