The Tampa Bay Lightning assigned 18 players to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL ahead of what appears to be an NHL lockout, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Among the players moving to New York are reigning AHL Most Valuable Player Cory Conacher, former No.6 overall pick Brett Connolly, and last year's late-season signing, J.T. Brown. Others include recently signed prospects Vladislav Namestnikov, Danick Gauthier, Dmitry Korobov, and Riku Helenius. The additions of Connolly, Brown, Namestnikov, and Korobov will make the Crunch a stronger team, which is scary considering they were already among the favorites to claim the Calder Cup.
The full list of new Syracuse residents includes forwards Brown, Conacher, Connolly, Gauthier, Alex Hutchings, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Namestnikov, Ondrej Palat, Richard Panik; defensemen Mark Barberio, Radko Gudas, Korobov, Charles Landry, Dan Milan; and goaltenders Helenius, Dustin Tokarski, and Pat Nagle.
We'll offer some opinions shortly on who could end up in ECHL Florida with the Everblades and who likely stays in Syracuse.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned defenseman Keith Aulie to the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Aulie, 6-foot-6, 217 pounds, appeared in 36 NHL games this season between the Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs, recording three assists and 29 penalty minutes. Aulie played in 17 games with the Maple Leafs, collecting two assists and 16 penalty minutes before being acquired by the Lightning on February 27 in exchange for Carter Ashton. Aulie then appeared in 19 games with Tampa Bay, posting one assist and 13 penalty minutes. In 76 career NHL games, Aulie has scored two goals and five points with 61 penalty minutes.
Aulie also skated in 23 games with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL this season, recording one assist and 30 penalty minutes. The 22-year-old native of Regina, Saskatchewan, has skated in 107 career AHL games with the Marlies and Abbotsford Heat, posting five goals and 16 points. He represented the Marlies at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, PA last season.
Aulie was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round, 116th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by Toronto along with Fredrik Sjostrom and Dion Phaneuf from Calgary in exchange for Jamal Mayers, Niklas Hagman, Matthew Stajan and Ian White on January 31, 2010. (News Observer photo)
(Norfolk Admirals press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have assigned forward Brandon Segal to the Admirals, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Segal, 28, has played in 10 games with the Lightning this season, recording four penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound forward was acquired by Tampa Bay on February 21 from the Chicago Blackhawks. The Richmond, British Columbia native has played in three games with Norfolk this season, tallying three goals and four points. In 56 AHL games between the Admirals and Rockford IceHogs this season, Segal has compiled 16 goals and 29 assists to go along with 63 penalty minutes.
He appeared in 94 games with the Admirals between the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, posting 36 goals and 71 points with 120 penalty minutes. Segal posted AHL career highs with 26 goals, 26 assists and 52 points with the Admirals in 2008-09. That season, he ranked second in goals, fourth in points and tied for third in assists with Norfolk.
Segal has skated in 511 career AHL games with the Milwaukee Admirals, Portland Pirates, Norfolk Admirals, Manchester Monarchs, Texas Stars and Rockford IceHogs, collecting 123 goals and 237 points. He also has five goals and eight points in 41 career Calder Cup Playoff games. Segal won the Calder Cup in 2004 with the Milwaukee Admirals.
He has played in 102 career NHL games with the Lightning, Dallas and Los Angeles, collecting 11 goals and 22 points. He was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the fourth round, 102nd overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Segal signed a one-year contract with Chicago on September 1, 2011.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Dustin Tokarski from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Tokarski, 6-foot, 197 pounds, has played in 40 games with the Admirals this season, posting a 27-11-0 record with a 2.34 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. He also has four shutouts. Tokarski has won eight consecutive games for the Admirals (a franchise AHL record) with two shutouts in that time and has gone 13-2-0 in his previous 15 decisions. Tokarski also leads the AHL in wins.
