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Lightning Round: Cory Conacher returned to and then recalled from Syracuse Crunch (Update)

Is Alex Killorn on his way back to the lineup?

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TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 23: Cory Conacher #89 of the Tampa Bay Lightning gets ready for the game against the Anaheim Ducks at Amalie Arena on November 23, 2019 in Tampa, Florida.
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On Wednesday morning, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that they had reassigned forward Cory Conacher back to the Syracuse Crunch. The move brings the Bolts active roster down to 22 players, 12 forwards, eight defensemen, and two goaltenders. With only 12 forwards on the roster and the Lightning getting ready to play tomorrow at home against the Minnesota Wild.

This likely means that winger Alex Killorn will be back in the lineup for the first time since November 29th against the Washington Capitals, that’s two games missed. Now, Conacher didn’t play on Tuesday’s win over the Nashville Predators as the Lightning opted for an 11/7 lineup, so it’s not guaranteed Killorn is back from injury just yet, we’ll have to see morning skate lineups today to confirm that.

The Lightning might not have needed Conacher’s duties on Tuesday night, but the Crunch definitely did last night against the Charlotte Checkers. The reigning Calder Cup Champions steamrolled over the Crunch, beating them 5-1 in the weeknight game. Syracuse was only able to muster 18 shots on goal in the game, with Charlotte getting 34 on Spencer Martin.

Now that the main headlines are out of the way, on to some of the other news from the day.

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Geo wrote the recap for the aforementioned Lightning game against the Predators. It spoke about special teams and adapting to win a game. I recommend reading it ahead of tonight’s game against Minnesota, who is also a tough team to play a fast-paced style against.

Geo also touched on Ryan Johansen’s elbow on Brayden Point. The NHL Department of Player Safety released a ruling on the play. A fine.

Igor is staying hot on the translation front with his second translation of Alex Volkov’s interview with Sport24. This one talks about Volkov’s move to North America and all the things that were happening to him in that transition.

Hugo Alnefelt is a Tampa Bay Lightning third round pick from the 2019 draft and he will most likely be representing Sweden in the World Junior Championships. He is one of the three goalies on the preliminary camp roster. Lauren will have much more on him in the next month as she goes all in on the tournament.

Speaking of Lauren, she launched a website on Tuesday night, limitlessmedia.ca, for her fourth year practicum project in university. She is “dedicated to telling the stories of diverse individuals in the sport media industry,” and she started off by interviewing both myself and our internet mom Achariya. You can ignore mine and go straight to Acha’s. These are very important stories to tell, to read, and to share, and I hope everyone supports Lauren in this amazing initiative.

Elsewhere in the NHL, Elliotte Friedman broke the news that the NHL is drafting up a Code of Conduct for their employees. I highly recommend reading what Elliotte has to say about the whole situation, it answers a lot of questions. I just hope it goes a lot better than Hockey is for Everyone.

Update:

After being returned to Syracuse yesterday, the Lightning recalled Cory Conacher this morning. This suggests that possibly Alex Killorn isn’t ready to return tonight. The move to send him down was probably more of a paper transaction than a real transaction with the goal of saving a little bit of cap space and preventing Conacher from accruing another day toward waiver eligibility. Conacher makes the same salary in the AHL and NHL so the move had not affect on his actual earnings.