The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that the club has signed free agent veteran defenseman Marek Malik to a one-year contract. Malik has been practicing with the club for over a week in order to get into game shape, and his signing comes on the heels of GM Brian Lawton indicating on Wednesday that Malik should be ready for Saturday's tilt with visiting San Jose Sharks.
"We are thrilled to have signed Marek to a contract,â€ Lawton said. â€œHe is a big body, at 6-foot-5 220 pounds, that will add to our overall defensive play and give us veteran leadership on the blue line."
Malik, a native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, played in 42 games with the New York Rangers last season. He scored two goals and recorded 10 points. Malik led all Ranger defensemen in plus/minus rating with plus-7.
Tyrell scores again ... Jung dresses for Edmonton ... Another point for Barberio.
Matias Sointu did not play as Ilves Jr. A defeated JYP Jr. A 5-4.
Matias Sointu did not play in Ilves Jr. A's 10-2 win over Tappara Jr. A.
Matias Sointu did not play in Ilves Jr. A's 7-3 win over TPS Jr. A.
According to the Lightning, Sointu is day-to-day with a shoulder injury.
Norfolk Admirals GM Mike Butters announced today that the team has released defenseman Jeff May from his Amateur Tryout Contract. May was a teammate of Lightning forward prospect Mitch Fadden for the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League last season. He was an invitee to the Tampa Prospects Camp this summer in Victoria, BC and his performance at that camp subsequently earned him a roster spot on the Lightning's Traverse City Prospects tournament squad. His poised play on the blueline during that tourney led to an invitation to the Norfolk Admirals training camp and an Amateur Tryout Contract.
Originally a 2005 5th round pick by the Detroit Red Wings, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman played 3 games for Norfolk and was scoreless. The recent arrival of veteran defenseman Jamie Heward from Tampa further complicated an already overstaffed Norfolk blueline, leading to some personnel decisions. May's release comes on the heels of the reassignment of forwards Brady Leavold and Justin Keller to their respective ECHL teams as the Admirals completed the process of paring down their roster to 23 players, including
Forwards (13) : Blair Jones, Radek Smolenak, Bracken Kearns, Paul Szczechura, Paul Zingoni, Juraj Simek, Chris Lawrence, Wyatt Smith, Brandon Segal, Brandon Bochenski, Jay Rosehill, Brent Henley, and Zenon Konopka.
The Norfolk Admirals have reassigned Lightning prospect forward Justin Keller to the Augusta Lynx of ECHL. Keller, on the third year of his entry level contract, has registered 1 assist in 3 games for the Admirals this season. Keller was Norfolk's representative at last season's AHL All-Star game, finishing the season third on the team in goals and fourth in points.
The 6â€™0â€, 181-pound forward from Nelson, British Columbia was an 8th round draft pick of the Lightning in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, making his pro debut in 2006-07 with the AHLâ€™s Springfield Falcons. His 13 goals, 4 power play goals and 24 points led all Springfield rookies. In 132 career American Hockey League games, Keller has scored 28 goals and added 34 assists for 62 points with 71 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, Keller played three seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. In 216 games with Kelowna, Keller scored 107 goals and 80 assists. He led the WHL with 51 goals in 2005-06 and scored the Memorial Cup winning goal with the Rockets in 2004.
Keller's addition to the Lynx should result in an immediate impact on Augusta's offense, as Keller has a sniper's touch and a willingness to play in the high traffic areas.
The goalie no one in the WHL wanted now suddenly is in high demand.
For the second time in a week, Lightning prospect Torrie Jung was traded. This time, Lethbridge dealt the netminder to the Edmonton Oil Kings, who were unhappy with the inconsistency of veteran goaltender Dalyn Flette and need healthy options in net.
UMass Minutemen 6 @ RPI Engineers 0
D John Wessbecker, UMass: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM
Wessbecker, a senior, returned to the UMass lineup for the first time since being injured last November 30 and assisted on the gameâ€™s first goal. Wessbecker shot from the point and after a tip-attempt and a rebound, the puck squirted to Chris Davis, who potted it for his first goal.
Prince George Cougars 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 6
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, -6, 2 PIM (elbowing)
Season totals: 11 GP, 9-4-13, -9, 12 PIM
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, E, 2 PIM
G Torrie Jung, LET: Did not dress.
Lethbridge, who got back Carolinaâ€™s first rounder Zach Boychuk this week, outshot PG 40-11 in the game. Boychuk had a goal for the â€˜Canes. Jung has joined the Hurricanes, but did not dress as rookie Michael Tadjdeh got the start for Lethbridge. Heâ€™s the current No.2 behind Metsola. It was written Lethbridge acquired Jung to give them an experienced back-up, but Jung may not be in game-shape yet after sitting out all of the season so far. Fadden has not registered a point in two games.
Tyrellâ€™s minus-6 night comes on the heels of a minus-5 night four games ago. Danaâ€™s brother, Cory, will miss six weeks for PG due to a kneecap injury.