Promotion/Demotion

Pouliot Sent Back to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forward Marc-Antoine Pouliot to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Pouliot, 6-foot-2, 193 pounds, was recalled to Tampa Bay on November 12 and made his Lightning debut that night in Pittsburgh. In playing his first NHL game of the season, he logged 11:57 of ice time. Pouliot has played in 12 games with the Admirals this season, recording four goals and 18 points with a plus-4 rating. He leads Norfolk in points, assists and is tied for second on the team in power-play goals with two. Pouliot has registered three goals and 11 points in Norfolk’s previous eight games. He ranks tied for ninth in the AHL in points.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release

Lightning Recall Pouliot, Harju from Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forwards Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Johan Harju from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Pouliot, 6-foot-2, 193 pounds, has played in 12 games with the Admirals this season, recording four goals and 18 points with a plus-4 rating. He leads Norfolk in points, assists and is tied for second on the team in power play goals with two. Pouliot has registered three goals and 11 points in Norfolk’s previous eight games. He ranks fourth in the AHL in points.

A native of Quebec City, Quebec, Pouliot appeared in 35 games with the Edmonton Oilers last season, scoring seven goals and 14 points. Pouliot also skated in four games with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, scoring one goal and six points. A veteran of five professional seasons, Pouliot has appeared in 176 career NHL games, all with the Oilers, notching 21 goals and 53 points.

Pouliot was drafted by the Oilers in the first round, 22nd overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 23, 2010.

Harju, 6-3, 210 pounds, has appeared in 12 games with the Admirals in his North American debut, recording seven goals and 16 points with a plus-2 rating. He leads Norfolk in goals, is second in points and assists, and tied for second in power play goals with two. Harju has scored a goal in three of the Admirals’ previous four games. He ranks eighth in the AHL in points and tied for ninth in goals.

A native of Overtornea, Sweden, Harju played in 55 regular season games with the Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League last season, recording four goals and 18 points. He played two playoff games with Moscow, recording a goal and eight penalty minutes.

Harju has represented Sweden at the previous two IIHF World Championships, held in Switzerland and Germany respectively. In 2009 he recorded two goals and four points. This past summer he notched four goals and five points.

He was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 167th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release (Norfolk Admirals photo)

Roy Recalled

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled defenseman Matt Roy (WAH) from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Roy, 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, has played in nine games for the Admirals this season, recording two goals and eight points with a plus-5 rating. He is tied for seventh in the AHL in scoring among defensemen and is tied for the team lead.

Vernace to join Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning assigned defenseman Mike Vernace to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Vernace, 6-foot, 216 pounds, has played in seven of the Lightning’s nine games this season, averaging 9:06 in ice time per game. He made his debut with Tampa Bay on October 9 against Atlanta and played a season-high 16:33 in ice time October 16 at Florida. Vernace has played in 19 career NHL games with the Lightning and Colorado Avalanche.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Vernace has skated in 236 career AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Chicago Wolves, Lake Erie Monsters and Albany River Rats. He has amassed nine career goals and 71 career points.

Vernace was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 29, 2010. He was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round, 201st overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release

Jones Could Make Lightning Season Debut Tonight

Yesterday the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Blair Jones from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Jones, 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, has gotten off to a hot start with the Admirals this season, recording four goals and 10 points with a plus-3 rating in seven games. He is tied for the team lead for goals, is second for points and tied for third in assists. Jones played in 63 games with the Admirals last season, notching nine goals 30 points. He also represented Norfolk in the AHL All-Star Game and won the Reebok Hardest Shot Competition (100.7 mph).

A native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, Jones has played in 38 career NHL games, all with the Lightning. He has registered one goal and three points with 12 penalty minutes during his career. Last season Jones played in 14 games with the Lightning, recording 10 penalty minutes and averaging a career-best 12:50 in average ice time.

Jones was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round, 102nd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release

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