Milley, Norm

Milley, Lascek Headed to Europe

Eurohockey.net is reporting that veteran AHLer and Lightning farm hand Norm Milley has agreed to play for Wolfsburg in the German DEL league next season.

The website is also reporting that Lightning prospect Stanislav Lascek, who has spent much of this season with Mississippi of the ECHL, has agreed to play next season for Zvolen in Slovakia. Lascek, who was drafted as an overage player in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, finished second in the QMJHL in scoring in his final year of junior hockey but has been underwhelming in two seasons of professional hockey that have been spent largely in the ECHL.

Milley's departure leaves an opening for a veteran forward to be retained or signed for Norfolk of the AHL next season. Milley leaves the Lightning organization after three seasons which have included 182 games split between Springfield and Norfolk of the AHL and 14 games of NHL service with Tampa Bay during the 2005-2006 season. Milley has scored 63 goals and 154 points in his 182 games of AHL service with the franchise. He will be missed.

It is not completely clear what Lascek's status will be given that he still has a year left on his NHL Entry Level deal. Whether or not the Lightning retain Lascek's rights, it does appear his departure may give the Lightning some relief on the 50-man roster front where potentially difficult signing decisions need to be made for currently contracted prospects Mike Egener and Marek Kvapil and minor league contracted players Adam Henrich and Rob Klinkhammer.

AHL Game Night 1/5: Sound Tigers at Admirals

Admirals!?!?!?!

BRI-1
NOR-2

Marc Denis only had to stop 18 of 19 shots to get his first win as an Admiral as Norfolk outshot Bridgeport 33-19 even without Kyle Wanvig.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Milley, (10) (Schneider, Scalzo), 14:09 (PP)

Third Period
BRI Tambellini, (21) (Nielsen, Bentivoglio), 5:25
NOR Kearns, (1) (Klinkhammer, Smaby), 12:10

Bracken Kearns and Norm Milley were the first and second stars of the game respectively.

The resurgent Adam Henrich missed tonight's game with an upper body injury. Incidentally, on the injury front, word on the street is defenseman turned left winger turned Gary Roberts Lite Mike Egener is apparently close to returning from a shoulder injury that has kept him out for the past couple of months.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/24: Falcons at Admirals

Remember when I said maybe this wasn't the week the Admirals would make their move after all when Darche and Jancevski were called up? Shows how much I know. My only real regret: not being able to see the look on Springfield Republican writer Fran Sypek's face as the Lightning's "suspects" dismantled the Falcons.

SPR-2
NOR-6

Jonathan Boutin stopped 24 of 26 shots faced tonight to run his record to 6-2-2 this season. When you get at least a point in 80% of your starts, that's pretty darn good in my book.

First Period
NOR Klinkhammer, (2) (Stewart, Jones), 1:55
SPR McDonald, (4) (Thoresen, Reddox), 4:42

Second Period
SPR Schremp, (4) (Kemp, Reddox), 1:01 (PP)
NOR Milley, (4) (Schneider, Fletcher), 7:58
NOR Milley, (5) (MacDonald, Wanvig), 9:50
NOR Keller, (2) (Mihalik, Jones), 18:41 (PP)

Third Period
NOR MacDonald, (3) (Wanvig, Milley), 3:07
NOR Leach, (3) (Stewart, Jones), 14:10

Norm Milley, Craig MacDonald, and Kyle Wanvig were the three stars of the game.

But it's not just the veterans who were chipping in this week. Blair Jones is now riding a three game point streak posting 2 goals and 7 points over that span. Justin Keller is also riding a three game point streak with 1 goal and 4 points over that span. Further adding support offensively: Vladimir Mihalik with 3 assists in the last two games and Rob Klinkhammer with 1 goal and 4 points over the same span.

Norfolk now improves their record to 8-10-2 on the season and sets itself up well for a critical road trip through the division. With 18 points the Admirals are now in a three way tie with Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the 4th and final playoff spot in the division, 2 points back of 3rd place Binghamton and 3 points back of 2nd place Albany. Norfolk draws Albany on Wednesday and Friday nights before facing Bighamton next Saturday and Hershey next Sunday. 4 road games in 5 nights. The math isn't complicated, and the stakes are high. The good news is word on the street is Karri Ramo might be ready by next weekend to spell Boutin, who has almost exclusively carried the load for Norfolk over the past couple of weeks.

If the Ads play their cards right, they could be sitting at .500 or better by the end of next weekend and occupying a potential playoff spot. Not bad for a team that was close to being given up for dead just two weeks ago.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/21: Phantoms at Admirals

Norfolk gets an early touchdown and holds Philly to a field goal.

PHI-3
NOR-7

Jonathan Boutin stopped 28 of 31 shots faced to advance his record to 4-2-2 on the season.

First Period
NOR Wanvig, (11) , 0:39 (PEN/SH)
NOR Jones, (4) (Keller, Stewart), 0:51
NOR Jones, (5) (Fletcher, Keller), 10:20 (PP)
NOR Campbell, (1) (Scalzo, Jones), 18:23 (PP)
NOR MacDonald, (2) (Smaby, Milley), 18:55

Second Period
NOR Milley, (3) (MacDonald), 13:13
PHI Downie, (1) (Ross, Parent), 17:56

Third Period
PHI Ross, (6) , 4:39 (SH)
PHI Picard, (2) (Downie, Potulny), 10:03
NOR Stewart, (2) (MacDonald, Wanvig), 18:22 (PP)

Blair Jones (2-1-3), Craig MacDonald (1-2-3), and Norm Milley (1-2-3) were the three stars of the game.

