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24 players are cut from the Bolts preseason roster, which will help forge team at the AHL level for the season ahead in Syracuse.

Defenseman Matt aormina was among the cuts by the Lightning on October 2nd.
Defenseman Matt aormina was among the cuts by the Lightning on October 2nd.
Scott Thomas

The season creeps closer for not just the Tampa Bay Lightning but for the Syracuse Crunch as well, and this gets illustrated by this afternoons roster reduction by the Lightning. The club announced that 24 players have been cut from the preseason roster. In fact, seven of those 24 players hit the waiver wire in order to be re-assigned.

Of note are the waiver needs for seven players reduced from the training camp roster, meaning they'll have to pass through waivers in order to be sent to the Syracuse Crunch or perhaps the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. The most notable of the group is Tanner Richard, who has drew attention during the 2015-16 AHL season with his 11 goals and 43 assists in 71 games played with the Crunch. He has never played at the NHL level in his three full seasons in professional hockey.  He made his pro debut in 2012-13 with eight games played with Syracuse, notching 3 assists during that stint.

Also placed on waivers along with Richard are forwards Tye McGinn, Michael Bournival, Mike Halmo, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Jeremy Morin and defenseman Matt Taormina.

The full press release from the Lightning of roster cuts (and there are more noteworthy ones than just the above seven) is below.

LIGHTNING REDUCE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY 24


TAMPA BAY -€” The Tampa Bay Lightning have reduced their training camp roster by 24 today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.  The Lightning now have 28 players remaining in their 2016 training camp. 

Below is a list of players cut as well as where they have been assigned:

FORWARDS (14)

No.

Name                        

HT 

WT   

DOB  

Born                          

Acquired                  

Assigned To

15

BOURNIVAL, Michael

5-11

194

5/31/1992

Shawinigan, Quebec

FA (7/1/16)

Syracuse (AHL)

37

DARCY, Cameron

6'0

183

3/2/1994

South Boston, Massachusetts

'14 Draft (7th Rd)

Syracuse (AHL)

73

ERNE, Adam

6'0

210

4/20/1995

New Haven, Connecticut

'13 Draft (2nd Rd)

Syracuse (AHL)

65

GOURDE, Yanni

5-9

167

12/15/1991

Quebec City, Quebec

FA (3/9/14)

Syracuse (AHL)

49

HALMO, Mike

5-10

205

5/15/1991

Kitchener, Ontario

FA (7/9/16)

Syracuse (AHL)

39

HART, Brian

6'2

214

11/25/1993

Cumberland, Maine

'12 Draft (2nd Rd)

Syracuse (AHL)

57

IKONEN, Henri

6-0

182

4/17/1994

Savonlinna, Finland

13 Draft (6th Rd)

Syracuse (AHL)

53

LETOURNEAU-LEBLOND, Pierre

6-1

210

6/4/1985

Levis, Quebec

FA (7/1/16)

Syracuse (AHL)

44

McGINN, Tye

6-3

205

7/29/1990

Fergus, Ontario

FA (7/21/15)

Syracuse (AHL)

33

MORIN, Jeremy

6-1

189

4/16/1991

Auburn, New York

FA (7/1/16)

Syracuse (AHL)

63

PECA, Matthew

5-8

155

4/27/1993

Petawawa, Ontario

11 Draft (7th Rd)

Syracuse (AHL)

38

RICHARD, Tanner

6-0

176

4/6/1993

Markham, Ontario

12 Draft (3rd Rd)

Syracuse (AHL)

67

STEPHENS, Mitchell

5'11

188

2/5/1997

Peterborough, Ontario

'15 Draft (2nd Rd)

Saginaw (OHL)

47

TAMMELA, Jonne

5'10

180

8/5/1997

Ylivieska, Finland

'15 Draft (4th Rd)

Peterborough (OHL)

DEFENSEMAN (8)

No.

Name                          

HT     

WT     

DOB     

Born                          

Acquired                        

Assigned To

72

BLUJUS, Dylan

6-3

202

1/22/1994

Buffalo, New York

12 Draft (2nd Rd)

Syracuse (AHL)

45

COMRIE, Adam

6-4

219

7/31/1990

Ottawa, Ontario

INVITEE

Syracuse (AHL)

59

DOTCHIN, Jake

6-3

212

3/24/1994

Cambridge, Ontario

12 Draft (6th Rd)

Syracuse (AHL)

74

MASIN, Dominik

6'1

192

2/1/1996

Mestec Kralove, Czech Rep.

'14 Draft (2nd Rd)

Syracuse (AHL)

20

TAORMINA, Matt

5-10

182

10/20/86

Warren, Michigan

FA (7/1/15)

Syracuse (AHL)

56

THOMAS, Ben

6'2

184

5/28/1996

Calgary, Alberta

'14 Draft (4th Rd)

Syracuse (AHL)

75

WALCOTT, Daniel

5'11

165

2/19/1994

Ile Perrot, Quebec

Trade from NYR

Syracuse (AHL)

21

WISNIEWSKI, James

5-11

203

2/21/1984

Canton, Michigan

INVITEE

Released from Tryout

GOALTENDERS (2)

No.

Name                          

HT 

WT   

DOB       

Born                          

Acquired                      

Assigned To

35

RIOPEL, Nicola

6-0

185

2/20/1989

Beloeil, Quebec

INVITEE

Syracuse (AHL)

32

WILCOX, Adam

6'0

171

11/26/1992

South St. Paul, Minnesota

'11 Draft (6th Rd)

Syracuse (AHL)