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Lightning Send Two Prospects Home

The Lightning announced today that prospect defensemen Adam Janosik and Geoffrey Schemitsch will be returning to their junior teams.

Both prospects were at practice this morning in Brandon, Florida. Janosik will return to Gatineau, whose season is already underway. Schemitsch will join the defending OHL champion Owen Sound Attack, whose first game is Wednesday.

Schemitsch was skating with a coach before practice this morning receiving extra instruction. He faired well in practice Sunday and played a simple, yet steady game Saturday during the scrimmage. He was schooled by Dominic Moore in one on one drills Monday.

Janosik (pictured) had a nice goal on Matthieu Garon in practice today from the point.

Ritola, Jones, and Tokarski Join Lightning Practices

Yesterday the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forwards Mattias Ritola and Blair Jones, as well as goaltender Dustin Tokarski, from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Norfolk was recently eliminated from the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs.

BP Note: The prospects will form what is known as the "Black Aces," a practice squad of sorts for the playoffs.

Ashton Joining Admirals

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forward Carter Ashton to the Norfolk Admirals from his junior club, the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Ashton, 20, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a first-round draft pick of the Lightning (29th overall in 2009). He split this season between Tri City and the Regina Pats, scoring 33 goals and 71 points with 106 penalty minutes in 62 games between the clubs. He also netted 17 power play goals, tying him for fifth place in the WHL.

Landry to Join Admirals

The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned defenseman Charles Landry to the Norfolk Admirals from Montreal of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Landry, 5-foot-11, 187 pounds, appeared in 57 games with the Montreal Juniors this season, recording career bests with 11 goals and 40 points. He also registered a plus-26 rating. Landry led the team in goals by a defenseman, was third in points by a defenseman and was tied for third overall in plus/minus. He also posted one goal and three points in ten playoff games for the Juniors.

A 19-year-old native of Napierville, Quebec, Landry has played in 234 QMJHL games between Montreal and the Drummondville Voltigeurs. He has registered 22 goals and 96 points during his career. He has also skated in 43 post-season games, amassing six goals and 12 points.

Originally undrafted, Landry was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Lightning on September 15, 2010. He represented the Lightning at the 2010 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament as an invitee.
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Ritola Reassigned to Admirals

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forward Mattias Ritola to the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Ritola, 6-foot, 192 pounds, has appeared in a NHL career-high 31 games this season with the Lightning, recording career-bests with four goals and eight points. He has also averaged 10:03 in ice time per game. Ritola recorded his first career multi-goal game March 14 at Toronto on his 24th birthday. He has played in nine games with the Admirals this season, recording two goals and 11 points with a plus-4 rating.

Admirals Sign Nagle to ATO

The Norfolk Admirals have signed goaltender Pat Nagle to an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO), Admirals General Manager Julien BriseBois announced today. In addition, the Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Admirals, have reassigned goaltender Jaroslav Janus (YAHR-oh-slahv YAHN-ihs) from the Admirals to the ECHL’s Florida Everblades, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Nagle, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning last week. He played in 37 games with the Ferris State (Mich.) Bulldogs this season, posting an 18-14-5 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He ranked fifth in NCAA Division-1 in GAA, tied for ninth for shutouts with three and tied for 10th in save percentage. Nagle also set school records for GAA and was tied for second in save percentage.

Fadden No Longer a Bolt Prospect

The Tampa Tribune is reporting Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden, who was put on unconditional waivers this week, had his contract terminated by the Lightning yesterday after he cleared waivers.

"We notified Mitch that he was put on unconditional waivers with the intent of terminating his contract, and after he cleared, we wrote our letter to notify him that we are doing just that,'' Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tribune. "And for us, that's all done. We sent our letter informing that the contract has been terminated. So on our end, it's all done and he is off our roster.''

Fadden was arrested in British Columbia and charged with impaired driving, failing to provide a breath sample, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and obstructing a peace officer.

He is in B.C. undergoing treatment for a blood clot he suffered while playing for ECHL Florida. Fadden was leading the ECHL in scoring when he was forced out of the lineup with the ailment.

Fadden, a 2007 fourth round pick of the Bolts, had character questions in his junior career with Seattle and Lethbridge, but appeared to have turned things around recently.

Ritola, Jones Re-join Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forwards Mattias Ritola and Blair Jones from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Ritola, 6-foot, 192 pounds, has appeared in a NHL career-high 24 games this season with the Lightning, recording career-bests with two goals, four assists and six points. He was reassigned to Norfolk on February 9. Since then he has registered two goals and 11 points with a plus-4 rating in nine games with the Admirals. Of his nine contests, five of them were multi-point games.

Harju Reassigned to Norfolk; McElhinney Waived

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forward Johan Harju to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Lightning Recall Mike Vernace from Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have recalled defenseman Mike Vernace from the Admirals today, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. The move was made because Lightning defenseman Matt Smaby is ill.

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