According to the blog of Damian Crisdotero, who could hardly mask his enthusiasm for Matt Smaby making the team (and yes, that was sarcasm), the Lightning have made their final decision regarding their defensemen and both Matt Smaby and Mike Lundin have made the team. In addition, Crisdotero speculates Smaby and Lundin have passed Doug Janik on the depth chart and suggests the reason the Lightning did not re-assign Janik to Norfolk of the AHL was because the organization feared losing Janik on waivers (and it is a very good assumption they would have).
Another triumph for the allegedly broken down Lightning prospect system.
According to tampabaylightning.com, forward Kyle Wanvig and defenseman Bryce Lampman have been assigned to AHL Norfolk after clearing waivers. Winger Mathieu Darche also cleared waivers today, but he will remain with the Lightning as Tampa Bay's Andreas Karlsson is day-to-day with an abdominal injury.
The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Mitch Fadden of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Fadden recording four goals, three assists and was plus five, in three games during the week of September 24th to September 30th, helping the Hurricanes to a 2-1 record in that span.
On Friday, September 28th, Fadden recorded two goals and an assist as his Hurricanes fell subject to the Kootenay Ice's come from behind victory 5-4. He was also named the game's 1st Star. The following night, Saturday, September 30th, Fadden picked up a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes downed the Saskatoon Blades 3-1. On Sunday, September 30th, the Hurricanes traveled to Edmonton to take on the Oil Kings, Fadden scored one goal and an assist as Lethbridge went on to shutout the Oil Kings 3-0.
Fadden, a 19-year-old product from Salmon Arm, BC is in his fourth season in the WHL, and was recently drafted at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, in the 4th round, by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Admirals got some great goaltending from Karri Ramo and Ryan Munce and it made all the difference.
Ramo stopped 10 of 11 shots he faced before giving way to Munce who stopped 28 of 29 and went on for the shootout victory.
Box score from norfolkadmirals.com.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Novokuznetsk's 5-4 overtime loss to Chelyabinsk.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Omsk's 2-1 shootout win over Ufa.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Spartak's 3-2 win over Togliatti.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-2 win over Nizhnekamsk.
Tampa Bay lays an egg in what was supposed to be their tune up for the regular season.
Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 14 shots for the loss before giving way to Johan Holmqvist who allowed 1 goal on 18 shots.
No matter how you slice this, tonight's result was disappointing considering this supposedly was the lineup John Tortorella wants in place on opening night. The poor result was further compounded by more injury issues as forward Nick Tarnasky had his nose broken in a fight and defenseman Paul Ranger left the game with a minor shoulder injury.
Right now the Lightning have nothing resembling continuity in their forward lines or their defensive pairings due to injuries resulting in precious few opportunities for units to work together at game speed to get their timing. As a consequence the Lightning were outshot 32-23 tonight and, frankly, there are no quick fixes. The Lightning will have to try to get healthy again and grind it out over the first few weeks of the season and try to keep their heads above water while the rust and the growing pains are shaken off.
The Lightning were fortunate to have dressed an extra defenseman tonight and Paul Ranger's minutes were partially absorbed by the three headed monster of Mike Lundin, Matt Smaby, and Doug Janik. Unfortunately, the three were a combined -5 in the game.
Lundin led the group in ice time with 20:27 but was -2 with no shots on goal and no hits for the contest. Smaby had the second most ice time at 14:36 and was -1 with 1 hit. Janik brought up the rear with 12:32 of ice time and a -2 rating. Both Smaby and Janik also took penalties for tripping and hooking, respectively.
Paul White of the Virginian Pilot writes Admirals Head Coach Steve Stirling in planning to cut another 4-5 Sunday night or Monday morning to coincide with the last batch of cuts from Lightning camp.
Norfolk starts their preseason slate tonight at 7 pm in Hershey.