General Manager and Head Coach Drew Schoneck announced Monday that the Tri-City Storm acquired Tampa Bay Lightning prospect goalie Adam Wilcox from the Green Bay Gamblers for a first round draft pick in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft.
â€œWe felt that, while Pheonix (Copley) has played well for us so far this season, we could add a champion-like goalie in Wilcox to help this team take it to the next level,â€ Schoneck said in a Storm press release. â€œAdam was a major part of the success in Green Bay over the past year, and split time with a quality goalie in (Ryan) McKay, which allowed him to battle for his time.â€
â€œWe expect Adam to be a big addition to the Storm. He adds a little more winning experience to this team, and hope that he and Pheonix will lead this team to more wins overall.â€
TSN's Bob McKenzie is Tweeting forward Mattias Ritola has cleared unconditional waivers and Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting he will be latching on with MODO of the Elitserien. Ritola, who has spent parts of two seasons with the Lightning since being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, refused assignment to Norfolk of the AHL last week.
Happy trails to you you too, Ritz.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have confirmed via Twitter that the organization has acquired pending restricted free agent defenseman Bruno Gervais from the New York Islanders for future considerations.
Gervais, a puck-moving blueliner, has scored 9 goals and added 59 assists in 331 games for the Islander organization. He was a 2003 6th round pick for Isles, and looks to be a possible replacement for unrestricted free agent defensemen Marc-Andre Bergeron.
RDS reported earlier today Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden is on unconditional waivers today. Fadden, who hasn't played since January 7 due to a blot clot in his leg, will have his contract terminated, said Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times. Yzerman told Cristodero the move to put Fadden on waivers was due to "off-ice issues" and neither the Lightning GM nor Fadden's agent would comment further.
A report in the Salmon Arm Observer stated Fadden was arrested in early March for driving intoxicated, among other charges, in Salmon Arm, B.C.
Fadden was home in B.C. while taking blood thinning medication.
McElhinney, 6-foot-2, 197 pounds, has played in 21 games with the Ducks this season, posting a 6-9-1 record with a 3.43 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage. He also has two shutouts. McElhinney has set career-highs this season for games played and wins. He recorded his first career shutout on November 10 against the New York Islanders.
The 41 year old Roloson is 6-13-1 this season, but he has a very respectable 2.64 GAA and .916 save percentage.
Wishart had 4 goals and 18 points in 31 games with Norfolk this season. The former Sharks first-round draft pick was acquired in the Dan Boyle trade.
The Oshawa Generals have announced they've dealt Lightning prospect goaltender Michael Zador to the Owen Sound Attack for a fifth round pick in 2012 and a fifth round pick in 2013. The former OHL first rounder and fifth round pick of the Lightning in 2009 began the year as the Gens' starting goalie, but after a few weeks was relegated to back-up duty. Within the last two weeks he suddenly missed a game due to an illness and the Gens traded for veteran OHL goaltender Peter Di Salvo. With Di Salvo and Kevin Bailie manning the nets for Oshawa, Zador was no where to be seen and many speculated he'd be traded.
Zador will now join fellow Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch in Owen Sound. Goaltenders Scott Stajcer (Rangers draft pick) and Jordan Binnington (2011 draft) have been splitting duties in Owen Sound, with Binnington earning slightly more games (20-14). Stajcer is facing surgery for a lower body injury and a back-up was needed.
Zador is currently 10-3-2, but with a pedestrian 3.36 goals against average and .879 save percentage.
The WHL's Regina Pats, as expected, have traded former Lightning first rounder Carter Ashton. The Regina Leader-Post reports the Pats sent Ashton to the Tri-City Americans with a third-round pick for forward Tanner Olstad, forward Nils Moser, a first-round pick in the 2011 WHL bantam draft, and second and fifth round picks in the 2010 bantam draft.
Ashton, who signed a professional contract with the Lightning in 2009, is in his final year of junior and with Regina struggling again this year, it was only a matter of time before the Pats sent him to a playoff contender for future help.
Tri-City is currently tied for second in the U.S. Division, 13 points behind Portland.
Ashton, chosen 29th overall in the 2009 draft, was third on the Pats in scoring with 27 points (16 goals) in 29 games. His 27 points will slot him in second on the Americans.
Ashton will join the Team Canada World Junior Championship Selection Camp this weekend.
The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired center Levi Nelson from the Boston Bruins in exchange for left wing Juraj Simek, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Nelson will be assigned to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.
Nelson, 6-foot-0, 192 pounds, has appeared in 14 games with the AHLâ€™s Providence Bruins this season, recording four goals and seven points with a plus-3 rating. His four goals rank fourth among all Bruins skaters, while his 19 penalty minutes rank sixth.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Nelson has played in 118 career AHL games, all with Providence, notching 14 goals and 27 points. His best season came in 2009-10 when he registered AHL career-highs with eight goals, five assists and 13 points in 44 games. He has also recorded two goals and three points in nine career Calder Cup Playoff games. In addition, Nelson has appeared in eight career ECHL games with the Reading Royals, recording two goals, three points and 28 penalty minutes.
Prior to his first full professional season, Nelson excelled at the junior level during four seasons with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League. In 198 career games with the Broncos he amassed 65 goals, 152 points and 340 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 22 WHL playoff games, notching 11 goals and 22 points. He ranked seventh among all WHL skaters during the 2007-08 playoffs with 15 points in 12 games.
Nelson was originally selected by the Boston Bruins in the sixth round, 158th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
The Scouting Report is reporting Lightning prospect and Belleville leading scorer Richard Panik has been traded by the Bulls to the OHL's Guelph Storm. In return, Belleville will receive Carter Sandlak and a flip of 2nd round picks.
Panik has 14 goals and 31 points in 27 games this season, which will put him third on the Storm's stat leader sheet, one behind its leaders. Guelph sits in last in the strong Midwest Division at 10-11-3-1 for 24 points, three points behind Erie and London for third. Belleville had 18 points at the time of the trade.