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Lightning Extend Conacher; Place Him on Waivers

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Cory Conacher to a one-year, one-way contract for the 2019-20 season worth $700,000 AAV, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Conacher, 28, has skated in one game with the Lightning this season, the Bolts’ 2-1 shootout victory against the Florida Panthers on opening night. He appeared in 36 games with the Lightning during the 2017-18 season, notching eight goals and 12 points to go along with 24 penalty minutes. The Burlington, Ontario native also played in 18 games with the Crunch last season, recording seven goals and 15 points.

The 5-foot-8, 182-pound forward has skated in 189 NHL games, posting 28 goals and 74 points to go along with 114 penalty minutes. Conacher’s eight goals last season were the most he’s notched since the 2012-13 season when he recorded 11 while splitting time between the Lightning and Ottawa Senators. Conacher has also skated in 240 AHL games, registering 91 goals and 228 points.

Conacher was undrafted out of Canisius College and was originally signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay on July 5, 2011.

Note: According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, the Lighting placed Conacher on waivers today although he was at practice today which means a reassignment to Syracuse (AHL) might not be imminent.

AHL Game Night: 10-13-18 Checkers at Crunch

Crunch inexperience exposed.

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Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss. Actually played better than the stat line indicates, including stopping a penalty shot.

First Period
4:46 CHA Gauthier (1), (Maenalanen)
17:57 CHA Kuokkanen (3), (Poturalski, Carrick)(PP)

Second Period
11:10 CHA Bishop (1), (Saarela, McKeown)(PP)
16:25 CHA Brown (1), (Bishop, Cajkovsky)(SH)

Third Period
4:42 SYR Sosunov (1), (Tammela, Katchouk)

Ingram was the game's third star.

Syracuse took about a month last season to work out the kinks with a young lineup, and we may see a bit of that to start this season, too. It was a pretty ugly, mistake-pocked game for Syracuse tonight and Ben Groulx will have plenty to work on correcting. Silver lining: big Oleg Sosunov did pot his first pro goal.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-10-18 Crunch at Americans

Rochester shows urgency in doubling up Syracuse.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 6 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
13:02 ROC O'Regan (1), (Nylander, Redmond)(PP)
19:59 SYR Barre-Boulet (2), (Cernak, Dumont)(PP)

Second Period
7:05 ROC Smith (2), (Criscuolo)(SH)
9:42 ROC Criscuolo (1), (Smith)
12:06 ROC Redmond (1), (Pilut, Olofsson)(PP)
12:52 SYR Tammela (1), (Brassart)

Third Period
2:55 ROC Pilut (2), (Olofsson, Redmond)(PP)
7:18 ROC Olofsson (1), (O'Regan, Dougherty)
19:44 SYR Yan (1), (Volkov, Masin)

It's probably not crazy to suggest that Rochester needed this game more given they were trying to avoid an 0-3 start to their campaign. Syracuse gave themselves a chance by getting it within a two goal deficit at the Second Intermission, but another power play goal by Rochester put the game into garbage time pretty quickly.

So far so good with Alex Barre-Boulet, at least.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-6-18 Crunch at Bears

Crunch come out of opening night number one with a Boulet.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
3:45 HER O'Brien (1), (Williams, Barber)
7:49 SYR Verhaeghe (1), (Barre-Boulet, Volkov)(PP)
19:03 HER Sgarbossa (1), (Barber, Williams)

Second Period
14:02 SYR Raddysh (1), (Andreoff, Colton)

Third Period
5:26 SYR Barre-Boulet (1), (Foote, Dumont)(PP)

Alex Barre-Boulet was the game's first star. He and Taylor Raddysh celebrated their first pro goals tonight while fellow rookie Ross Colton notched his first pro point.

