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Andy Rogers Traded to Leafs

Oft-injured and underdeveloped prospect defenseman Andy Rogers was traded by the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Toronto Maple Leafs today in a salary dump deal involving 4 players and a draft pick. Along with Rogers, Tampa sent injured goaltender Olaf Kolzig, injured defenseman Jamie Heward, and a 2009 4th round pick to the Maple Leafs for depth defenseman Richard Petiot.

Rogers, a former 1st round draft pick and former Bolt Prospects top-ranked prospect, has been injured each season of his three year rookie deal and has been unable to develop to his potential as a Top 4 NHL shutdown defenseman. The Lighting packaged three injured players and 4th round pick to Toronto for Petiot, a former 4th round pick of the Los Angeles Kings would was not re-qualified last summer and allowed to sign with Toronto as a unrestricted free agent.

Eminger Dealt to Panthers; Acquire Welch

(Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Noah Welch and a third-round draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Steve Eminger, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

“In acquiring Noah Welch today, we added talent and potential on our blue line,” said Lawton in making the announcement. “Noah is an intelligent puck mover who skates well and has good size and strength. We are confident that with added playing time he will help our team continue to improve.

Lightning Acquire Lashoff, Karsums; Send Recchi to Boston

The Lightning have traded winger Mark Recchi and a 2010 second round pick to Boston for prospect winger Martins Karsums and former first round defenseman Matt Lashoff.

Lightning Press Release:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Matt Lashoff and right wing Martins Karsums from the Boston Bruins in exchange for right wing Mark Recchi and a second-round choice in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/3

Spokane Chiefs 4 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 2
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 34 saves on 36 shots
Season totals: 48 GP, 31-15-0-2, 1.94 GAA, .937 sv%, 7 shutouts

Tokarski got revenge on Calvin Pickard and Seattle for a recent loss and set career high for wins in the process. Seattle had beaten Spokane 3-0 on February 20. Drayson Bowman (Carolina) had two goals for the Chiefs. Spokane would need a miracle to catch Tri-City for first in the US Division and second in the conference (10 points back), and are more concerned about holding onto the three seed as they’re just three points ahead of Kelowna. They’ll play Seattle (5th – 67 points) or Kamloops (6th – 66 points) in the first round.

NHL Game Night 3/3: Penguins at Lightning

Trade deadline tomorrow.

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TB-1

Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the lost. He made some solid saves, but struggled with his rebound control. Still, I think if he gives the Lightning more games like this (.900+ save percentage and no softies) they'll be pretty satisfied.

First Period
07:38 PIT Kunitz (18), (Kennedy)
12:23 TB Prospal (17), (Lecavalier, Malone)
16:44 PIT Kunitz (19), (Sykora, Malkin)(PP)

Second Period
12:26 PIT Cooke (9), (Dupuis, Talbot)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts were held out pending likely trades or waiver claims tomorrow.

Matt Smaby was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 22:33.

David Koci was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 6:43. Pittsburgh's third goal was on him.

Brandon Segal had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 14:45. First impressions: he didn't look completely out of place as far his skating goes. If he gets more decisive when he goes to the wall, I think he could do some business up top.

Paul Szczechura had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:53.

Box score and extended statistics from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/3: Admirals at Sound Tigers

Didn't see that coming. Pleasant surprise.

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Riku Helenius allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the win.

First Period
BRI Smith, (25) (Walter, Kohn), 1:19
NOR Rosehill, (5) (Simek, Zingoni), 7:41

Second Period
NOR Simek, (5) , 10:13

Third Period
NOR Bochenski, (24) (Keller, Konopka), 19:32 (EN)

Juraj Simek and Helenius were the game's first and second stars.

Norfolk managed to outshoot Bridgeport 43-28 in the game despite callups that left the team so depleted it had to sign forward Paul McIlveen and defenseman Wes Cunningham from Elmira of the ECHL just to flesh out their roster for the night.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Fadden Named WHL Player of the Month

(WHL release)The Western Hockey League announced today that forward Mitch Fadden, of the Tri-City Americans, has been named the HUSKY WHL Player of the Month for February.

The 20-year-old native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, appeared in all 12 Tri-City games through February notching 14 goals and adding eight assists for 22 points, establishing a new career-high for both stats in one month. He picked up points in 11 of 12 games and wrapped up the month with an eight game goal streak, which has since been stretch to nine games, the WHL’s longest goal scoring streak of the season. Fadden also maintained an impressive +15 rating through the month of February which is also a new career-high for a month.

Szczechura, Segal Recalled to Tampa

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled right wing Brandon Segal and prospect center Paul Szczechura from the Norfolk Admirals, it was announced today by Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton. This is Segal’s first career NHL call-up.

Segal, 6-foot-2, 214-pounds, has appeared in 52 games with the Admirals this season. His 21 goals and 41 points both rank second on the club. Those marks are also AHL career highs for the sixth-year professional. This season, Segal also has a +1 rating, 70 penalty minutes, four power play goals, one shorthanded goal and two game-winning goals with the Admirals this season.

Fadden Named WHL Player of the Week

(WHL release)The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Mitch Fadden of the Tri-City Americans.

Fadden picked up seven points, scoring six goals and one assist to go with a +4 rating in four games over the past week, helping the Americans post a 4-0-0-0 record in that span.

On Wednesday, February 25th, the Americans welcomed the Chilliwack Bruins to the Toyota Centre for a WHL Western Conference clash. Fadden scored twice as the Ams downed the Bruins 8-1 and was named the games 2nd Star.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/1

WHL
Portland Winter Hawks 3 @ Tri-City Americans 5
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 36-37-73, +26, 49 PIM
With TC: 48 GP, 34-34-68, +24, 41 PIM

Fadden’s goal streak is now at nine games. He tied his career high for goals in a year – 36 – set two seasons ago with Lethbridge in 71 games. TC was playing without goaltender Chet Pickard, who was injured in the American's game against Spokane Saturday night when he was run over by Spokane's Ryan Letts - igniting a brawl - one of two on the night (Spokane's third and fourth of the year).

Vancouver Giants 6 @ Chilliwack Bruins 3
C James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, +1, 5 PIM (Fighting vs. Brandon Manning)
Season totals: 64 GP, 19-25-44, +21, 46 PIM

Wright now has points in five of his last six games. Evander Kane had a goal and a fight.

Note: There were two QMJHL prospects in action, Michael Ward (CB 4 A-B 3) and Mark Barberio (SHW 7 MCT 0), but the Q site has made some upgrades and the game summaries and stats aren't working at the moment.

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