Lashoff Recalled by Lightning

(Norfolk Admirals release) The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have recalled defenseman Matt Lashoff from the Admirals on an emergency basis, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Lashoff, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman from East Greenbush, New York, has appeared in 66 games with Norfolk this season, scoring seven goals and 23 points with 94 penalty minutes. He also has four power play goals and one game-winning goal. He ranks second among club defensemen in scoring and ranks second overall in penalty minutes.

Lashoff has appeared in 58 career NHL games between the Lightning and Boston Bruins, scoring one goal and 15 points. A 2005 first-round draft choice (22nd overall) of the Bruins, the Lightning acquired the 23-year-old from Boston on March 4, 2009 with Martins Karsums in exchange for Mark Recchi and second-round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Lashoff has skated in 232 career AHL games between Norfolk and the Providence Bruins, tallying 33 goals and 118 points. He was selected as a starter for the PlanetUSA team at the 2007-08 AHL All-Star Game. Prior to turning pro Lashoff played three seasons of junior hockey with Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League, recording 16 goals, 93 points and 284 penalty minutes in 162 games.

The Admirals will play their final three road games of the 2009-10 regular season this weekend as they visit Albany on Friday, Binghamton on Saturday and Hershey on Sunday.

The Admirals will conclude their 2009-10 regular season with a three-game homestand beginning Wednesday, April 7 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.