The official web site of the Chicago Blackhawks are reporting that the team has claimed Lightning prospect forward Radek Smolenak off waivers today. It was expected that the Lightning would be trimming their 40+ camp roster after Thursday night's preseason game in Winnipeg ahead of Friday night's exhibition scrimmage between the Bolts and Admirals at the Scope in Norfolk, VA. It is presumed that the Lightning placed Smolenak on waivers Thursday with the purposes of reassigning him to the Norfolk Admirals.
"In acquiring Drew Miller today, we were able to add a character individual, a versatile player with good size and the ability to kill penalties," said Lawton upon making the announcement. "Drew finished the season nicely in Anaheim a year ago and he has played well for the Ducks in the postseason over his career. We'd like to thank Evgeny for his hard work in Tampa Bay and his diligence to improve as a player. We wish him all the best moving forward."
Miller, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, has played in 53 NHL games in his career, all with the Ducks. He has recorded six goals and 15 points in those games. Miller made his NHL regular season debut on October 6, 2007 and netted his first NHL goal on October 17, 2007. He has played in 16 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Anaheim, recording two goals and three points. He made his playoff debut in the 2007 NHL Playoffs, including Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Ottawa as Anaheim went on to win the Stanley Cup.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired left wing Todd Fedoruk and defenseman David Hale from the Phoenix Coyotes today in exchange for right wing Radim Vrbata, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.
"We are pleased to make a trade today that makes good sense for both teams," Lawton said upon making the announcement. "Lightning fans will be pleased to see we have added some size and toughness up front with Todd, while David helps us continue to add depth to our blue line. At the same time, Radim moves back to Phoenix where he has experienced some success in the past."
The Elmira Jackals of the ECHL have announced their playoff roster, and it includes two top Lightning prospects: goaltender Riku Helenius and defenseman Kevin Quick. Both players are slated to join Elmira at the conclusion of their AHL regular seasons with Norfolk. Helenius and Quick are eligible for the ECHL playoffs by virtue of having played in Augusta and Mississippi of the ECHL earlier this season.
Oft-injured and underdeveloped prospect defenseman Andy Rogers was traded by the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Toronto Maple Leafs today in a salary dump deal involving 4 players and a draft pick. Along with Rogers, Tampa sent injured goaltender Olaf Kolzig, injured defenseman Jamie Heward, and a 2009 4th round pick to the Maple Leafs for depth defenseman Richard Petiot.
Rogers, a former 1st round draft pick and former Bolt Prospects top-ranked prospect, has been injured each season of his three year rookie deal and has been unable to develop to his potential as a Top 4 NHL shutdown defenseman. The Lighting packaged three injured players and 4th round pick to Toronto for Petiot, a former 4th round pick of the Los Angeles Kings would was not re-qualified last summer and allowed to sign with Toronto as a unrestricted free agent.
(Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Noah Welch and a third-round draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Steve Eminger, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.
â€œIn acquiring Noah Welch today, we added talent and potential on our blue line,â€ said Lawton in making the announcement. â€œNoah is an intelligent puck mover who skates well and has good size and strength. We are confident that with added playing time he will help our team continue to improve.
Lightning Press Release:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Matt Lashoff and right wing Martins Karsums from the Boston Bruins in exchange for right wing Mark Recchi and a second-round choice in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.
According to tampabaylightning.com, the Lightning have traded twice-waived winger Jussi Jokinen to the Carolina Hurricanes for winger Wade Brookbank, defenseman Josef Melichar, and a fourth round pick.
Jokinen, who was acquired in the Brad Richards deal from Dallas last year, had a fine finish to last season while playing on a line with Michel Ouellet and Matthieu Darche. This year he started off better than expected in camp, earning a center spot on a scoring line to start the year. It's been all downhill since that time and he currently stands at 6 goals and 10 assists for 16 points and a minus-8 rating in 46 games.
Brookbank, a known fighter who stands 6'4" and 227 pounds, has one goal and 40 PIM in 27 games played for the 'Canes.
Melichar, a 30 year old 6'2" 225 pound defenseman, has 4 assists in 15 games this year. He was assigned to Albany in December by Carolina, where he has 1 goal and 4 assists in 25 games. His best season in the NHL was 2005-06 when he had 15 points in 72 games. He's regarded as a defensive defenseman and holds a $1 million contract this year.
Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting that the Lightning have claimed defenseman Cory Murphy off of re-entry waivers from the Florida Panthers. The 30 year old blueliner is in his second season in the NHL after a productive career in Europe spent primarily in Finland's SM-liiga. The smallish offensive defenseman has 2 goals and 18 points in 54 NHL games, and could potentially add some zip to the lackluster Lightning power play.
Enough Negativity... The Lightning want Vinny to play like a 8.5 million $ player. He should be the leader and make a huge difference. I believe he is starting to. The big difference in this team is coaching... it is like having a coach with a player's insight with no forward playing over 20, and none less than 10. Arty makes the biggest difference up front. We need a rugged (feared) blue liner... Smaby maybe? Great Goaltender (except shootouts) Faster team; more heart!