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Helenius Recalled to Tampa; Ramo to Serve Suspension

As had been widely reported in the local Tampa media, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today that prospect goaltender Karri Ramo has been returned to the Norfolk Admirals to begin serving his six-game AHL suspension resulting from an altercation last Friday night's game in which Ramo left the bench during an on-ice brawl. With Olaf Kolzig on IR pending season-ending biceps tendon surgery, prospect netminder Riku Helenius has been subsequently recalled from Norfolk to backup Mike Smith.

Bolts Promote Downie, Ramo, and Helenius

In a series of back-to-back promotions with the Lightning system, Tampa Bay Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced on Monday that the Bolts have recalled prospect forward Steve Downie from the Norfolk Admirals. In addition, the Lightning announced that they also recalled prospect goaltender Karri Ramo from the Admirals to Tampa on an emergency basis.

Downie's recall was expected, with the Lightning indicating last week that he would be recalled after the NHL All-Star break -- a move that would prevent him from participating in the AHL All-Star game Monday night. However, Ramo's emergency recall was a bit of a surprise, as the St. Pete Times reported on Monday that Tampa veteran netminder Olaf Kolzig suffered a setback during the All-Star break with respect to his injured left arm, and was placed back on IR.

With Ramo recalled to Tampa, the Lightning announced on Tuesday that prospect goaltender Riku Helenius has been reassigned from Mississippi (ECHL) to Norfolk to back up Admirals goalie Mike McKenna. Helenius was assigned to the Gulf Coast last Friday, backing up Sea Wolves and former Bolt prospect goaltender Ryan Munce in two weekend games but seeing no game action.

Bolts Reassign Downie, Wishart, and Helenius

As the NHL All-Star Break begins, the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned prospects Steve Downie and Ty Wishart to the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. Admirals General Manager Mike Butters also announced today that prospect goaltender Riku Helenius has been reassigned from the Admirals to the ECHL's Mississippi Sea Wolves.

Lightning Recall Wishart; Reassign Quick

According to the St. Pete Times, as part of the organization's plan to rotate defensemen from the Norfolk Admirals roster to the Tampa roster in its continuing process of evaluating talent in the system, the Lightning have recalled prospect defenseman Ty Wishart and reassigned Kevin Quick.

Despite Tocchet's comments that the switch was just part of the plan, the acquisition of Cory Murphy as a small-body puckmover and power play quarterback clearly made Quick's contributions to the roster less of a necessity and allows the organization to bring up a bigger and more physical blueliner in the form of the 6.04 Wishart, especially with the absence of Matt Smaby from the lineup. Quick was relegated to just 9:50 of ice time against Dallas with Murphy in the lineup as compared to 17:52 against Florida on Saturday night.

Lightning Recall Downie, Reassign Mihalik to Norfolk

Tampa Bay Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today that the club has reassigned prospect defenseman Vladimir Mihalik to the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) and have recalled prospect forward Steve Downie from the Admirals.

Lightning Recall Kevin Quick

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that they have recalled defenseman Kevin Quick on an emergency basis. Wow.

Mihalik to join Lightning in L.A.

(Norfolk Release) The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have recalled defensemen Vladimir Mihalik on an emergency basis from the Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Mihalik, 6-foot-7, 222 pounds, appeared in his 100th career AHL game on Saturday night in Norfolk versus Manchester. The native of Presov, Slovakia, has appeared in 32 games with Norfolk this season scoring two goals and six assists with 30 penalty minutes. In 100 career AHL games – all with Norfolk – Mihalik has three goals and 24 points.

Mihalik, Wishart Returned to Norfolk

Tampa Bay Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton announced today that the Bolts have returned prospect defensemen Vladimir Mihalik and Ty Wishart to the Norfolk Admirals.

Mihalik, 6-foot-7, 222 pounds, appeared in three games with Tampa Bay after being recalled on January 1. He registered his first NHL point with an assist yesterday in the Lightning's 4-1 win at Atlanta. During the recall, Mihalik registered one assist and two penalty minutes. Mihalik has appeared in his first five career NHL games with Tampa Bay this season, registering one assist and two penalty minutes. He was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Wishart, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound rookie defenseman, made his NHL debut Saturday, January 3 versus Carolina. He logged 7:53 of ice time and blocked two shots.

Concurrent with the return of Mihalik and Wishart, the Admirals have released defenseman Mitch Ganzak from his Professional Tryout Contract (PTO).

Lightning Recall Wishart

As had been widely reported unofficially, Ty Wishart is now officially set to make his NHL debut tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. Tampa Bay Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton announced today that they have recalled defenseman Ty Wishart from the Norfolk Admirals on an emergency basis.

Wishart, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound rookie defenseman, has appeared in 31 games for Norfolk this season, scoring one goal and two assists with 13 penalty minutes and a +2 rating. He scored his first professional goal on December 19 versus Albany. Wishart made his professional debut last April with the Worcester Sharks, appearing in five games without registering a point. In 36 career AHL games, he has one goal and three points with 13 penalty minutes.

The Comcox, British Columbia native was acquired by the Lightning in a trade with the San Jose Sharks on July 4. He was originally drafted by the Sharks in the first round (16th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

With the Lightning defensive corps depleted by injuries to Lukas Krajicek, Paul Ranger, and Jamie Heward, Wishart joins fellow prospect defensemen Vladimir Mihalik and Matt Smaby to make up one-half of the Lightning's blueline against the Hurricanes.

Mihalik on Emergency Recall

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger will miss tonight's game against Washington with an injury. Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times reports prospect defenseman Vladimir Mihalik has been recalled on an emergency basis from Norfolk to take his place. Lucas Krajicek is expected to sit due to injury as well.
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