Smaby Reassigned to Norfolk

Don't know if this is THE roster move or just another chance to get him some playing time, but Matt Smaby has been sent back down to Norfolk of the AHL.

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Making room for Ramo? That

Making room for Ramo? That is if he is about healthy (its been about 3 weeks?), lightning could use better goaltending..

Sent down

This may be a roster move to help Norfolk more that anything else. With Matt riding the pine here and the Amds needing a shot in the arm as well. I have to think that he will play on their top pairing and maybe this help slot out the rest of the d better….

While I Appreciate Them Sending Smaby Here..........

Smaby will certainly help us on the blueline, but that's not where we have our problems.

It is no secret, we have problems on offense. Over the last three games, all our goals have come from our dmen. Nice that they chip in, but not the position you expect the bulk of your scoring to come from.

I am anxiously awaiting to see when and if Tampa sends down some forward help. Darche has been sitting for the last several games and he could be the big boost we need to jump start the scoring from our forwards.

As for Ramo, he is expected to be out another week to 10 days with the high ankle sprain. If Tampa recalls him, I would expect either Denis or Holmqvist to be sent through waivers to Norfolk, although I think Denis would be the more likely of the two to be sent here. The thinking could be someone would pluck Denis from the waiver wire freeing up half his salary. That would make his salary more affordable for most teams. But then again, I am not sure how attractive Denis would be to other teams based upon his play. For most teams, the better way is to look within their own system, which is basically what is being advocated here for Tampa to do.

Right now the Tampa roster is getting a little crowded. You have Darche and Karlsson occupying the same roster spot. And when Criag returns, you will have him and MacDonald occupying the same spot. So I don't think Tampa would recall Ramo and have Denis or Holmqvist making the popcorn there. That would make a three player popcorn making rotation.

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