The Scouting Report is reporting Lightning prospect and Belleville leading scorer Richard Panik has been traded by the Bulls to the OHL's Guelph Storm. In return, Belleville will receive Carter Sandlak and a flip of 2nd round picks.
Panik has 14 goals and 31 points in 27 games this season, which will put him third on the Storm's stat leader sheet, one behind its leaders. Guelph sits in last in the strong Midwest Division at 10-11-3-1 for 24 points, three points behind Erie and London for third. Belleville had 18 points at the time of the trade.
Bob McKenzie of TSN is reporting the Tampa Bay Lightning has claimed prospect left winger Mattias Ritola off of waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. The 5'11" and 205 lb winger was a 2005 4th round pick of the Red Wings and has scored 41 goals and added 65 assists in 211 games for the AHL's Grand Rapid Griffins, and has one assist in 7 games for Detroit.
In other news, the Norfolk Admirals cut prospect Mitch Fadden from their training camp on Monday, reassigning the forward to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Fadden, slowed by a shoulder injury sustained during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in September, has yet to show the progress he made as a rookie in the last half of the 2009-10 season.
(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired right wing Alex Berry and forward Stefano Giliati from the Toronto Maple Leafs today in exchange for defenseman Matt Lashoff, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Berry, 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, played in 55 games with the American Hockey Leagueâ€™s Toronto Marlies last season, recording three goals and seven points. His 97 penalty minutes ranked sixth among all Marlies skaters. Berry has played in 63 career AHL games during the previous two seasons.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Cedrick Desjardins from the Montreal Canadiens today in exchange for goaltender Karri Ramo, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
"We are happy to be able to add Cedrick to the Lightning today," said Yzerman upon making the announcement. "With his American Hockey League experience, he will provide excellent goaltending depth for the organization, allowing us to be patient while Dustin Tokarski and Jaroslav Janus further mature and develop."
Desjardins, 6-foot, 194-pounds, has played in 90 career AHL games, recording a 49-27-5 record, 2.34 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. He has played all his AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, including career-highs last season for games played with 45, wins with 29, minutes with 2,576, shutouts with six, goals-against average with 2.00 and tied his best for save percentage with .919.
Last season he led the AHL in goals-against average, ranked second in shutouts, fourth in wins and was tied for sixth in save percentage. His success earned him an appearance in the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic, in which he was named top goaltender during the skills competition, as well as landed him on the 2010 AHL Second All-Star Team following the season.