Lightning Reduce Training Camp Roster by Four
(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their training camp roster by four today, assigning forwards Chris Durno and Johan Harju, as well as goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League and releasing forward Eric Perrin from his tryout, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
(BP Note: With this latest news, it's apparent prospect Dana Tyrell has made the Lightning roster for opening night. Congratulations, Dana!)
Durno, 6-foot-5, 223 pounds, has played in 43 NHL games, all with the Colorado Avalanche. With the Avalanche last season, he skated in 41 games, notching four goals and eight points with 47 penalty minutes, all career highs. Durno also appeared in one Stanley Cup Playoff game with Colorado last season. He skated in two games with Tampa Bay during the 2010 preseason and recorded one assist with seven penalty minutes.
Harju, 6-3, 210, played in 55 games with Moscow of the KHL last season, recording four goals and 18 points. He also represented Sweden in the IIHF World Championships this past summer, where he notched four goals and five points in nine games. Before signing in the KHL, Harju spent the previous three seasons with Lulea in the Swedish Elite League. He notched a career-high 27 goals in 55 games during the 2008-09 season. He recorded a total of 47 goals in his final two seasons in the Swedish Elite League. In four preseason games he recorded one assist with a plus-1 rating.
Desjardins, 6-0, 192, has played in 90 career AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, recording a 49-27-5 record, 2.34 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. Last year he set career-highs for games played with 45, wins with 29, minutes with 2,576, shutouts with six, goals-against average with 2.00 and tied his personal-best for save percentage with .919. He led the AHL in goals-against average, ranked second in shutouts, fourth in wins and was tied for sixth in save percentage. His success earned him an appearance in the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic, in which he was named top goaltender during the skills competition, as well as landed him on the 2010 AHL Second All-Star Team following the season. Desjardins started two games for the Lightning this preseason, recording a 1-0-1 record with a 2.88 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage.
Perrin, 5-8, 178, has played in 245 career NHL games with the Lightning and the Atlanta Thrashers, recording 32 goals and 104 points. He has also played in 18 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Tampa Bay, recording a goal and three points. Perrin was a member of the Lightningâ€™s 2004 Stanley Cup Championship roster. He played in four preseason games this season with the Lightning, registering two assists and six shots on goal.