Tyrell could join Admirals soon

While both the Prince George Citizen and Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News are reporting 2007 Lightning second rounder Dana Tyrell will join the AHL's Norfolk Admirals for the remainder of the season, Lighting General Manager Jay Feaster told BoltProspects an amateur tryout agreement is still being discussed between the NHL club and Tyrell's agent.

Feaster said the club will also attempt to negotiate a professional deal with Tyrell before next season. The ownership situation with the big club continues to make signings "tricky," however.

Tyrell finished the year with 25 goals and 40 assists for 65 points with the WHL's Prince George Cougars. The Cougars did not qualify for the playoffs.

In other Admirals news, the club has signed left wing Andy Contois to a professional tryout contract.

Contois, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound left wing from Marquette, Michigan, was an ECHL All-Star this season, winning the event’s fastest skater competition and scoring one goal and one assist in the All-Star Game.

According to the Ads, the 27-year-old was acquired by the Admirals’ ECHL affiliate, the Mississippi Sea Wolves, on February 20 from the Stockton Thunder. In nine games with the Sea Wolves, Contois has one goal and three assists with six penalty minutes.

In 60 ECHL games this season between Stockton and Mississippi, Contois has 17 goals and 30 assists with 50 penalty minutes. In 137 career ECHL games with Mississippi, Stockton, the Gwinnett Gladiators and the Idaho Steelheads, Contois has 37 goals and 57 assists with 106 penalty minutes.

Contois is a third-year pro out of Northern Michigan University. He is expected to make his American Hockey League debut on Wednesday against the Providence Bruins.