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.
Back to life, back to reality for Craig Kowalski.
Kowalski allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss.
NOR Segal, (19) (Lundin, Smolenak), 4:13 (PP)
NOR Kearns, (12) (Simek, Jones), 5:58
BNG Smith, (14) (Cavosie, Smith), 19:43 (PP)
BNG Smith, (15) (Cavosie, Bois), 19:59
NOR Zingoni, (2) (Jones), 5:44
BNG Hamel, (17) (Smith, Regin), 7:11
BNG Bois, (11) (Karlsson, Cavosie), 1:24
BNG Bois, (12) , 12:27
BNG Hamel, (18) , 19:38 (EN/SH)
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Karri Ramo allowed 6 goals on 44 shots in the overtime loss.
WOR Traverse, (3) , 0:34
NOR Kearns, (10) (Boyle, Smolenak), 1:55
NOR Jones, (7) (Keller, Kearns), 4:39
NOR Gratton, (3) (Keller), 15:23
NOR Jones, (8) (Kearns, Mihalik), 17:09
NOR Lawrence, (3) (Bochenski, Potulny), 18:19
WOR Armstrong, (16) (Zalewski, Traverse), 0:14
WOR Vesce, (13) (Kaspar, Westgarth), 17:37 (SH)
WOR McGinn, (9) (Demers, Moore), 18:53 (PP)
WOR Demers, (2) (Traverse, Armstrong), 8:36 (PP)
WOR Vesce, (14) (Moore, Fornataro), 3:04
That's a 5-1 lead choked away. A total team failure. And that's two points in two nights that the Admirals left on the table, which right now is the difference between being 9 points out of the last playoff spot and 11 points.
Lots of Admirals returned to the lineup this weekend from injury. Andy Rogers was -3 in his first game back in a month. Brandon Segal returned after about three weeks out and earned a penalty shot in the third that probably could've iced the victory, but could not convert. Juraj Simek played in his second game since a layoff of over a month.
Bracken Kearns and Blair Jones were the game's second and third stars.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
By Corine Gatti
NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk defenseman Andy Rogers did not anticipate the difficulty or adjustments he would endure at the start of his professional career. Now, it's a fight to prove to himself and to the brass upstairs that he can move on.
Riddled with injuries and the usual lack of maturity found in many players, Rogers was slipping behind on the depth charts. After two seasons of moving off the radar, Rogers entered the final year of his three-year entry-level contract this season and the 22-year-old started to hush critics. Before the 2008-09 campaign, Rogers had a solid outing at camp for Tampa Bay. He climbed out of obscurity and moved up in the depth charts and prospect rankings during the fall. Rogersâ€™ skating developed further this season, along with working developing better gap control. The Calgary, Alberta native earned 16 to 24 minutes of ice time under the leadership of Norfolk coach, Darren Rumble, according to Admirals General Manager Mike Butters.