Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bolts News 10/6

Teddy Purcell is projected to dress in Saturday's opener against Atlanta after suffering a charley horse last Friday in an exhibition contest.

He skated before Tuesday's practice after being forced to sit out Monday's session.

Dominic Moore skated Tuesday for the first time since Sept. 24 and is progressing well from a groin injury.
Now his status has been upgraded for Saturday's opener, as he may be ready to play against the Thrashers after all. The Lightning may still decide to rest him if he is not completely healthy, but he has not been ruled out of participating.

Johan Harju has been sent down to the minors.
Harju played in four preseason games with the Lightning. He had four goals and 18 points in 55 KHL games last season.

Chris Durno has been reassigned to AHL Norfolk.
Durno cleared waivers in September, but he stayed with the Tampa Bay Lightning until Tuesday. Durno had eight points and 47 penalty minutes in 41 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season.

Cedrick Desjardins has been reassigned to AHL Norfolk.
This comes as no surprise as the Lightning already have veteran goaltenders Dan Ellis and Mike Smith. Desjardins dealt with some abdominal and groin problems during training camp.

Mathieu Roy has been placed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Roy had 10 points in 31 NHL games last season. He isn't expected to have any fantasy value in 2010-11.

Eric Perrin will not be offered a contract by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Perrin took part in the Lightning's training camp on a tryout basis, but he failed to make the team. Perrin spent last season with the KHL's Omsk Avangard and we wouldn't be surprised if he signs with a European squad again this season.

Mattias Ritola has been claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland placed Ritola on waivers, saying Ritola didn't do enough to make the team. Ritola had 19 goals and 42 points in 73 games last season.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher doesn't plan to decide his starter for Saturday's season opener until Friday.
"I like to see how the guys do during the week," Boucher said. Regardless of who Boucher ends up picking, Mike Smith or Dan Ellis will probably both get chances to prove themselves in October as they fight for the starting job.

Randy Jones (thumb fracture) returned to practice on Monday.
It was the first time he skated with his teammates since fracturing his right thumb on Sept. 23 at Edmonton. "It felt pretty good," said Jones, who believes he will be ready for Saturday's regular-season opener. "I was handling the puck a lot more, shooting more, doing some battle drills and stuff, so for the most part I was very pleased."

Vincent Lecavalier missed practice on Monday due to a contusion on his left foot.
He took a puck off his foot during Saturday's preseason finale against Florida and said he wanted to practice, but was held out for precautionary measures. It sounds like he'll be ready for Saturday's opener against Atlanta, but we'll let you know if anything changes.

A lot of these players really had no choice making the roster. A lot of them have promise such as Ritola, Roy, and Harju but did not show enough in the pre-season to make the team or have been reassigned to Norfolk. The good news is that Lecavalier is trying to become an Elite NHL player again. He has all the ability to become a great player again, but he has to get a hold of the puck and needs to put it in the back of the net. Lecavalier has not had a dominating season since the year he won the Art Ross. He will need to hook up with Stamkos on the power play to help with his stats this season. Also I feel as if Dan Ellis will be the starting goalie come opening night due to the fact they traded for him during the draft in order to start, not to be the back up. Also Dominic Moore skating and being close back to 100% is a good sign for the depth along the center position. 


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    very concise

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  4. I agree with that guy up there.. I can't wait for hockey haha. Go Pens. <3

  5. Hell ya hockey!

    Wings'll kick your asses!

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  7. i like the hokey sport

  8. Lol havent seen a hockey article in a loooooong time!

  9. lold verry interesting man