Ritola, Mattias

Ritola Leaves North America for MODO

TSN's Bob McKenzie is Tweeting forward Mattias Ritola has cleared unconditional waivers and Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting he will be latching on with MODO of the Elitserien. Ritola, who has spent parts of two seasons with the Lightning since being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, refused assignment to Norfolk of the AHL last week.

Happy trails to you you too, Ritz.

AHL Game Night: 11-5-11 Admirals at Sound Tigers

Norfolk needs some Ritola...

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Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
BRI Donovan, (2) (Ullstrom, Niederreiter), 10:29
NOR Smith, (6) (Picard, Labrie), 18:48

Second Period
BRI Frischmon, (1) (Ness), 14:52

Third Period
BRI Ullstrom, (6) (Donovan, Nilsson), 7:50 (PP)
NOR Ashton, (10) (Conacher, Angelidis), 17:09

That's a very talented team that Bridgeport has. You see a lot of high draft picks and a smattering of veterans like Tim Wallace on that roster. They outshot Norfolk slightly by a 32-29 margin, and you get the feeling this may be a team the Admirals see in the playoffs.

Now, after two straight losses, it appears this is a good time to get Mattias Ritola into the fold. He didn't play tonight, but I would hope he gets in the lineup tomorrow at Providence.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Bolts Send Ritola to Norfolk

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned forward Mattias Ritola (RIH-toh-lah, mat-TEE-uhs) to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Ritola, 6-foot, 192 pounds, has played in five games with the Lightning this season, recording 14 shots on goal while averaging 10:50 in ice time per game. He had season-highs for shots on goal with eight and time on ice with 15:11 on October 13 at the New York Islanders.

A native of Borlange, Sweden, Ritola has played in 43 career NHL games with the Lightning and the Detroit Red Wings, recording four goals and nine points. He appeared in 31 games with Tampa Bay in 2010-11, notching four goals and eight points. Ritola has played in 228 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Grand Rapids Griffins. During that time he has registered 50 goals and 133 points. Ritola has also played in 12 Calder Cup Playoff games, recording a goal and seven points.

Ritola was claimed off waivers by the Lightning from Detroit on October 5, 2010. He was drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round, 103rd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Ritola On Waivers

TSN's Bob McKenzie reported via Twitter today that Lightning prospect Mattias Ritola has been placed on waivers.

Ritola has spent most of the season in the press box as a healthy scratch for the Lightning. He's been in the middle of a forward rotation with Tom Pyatt and Blair Jones for playing time. Ritola had no points in his five games of action.

If Ritola clears waivers and is assigned to AHL Norfolk, it will be like when Michael Knight hit KITT's turbo boost button. Norfolk already leads the AHL in offense and Ritola had 27 points (9 goals) in 17 games with the Admirals last season.

He has until noon Thursday to be claimed.

Ritola has another year left on his contract, which he signed with the Red Wings before being claimed by Tampa Bay on waivers prior to last season. Although it's for a minimal amount of money, that extra year could scare teams away.

Stay tuned.

NHL Game Night: 11-1-11 Lightning at Hurricanes

You usually don't win if you only show up for 20 out of 60 minutes.

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Dwayne Roloson allowed 4 goals on 31 shots in the loss. The Lightning would have had zero prayer without his efforts tonight. None.

First Period
TB Purcell (4), (Bergeron, Malone), 15:14
CAR Larose (2), (Harrison, Ponikarovsky)(PP), 18:21

Second Period
CAR Skinner (5), (Pitkanen), 0:22
CAR Skinner (6), (Jokinen), 10:38

Third Period
TB Connolly (1), (St. Louis, Lecavalier), 14:16
CAR Larose (3), (Tlusty), 15:10

The Lightning were down 27-17 in shots after 40 minutes before they decided to apply the proper effort on the forecheck. They outshot Carolina 13-4 the rest of the way, and got the game back within 1 goal momentarily, but it takes a 60 minute effort to succeed.

Brett Connolly had his first NHL goal and was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 13:50. Congratulations.

Mattias Ritola had 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 8:47.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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