Boutin Back With Norfolk

(Norfolk Admirals release)

Today, Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltender Jonathan Boutin to the Admirals from the Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL). In addition, the Admirals have returned goaltender Morgan Cey on loan to the Sea Wolves.

Boutin, 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, started both of Mississippi’s preseason games this past weekend, winning both while stopping 30 of 32 shots for a .938 save percentage. He appeared in 37 games with the Springfield Falcons (AHL) last season, posting a 9-17-1 record with a 3.29 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage. He also played three games with the Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL), going 0-2-0 with a 3.08 GAA and .919 save percentage.

Cey, 6-foot-3 and 177 pounds, appeared in Norfolk’s game against Springfield on Sunday afternoon, stopping 17 of 21 shots in 60 minutes of play in his Admirals’ debut. He also appeared in one preseason game for Norfolk, stopping seven of ten shots in 20 minutes of action on September 30 in Hershey. Last season, Cey appeared in 47 games for the Johnstown Chiefs, Tampa Bay’s former ECHL affiliate. He posted a 20-21-3 record with the Chiefs in 2006-07 with a 2.93 GAA and .916 save percentage.

The Sea Wolves kick off their 2007-08 season on Friday when they visit the Florida Everblades.

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Maybe The Trip South Was a Wakeup Call

Maybe Boutin's stay with Mississippi was a wake up call for him. He did play well in the two Sea Wolves exhibition games. He showed some good play last year including being goaltender for the month in the AHL.

Munce has turned some heads with his good play so far and hopefully Boutin can do as well. I think this will be somewhat of an audition to see who will back up Ramo when he returns.

But it will also serve us in Norfolk well to have both of them sharp in the event Ramo is called up to Tampa.

It was also partly a

It was also partly a function of the fact Cey was less than stellar against Springfield.

Let the games begin. Boutin vs. Munce.

Boutin vs CHL

Take Boutin's two pre-season wins with a grain of salt -- they were exhibition wins against two teams in the Central Hockey League. That's barely a professional league. Barely.

Granted It Was the CHL

You are right, it was the CHL. But I am not sure what type of defensive play he had in front of him. I don't care how good you are as a goalie, if the defense in front of you is not taking care of business, the goalie will see more rubber than an interstate highway.

But he did well against them, which is what he should have done. And he has experience at the AHL level, and with Ramo hurt right now and subject to a callup at any time, we need two good goalies in Norfolk right now. Whoever plays the best during Ramo's absence stays in Norfolk, the loser goes to Mississippi upon Ramo's return.

The stakes might be even

The stakes might be even higher than that. Both Munce and Boutin are in the last years of their entry level contracts. The loser might not get re-upped.

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