Norfolk now 2 points out of the last playoff spot in their division with a 2 game set against Springfield coming up.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/7: Bears at Admirals

Ryan Craig is back!

HER-3
NOR-5

Jonathan Boutin stopped 36 of 39 shots faced in the win. The more work he gets, the better he plays.

First Period
HER Motzko, (2) (McNeill, Pollock), 12:05 (PP)
NOR Lampman, (2) (Jones, Wanvig), 13:52 (PP)
NOR Milley, (2) (Stewart), 14:32

Second Period
HER Motzko, (3) (Robitaille, Pokulok), 10:36
HER Motzko, (4) (Klepis, Potulny), 14:24 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Keller, (1) (Mihalik, Jancevski), 8:14 (PP)
NOR Craig, (1) (Lawrence, Schneider), 11:23
NOR Rooneem, (1) (Craig, Jancevski), 18:52 (PP) [/b]

Craig and Norm Milley were the first and third stars of the game, respectively.

Justin Keller finally breaks through for his first goal of the season. At least 19 more of those would be nice.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

First Cuts?

According to numerous published reports it appears the Lightning will be cutting 7 players from their roster after Saturday's preseason game against the Caps. Here's my initial thoughts on the seven who will go (subject to change based on performance in the Washington game, of course):

Norm!

(Norfolk Admirals press release)

The Tampa Bay Lightning, parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have re-signed right wing Norm Milley to a one-year contract, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced on Tuesday.

Milley, a 6-foot, 195-pound native of Toronto, Ontario, served as team captain for the Springfield Falcons, the former American Hockey League affiliate of the Lightning, last season. The 27-year-old notched 26 goals and added 34 assists for 60 points in 73 games with the Falcons in 2006-07. He was tied for the Springfield lead with ten power play goals and finished second in scoring, goals and assists.

AHL Game Night 4/11: Falcons at Monarchs

I'll say it again: the Lightning need to make sure to take David Spina with them to Norfolk.

SPR-4
MAN-6

Jonathan Boutin allowed 3 goals on 14 shots before being pulled for Kevin Beech who allowed 3 on 33 shots to take the backdoor loss. David Spina and Norm Milley each had 2 goals in the game. Veterans Kyle Wanvig, Daniel Corso and Eric Healey each had 2 assists. Jacob Micflikier and Nick Kuiper added individual helpers.

Spina now has 15 goals and 35 points in 71 games this season. Over the last 11 games Spina has 7 goals and 13 points including 4 multi-point games. This comes at a time when Steve Stirling has chastized some of his players for simply going through the motions down the stretch of an otherwise lost season. Spina has now spent over 1-1/2 years playing in the Lightning's system in Springfield after being signed as an ATO midway through last season. His speed and his character have made him the rare success story among minor league players adjusting to the Lightning's style of play. Tampa has invested too much time in developing Spina not to take him to Norfolk.

First Period
SPR Milley, (25) (Corso, Healey), 5:00
MCH Kanko, (10) (Ryan, Giuliano), 5:20
MCH Harrold, (7) (Clarke, Murray), 8:21 (PP)
MCH Jackman, (18) (Schmidt), 16:28
SPR Spina, (14) (Wanvig, Micflikier), 19:24

Second Period
SPR Milley, (26) (Healey, Corso), 2:35 (PP)
MCH Jackman, (19) (Murray, Clarke), 6:07 (PP)
MCH Likens, (2) (Murray, Westgarth), 15:34

Third Period
MCH Likens, (3) (Ryan, Lewis), 10:53
SPR Spina, (15) (Kuiper, Wanvig), 15:58

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Month: March

Choosing this month's award winner was admittedly the most difficult of the season. A handful of prospects had good months, but none stepped up and seized the award by the throat leaving Bolt Prospects to have to spend some time thinking over the selection. In Springfield, Eric Healey paced the Falcons offensively (12 GP, 4-9-13, 2 PIM, -4) while Norm Milley played several inspired games (12 GP, 4-4-8, 14 PIM, -9). However, given Springfield's difficulty in winning hockey games we were hard pressed to give the award to a Falcon. For similar reasons, Chris Lawrence (9 GP, 6-4-10, 10 PIM, +2 and 4 GP, 3-0-3, 8 PIM, -6 in the playoffs) was eliminated from contention after his Mississauga Ice Dogs were unceremoniously upset in the first round of the OHL playoffs. So, this months winner was narrowed down to...

AHL Game Night 3/30: Falcons at Bruins

One thing I won't miss in Norfolk: getting annihilated for what seems like two dozen games a year by Providence.

SPR-2
PRO-5

Jonathan Boutin, whose save percentage is sinking faster than a submarine with a screen door, allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss before being pulled for Kevin Beech who allowed 1 goal on 9 shots. Eric Healey and ATO signee Jacob Micflikier had the Falcons goals. Jay Rosehill and Norm Milley added assists.

First Period
PRO Walter, (23) (Trevelyan, Bentivoglio), 13:21
PRO Walter, (24) (Krejci, Pelletier), 16:37 (PP)
PRO Krejci, (28) (Glenn, Trevelyan), 17:05 (PP)

Second Period
SPR Healey, (27) (Rosehill, Milley), 14:15
PRO Bentivoglio, (2) (Trevelyan, Walter), 18:20 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Micflikier, (1) , 11:21
PRO Trevelyan, (23) (Glenn), 17:44 (PP)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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