Ikonen, Henri

Tampa Retains Rights to Nine Restricted Free Agents

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have issued qualifying offers to nine players today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Below is the list of players receiving qualifying offers:

Pos. Player
F Michael Bournival
D Jake Dotchin
G Kristers Gudlevskis
F Tyler Johnson
D Slater Koekkoek
F Tye McGinn
F Ondrej Palat
F Matthew Peca
F Tanner Richard

The deadline for NHL clubs to issue offers is at 5 p.m. today. By issuing qualifying offers to the aforementioned players, the Lightning are given the right of first refusal or draft choice compensation should the player sign an offer sheet with another NHL club.

Players not being qualified are Dylan Blujus, Jonathan Racine and Henri Ikonen.

AHL Game Night: 4-15-17 Comets at Crunch

Crunchning Death Star wins North Division crown on final night of regular season.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the victory.

First Period
5:24 SYR Ikonen (6), (Racine, Froese)
5:34 SYR Howden (3), (Vermin, Brodeur)

Second Period
3:31 SYR Kurtz (5), (Ikonen, Richard)
4:07 UTI Goldobin (18), (Robak)
10:04 SYR Vermin (13), (Froese, Blujus)(PP)
18:46 UTI Goldobin (19), (Virtanen, Sautner)

Third Period
17:28 SYR Erne (14), (Froese, Richard)(EN)

Gudlevskis, Henri Ikonen, and Joel Vermin were the game's three stars. Scary thing is, this wasn't the full Crunchning Death Star lineup with Gourde and Conacher out, and they still rolled a Utica club that was desperate to make it into the postseason.

Things get interesting now. I don't entirely know what to make of this team because it's a brand new, incredibly deep roster, that's only been together the final 4 or so games of the regular season. The North Division was obviously the weak stepsister of the Eastern Conference, so on the face of it the division title isn't super-impressive when you hold the Crunch up against clubs like Pens, Phantoms, Bears, and Bruins. BUT, the Crunch team that played the bulk of those games was often playing defensemen at forward or short of players because of injuries up top. The Crunchning Death Star absolutely has the depth and quality to compete with those teams, but they'll need to develop chemistry on the fly in the postseason in order to do so.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-25-17 Comets at Crunch

Crunch make good on the previous night's defeat.

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Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. I think that might be his first quality start in a Crunch uniform.

First Period
10:27 UTI Zalewski (5), (Billins, Pelletier)
11:56 SYR Conacher (15), (Bournival, Peca)

Second Period
12:30 SYR Ikonen (4), (Comrie, Thomas)(PP)

Third Period
4:57 SYR Kurtz (3), (Peca, Condra)
8:44 SYR Froese (27), (Taormina, Conacher)(PP)
13:26 SYR Conacher (16), (McGinn)

Cory Conacher, Matthew Peca, and Henri Ikonen were the game's three stars. A rare Henri Ikonen sighting.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-27-17 Crunch at Thunderbirds

Crunch hold of a furious rally... barely.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
14:37 SYR Conacher (7), (Vermin, Gourde)

Second Period
11:27 SYR Brodeur (2), (Morin, Ikonen)

Third Period
5:43 SYR Ikonen (2), (Conacher, Koekkoek)
11:21 SYR Gourde (15), (unassisted)(SH)
13:53 SPR Hawryluk (3), (Acolatse, Sutter)(PP)
15:08 SPR Rau (5), (Weegar, Berra)(PP)
18:28 SPR Sutter (4), (Acolatse, Rau)

Henri Ikonen and Cory Conacher were the game's first and second stars. Ikonen? I'll take unlikely heroes for $500, Alex.

When you have a 4-0 lead in the Third Period, you really shouldn't allow the opposition to get as close as the old false hope goal. Fortunately, with the win, Syracuse maintained position 1 point back of Albany for the division lead with a game in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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