Lightning Make Major Cuts, Admirals Roster Fills Out

By Ken Peacock

Earlier this afternoon the Lightning placed seven players on waivers. Mike Angelidis, Michel Ouellet, JT Wyman, Alex Picard, Trevor Smith, Richard Petiot, and Mike Vernace will all report to Norfolk if they are not picked up by any  other team. Later on this afternoon, Steve Yzerman and the coaching staff were tasked with making more cuts.

Twenty more players were cut, released, and assigned to Norfolk. Goalies – Dustin Tokarski, Jaroslav Janus, and Pat Nagel; Forwards – Carter Ashton, Richard Panik, Alex Hutchings, James Wright, Tyler Johnson, Cory Conacher, Matt Fornataro, Eric Neilson, Gabriel Desjardins, Philip-Michael Devos, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, and Ondrej Palat; Defenseman – Mark Barberio, Radko Gudas, Jeff Dimmen, and Kevin Quick. Defenseman Daniel Milkan,  who recently signed a three-year entry-level contract, was released to Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

So this leaves 26 players left with the Lightning. Tampa Bay will need to cut at least four more players before the beginning of the season. That leaves six players on the bubble fighting for the remaining roster spots. Matias Ritola had a very good games Saturday night and showed the coaching staff why he should remain. Joining him are Brett Connolly, Blair Jones, Tom Pyatt, and Dana Tyrell. With two more pre-season games remaining they will need to put on the performance of a lifetime. Could this be Blair Jones’ time? We will soon find out.

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I'm not the average hockey nut. It took a bit to grow, but when it did it was like a drug flowing in my veins. I am a season ticket holder of the Norfolk Admirals, longtime supporter of the Washington Capitals, and part time supporter of the Anaheim Ducks (It's hard, but it can be done). My blog is a result of the lack of good sources of Admirals information and happenings. Our paper provides very weak coverage and there is only so much the Admirals themselves can do. There are not to many blogs that cover the Admirals, and when they do it is just rehashed information from the club, the AHL. Nine times out of ten the blogger doesn't even live in the area or go to the games. So what do I want to do? Hmm...good question. I would use this as an outlet for getting out information about the Admirals. Not necessarily the information provided by official channels, but news and information from a fans point of view. Hopefully this is something I can accomplish. I am open to criticism, comments, contributions of infomation for the site. Thank You and Welcome......

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