Helbling Recalled

The Springfield Falcons report that Timo Helbling was recalled by the Lighning today. Timo, as Lightning fans should remember, started the season on the Lightning's roster but lost his spot to Paul Ranger early on.

This casts an eerie shadow over the team. It's common place for a team, with nothing to play for, calls up prospects late in the season... With the Lightning in the thick of the playoff hunt and injuries to their top defensivemen, their hand has been forced and warm bodies are a necessity on defense.

It can be argued about Helbling's promotion however. Timo is a -22 with Springfield this season. He does have 21 points over 60 games but that negative plus/minus looks monstrous right now. The alternative selection for promotion would be Gerard Dicaire, who's medical condition seriously hurt his chances with the Bolts during training camp. In Dicaire's 39 games with Springfield, he's notched 1 goal with 7 assists. He's also a -4...

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