The Lightning welcomed all their new acquisitions into Tampa tonight.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss in his Lightning debut.
Minnesota 3:46, Todd Fedoruk 3 (power play) (Pierre-Marc Bouchard)
Minnesota 4:56, Pavol Demitra 13 (Mikko Koivu)
Tampa Bay 12:22, Michel Ouellet 9 (power play) (Paul Ranger, Jeff Halpern)
Jeff Halpern had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +1 in 17:44 with 4 shots and 3 hits. He was also named first star of the game.
Jussi Jokinen was -1 in 22:28 with 4 shots and 2 hits. Hope you like ice time, young man.
Alexandre Picard, who was recalled from Norfolk prior to the game, played 19:54 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots.
Russianprospects.com is reporting Ak Bars Kazan and Lightning prospect goaltender Vasily Koshechkin have parted ways. Koshechkin was forced out of the lineup for Kazan earlier in the season when NHL veteran Robert Esche was signed by the club, joining former NHLer Mikka Noronen as the team's two netminders.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 7 @ Saskatoon Blades 3
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-2-3, +1, 4 PIM (slashing, cross-checking)
Fadden scored his 31st goal of the year and Lethbridge got a hattrick from 2008 draft eligible forward Zach Boychuk and 4 points from Dallas Stars prospect Colton Sceviour en route to a 7-3 beat-down of Saskatoon.
Waterloo Black Hawks 2 @ Chicago Steel 1
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 shots on goal
Cunti scored from in front on a goal-mouth scramble.
Kevin Quick's second AHL game.
Jonathan Boutin allowed 5 goals on 32 shots for the loss.
NOR Milley, (19) , 5:18 (SH)
POR Bouck, (5) (King, Weinrich), 10:26
POR Miller, (11) (Ebbett, King), 1:53
POR Leach, (4) (Ebbett, King), 12:15
POR Ryan, (20) (Ebbett), 6:24 (SH)
POR Bootland, (3) (Bouck, Dixon), 19:12
Box score from TheAHL.com.
TSN.ca is also reporting Lightning winger and pending unrestricted free agent Jan Hlavac has been dealt to the Nashville Predators for a 2008 7th round pick.
This leaves another hole at forward. Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster indicated in an interview with WDAE radio in Tampa that Norfolk forward and former Dallas Star Junior Lessard will likely be recalled in the near future. No timetable was given. Norfolk plays tonight in Portland.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have acquired defenseman Alexandre Picard and a conditional draft pick from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for center/left wing Vaclav Prospal, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced. Picard has been assigned to the Admirals and is expected to join the team in Portland for tonightâ€™s contest against the Pirates.
â€œAlexander Picard is a young prospect with good size and excellent hockey sense who has played in the NHL,â€ said Feaster. "We believe he has a significant amount of upside in his future. In moving Vaclav Prospal we wanted to add to our organizational depth, and by acquiring both a young defenseman and a future draft pick we were able to achieve that goal."
A native of Gatineau, QuÃ©bec, Picard has played in 53 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League this season and ranks second on the team, first among defensemen, in points with 38. His eight goals and five power-play goals also lead all Phantom defensemen. Picard represented Philadelphia at the 2008 AHL All-Star Game and recorded one assist. He has established AHL career highs this season in goals, assists and points.
"Trading Brad Richards was one of the most difficult moves I have made as manager of this hockey club,â€ Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster said in a team released statement. â€œHowever, as we have discussed for some time now, we need to address our goaltending situation and we have been targeting Mike Smith for the past two seasons. We would not have given up a player and a leader such as Brad unless we were getting outstanding value in return and we feel that Mike, as well as Jeff and Jussi, certainly meet that objective. It is very difficult to say goodbye to Brad and Holmer, however, we feel strongly that we have improved our hockey team now and going forward with this transaction."
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