Promotion/Demotion

Bochenski on Re-Entry Waivers

Bob McKenzie of TSN is reporting via Twitter that Tampa Bay has put Norfolk leading scorer Brandon Bochenski on re-entry waivers. Bochenski has 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 36 games with the Admirals this season, and was recently named an AHL All-Star starter for PlanetUSA. He has 24 goals in 128 career NHL games, but none in seven games with the Bolts. More to come...

Bolts Return Helenius to Admirals

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning have returned goaltender Riku Helenius to the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. In addition, the Admirals announced today that goaltender Shane Connelly has been released from his Professional Tryout Contract (PTO).

Helenius, a 6-foot-3, 211-pound goaltender from Palkane, Finland, served as the backup goaltender for in the Lightning’s 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night. Helenius has played in 12 games with the Admirals this season, recording a 5-7-0 record with a .896 save percentage and a 2.75 goals-against average.

Last season, he led the Admirals in both goals-against average (GAA) and save percentage in his first North American professional season. In 25 games with Norfolk, the 21-year-old went 9-15-0 with one shutout, a 2.72 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

Drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round (15th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, made his NHL debut in relief on January 30 with Tampa Bay versus Philadelphia and stopped the two shots he faced in his only career NHL action to this point. Helenius also appeared in 11 ECHL games last season between the Augusta Lynx and Mississippi Sea Wolves, going 4-5-2 with a 3.80 GAA.

Connelly served as backup goaltender for the Admirals in Hershey last night.

Lightning Recall Riku Helenius and Mike Lundin

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, have recalled prospect goaltender Riku Helenius and defenseman Mike Lundin from the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Helenius, a 6-foot-3, 211-pound goaltender from Palkane, Finland, has played in 12 games with the Admirals this season, recording a 5-7-0 record with a .896 save percentage and a 2.75 goals-against average.

Last season, he led the Admirals in both goals-against average (GAA) and save percentage in his first North American professional season. In 25 games with Norfolk, the 21-year-old went 9-15-0 with one shutout, a 2.72 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

Drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round (15th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, made his NHL debut in relief on January 30 with Tampa Bay versus Philadelphia and stopped the two shots he faced in his only career NHL action to this point. Helenius also appeared in 11 ECHL games last season between the Augusta Lynx and Mississippi Sea Wolves, going 4-5-2 with a 3.80 GAA.

Lightning Recall Blair Jones

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled center Blair Jones from the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Jones, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, has appeared in two games for the Lightning this season. In those games, he has recorded one shot on goal and averaged 12:43 in ice time per game. Jones has played in 26 career NHL games with the Lightning, recording a goal and three points. He was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Bolts Send Jones Back to Norfolk

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned center Blair Jones to the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

With both Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone playing Friday night against the Avalanche, the Lightning no longer needed Jones on the roster as insurance.

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