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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.

Lightning Reassign Jones to Admirals

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 Sunday.

Jones, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, appeared in two games for the Lightning after being recalled on Friday. He 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.

Blair Jones Recalled to Tampa

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, led the Admirals in assists, was second in points and was tied for third in goals. The fourth-year pro had six goals and 13 assists while appearing in all 25 games so far for the Admirals in 2009-10. His recall will end a stretch of 155 consecutive games played for Norfolk – the second-longest consecutive games played streak in AHL Admirals history.

Jones’ recall comes on the heels of a spectacular month of November. In November, Jones was tied for second in the American Hockey League in points (16), was second in plus/minus (+11), was fourth in assists (11) and was tied for 20th in goals (5).

Last season, Jones set career highs with 20 goals, 34 assists and 54 points in all 80 games. He ranked second in scoring, fourth in goals, second in assists and tied for second in power play goals (8) with Norfolk in 2008-09. He also established a new AHL Admirals franchise record with 271 shots on goal, ranking third in the American Hockey League.

Lundin Back with Lightning

(Norfolk Admirals release) The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have recalled defenseman Mike Lundin from the Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Lightning Reassign Lundin to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Mike Lundin to the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Lundin, a 6-foot-2, 197-pound defenseman from Burnsville, Minnesota, appeared in one game with the Lightning after being recalled last Saturday. He logged 13:29 in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 victory over Atlanta last night.

Lundin has appeared in 20 games with the Admirals this season scoring two goals and nine assists. His 11 points leads all defensemen and ranks fifth overall with Norfolk while tying him for 16th in the American Hockey League in scoring among defensemen. Lundin, who also led the Admirals in scoring by defensemen last season, has appeared in 71 career AHL games (all with Norfolk) and has six goals and 36 assists in those games.

Lundin Recalled From Norfolk

With veteran Matias Ohlund nursing an injury, the Lightning have recalled Mike Lundin from Norfolk of the AHL, Damian Crisdotero of the Times reports. They have also summoned Matt Smaby back from his conditioning stint with the Admirals as well.

Lightning Recall Paul Szczechura

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled prospect center Paul Szczechura from the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. A spot opened on the Lightning roster after Tampa lost overaged prospect forward Drew Miller on waivers to the Detroit Red Wings earlier today.

Szczechura, 5-foot-10, 184 pounds, has played in all 14 games with the Admirals this season. He leads the team in points with 14 and assists with eight while also ranking third on the team in goals with six. Szczechura also has a power-play goal, a shorthanded goal and an even rating.

A native of Brantford, Ontario, Szczechura made his NHL debut with the Lightning last season, playing in 31 games and recording four goals with nine points. He ranked second among Tampa Bay rookies in goals, assists and points. He also played in 33 games with Norfolk in 2008-09, recording 13 goals and 29 points.

Szczechura has played in 114 career AHL games with Norfolk and Iowa. He has amassed 38 goals and 81 points. Originally undrafted, the Lightning signed Szczechura as a free agent on April 24, 2008.

Admirals Release Janus

(Norfolk Admirals press release) The Norfolk Admirals have released goaltender Jaroslav Janus from his Professional Tryout Contract (PTO). Janus will report to the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

Janus, a 5-foot-11, 192-pound goaltender from Presov, Slovakia, appeared in his first two professional games with the Admirals, recording an impressive 1.52 goals-against average and .939 save percentage with an 0-2-0 record. He made his pro debut on October 14 at Albany, stopping 27 of 29 shots in a 3-1 setback. The Admirals NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, drafted Janus in the sixth round (162nd overall) of last summer’s NHL Entry Draft.

Janus completed his second OHL season with Erie in 2008-09, posting a 25-20-3 record with a 3.24 goals-against average in 49 games. He led the Otters in games played, wins, shutouts with three and save percentage at .908. He also played in five playoff games with Erie, posting a shutout and a 1-4-0 record.

Janus has played in 97 career OHL games, posting a 38-49-5 record with a 3.81 goals-against average.

Note: Janus is expected to join the Otters Thursday and play Friday vs. Niagara.

Lightning Assign Smaby to Norfolk for Conditioning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned defenseman Matt Smaby to the Norfolk Admirals on a conditioning stint, it was announced today by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton.

Smaby, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has not appeared in a game this season so far. Smaby split last season between the Admirals and Lightning. He appeared in 25 games with Norfolk, recording two goals, four assists and 30 penalty minutes. In a career-high 43 NHL games with the Lightning last season, Smaby posted his first four NHL points with four assists and added 50 penalty minutes. His 19:05 average ice time was also the highest of his career and was fourth among NHL rookie defensemen with 20 or more games played.

Smaby has appeared in 57 career NHL games with the Lightning with four assists and 62 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 149 career AHL games between the Admirals and Springfield Falcons, recording five goals and 23 assists with 139 penalty minutes. Selected in the second round, 41st overall by the Lightning at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Smaby played three seasons for the University of North Dakota (2003-04 through 2005-06), captaining teams that reached the NCAA Frozen Four in consecutive seasons.

The Admirals open the home portion of their season this Friday and Saturday against the Manchester Monarchs.

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