“Something Peca and Erne have going for them in getting called up is that both of them will become waiver eligible after this season. At some point, the front office needs to see them play in some more NHL games to get a better idea of if they should be traded over the summer or if they have a good chance of making the roster out of training camp next fall.”
Re: Brown, #TBLightning Yzerman said he wanted roster flexibility to, “when the time comes,” recall players who are excelling in Syracuse— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) January 13, 2018
The Bolts also swapped goalies yesterday. Louis Domingue has been sent down to the AHL, with Connor Ingram being recalled. [Raw Charge]
“With the Lightning on break this week, they took advantage of a rather busy Crunch schedule and reassigned Domingue to Syracuse. This will allow the goalie to get some consistent playtime time, and will also give the current number one in Syracuse, Connor Ingram, time to rest. Ingram has played in every game since Domingue’s recall.”
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?! Matthew Esteves and I will have a Charged Up podcast talking about all these moves (among other things) ready for you soon.
Ondrej Palat recently did an interview with Czech journalist Josef Cafourek of NHL.com/CS. The two discussed a variety of topics, all of which have been translated into english thanks to Igor Nikonov (@nikonov_igor) of Raw Charge. [Raw Charge]
“We probably thought we will make the playoffs automatically, after the seasons when we played at the Stanley Cup and the Eastern Conference Finals. But it didn’t happen and now we know how much work it takes. We should show a balanced game during the whole regular season.”
Hockey, Florida, outdoors. Apparently, this is happening. [Tampa Bay Times]
“Tampa is a strong candidate to host an outdoor game at Raymond James Stadium, with the Lightning and the league believing it’s a matter of when, not if, that will happen. The NHL will announce its sites for the 2020 and 2021 outdoor games this summer.”
Louis Domingue made his way down to Syracuse and promptly recorded a shutout against the Rochester Americans for the Crunch’s eighth win in a row. [Auburn Pub]
“A pair of rookies paced the Crunch offense. Mitchell Stephens and Mathieu Joseph each finished with a goal and two assists... Adam Erne and Alexander Volkov each scored once for the Crunch, while Carter Verhaeghe and Matthew Peca each chipped in one assist.”
Orange jerseys yay!
Nic Riopel and Louis Domingue used to be teammates back in junior. Yesterday, the two were able to be teammates again. #Partners
Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk both had big nights for the Soo in their thrilling 7-4 win over Mississauga. As a Steelheads fan, I was feeling less and less thrilled as the game winded down. Full game reports for all Lightning prospects from Bolt Prospects as always. [Bolt Prospects]
“The Wonder Twins combined for First and Second Star honors as the Greyhounds put up a touchdown on the Steelheads. Raddysh scored twice and added three assists, and Katchouk notched three helpers of his own to lead the most potent offense in OHL. Linemate Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) tacked on two scores of his own.”
Milan Lucic nearly died last night when an errand skate nearly cut his jugular. Scary stuff. BE SAFE, KIDS!
Phillip Danault was not as lucky, as he took a Zdeno Chara skapshot to the head. He would have to be stretchered off the ice. Terrifying. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
“He seemed to be alert the whole time and was moving all extremities, but the medical staff took no chances in getting him off the ice safely. Hopefully the attention turnd out to just have been precautionary and Danault will return in short order. UPDATE: Danault has been transported to hospital for further tests.”
Really scary moment. Phillip Danault barely moved after taking the puck to the head. pic.twitter.com/6ELvdk6DqD— Jared Book (@jaredbook) January 14, 2018
“Jack Johnson, citing a dramatically diminished role this season and a desire to better position himself for free agency in the summer, has asked the Blue Jackets to be traded, sources have confirmed to The Athletic.” - Aaron Portzline, The Athletic
Lots of great (real) news and thoughts from the Hockey Night in Canada panel during last night’s broadcast. They covered a wide range of topics.
Headlines: Jack Johnson, Montreal, Ottawa, Hedman, Koekkoek, Rielly/McEvoy, Rangers, Paul Martin -- https://t.co/z99okyLLBX— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 14, 2018
Highlight of the Night: Mathew Barzal had a five-point night before I even got out of bed. Don’t judge me, you’re not my parent. [Lighthouse Hockey]