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Lightning Extend Conacher; Place Him on Waivers

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Cory Conacher to a one-year, one-way contract for the 2019-20 season worth $700,000 AAV, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Conacher, 28, has skated in one game with the Lightning this season, the Bolts’ 2-1 shootout victory against the Florida Panthers on opening night. He appeared in 36 games with the Lightning during the 2017-18 season, notching eight goals and 12 points to go along with 24 penalty minutes. The Burlington, Ontario native also played in 18 games with the Crunch last season, recording seven goals and 15 points.

The 5-foot-8, 182-pound forward has skated in 189 NHL games, posting 28 goals and 74 points to go along with 114 penalty minutes. Conacher’s eight goals last season were the most he’s notched since the 2012-13 season when he recorded 11 while splitting time between the Lightning and Ottawa Senators. Conacher has also skated in 240 AHL games, registering 91 goals and 228 points.

Conacher was undrafted out of Canisius College and was originally signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay on July 5, 2011.

Note: According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, the Lighting placed Conacher on waivers today although he was at practice today which means a reassignment to Syracuse (AHL) might not be imminent.

Syracuse Announces Opening Night Roster

On Friday, the Syracuse Crunch announced their 24 player roster for their Saturday night season-opening tilt against the Bears in Hershey. The roster includes goaltenders Eddie Pasquale and Connor Ingram, along with defensemen Hubert Labrie, Matthew Spencer, Cameron Gaunce, Cal Foote, Dominik Masin, Erik Cernak, and Oleg Sosunov. The forward corps includes Dennis Yan, Alex Barre-Boulet, Boris Katchouk, Andy Andreoff, Otto Somppi, Jonne Tammela, Taylor Raddysh, Brady Brassart, Troy Bourke, Carter Verhaeghe, Colton Ross, Gabriel Dumont, Mitchell Stephens, Alexander Volkov, and Olivier Archambault.

Not listed on the opening roster are defensemen Daniel Walcott and Ben Thomas, and forwards Michael Bournival, Alexey Lipanov, and Kevin Lynch. Lipanov was returned to juniors to the Kitchener Rangers, who recently acquired his OHL rights from Sudbury.

Lightning Set Opening Night Roster: Four Prospects Make Squad

Tampa Bay trimmed down their training camp roster to twenty-four on Sunday, and with forward Ryan Callahan expected to start the season on injured reserved, this should be the team's final cuts. Four Bolt prospects, all forwards, will start the 2018-19 campaign with the big club, including camp standouts Adam Erne and Mathieu Joseph. Joining those two include Anthony Cirelli and Danick Martel, the latter being a waiver wire claim during camp by the Lightning. Cirelli was an in-season call up from the Crunch during the 2017-18 season, and played 18 regular season games and 17 playoff games for the Lightning totaling seven goals and seven assists in those 25 contests. Erne has played 49 NHL games over the past two seasons for the Bolts, while Martel notched four games for the Flyers last season.

Forwards Alexander Volkov and Mitchell Stephens, along with defenseman Erik Cernak were the team's final three cuts, and all had very strong camps in their own rights. They were reassigned to the Syracuse Crunch and are expected to play pivotal roles for Tampa Bay's top minor league affiliate.

The Lightning open the 2018-19 season at home on October 6 against the Florida Panthers.

Yzerman Steps Aside; Bolts Promote Julien BriseBois as new GM

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning named Julien BriseBois to the position of Vice President, General Manager and Alternate Governor, Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik announced today. BriseBois, who becomes the seventh General Manager in Lightning history, replaces Steve Yzerman, who is stepping aside to become Senior Advisor to the General Manager. BriseBois had served as the team’s Assistant General Manager under Yzerman for the past eight years.

“I am pleased to introduce Julien BriseBois today as the new Vice President and General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning,” Vinik said upon making the announcement. “Julien has been preparing himself for this role for much longer than the eight years he has served as our Assistant General Manager. He is smart, experienced, well-prepared and progressive, sharing the draft and develop philosophy with Steve that has worked so well for us. I am confident that he will maintain our standard of sustained excellence, hopefully guiding us to a Stanley Cup in the near future.

