Syracuse Crunch

Zettler in No Rush to Name No. 1

By Jeremy Houghtaling

A little more than 24 hours before the puck drops on a new season, Syracuse Crunch Head Coach Rob Zettler still didn't know who was going to start between the pipes.

With no clear-cut No. 1 starter heading into Saturday's contest at Binghamton, Zettler is going to start the season by platooning netminders Cedrick Desjardins and Riku Helenius.

"They'll likely get equal time early on, and then we'll see where it goes," Zettler said.

The two candidates have more than 280 games and a dozen professional seasons between them, so Zettler has time to let it pan out.

AHL Preseason Game Day: 9-29-13 Crunch at IceCaps

Syracuse finishes the preseason up.

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Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss, but was also named the game's third star in defeat.

Nikita Nesterov had a shorthanded goal for the Crunch and added a helper in the contest. Cedric Paquette got the Crunch's second goal, deflecting a Nesterov point shot on the power play.

Syracuse will get an influx of 8 players from Tampa Bay, including veteran Dana Tyrell and ex-first rounder Brett Connolly. They'll have a week of practice before opening their season Saturday in Binghamton against the Senators.

Game recap from Stjohnsicecaps.com.

Bolts Finalize Roster; Demote Drouin, Connolly, Tyrell Among Others

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reduced their roster by 10 today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning’s active roster stands at 23 players, with 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.

The following is a list of players and where they have been assigned:

Mike Angelidis Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
J.T. Brown Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Brett Connolly Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Jean-Philippe Cote Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Jonathan Drouin Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Kristers Gudlevskis Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Dmitry Korobov Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Nikita Kucherov Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Matt Taormina Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Dana Tyrell Syracuse Crunch (AHL)

The Bolts will open their season on Thursday night when they travel to Boston to take on the Bruins with puck-drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

AHL Preseason Game Day: 9-28-13 Crunch at IceCaps

Odd numbered seasons suit Riku.

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Riku Helenius stopped all 27 shots he faced for the victory.

Geoff Walker scored on the power play for the lone goal of the match.

Game recap from Syracusecrunch.com.

AHL Preseason Game Night: 9-26-13 Crunch at IceCaps

Dump truck!

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Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 21 shots after spelling Cedrick Desjardins, who was flawless in the opening half of the game.

Syracuse got a pair of goals by Cedric Paquette (aka Dump Truck), and goals by Luke Witkowski, Tanner Richard, and Vladislav Namestnikov.

The teams will square off again Saturday night.

Game recap from Syracusecrunch.com.

Lightning Add 4 More to Crunch

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reduced their training camp roster by four tonight, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning’s camp roster now sits at 36, with 19 forwards, 14 defensemen and three goaltenders.

Forwards Vladislav Namestnikov, Cedric Paquette, Philippe Paradis and Geoff Walker were assigned to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) following tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Walker must clear waivers.

The Crunch will open training camp on Tuesday, September 24 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Bolts Cut 18 from Camp Roster

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reduced their training camp roster by 18 today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning’s camp roster now sits at 40, with 23 forwards, 14 defensemen and three goaltenders.

Bolts Finalize Deal with Gudlevskis

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis (güd-LEV-skeez, KRISS-turs) to a three-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Gudlevskis was recently drafted in the fifth round, 124th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey.

Gudlevskis, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, played in 56 games with HC Riga in Russia’s top junior league, the MHL, last season, posting a 27-18 record with a .927 save percentage and a 2.09 goals-against average with three shutouts. He ranked fourth in the MHL for save percentage among goaltenders with more than seven games played and sixth for goals-against average. Gudlevskis’ three shutouts were tied for 10th in the league. He also appeared in three playoff games. Gudlevskis also played in two games with the Riga Dinamo of the KHL last season, his debut in Europe’s top league, posting a 1-1 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.18 goals-against average.

2013 Development Camp: Days 2, 3 and 5

Apologies for the delayed observations but personal circumstances have necessitated a combined summary of impressions from several days I attended.

The bulk of the following observations stem from last Wednesday's 3-on-3 tournament action (I was unable to make it Tuesday) although some does come from the on-ice sessions last Sunday and Monday. Here are some thoughts on a limited number of camp participants, from those I went out of my way to watch and those my eyes kept being drawn to:

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