Ads Make Tyrell Signing Official, Sign Brown's Captain to ATO

Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle today announced that the Admirals have signed center Dana Tyrell (DAYN-uh tigh-REHL) and defenseman Sean Hurley to Amateur Tryout Contracts (ATO). Both are expected to be in the lineup tonight at Scope against the Lowell Devils, with Tyrell wearing number 49 and Hurley wearing number 4.

NHL Game Night 3/20: Lightning at Penguins

It'll all be worth it when Steve Stamkos is a Bolt.

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Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

Matt Smaby was even in 9:13 with 2 hits and 3 blocked shots. Again, I thought he had a good first period in which he made a made a really nice block on a point shot and a really strong hit along the boards. In the second period his group got hemmed in a lot and although he wasn't terrible there were times he was floating a bit down low defensively. At one point, his pairing partner Mike Lundin had to bail him out. The general reviews were fair. The speed at the NHL level doesn't seem to be scaring him as much this go round, and he seems to be moving the puck crisply and efficiently. And, yes, he's still occassionally laying the wood to people which is the special characteristic that really stands him out from the crowd, in my opinion. This is a big audition for Smaby right now. With Alex Picard playing so well, it could make someone like Brad Lukowich or even Filip Kuba expendable if Smaby can step up and show he's ready to be the #7 defenseman in Tampa next year. Those millions could potentially be better spent on some second line scoring help. The key is going to be if Smaby improves in the coming games and if he can get his ice time to increase. The opportunity is there with Paul Ranger banged up. He needs to step up and close the sale.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 3/19: Lightning at Sabres

A monumental come from behind victory in the Steve Stamkos sweepstakes.

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Karri Ramo allowed 6 goals on 31 shots for the loss. When you're staked a three goal lead coming into the third period, you have to get the W. I don't care how bad the team plays in front of you. Ramo had to make it stand up, and he failed miserably. That's probably only the fourth bad start he's had this year.

Matt Smaby was -1 in 12:11 with 4 hits, including one particularly vicious hit standing up and dropping Patrick Kaleta on the rush. Like the rest of the team, I thought he played a pretty good first 40 minutes. But he didn't see much ice in the third. He did tie Vincent Lecavalier for the team high in hits with 4 though in his limited ice time, so there's something to build on.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/19: Bruins at Admirals

Just like last season, the Baby B's own the Lightning's farm team.

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Jonathan Boutin allowed 7 goals on 33 shots in the loss. Marc Denis stopped 6 of 6 shots in relief.

First Period
PRO Bitz, (9) (Sigalet, Karsums), 3:03 (PP)
PRO Hoggan, (28) , 16:29 (PEN/SH)

Second Period
PRO Thompson, (16) , 0:45 (SH)
PRO Collins, (18) (Hendricks), 12:45
PRO LoVecchio, (2) (Thompson, Curry), 18:34 (SH)

Third Period
PRO Hendricks, (20) (Hoggan), 11:09
PRO Collins, (19) (Sigalet, Hendricks), 11:21

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Fadden Named 2nd Team All-Star

The Western Hockey League announced the 2007-08 WHL Eastern Conference First and Second All-Star Teams and Lightning draft pick and Lethbridge Hurricane Mitch Fadden was named a Second Team All-Star. Fadden was not a finalist for an award.

The center was named team co-MVP with Ben Wright this week.

Fadden, a 2007 fourth round pick of the Lightning, had 34 goals and 55 assists for 89 points in 72 games this season for the Hurricanes.

Monday and Tuesday's Elitserien Playoff Scores

Monday
Andreas Holmqvist did not play in Frolunda's 4-2 Game Four loss to Farjestads.

Tuesday
Andreas Holmqvist did not play in Frolunda's 3-2 Game Five loss to Farjestads.

Frolunda trails their opening round playoff series 3-2, and will face elimination in Game Six on Thursday.

Tyrell could join Admirals soon

While both the Prince George Citizen and Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News are reporting 2007 Lightning second rounder Dana Tyrell will join the AHL's Norfolk Admirals for the remainder of the season, Lighting General Manager Jay Feaster told BoltProspects an amateur tryout agreement is still being discussed between the NHL club and Tyrell's agent.

Feaster said the club will also attempt to negotiate a professional deal with Tyrell before next season. The ownership situation with the big club continues to make signings "tricky," however.

Tyrell finished the year with 25 goals and 40 assists for 65 points with the WHL's Prince George Cougars. The Cougars did not qualify for the playoffs.

In other Admirals news, the club has signed left wing Andy Contois to a professional tryout contract.

Contois, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound left wing from Marquette, Michigan, was an ECHL All-Star this season, winning the event’s fastest skater competition and scoring one goal and one assist in the All-Star Game.

Final Regular Season N.A. Juniors Stat Update

CHL, BCHL, and USHL stats for Lightning prospects as of March 16, 2008.

Key (Skaters): Games Played, Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus, Penalties in Minutes.
Key (Goalies): Wins-Losses-Overtime Losses-Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/16

QMJHL
Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -2, 5 PIM (plus match penalty), 0 shots on goal

After dropping their last two regular season games in Cape Breton, Lewiston (37-26-5-2), the Eastern Division's fifth seed, will open the playoffs this week in the same arena against the fourth seeded Screaming Eagles.

Update: Ward has been suspended by the QMJHL for one game "after he spit in the direction of an opponent during last Sunday’s game versus the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles."

WHL
Everett Silvertips 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 5
D Dane Crowley, EVT: Did not play.
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did not play.

(6) Everett will play (3) Spokane in the first round.
(4) Seattle will host (5) Kelowna in the first round.

Prince George Cougars 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 2
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)

Tyrell and PG's tough season mercifully ends, but on a high note with a win.

Edmonton Oil Kings 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

(3) Lethbridge will face (6) Brandon in the first round.

*Final regular season stat update coming soon.

Lightning Recall Smaby

According to the Norfolk Admirals website, the Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled Matt Smaby from Norfolk of the AHL. Smaby has 1 goal and 6 points in 58 games with Norfolk this season.

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