Burke Put on Re-Entry Waivers, Falcons Set Roster

According to today's [i]Springfield Republican[/i], goaltender Sean Burke was put on re-entry waivers Sunday by the Lightning in the hope that another team claims him and takes on half of his salary. In other moves, the Falcons sent Lightning prospects Stanislav Lascek, Gerald Coleman, and Morgan Cey to Johnstown of the ECHL, which means the goaltending situation in Springfield is settled with Karri Ramo and Jonathan Boutin. The [i]Republican[/i] states that coach Steve Stirling has not decided on a starter for Saturday night's opener, however. There is also a chance Burke could be sent back down to Springfield before week's end. The demotion of Lascek and the two goaltenders means that the Falcons are down to a 23-man roster and according to the article, will spend the week working on line combinations and special teams. The roster moves leave Justin Keller as the "winner" of the battle among the three first year wingers (Lascek and previously demoted Radek Smolenak the others) to make the AHL club. Joining Keller as first-year pros with Springfield are defensemen Matt Smaby, Andy Rogers, and Geoff Waugh (Springfield contract), first year center Blair Jones, and AHL rookie Ramo. Waugh won his spot with an excellent showing in both Traverse City and in Brandon at Lightning camp. Waugh, a 6-4, 215 pound stay-at-home defenseman, graduated from Northern Michigan University last year. According to the [i]Republican[/i], holdovers from last year's team include defensemen Doug O'Brien, Mike Egener, Jay Rosehill, forwards Dan Cavanaugh (Springfield contract), Zdenek Blatny (Springfield contract), Zbynek Hrdel, Norm Milley, Marek Kvapil, David Spina (Springfield contract), Mitch Fritz, Adam Henrich, Darren Reid, Andre Deveaux, and Boutin. Of note among that group is the much maligned Adam Henrich, who has struggled to hold a spot in Springfield during his first two years of professional hockey. Henrich, the first player drafted in the Jay Feaster era, is in the final year of his entry-level contract. Newcomers include veterans Sylvain Dufresne (Springfield contract), and Andy Delmore on defense and Eric Healey at forward.