By Ken Peacock
The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their roster to the league maximum of 23 today by sending winger Dana Tyrell to the Norfolk Admirals. Former Admirals Matias Ritola and Blair Jones both made the big club as did prospect, Brett Connolly. This is an opportunity for Connolly to shine. He has 9 games to show the coaching staff why he should stay in Tampa. After the nine games Connolly will either stay with the club or will be returned to his junior team for the remainder of the season.”It’s exciting,” said Connolly, “It’s every kid’s dream to play in the NHL. I still have to prove myself in my first nine games.”
Dana Tyrell has to be disappointed in being sent down to the AHL, but this was the only logical choice for the Lightning. Tyrell was the only player that did not have to clear waivers. “I have no doubt that he’s disappointed,” GM Steve Yzerman said of Tyrell. “I’m sure he’s not happy with it. But right now, and I explained to Dana our logic, is we want to see Brett Connolly. He’s earned the right and the things he does on the ice is a need that we have, so we want to see if he can play.” The telephone will surely ring for Tyrell once more, but until then the Admirals will be happy to welcome him onboard.
The Lightning and Admirals are pretty much set in their rosters and will open the season on Friday October 7. Get your tickets now and support the clubs as the race begins for the cup.