N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/26

WHL
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.

USHL
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.

AHL Game Night 2/26: Admirals at Pirates

Kevin Quick's second AHL game.

NOR-1
POR-5

Jonathan Boutin allowed 5 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Milley, (19) , 5:18 (SH)
POR Bouck, (5) (King, Weinrich), 10:26

Second Period
POR Miller, (11) (Ebbett, King), 1:53
POR Leach, (4) (Ebbett, King), 12:15

Third Period
POR Ryan, (20) (Ebbett), 6:24 (SH)
POR Bootland, (3) (Bouck, Dixon), 19:12

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Tuesday's Elitserien Score

Johan Harju had 2 penalty minutes in Lulea's 3-0 blanking of Frolunda. Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in the match for Frolunda.

Bolts Trade Leach; Acquire Brandon Segal

The Norfolk Admirals are reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have traded minor league defenseman Jay Leach to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for RW minor leaguer Brandon Segal and a 2008 7th round pick.

Hlavac Dealt for 7th Rounder

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.

Picard Assigned to Norfolk

Per norfolkadmirals.com:

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 tonight’s contest against the Pirates.

“Alexander Picard is a young prospect with good size and excellent hockey sense who has played in the NHL,” 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, Québec, 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.

Richards a Star

TSN.ca is reporting the Lightning have traded Brad Richards and goaltender Johan Holmqvist to Dallas for goaltender Mike Smith, winger Jussi Jokinen, center Jeff Halpern, and a 2009 4th round pick.

"Trading Brad Richards was one of the most difficult moves I have made as manager of this hockey club,” Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster said in a team released statement. “However, 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."

For more, see tampabaylightning.com

Lightning Re-Sign Dan Boyle

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting on his blog that defenseman Dan Boyle has been re-signed to a 6 year, $40 million dollar deal.

Lightning Trade Prospal

The first move of the deadline for the Tampa Bay Lightning has finally occurred. TSN is reporting the Lightning have traded winger Vaclav Prospal to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a 2nd or 3rd round pick in 2009.

Picard, a 22 year old 6'2" 220 lbs blueliner, has 8 goals and 38 points in 53 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL this season to go along with 31 penalty minutes and a -8 rating. Picard was an AHL All-Star this season who also had 4 scoreless games worth of action with the Flyers this season. Last year the defenseman played 62 games with the big club racking up 3 goals and 22 points to go along with 17 penalty minutes and a -24 rating.

According to Hockey Forecaster, Picard, "Has poise and maturity with and without the puck. Can be a factor in all three zones and already displays consistency in his overall play." However, they go on to say he, "Needs to do a better job of keeping opposing forwards honest with more physical play. May not put up big offensive totals in the NHL."

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/24

QMJHL
Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ St. John Sea Dogs 2
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 shots on goal

WHL
Kelowna Rockets 3 @ Vancouver Giants 2 (SO)
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did not play

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