A native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Tokarski has played in two NHL games with Tampa Bay, both in relief during the 2009-10 season. He made his NHL debut on January 16, 2010 at the Florida Panthers.
Tokarski helped Canada to the Gold Medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships, posting a 4-0 record with a 2.65 GAA and a .906 save percentage. He turned aside 39 of 40 shots in the Gold Medal Game against Sweden as Canada won, 5-1. Tokarski also backstopped the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL to the Memorial Cup in 2008.
The 22-year-old was selected by the Lightning in the fifth round, 122nd overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Evan Oberg from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Oberg, 6-foot, 191 pounds, was acquired by the Lightning with Mike Kostka from the Florida Panthers on December 2 in exchange for James Wright and Mike Vernace. He made his Lightning debut on January 24 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Oberg has played in 28 AHL games this season with Norfolk and the San Antonio Rampage, recording three goals and 12 points with a plus-4 rating. He has played in 16 games with the Admirals, notching three goals and 10 points with a plus-6. Oberg has played in 145 career AHL games with the Admirals, Rampage, Rochester Americans and Manitoba Moose. He has also skated in five career Calder Cup Playoff games, all with Manitoba during the 2009-10 season.
A native of Forestburg, Alberta, Oberg has played in five career NHL games with Tampa Bay and the Vancouver Canucks. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by Vancouver on April 10, 2009. Oberg was then acquired by Florida with the Canucksâ€™ third-round choice in 2013 in exchange for Chris Higgins on February 28, 2011. Before joining the professional ranks he played at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Evan Oberg, as well as forwards Mike Angelidis, Trevor Smith and Pierre-Cedric Labrie to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Oberg, 6-foot, 191 pounds, made his Lightning debut in his sixth recall last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, logging 1:21 in ice time with one hit. He was acquired by the Lightning with Mike Kostka from the Florida Panthers on December 2 in exchange for James Wright and Mike Vernace. He has played in 25 AHL games this season with Norfolk and the San Antonio Rampage, recording two goals and eight points with a plus-3 rating. Oberg has played in 13 games with the Admirals, notching two goals and six points. He has played in 138 career AHL games with the Admirals, Rampage, Rochester Americans and Manitoba Moose. Oberg has also skated in five career Calder Cup Playoff games, all with Manitoba during the 2009-10 season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the AHL's Norfolk Admirals, have recalled forward Trevor Smith from the Admirals, Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
In a trio of moves, the Lightning have announced they have signed Pierre-Cedric Labrie to a 2 year 2-way NHL contract. The power forward has been playing for Norfolk under an AHL contract and should add more muscle and toughness to the organization. Additionally, the Lightning have announced the recall of defenseman Evan Oberg from Norfolk in the wake of Victor Hedman's upper body injury, and that they have reassigned defenseman Charles Landry from Florida of the ECHL to Norfolk in Oberg's place.
In surprising news this morning, Lightning 2011 first rounder Vladislav Namestnikov was cut from Russiaâ€™s representation for the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships.
The news was reported by respected Russian hockey journalist Dmitry Chesnokov, who is based in the U.S.
Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) called the move a â€œsurprise,â€ saying he was told Namestnikov was viewed as a first/second line forward and â€œthere are players on those lines better than he is.â€
Namestnikov was originally practicing on Russiaâ€™s top line. He had a penalty in Russiaâ€™s first pre-tournament game and was not on the scoresheet in their second contest.
"Back to London," Namestnikov tweeted after the news was released.
Namestnikov returns to the London Knights of the OHL where he has 40 points in 33 games.
(Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled right wing JT Wyman and defenseman Evan Oberg from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Wyman, 6-foot-2, 204 pounds, has played in 29 games with Norfolk this season, recording six goals and 12 points with just six penalty minutes. His plus-10 rating ranks fourth on the team, third among forwards. In the five games leading up to his recall, Wyman has posted two goals and three points with a plus-4 rating. He has an even plus rating in 25 of 29 games this season.