When the Tampa Bay Lightning went winless in three games last week through the Metropolitan New York area, and then blew a 4-1 lead on home ice against Atlanta and lost 6-4 on Saturday night, you knew what was coming next.
Questions about John Tortorella's future as the head coach.
So consider the question asked and answered.
"It's not the coach, it's not an issue," Tampa general manager Jay Feaster said, with a laugh.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have activated center Ryan Craig off the Injured Reserve list and have assigned him to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League for conditioning, it was announced by Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster.
Craig is scheduled to play Wednesday and Friday for the Admirals before returning to the Lightning on Saturday in Washington. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound native of Abbotsford, British Columbia suffered a herniated disk in his back during the Lightningâ€™s first preseason game on September 19 vs. Dallas and was placed on Injured Reserve.
Selected in the eighth round, 255th overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Craig has appeared in 120 games with the Lightning during the past two seasons, recording 29 goals, 55 points and 61 penalty minutes.
(Thanks to BP member "Randy" for the heads-up)
Can we petition whatever hockey governing board is necessary to enable Dana Tyrell to join the Ads?
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Went to the fridge this morning to get some milk for my cereal, and saw Kvapil, Smolenak, and Hrdel's pictures on the side of the carton. I'm sure the Sea Wolves management must be going back through the team files to make sure they really did sign an affiliation agreement with the Lightning this summer. Perhaps it was just a bad dream.
After seven Mississippi games, I would considering posting the Lightning ECHL stats so far, if there were any stats to report. One word: pathetic. I can only apologize to the good fans of the Gulfport and Biloxi area. But my apologies certainly aren't going to help wins games unfortunately. But Kvapil and Smolenak could certainly help win games. Alas.
Mississippi now off to a 1-6 start after a 4-0 shutout by the Texas Wildcatters on Sunday.
Texas 4 @ Mississippi 0
F Marek Kvapil: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Radek Smolenak: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 3 SOG
F Zbynek Hrdel: 0-0-0; Even; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Brandon Elliott: 0-0-0; Even; 2 PIM (roughing); 0 SOG
Former Bolt goaltending prospect Morgan Cey stopped 31 of 35 shots enroute to his sixth loss of the season.
Here's a sports announcerism: if you don't score you can't win.
Ryan Munce stopped 28 of 31 shots faced as the Admirals once again squandered a quality start by one of their netminders.
BRI Kinasewich, (1) (Regier), 18:04
BRI Morency, (1) , 7:05
BRI Tambellini, (4) (Fata, Rullier), 17:50
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Merrimack 1 @ Massachusetts 5
D UMASS John Wessbecker 0-0-0 2 shots, even
Wessbecker starting to shoot a little more...UMASS (3-2-2) takes on Boston University (2-4-1) this coming Friday night.
#2 Michigan 3 @ Nebraska-Omaha 2
D Mich Kevin Quick 0-0-0 +1, 2 PIM
Quick rotated back into the lineup as Michigan continues to play well to start the season. He was scratched in Friday nights 6-3 win over Nebraska-Omaha.
The annual Karjala Cup, a leg of the yearly Euro Tour of the best club players from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, and Sweden, is slated to begin on Thursday as he European leagues are all winding down toward the Karjala Cup break. Two Lightning properties are currently slated to play in the tournament: Russian winger Anton But and Swedish defenseman Andreas Holmqvist.
The break is also a period of significant transfer activity and with several Lightning prospects in contractual limbo, the break may offer some interesting outcomes for players like Evgeny Artyukhin, Denis Kazionov, and Vasily Koshechkin. We shall see.
I'm not going to lie, there's not much to report from Saturday night. However, game results from Lewiston, Kelowna, Seattle, and Lethbridge are available on the flip.
Don't know if this is THE roster move or just another chance to get him some playing time, but Matt Smaby has been sent back down to Norfolk of the AHL.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 5 goals on 21 shots for the loss.
In fairness, the effort level has been there both in this game and the game against the Islanders. The Lightning outshot the Thrashers 34-22 and at times made Atlanta look like a junior team defensively. They could've (and probably should've) scored 8-9 goals tonight but did not finish their chances. Atlanta then capitalized on a rope-a-dope strategy that completely relied on counterattacking on the rush after surviving wave after wave of Lightning scoring chances generated both on the rush and on the forecheck.
The backchecking by the forwards tonight was suspect and some defensive details weren't handled. That needs to be minded in practice. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, that's the good news.