Tyrell, Dana

Lightning Reduce Training Camp Roster by Four

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their training camp roster by four today, assigning forwards Chris Durno and Johan Harju, as well as goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League and releasing forward Eric Perrin from his tryout, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

(BP Note: With this latest news, it's apparent prospect Dana Tyrell has made the Lightning roster for opening night. Congratulations, Dana!)

NHL Preseason Game Night: 10/2/10 Panthers at Lightning

A business-like rout of an inferior team at home. Nice.

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Mike Smith allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots. I feel like after two strong starts that Smitty has won the opening night starting job.

First Period
FLA 13:51, Santorelli 1 (Weaver, Allen)

Second Period
TB 4:32, Lecavalier 1 (PP) (St. Louis)
TB 7:22, Stamkos 1 (Downie, St. Louis)
TB 9:20, Stamkos 2 (PP) (Lecavalier, Kubina)

Third Period
TB 7:44, Bergenheim 1 (Perrin, Vernace)

Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, and Vincent Lecavalier were the game's three stars. All is right with the universe. The Lightning outshot the Panthers 40-21 in the victory.

Johan Harju was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 11:14.

Dana Tyrell had 2 shots and 2 hits in 13:39.

Michael Vernace had an assist and was +1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 15:12.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/23/10 Lightning at Oilers

Yeah, we at BoltProspects always liked Magnus Paajarvi in his draft year.

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Dan Ellis allowed 5 goals on 21 shots for the loss. Ugly stat line.

First Period
TB 4:33, Jones 1 (Purcell, Persson)
EDM 15:09, Paajarvi 1 (Belle, Plante)
EDM 18:34, Cogliano 1 (PP) (Foster, Paajarvi)

Second Period
EDM 6:50, Paajarvi 2 (PP) (Penner, Plante)

Third Period
EDM 7:57, Hall 1 (PP) (unassisted)
EDM 9:52, Paajarvi 3 (SH) (Foster)
TB 17:19, Ashton 1 (PP) (Wright, Clark)

Not an entirely surprising outcome, I suppose, considering Edmonton had most of its regular skaters going against the Lightning's lower liners, AHLers, and prospects. The only thing really concerning is to allow 5 goals on 21 shots in that scenario. Still, I wouldn't read much into tonight unless they get blown out in Calgary against the Fighting Feasters on Saturday with most of the regulars in.

Carter Ashton had 1 goal and was +1 with 1 shot and a slashing minor in 13:26. I'm of the opinion it would behoove the Lightning to, at the very least, use the 9 game tryout on Ashton. If he can stick on the team and develop over the course of the year, he could give the Lightning a lot of roster flexibility in February.

Brett Connolly was even with 1 shot in 12:13. I think he'll get a contract and then be ushered away to Prince George fairly soon.

Radko Gudas was even with 1 shot in 13:51. I doubt he makes it past the first round of cuts. He needs to get stronger and he needs some seasoning in Norfolk.

Johan Harju was -1 with 1 shot in 13:20. He got more ice time than the 9:30 Linus Omark got for the Oilers. I expect him to be on the bubble another week.

Blair Jones was -1 in 12:53. He could not duplicate what he did against the Hawks, which is the story of Blair's pro career. Probably on the bubble another week.

Vladimir Mihalik was -1 with 1 shot and a hooking minor in 16:43. He might survive the first round of cuts, but I doubt he survives the second.

Niklas Persson had 1 assist and was +1 with 2 shots in 16:09. Niklas seems to be on track to make the team. In fact, he might be the first of the bubble guys to move into the safe column.

Dana Tyrell was even with 2 shots in 14:02. He'll stay on the bubble another week, I think.

Michael Vernace was -1 with 1 shot in 22:02. He got a ton of ice time given Boucher's familiarity with him, but he was awful, by all accounts.

Box score from Yahoo! Sports.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/21/10 Lightning at Stars

So far so good.

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Dan Ellis stopped 17 of 19 shots for the win.

First Period
TB 4:44, Hall 1 (Tyrell, Thompson)

Second Period
TB 6:31, Moore 1 (Malone, Jackson)

Third Period
DAL 1:19, Gagnon 1 (Vincour, Sutherby)
TB 3:39, Hall 2 (Tyrell, Jackson)
DAL 7:17, Larsen 1 (Vincour, Gagnon)
TB 10:55, Ohlund 1 (Purcell, Harju)

Adam Hall and Dana Tyrell were the game's first and third stars, respectively.

Nicklas Persson was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:35.

Johan Harju had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 15:24.

Tyrell had 2 assists and was +2 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:04.

Michael Vernace was even with 2 hits in 24:41.

Scott Jackson had 2 assists and was +2 with 2 hits and a fighting major in 16:27.

Richard Panik was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 15:27.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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