It was a a busy day in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization yesterday. It all stared early in the morning when the Barys Nur-Sultan announced signing of Eddie Pasquale. The former Tampa Bay Lightning and Syracuse Crunch player got a one year deal in the KHL.
Later that day, the Lightning announced acquiring the Nashville Predators 2021 seventh-round pick in exchange for goalie Connor Ingram.
Despite showing good numbers on the ice, Ingram had some off ice issues that led to this trade. There were a lot of rumours about what really happened before his assignment to the Orlando Solar Bears [Raw Charge]
Controversy came about, however, when Ingram was assigned to the Solar Bears. He was a healthy scratch for three Crunch games with Eddie Pasquale and Martin Ouellette playing instead just prior to his demotion to the ECHL. This all came after Ingram was having a fine year and was named to the 2019 AHL All-Star Team. When Ouellette went down with a broken leg, Ingram was recalled to the Crunch and reportedly had a talk with General Manager Julien BriseBois. After that, he was sent back to Orlando without playing for the Crunch.
After Pasquale’s leaving and trading Ingram, there are just two goalies under contract in the Lightning organization: Andrei Vasilevskiy and Louis Domingue. Geo wrote an article about current state of the goaltending in Tampa. [Raw Charge]
Prospect wise, the Lightning have Magnus Chrona, Ty Taylor, and Kristian Oldham. Taylor and Oldham are both NCAA goaltenders that have not gotten a chance to start at the NCAA level yet. Taylor was selected in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in the seventh round and spent last season with the University of New Hampshire. He played in eight games with an .855 SV%. He is not ready for the pro game.
The Lightning have also re-signed defenseman Cameron Gaunce to a one-year, two-way contract. Gaunce spent most of last season with the Syracuse Crunch and played two games for the Lightning [Raw Charge]
The re-signing of Gaunce is great news for Syracuse Crunch fans after seeing the departures today of Eddie Pasquale and Michael Bournival. Gaunce was as steady as they come for the Crunch providing leadership and mentorship to the younger defensemen on the roster. He is perfectly suited to be the 8th defenseman in the Lightning organization as someone that can fill-in for injuries in the NHL while being a top pairing AHL defenseman.
The Tampa Bay Lightning development camp is opening on June 25. The full schedule is available in the following tweet.
Book it!— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 14, 2019
The 2019 #BoltsDevCamp will open on Tuesday, June 25 and run through Saturday, June 29.
All sessions in Brandon are free and open to the public, we will have a 3v3 tourney, it will be streamed, andddd we don’t have the roster just yet. https://t.co/dcAUENB0MK
The Tampa Bay Lightning like drafting undersized players with high hockey IQ. They just don’t like to do it when that player is a defenseman. Considered by some to be the second best defender in the draft, Finnish blueliner Ville Heinola may be the one to change that history.
Syracuse Crunch forward Michael Bournival announced his retirement. He has been dealing with injuries for most of his professional career. [Raw Charge]
His injuries started with a concussion in Feburary of 2014 that kept him out for a month and a half. He also missed a month in November of 2014 with a shoulder injury. At the beginning of the 2015-16 season, Bournival was placed on IR for two months with an undisclosed injury that was believed to be concussion related before being activated, waived, and assigned to the AHL. After playing just 20 games during 2015-16, the Canadiens declined to tender a contract to Bournival as a restricted free agent.
Watching this athlete go about his business on a daily basis was inspiring. When I think about Michael I'll always remember his commitment and passion to the game. Wishing him nothing but the best in his next chapter! #Warrior #CrunchFamily https://t.co/W0wEt2CpvD— Jim Sarosy (@JimSarosy) June 14, 2019
The front office is already working on the goaltending situation in Syracuse
BriseBois said he's deep into working on Crunch goaltending needs for next year. He had no update on status of Lynch or Walcott, though— Syracuse Hockey (@syrhockey) June 14, 2019
The Crunch joined the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs to take a part in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb yesterday.
We’re honored to have been a part of the @nysfirechiefs #FIRE2019 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb today benefiting @NFFF_News and the FDNY Counseling Service Unit.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) June 14, 2019
To all the fire and emergency services members, thank you. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/dYtpePuLzP
Meanwhilem Mike McKenna is realizing that it’s already two years since the last appearance for the Crunch in the Calder Cup Finals.
Hard to believe it's been 2 years pic.twitter.com/N6C8KwJq3t— Mike McKenna (@MikeMcKenna56) June 14, 2019
So um Radko Guess is arguably better than Niskanen.... And now also apparently WAY cheaper?— Stephen Burtch (@SteveBurtch) June 14, 2019
Niskanen isn't atrocious and was once obviously superior. But he is clearly in decline. pic.twitter.com/2RJ21znWen
The New York Islanders signed forward Jordan Eberle to a 5-year deal.
$5.5 million AAV per season for Eberle. Five years. https://t.co/FSqxtqsbfP— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 14, 2019
SIGNING— dom luszczyszyn (@domluszczyszyn) June 14, 2019
Islanders: Jordan Eberle $5.5M x 5 years
A strong offensive play-driver, but defensively weak. Can be a bargain if he sees a bounce-back in production, but more likely that he's on the decline now. Still close to fair value, which is rare for a UFA. pic.twitter.com/fZqHlepTdH
The Buffalo Sabres hired Don Granato and Mike Bales as assistant coaches.
We have hired Don Granato and Mike Bales as assistant coaches. The pair joins assistant coach Steve Smith as members of Head Coach Ralph Krueger’s staff for the 2019-20 season.— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) June 14, 2019
Get more info: https://t.co/bekZIUx0Ar
The Buffalo Beauts also made a change on the coaching staff.
Buffalo Beauts name Pete Perram head coach https://t.co/a7bqyyVYiI— Mike Murphy (@DigDeepBSB) June 14, 2019
Orlando is hosting the PHPA Annual Meeting from June 17th to 21st
The #PHPAAnnualMeeting is much more than just a 4-day series of presentations by PHPA staff, mixed in with a hospitality suite, golf tournament, and reception banquet https://t.co/fZXpOhGqyi pic.twitter.com/VHOkxoqzTu— PHPA (@thephpa) June 14, 2019
It’s hard to believe that 25 years ago curses were exorcised and people could finally die happy. June 14th, 1994 the New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in a seven game grudge match to win the Stanley Cup, the Blueshirts’ first in 54 years. Every Rangers fan, no matter their age, has been impacted in some way by that 1994 team. For years that 1994 team has felt like a specter looming over the team. Especially as they spent the late 90s and early 00s tripping over themselves and their checkbook into the pit of obscurity.
The All-Time Greatest Calgary Flames Roster https://t.co/lA8rvOmhRj— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) June 13, 2019
A video for nostalgia enthusiasts.