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Koekkoek on the Move

The Lightning traded former No. 10 overall pick Slater Koekkoek and a 2019 fifth round pick to Chicago Friday for defenseman Jan Rutta and a 2019 seventh rounder.

Rutta, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-handed defenseman, has two goals and four assists in 23 games with Chicago this season. He recently passed through waivers to go to AHL Rockford, where he has has a goal and three assists in eight games.

AHL eligibility (without waivers) is the key to the trade as the Lightning maintain their defensive depth while gaining flexibility with their NHL roster. Tampa Bay has had an 8-man rotation on the blueline up until a week ago when Koekkoek was allowed to play in the AHL on a conditioning stint.

NHL Game Night: 1-10-19 Hurricanes at Lightning

Tampa Bay breaks through stout Carolina D for comeback win.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win. Made a handful of big stops to keep the Lightning within shooting distance before the team eventually broke through in the Third Period.

First Period

Second Period
4:34 CAR Williams (11), (Hamilton, VanReimsdyk)

Third Period
11:56 TB Palat (5), (Stamkos, Point)(PP)
16:45 TB Point (27), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
19:34 TB Point (28), (Stamkos, Killorn)(EN)

Brayden Point and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and second stars.

Tampa Bay took about half the game to fully adjust to Carolina's speed and structure, including a pancake flat First Period, and looked in real danger of being shutout in this contest. But, what makes this year's Lightning different is most teams can't go 60 minutes with them before the Lightning's depth eventually cracks them. Carolina took some penalties in the Third Period as the Lightning ratcheted up the pressure and they ultimately paid the price.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot in 9:24. Made a gorgeous pass to Brayden Point to spring him for an apparent breakaway goal that was disallowed for an offside with Tyler Johnson jumping off the ice. It's a shame, because Joseph had a really strong shift and looked like he'd gotten the payoff.

Adam Erne had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 9:06.

Erik Cernak was +1 with 2 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:14. Drew one of the key penalties in the Third Period keeping a puck at the blueline and slashing toward the slot.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Night: 1-9-19 Crunch at Devils

Crunch incredibly drop a game where they only allowed 10 SOG.


Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 9 shots for the loss. In the whole game. That's a stat line I'm certain I'll never see again the rest of my life.

First Period
15:29 BNG Gignac (7), (Speers)

Second Period
10:10 BNG Baddock (2), (Bastian, Sissons)

Third Period
10:41 BNG Sharangovich (7), (Kapla, Ramage)
18:00 BNG Lappin (11), (Gignac)(EN)

There are no words. Syracuse outshot a team 35-10 and somehow got blown out 4-0.

Box score from

ECHL Game Night: 1-9-19 Solar Bears @ Admirals

Orlando Solar Bears 2 @ Norfold Admirals 5

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 19 GP, 5-7-12, -4, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 16 GP, 2-5-7, +7, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, ORL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 12 GP, 7-6-13, +3, 12 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 8 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 23 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM

The Solar Bears dropped a road contest in the home of the Lightning’s former AHL (championship) affiliate, 4-2. Norfolk grabbed a 1-0 lead before Orlando tied it up on a goal by Jonne Tammela, who returned to the Bears lineup after missing time. Tammela is up to seven goals in 12 games since being assigned to the ECHL by Syracuse. The Ads broke the 1-1 tie and sped ahead 4-1 before Orlando countered again.

Notes: Orlando (17-15-3-0) will remain in Virginia and face the Admirals Friday and Saturday. Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov was recalled by AHL Syracuse.

(Pictured: Mark Barberio and Alex Killorn on Norfolk's Calder Cup championship team in 2012.)

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