“As Steve transitions from the position of General Manager into his new role, I thank him, on behalf of everyone in the Lightning organization for all that he has done to lead our team to this point, laying the groundwork for our franchise to be one of the best in the NHL. We are pleased that he remains in the organization, helping contribute to our future success.”

Drouin Looks to Turn Focus Back to Hockey


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jonathan Drouin wants to put the focus back on hockey.

Three days after being assigned to the Syracuse Crunch, the 20-year-old forward refused to comment on his agent Allan Walsh going public with a request to be traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Drouin is finally feeling 100 percent and ready to play hockey -- wherever that is.

“I’m not going to answer any questions about the trade request,” Drouin said in the brief press conference before an optional skate Tuesday. “It’s between my agent and (Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman). The only thing I can do is play hockey here.”

What to Expect from Joel Vermin

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Joel Vermin from the Syracuse Crunch today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Vermin, 23, has skated in 12 games with the Crunch this season, posting three goals and 10 points to go along with two penalty minutes. He ranks tied for first on Syracuse for both assists (seven) and points. Vermin has recorded two goals and five points over his past two games for the Crunch.

The Bern, Switzerland, native has appeared in 93 career AHL games, all with Syracuse during the past three seasons, notching 16 goals and 44 points. Vermin set career highs last season for games played (73), goals (12), assists (21) and points (33). He’s also skated in three AHL playoff games, registering one assist.

Vermin was originally drafted by the Lightning in the seventh round, 186th overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft.

BP Commentary: Every year there seems to be one or two players in the system who make a big jump. Last year it was Nikita Nesterov and to an extent, Tanner Richard. This year in the rookie tournament in Estero, Florida, it was Joel Vermin.

Talk about good timing.

Lightning Send Bulk of Syracuse Roster to Crunch Camp

The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their training camp roster by 23 this weekend. All players reported to training camp with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch. The Crunch’s camp will take place in Lyon, France, for the second consecutive season.

Returning to Syracuse:

D Dylan Blujus
F Mike Blunden
F David Broll
D Charlie Dodero (AHL contract)
D Jake Dotchin
F Yanni Gourde
F Henri Ikonen
F Ryan Martindale (tryout)
D Joey Mormina (AHL contract)
F Philippe Paradis
F Tanner Richard
F Joel Vermin
G Allen York (AHL contract)

What to Expect from Nikita Nesterov

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled defenseman Nikita Nesterov from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Nesterov, 5-foot-11, 199 pounds, has played in 32 games with the Crunch this season, recording three goals and 14 points with at plus-4 rating and 26 penalty minutes. He leads all Syracuse blue-liners for goals and points while ranking tied for second for plus/minus.

A native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, Nesterov has played in 86 career AHL games, all with the Crunch during the previous two seasons. He has registered seven goals and 30 points with 65 penalty minutes.

Nesterov was selected by the Lightning in the fifth round, 148th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

What to Expect:

No player on the Syracuse Crunch has improved more since last season than Nesterov. There are two things to take away from that statement: Nesterov’s improvement and just how bad he was last year.

Namesnikov Sent to Syracuse

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that the club reassigned forward Vladislav Namestnikov to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

Namestnikov, 22, has skated in 23 games with the Lightning this season, posting three goals and seven points to go along with four penalty minutes. He recorded his first career NHL goal and assist on October 13 against the Montreal Canadiens. The 6-foot, 182-pound forward has played in 27 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over the past two seasons.

A native of Zhukovskiy, Russia, he has appeared in 100 career AHL games, all with the Crunch, registering 26 goals and 69 points. Last season he set AHL career high totals for games played (56), goals (19), assists (29), points (48) and penalty minutes (40).

BP Commentary: Finally.

What to Expect from Vladislav Namestnikov

The Lightning recalled center Vladislav Namestnikov and goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Friday. Gudlevskis was recalled on an emergency basis due to an injury to Ben Bishop.

According to the Lightning’s press release, Namestnikov, 21, has skated in 31 games this season with Syracuse, posting 13 goals and 30 points to go along with 19 penalty minutes. He ranks tied for first on the team for points and assists. The Zhukovskiy, Russia native also ranks tied for first on the Crunch for power-play goals with six. The 6-foot, 183-pound forward has skated in 75 career AHL games over the past two seasons, all with the Crunch, recording 20 goals and 51 points.

He was originally drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 27th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.

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