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Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle announced today that Norfolk has signed left wing Mark Rooneem to a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO).

Rooneem, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound native of Hinton, Alberta, was leading the Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL) in scoring with five points (3+2) after seven games. The left wing participated in Norfolk's training camp earlier this fall. Rooneem split last season between the Texas Wildcatters (ECHL) and Houston Aeros (AHL).

(Source: norfolkadmirals.com)

Boyle Out/Smaby Back Up

Damian Crisdotero is reporting on his blog Dan Boyle has been put on IR indefinitely pending examinations by specialists looking into damage on his recently repaired wrist tendons. The Lightning have recalled defenseman Matt Smaby from Norfolk of the AHL in response.

NHL Game Night 11/5: Lightning at Panthers

Simply ridiculous.

TB-3
FLA-4

Johan Holmqvist has allowed 4 goals on 30 shots in the loss. My kingdom for a goaltender who can just stop 90% of the shots he faces.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Feaster to TSN: "It's Not the Coach"

Quote:
When the Tampa Bay Lightning went winless in three games last week through the Metropolitan New York area, and then blew a 4-1 lead on home ice against Atlanta and lost 6-4 on Saturday night, you knew what was coming next.

Questions about John Tortorella's future as the head coach.

So consider the question asked and answered.

"It's not the coach, it's not an issue," Tampa general manager Jay Feaster said, with a laugh.

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Craig to Norfolk for 2

(per tampabaylightning.com)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have activated center Ryan Craig off the Injured Reserve list and have assigned him to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League for conditioning, it was announced by Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster.

Craig is scheduled to play Wednesday and Friday for the Admirals before returning to the Lightning on Saturday in Washington. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound native of Abbotsford, British Columbia suffered a herniated disk in his back during the Lightning’s first preseason game on September 19 vs. Dallas and was placed on Injured Reserve.

Selected in the eighth round, 255th overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Craig has appeared in 120 games with the Lightning during the past two seasons, recording 29 goals, 55 points and 61 penalty minutes.

(Thanks to BP member "Randy" for the heads-up)

CHL, BCHL Game Night 11/4: Another First Star for Tyrell

Can we petition whatever hockey governing board is necessary to enable Dana Tyrell to join the Ads?

Click "read more" for results from Prince George, Everett, Seattle, and Victoria.

ECHL Game Night 11/4: Texas @ Mississippi

Went to the fridge this morning to get some milk for my cereal, and saw Kvapil, Smolenak, and Hrdel's pictures on the side of the carton. I'm sure the Sea Wolves management must be going back through the team files to make sure they really did sign an affiliation agreement with the Lightning this summer. Perhaps it was just a bad dream.

After seven Mississippi games, I would considering posting the Lightning ECHL stats so far, if there were any stats to report. One word: pathetic. I can only apologize to the good fans of the Gulfport and Biloxi area. But my apologies certainly aren't going to help wins games unfortunately. But Kvapil and Smolenak could certainly help win games. Alas.

Mississippi now off to a 1-6 start after a 4-0 shutout by the Texas Wildcatters on Sunday.

Texas 4 @ Mississippi 0
F Marek Kvapil: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Radek Smolenak: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 3 SOG
F Zbynek Hrdel: 0-0-0; Even; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Brandon Elliott: 0-0-0; Even; 2 PIM (roughing); 0 SOG

Former Bolt goaltending prospect Morgan Cey stopped 31 of 35 shots enroute to his sixth loss of the season.

AHL Game Night 11/4: Admirals at Sound Tigers

Here's a sports announcerism: if you don't score you can't win.

NOR-0
BRI-3

Ryan Munce stopped 28 of 31 shots faced as the Admirals once again squandered a quality start by one of their netminders.

First Period
BRI Kinasewich, (1) (Regier), 18:04

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
BRI Morency, (1) , 7:05
BRI Tambellini, (4) (Fata, Rullier), 17:50

It's a damned shame players like Marek Kvapil, Stanislav Lascek, and Radek Smolenak have been so disappointing and/or injured because the Ads could desperately use an offensive boost right now.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 11/3

Merrimack 1 @ Massachusetts 5

D UMASS John Wessbecker 0-0-0 2 shots, even

Wessbecker starting to shoot a little more...UMASS (3-2-2) takes on Boston University (2-4-1) this coming Friday night.

#2 Michigan 3 @ Nebraska-Omaha 2

D Mich Kevin Quick 0-0-0 +1, 2 PIM

Quick rotated back into the lineup as Michigan continues to play well to start the season. He was scratched in Friday nights 6-3 win over Nebraska-Omaha.

European Leagues Entering Karjala Cup Break

The annual Karjala Cup, a leg of the yearly Euro Tour of the best club players from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, and Sweden, is slated to begin on Thursday as he European leagues are all winding down toward the Karjala Cup break. Two Lightning properties are currently slated to play in the tournament: Russian winger Anton But and Swedish defenseman Andreas Holmqvist.

The break is also a period of significant transfer activity and with several Lightning prospects in contractual limbo, the break may offer some interesting outcomes for players like Evgeny Artyukhin, Denis Kazionov, and Vasily Koshechkin. We shall see.

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