Fadden, Mitch

Fadden No Longer a Bolt Prospect

The Tampa Tribune is reporting Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden, who was put on unconditional waivers this week, had his contract terminated by the Lightning yesterday after he cleared waivers.

"We notified Mitch that he was put on unconditional waivers with the intent of terminating his contract, and after he cleared, we wrote our letter to notify him that we are doing just that,'' Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tribune. "And for us, that's all done. We sent our letter informing that the contract has been terminated. So on our end, it's all done and he is off our roster.''

Fadden was arrested in British Columbia and charged with impaired driving, failing to provide a breath sample, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and obstructing a peace officer.

He is in B.C. undergoing treatment for a blood clot he suffered while playing for ECHL Florida. Fadden was leading the ECHL in scoring when he was forced out of the lineup with the ailment.

Fadden, a 2007 fourth round pick of the Bolts, had character questions in his junior career with Seattle and Lethbridge, but appeared to have turned things around recently.

Mitch Fadden on Unconditional Waivers

RDS reported earlier today Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden is on unconditional waivers today. Fadden, who hasn't played since January 7 due to a blot clot in his leg, will have his contract terminated, said Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times. Yzerman told Cristodero the move to put Fadden on waivers was due to "off-ice issues" and neither the Lightning GM nor Fadden's agent would comment further.

A report in the Salmon Arm Observer stated Fadden was arrested in early March for driving intoxicated, among other charges, in Salmon Arm, B.C.

Fadden was home in B.C. while taking blood thinning medication.

ECHL Game Night: 3/13/11

Greenville Road Warriors 6 @ Florida Everblades 3
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out until at least April - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 11-13-24, -9, 31 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus: Loss, 20 saves on 23 shots
Season totals: 26 GP, 11-12-0-0, 3.15 GAA, .911 sv%, 0 SO

Janus filled in for starter Bobby Goepfert in the first period, down 3-0. Newly acquired forward Brad Snetsinger, a former Windsor Spitfire, had all three goals for Florida. Hutchings now has points in six of his last eight games.

Florida is now three points back of South Carolina for fourth in the East, but just one ahead of Elmira and Wheeling. The Everblades are three points ahead of ninth place Cincinnati.

ECHL Game Night: 3/12/11

Greenville Road Warriors 3 @ Florida Everblades 4 (OT)
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out until at least April - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 40 GP, 11-12-23, -10, 31 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus: Did not play (backup)
Season totals: 25 GP, 11-12-0-0, 3.03 GAA, .913 sv%, 0 SO

Hutchings’ 11th goal of the season, scored shorthanded, gave Florida a brief 2-1 lead midway through the third period. Greenville scored just 14 seconds later to make it 2-2. Greenville fought back from a 3-2 deficit with the game-tying goal with under two minutes to go, but the Everblades got a goal from Matt Beca in overtime for the win. Jaroslav Janus watched from the bench in his first game back from AHL Norfolk. Former Lightning draftee Dusty Collins, who started the game on a line with Hutchings, was scoreless in his Everblades debut. Florida sits in fifth in the Eastern Conference, two points back of South Carolina for fourth, but just five points ahead of Cincinnati, who is ninth.

ECHL Game Night: 3/5/11

South Carolina Stingrays 0 @ Florida Everblades 2
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 10-12-22, -10, 31 PIM

The Blades snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over South Carolina at home. Goalie, Bobby Geopfert stopped 28 shots for the shutout. Florida is at home next Saturday and Sunday for two games with Greenville.

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