Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times reports Mathieu Darche and Craig MacDonald both cleared waivers today and have been assigned to Norfolk. Both should bring instant offense to a club struggling to score goals and lacking true centers. Also, Matt Smaby was assigned to the Admirals.
The Lightning is now down to just 20 players, which reportedly was their goal once everyone was healthy. Doug Janik has won the No.6 defenseman job outright.
CHL, BCHL stats for Lightning prospects as of November 12, 2007.
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.
TSN.ca is reporting that Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Craig MacDonald and Mathieu Darche were placed on waivers Monday. This seems to be the result of the return of Ryan Craig and Andreas Karlsson to the Lightning lineup following pre-season injuries to both players.
If both players clear waivers, this could be a big boon to the Norfolk Admiral offense.
Update: The St. Pete Times is reporting Matt Smaby will likely be sent down today.
Surrey Eagles 3 @ Victoria Grizzlies 2
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Courtnall scored for the second straight game.
Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Fadden had the primary assist on the gameâ€™s opening goal.
Seattle Thunderbirds 1 @ Kootenay Ice 2 (OT)
G Riku Helenius, SEA: OTL, 25 saves on 27 shots, *Second Star*.
Helenius has lost his last four appearances (three in regulation).
Russia won the annual Karjala Tournament today on goal differential beating the Czech Republic 4-1 in their tournament finale. Lightning prospect forward Anton But did not appear in the tournament for Russia after making the initial roster for the team. Blueliner Andreas Holmqvist finished tied with center Rickard Wallin for Team Sweden's lead in points with 1 goal and 3 points in 3 games. Sweden finished second in the tournament, losing the tiebreaker to the Russians on goal differential.
Controversial question of the day: given how much David Schneider has struggled early in the season for Norfolk, do you think the Lightning regret not making more of a pitch for Holmqvist who, although he has his shortcomings, is recognized as one of the better power play quarterbacks in the Elitserien today?
Alaska 0 @ #2 Michigan 4
D Mich Kevin Quick 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Michigan just keeps playing well.
#20 Massachusetts 5 @ Boston University 3
D UMASS John Wessbecker 0-0-0, -1
#20 Massachusetts 3 @ UMASS-Lowell 3 OT
D UMASS John Wessbecker 0-1-1, -1
Wessbecker assisted the game tying goal by James Marcou. The Junior now has three assist in nine games played this season with an even rating and no penalties.
Kevin Quick was scratched for #2 Michigan's 4-2 win over Alaska on Saturday.
Back to .500 with a chance to pull within at least 4 points in the division next week.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 23 of 25 shots faced in the win.
Tampa Bay 1:29, Vaclav Prospal 11 (Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 2:27, Martin St. Louis 5 (Vaclav Prospal, Brad Lukowich)
Tampa Bay 12:22, Ryan Craig 1 (power play) (Vaclav Prospal, Chris Gratton)
Washington 15:26, Tomas Fleischmann 4 (Tom Poti, Viktor Kozlov)
Tampa Bay 19:39, Paul Ranger 2 (empty net) (Brad Richards)