Quality outcome against a really quality opponent to open the campaign.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Syracuse Announces Opening Night Roster

On Friday, the Syracuse Crunch announced their 24 player roster for their Saturday night season-opening tilt against the Bears in Hershey. The roster includes goaltenders Eddie Pasquale and Connor Ingram, along with defensemen Hubert Labrie, Matthew Spencer, Cameron Gaunce, Cal Foote, Dominik Masin, Erik Cernak, and Oleg Sosunov. The forward corps includes Dennis Yan, Alex Barre-Boulet, Boris Katchouk, Andy Andreoff, Otto Somppi, Jonne Tammela, Taylor Raddysh, Brady Brassart, Troy Bourke, Carter Verhaeghe, Colton Ross, Gabriel Dumont, Mitchell Stephens, Alexander Volkov, and Olivier Archambault.

Not listed on the opening roster are defensemen Daniel Walcott and Ben Thomas, and forwards Michael Bournival, Alexey Lipanov, and Kevin Lynch. Lipanov was returned to juniors to the Kitchener Rangers, who recently acquired his OHL rights from Sudbury.

Thoughts on Oleg Sosunov

As I prepare to head to Estero next Sunday and hopefully get a couple of days to watch camp and exhibitions, I’ve been thinking about where the big guy will eventually top out. He can’t really bust because he’s a low round reach in the draft. What constitutes a home run will likely be in the eye of each beholder. I’ll say if he graduates from prospect status prior to aging out on a contending Lightning team, that’ll be a homerun for me.

Tampa Bay Re-signs Winger Adam Erne to One Year Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Adam Erne to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800,000 today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Erne, 6-foot-1, 214 pounds, played in 23 games with the Lightning last season, recording three goals and four points. He also appeared in 41 games with Tampa Bay’s top affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, notching 12 goals and 26 points with a plus-4 rating.

The New Haven, Connecticut native has played in 49 career NHL games, all with Tampa Bay, since 2016, registering six goals and seven points. He has logged 150 career AHL games, all with the Crunch and scored 41 goals with 88 points. Erne has played in 22 career Calder Cup Playoff games, all in 2017, recording three goals and 10 points.

Erne was drafted by the Lightning in the second round, 33rd overall, of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Kevin Lynch One-Year, Two-Way Contract Official

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Kevin Lynch to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Lynch, 27, skated in 57 games with the Crunch during the 2017-18 season, posting 14 goals and 26 points to go along with 48 penalty minutes. He ranked third on Syracuse for shorthanded goals with two and was tied for sixth for goals. The Grosse Point, Michigan native also appeared in seven Calder Cup Playoff games in 2018, recording two goals and five points.

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound forward has played in 154 career AHL games over four seasons with the Crunch and Manitoba Moose, registering 22 goals and 37 points to go along with 88 penalty minutes. Lynch set career highs for games played, goals, assists (12), points and penalty minutes during the 2017-18 season.

Lynch was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round, 56th overall, at the 2009 NHL Draft.

Lightning Sign Catamount Ross Colton to Two-Year ELC

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Ross Colton to a two-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Colton, 21, appeared in 36 games with the University of Vermont last season, recording 16 goals and 23 points to go along with 16 penalty minutes. He ranked first on Vermont for goals and points. Colton also ranked sixth in the Hockey East Conference for goals, eighth for power-play goals with eight and was tied for eighth with three game-winning goals.

The Robbinsville, New Jersey native has played in 69 games with Vermont over the past two seasons, collecting 28 goals and 50 points to go along with 69 penalty minutes. He led the team for goals during his freshman season with 12 tallies and was second for points with 27.

Colton was originally drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round, 118th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft.

Bolts Qualify Four Pending RFAs; Grant F Alex Gallant Unrestricted Free Agency

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have issued qualifying offers to four players today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Below is the list of players receiving qualifying offers:

Pos. Player
LW Adam Erne
D Slater Koekkoek
C J.T. Miller
C Cedric Paquette

The deadline for NHL clubs to issue offers is at 5 p.m. today. By issuing qualifying offers to the aforementioned players, the Lightning are given the right of first refusal or draft choice compensation should the player sign an offer sheet with another NHL club.

The Lightning did not issue a qualifying offer to forward Alex Gallant.

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