Lightning Final Cuts, Opening Night Roster Set






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.


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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2 comments on “Lightning Final Cuts, Opening Night Roster Set
  1. Anonymous says:

    Way to go Connolly ………….. I am so proud of you……………. Holly

  2. Steve and Cheryl says:

    Way to go Brett we are real happy for you……steve and cheryl

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