Tyrell to Return to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced via Twitter today that former Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell would be assigned to Norfolk of the American Hockey League. An official announcement is expected shortly.

Tyrell was in a heated battle for three roster spots in Tampa with Tom Pyatt, Mattias Ritola, Blair Jones, and Brett Connolly. Due to Mattias Ohlund being placed on injured reserve, only one cut was needed and Tyrell was demoted. All things being equal with the others involved in the roster race, Tyrell is still on his entry level contract which means he doesn't have to pass through waivers to be assigned to the AHL. The Lightning would risk losing one of the others had they been waived.

Though his contract played a part in the decision, had Tyrell clearly outplayed the others, it's likely he would still be in Tampa.

Tyrell has the speed Lightning Head Coach Guy Boucher craves, and came into camp in the best shape of all Lightning players and prospects, Boucher said. Tyrell was not able to leap ahead of enough players on the ice, however. At least enough to make the club okay with waiving another player, that is.

The former captain of the Prince George Cougars joins a Norfolk club that wasn't counting on his inclusion this season, but will welcome this big-time addition. In his one full season with Norfolk, Tyrell had nine goals and 36 points in 74 games, most of which were scored late in the year during an Admirals playoff push. He spent the first part of the year overcoming major knee surgery.

Should he spend most of the season in Norfolk, the Admirals may compete for a division title.

Tyrell had six goals and 15 points last season in 78 games with Tampa Bay.