UPDATE: The Tampa Bay Lightning have officially announced the signing. From the team press release:
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Sebastien Caron to a one-year, one-way contract, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Caron will be placed on waivers today and would clear tomorrow at noon.
Caron, 31, has played in 49 games this season with the Iserlohn Roosters of the German Elite League, posting a 25-23-0 record with a 2.57 goals against average and 0.932 save percentage. The 6-foot-1, 184-pound goaltender ranked second in the league in save percentage and ninth in goals against average. Caron notched five shutouts during the season, which also ranked second in the league.
Several sources, including Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune and Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times, have reported that the Lightning have signed goaltender Sebastien Caron for the remainder of this season. Caron has been playing in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, with the Iserlohn Roosters. For a time the Roosters official website had an announcement on their front page, but that has since been taken down. There has been no official word from the team.
Who is Sebastien Caron? (The following information comes from eliteprospects.com, one of the better sites for information about European players.)
Thirty-one years old, born in Quebec, drafted in 1999 by the Pittbsurgh Penguins (3rd Rd-86th). Listed at 6'1" and 172 lbs.
Their scouting notes:
Has pretty good size for the goalie position. Has good mobility. Tends to lose focus in games. (EP 2008)
After the jump, Caron's career statistics and more about what this could mean for the Lightning.
In most cases, players who play in other leagues after the NHL season begins must pass through waivers, but as in the Marty Turco case a few weeks ago, Caron would not be eligible to play for any team other than the Lightning, and so no one is likely to pick him up. He would be ineligible for the playoffs in all cases.
Earlier, Erik Erlendsson answered a question via Twitter about the way the timing would break down:
@VAPuckHead He'll go on waivers Monday, clear Tuesday, practice with team on Wednesday, eligible to play on Thursday, if all goes as planned— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssontrib) March 18, 2012
The speculation--again, there has been no official word from the team--is that this move allows Dustin Tokarski to return to the Norfolk Admirals and compete in their run for the Calder Cup.
We will update you as more information becomes available and the details are firmed.