Coleman recalled to Springfield; Boutin has minor injury

Johnstown, PA (February 5, 2007) – The Johnstown Chiefs on Monday announced that goaltender Gerald Coleman has been recalled to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

Bolt Prospects has learned from sources within the Lightning organization that the reason for the recall is that Jonathan Boutin is not 100% healthy and may not be able to dress for the Falcon's next game.

In 17 games with the Chiefs this season, Coleman has recorded a 7-9-0 record with a .902 save percentage and a 3.41 goals-against average. Coleman was previously recalled to Springfield in December, earning the win for the Falcons in their December 3, 2006 contest at Lowell.

Coleman appeared in 43 games with Springfield during the 2005-06 season, posting a 14-21-3 record and earning a 3.88 goals-against average. The 21 year-old native of Romeoville, Ill., made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 20, 2005 in a 5-2 loss at Atlanta. He was later recalled and played the final 23:16 for Tampa Bay at Florida on March 20, 2006 when the Lightning lost 6-5 in overtime to the Panthers.

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Is this so they can send

Is this so they can send someone else down, or is something else going on?

Either: 1.) They want to get

Either:

1.) They want to get a look at Coleman at the AHL level.

-or-

2.) Denis is going to be traded and Ramo called up to Tampa some time before the deadline and they're moving their ducks into a row now. The decision to acquire Munce makes more sense under this scenario.

Option one is the simplest and most logical. Option two could be an incredibly gutsy move by Feaster to really try and get the Lightning those one or two more pieces they need to chase a cup.

I'd think one of them may be

I'd think one of them may be moved with this happening? Otherwise why would you have the top 3 goalies in your system right now vying for playing time? Kinda odd. I want to see the gutsy move you spoke of second :) Just me though

My speculation

Is more along the lines of No.1.

Coleman is a throw in, or in better terms - an added piece to a deal, possibly. And this is his showcase time.

No.2 might not be so bad - but that's a lot of pressure on Holmqvist.

We saw with Weekes and Grahame that they can take care of No.1 duties when there's a fallback option, but when it's just them - look out.

Holmqvist's experience in Sweden should diminish that chance, however.

Karri Ramo is a wee bit

Karri Ramo is a wee bit better than Sean Burke and Dieter Kochan, IMO.

Orrrrrr... Boutin has a

Orrrrrr...

Boutin has a minor injury so they called Coleman up. That's confirmed.

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