Downie Video Available

Video from Steve Downie's supposed abuse of officials from last week's Admirals-Bears game is finally available here.

Hat tip to the BP message board ...

Admirals Appealing Downie Suspension

The Norfolk Admirals have released a media advisory stating that the club has filed an appeal of the 20 game suspension against winger Steve Downie and that the team will have no further comment regarding the Downie situation until the appeal is addressed.

More on this story as it develops...

Segal, Petiot Assigned to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned right wing Brandon Segal to the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. Segal, 6-foot-2, 214-pounds, appeared in his first career NHL game Tuesday night against Pittsburgh, skating 14:45 and recording one hit, one takeaway and one blocked shot. Segal's reassignment to Norfolk likely comes at the expense of the deadline day acquisition of right wing Martins Karsums, who is expected to be in the lineup for Friday's lineup against the St. Louis Blues.

The Lightning also announced that they have reassigned defenseman Richard Petiot to the Admirals. Petiot, 26, is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound native of Daysland, Alberta. He was acquired by the Lightning yesterday in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

AHL Suspends Downie

The American Hockey League today announced that Norfolk Admirals right wing Steve Downie has been suspended for twenty (20) regular-season games as a result of his actions in a game at Hershey on Feb. 28.

At the 19:48 mark of the third period, Downie was assessed a game misconduct under the provisions of AHL Rule 41.2 for deliberately striking an official with his stick.

Downie has already served three games of the suspension. He is scheduled to be eligible to return to the Norfolk lineup on Apr. 11. (John Wright photo)

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/4

Rimouski wins again ... Jung interview ... Fadden's streak stopped by Wright's club ... Tokarski and Spokane fading?

AHL Game Night 3/4: Admirals at Phantoms

Shorthanded Admirals lose a heartbreaker.

NOR-3
PHI-4

Riku Helenius allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Jones, (12) (Mihalik, Quick), 1:36
PHI Kane, (12) (Nodl, Ross), 4:10
PHI Laliberte, (18) (Maroon, Matsumoto), 8:14 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Jones, (13) (Wishart, Smolenak), 4:58
PHI Sirianni, (4) , 6:07

Third Period
NOR Smolenak, (18) (Ward, Bochenski), 0:29
PHI Matsumoto, (22) (Maroon, Kukkonen), 15:10 (PP)

Blair Jones was the game's second star.

Norfolk again was forced to sign rentals from the local ECHL club in order to fill out their roster. Tonight, it was a trio of players from the Reading Royals who got to be Admirals for a game.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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.

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