The Norfolk Admirals have announced they have released defenseman Sean Hurley from his ATO contract. Hurley may have become expendable when the team signed Lightning prospect Dane Crowley to an ATO earlier this week.
Tough night for the Lightning's newest prospects in Norfolk.
Jonathan Boutin allowed 5 goals on 30 shots for the loss.
NOR Segal, (10) (Jones, Smolenak), 7:24 (PP)
ALB Blanchard, (8) (McLeod, Angelidis), 15:22
ALB Cottreau, (3) (Petruzalek, Johnson), 5:05
ALB Sutter, (1) (Johnson, Samson), 7:12 (PP)
ALB Jensen, (10) (Engel, Ward), 16:26
ALB Samson, (21) , 3:19
NOR Kearns, (8) (Koci, Lawrence), 4:17
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Despite indications earlier in the week that the two sides were far apart on an agreement, the Norfolk Admirals announced today they have signed defenseman Dane Crowley to an ATO contract. Crowley was selected by the Lightning in the 6th round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and recently completed his final season of junior hockey with Everett of the WHL. Crowley had 10 goals and 29 points to go with 131 penalty minutes in 66 games with the Silvertips this season.
Crowley, a defenseman, was coming off a year in which he scored 10 goals and 29 points in 66 games for Everett of the WHL. Prior to last year Crowley scored 17 points in 29 games with the 'Tips after being acquired from Swift Current at the 2007 WHL trade deadline.
Any potential NHL contract between Tampa Bay and the WHL overager this summer was thought to be dependent on reasonable contract demands from the Crowley camp. It appears this is already off to a bad start, if indeed there is anywhere to go from here.
It is unknown at this time whether the contract in question was an AHL amateur tryout agreement or an NHL entry deal.
Crowley was a sixth round pick of the Bolts in 2006.
Results from Lewiston, Everett and Lethbridge.