Roy Recalled

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled defenseman Matt Roy (WAH) from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Roy, 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, has played in nine games for the Admirals this season, recording two goals and eight points with a plus-5 rating. He is tied for seventh in the AHL in scoring among defensemen and is tied for the team lead.

Vernace to join Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning assigned defenseman Mike Vernace to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Vernace, 6-foot, 216 pounds, has played in seven of the Lightning’s nine games this season, averaging 9:06 in ice time per game. He made his debut with Tampa Bay on October 9 against Atlanta and played a season-high 16:33 in ice time October 16 at Florida. Vernace has played in 19 career NHL games with the Lightning and Colorado Avalanche.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Vernace has skated in 236 career AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Chicago Wolves, Lake Erie Monsters and Albany River Rats. He has amassed nine career goals and 71 career points.

Vernace was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 29, 2010. He was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round, 201st overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release

Jones Could Make Lightning Season Debut Tonight

Yesterday the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Blair Jones from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Jones, 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, has gotten off to a hot start with the Admirals this season, recording four goals and 10 points with a plus-3 rating in seven games. He is tied for the team lead for goals, is second for points and tied for third in assists. Jones played in 63 games with the Admirals last season, notching nine goals 30 points. He also represented Norfolk in the AHL All-Star Game and won the Reebok Hardest Shot Competition (100.7 mph).

A native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, Jones has played in 38 career NHL games, all with the Lightning. He has registered one goal and three points with 12 penalty minutes during his career. Last season Jones played in 14 games with the Lightning, recording 10 penalty minutes and averaging a career-best 12:50 in average ice time.

Jones was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round, 102nd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release

Admirals Re-Assign Janus and Hutchings to ECHL

The Norfolk Admirals have announced the re-assignment of goaltender Jaroslav Janus and forward Alex Hutchings to Florida of the ECHL. The two Lightning prospects join Mitch Fadden in the Everblades lineup.

Janus' re-assignment was inevitable, with Dustin Tokarski and Cedrick Desjardins firmly implanted between the pipes in Norfolk. Hutchings and Fadden heading to the Coast is a mild surprise, however.

Lightning Claim Mattias Ritola; Admirals Reassign Mitch Fadden to Everblades

Bob McKenzie of TSN is reporting the Tampa Bay Lightning has claimed prospect left winger Mattias Ritola off of waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. The 5'11" and 205 lb winger was a 2005 4th round pick of the Red Wings and has scored 41 goals and added 65 assists in 211 games for the AHL's Grand Rapid Griffins, and has one assist in 7 games for Detroit.

In other news, the Norfolk Admirals cut prospect Mitch Fadden from their training camp on Monday, reassigning the forward to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Fadden, slowed by a shoulder injury sustained during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in September, has yet to show the progress he made as a rookie in the last half of the 2009-10 season.

Pouliot Sent to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning assigned center Marc-Antoine Pouliot to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Pouliot, a native of Quebec City, Quebec, has played in two preseason games with the Lightning this season, recording three shots on goal and seven penalty minutes. He was signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent on July 23, 2010.

Pouliot, 25, is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound center from Quebec City, Quebec. He appeared in 35 games last season with the Edmonton Oilers, scoring seven goals and 14 points. Pouliot also skated in four games with Edmonton’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, scoring one goal and six points. A veteran of five professional seasons, Pouliot has appeared in 176 career NHL games – all with the Oilers – scoring 21 goals and 53 points.

Pouliot was drafted by the Oilers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release

Bolts Send 12 Prospects to Norfolk; 21 Total Players

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have trimmed their roster by 21 players today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. The team now has 28 players in camp. All 21 players will report to the Norfolk Admirals training camp, which begins on Tuesday.

The prospects that were reassigned to Norfolk include forwards Mitch Fadden, Stefano Giliati, Alex Hutchings, Juraj Simek, and the barely graduated James Wright and Paul Szczechura; defensemen Mark Barberio, Radko Gudas, Scott Jackson, Vladimir Mihalik, Kevin Quick, and Ty Wishart; and goaltenders Jaroslav Janus and Dustin Tokarski.

Overage prospects cut from the Lightning training camp include forwards Mike Angelidis, Alex Berry, Mitch Fritz, Blair Jones, and Niklas Persson.

Forwards Matt Fornataro and Tim Marks, who were invited to the Tampa camp as try-outs, have AHL contracts with the Admirals and will join the Lightning organizational players for the opening of the Norfolk training camp on Tuesday.

Angelidis, Fritz, Jones, Mihalik, Simek, and Szczechura must all clear waivers before their reassignment to Norfolk is complete.

Bolts Send Three Top Prospects Back to Juniors

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their preseason roster by three today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning now have 49 players remaining on their exhibition roster as the team prepares for the final contest on its four-game road trip tomorrow night in Calgary.

The three players who have been reassigned to their junior clubs are as follows:

RW Carter Ashton -- Regina (WHL)
RW Brett Connolly -- Prince George (WHL)
RW Richard Panik -- Belleville (OHL)

Zahn, Beukeboom Return to Junior Teams

2010 third round pick Brock Beukeboom and seventh round pick Teigan Zahn will not attend Tampa Bay's training camp this week. Both were originally on the training camp roster released to the media, but a decision was made over the course of the Traverse City prospects tournament to send Beukeboom back to Sault Ste. Marie and Zahn back to Saskatoon.

Beukeboom will join the OHL Greyhounds where he will look to build upon last year's career highs of 7 goals, 19 assists, and 26 points. The 6'2" defenseman recently was a part of Team Canada's summer development camp in preparation for this winter's World Junior Championships.

Zahn was originally drafted in the fifth round by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. It was thought he was drafted by the Bolts in 2010 to provide immediate defensive depth in the organization, either in AHL Norfolk or with the ECHL Everblades. However, barring unforeseen circumstances, he will not be signed this year and will instead play as an overager for the WHL Blades.

Lightning Set to Recall Jones, Lashoff

Per a twitter report from Tribune Bolt beat writer Eric Erlendsson, the Tampa Bay Lightning will recall prospect forward Blair Jones and defenseman Matt Lashoff from the Norfolk Admirals today. The Lightning play the Carolina Hurricanes tonight, and this recall is expected to be for a single game as the Admirals play Wednesday night against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a must-win game to make the AHL playoffs.

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