That’s a foreign concept to the Tampa Bay Lightning and their fans. The Bolts are just grasping the need for depth and beginning to acquire it. Now, to tell them their blueline is too deep is likely to daze and confuse them.
The notion of excessive prospects in the Tampa Bay organization is a rare one, but it is a challenge that the team is currently experiencing and one that could case a major traffic jam in the system. A shared affiliation, enough veterans to fill the big club and a few too many defensive prospects has gotten the Bolts in quite a predicament that will have to be rectified–soon.
Due to the dual affiliation between Phoenix and Tampa Bay, the Lightning can only place ten prospects with their AHL affiliate in Springfield. The rest will have to go down to the ECHL and even the UHL. Last season, this situation would have been ideal for the baby Bolts, who played much of the season with virtually half a team. As GM Rick Dudley trudges on with Tampa Bay’s rebuilding process, he continues to add quality prospects to the system, hence our dilemma.
For the first time in the Davidson era, the Lightning are able to fill their blueline with–get this–NHL-quality players. Of course they don’t have a Stevens or a Pronger or even a Hamrlik, but they are not playing with three and four rookies either, as they were forced to do in past years. Off-season additions have pushed the rookies down the depth chart to the minor leagues, where they belong.
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First, transactions that have taken place between the Blue Jackets and their AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch. The Jackets have reassigned goaltender Karl Goehring to Syracuse(from Dayton). Goehring, finished up his NCAA career last season, posting an 80-20-13 record in the NCAA ranks, setting a new record. Goehring replaces Gardner, who is reassigned to Dayton.
Columbus has returned forward Mathieu Darche to Syracuse of the AHL after being called up on November 1st. Darche tallied for one goal (1-0-1) in 7 games with the Jackets.
Defenseman Darrel Scoville is still expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a 3rd Degree shoulder separation a few weeks ago.
Stats as of Thursday, November 22nd
Mathieu Darche(LW) – Darche was just recently relocated to Syracuse after an unsuccessful stint with the Jackets. Darche had 7 points (6-1-7) in 9 games before being recalled. What has he done since being returned? About as much as I have in Syracuse…nothing. He’s only played 2 games since his return, but has yet to put up any points.
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The Pittsburgh Forge had a very busy 3 game week playing a rare Wednesday
night road game in Cleveland and hosting the USA National Under-17 Team in a
Forge 5 Cleveland 8 :
The Forge trailed 6-2 after 2 periods with Carson Strang and Andy Cote
netting goals. In the third Ken Trombetta netted his sixth goal of the
season to cut the deficit to 6-3. Andy Cote and Carson Strang both added
their second goals of the game, but the rally wouldn’t be enough. The Barons
scored a late goal and added an empty net score with a little over a minute
left. The newest Forge acquisition, Larry Sterling, relieved starter Tim
Heneroty and stopped 17 of 19.
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The long-anticipated arrival has occured, and the results have been very promising. The Manchester Monarchs finished their extended season-beginning road trip with a dismal record of
2-8-2. The team’s new arena, the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH, was christened on November 16, 2001 with a renewing of the Monarchs-Lock Monster rivalry. Before the first game puck was dropped, the Monarchs and Kings’ banners were raised to the rafters. Then the Monarchs and the fans paid tribute to our every day local heroes, the police and fire department, who unfurled a huge American flag that covered almost the entire space between the blue lines, which the Lock Monsters and Monarchs lined, and received a long and well-deserved standing ovation. A lengthy moment of silence was held in memory of Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis, both of whom were scouts with the LA Kings organization, and the thousands of others who lost or gave their lives in the September 11th tragedies in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. All 27 teams in the AHL have dedicated the 2001-02 season in their memory. Rene Rancourt serenaded the masses with a dramatic rendition of the national anthem… and then it was game time.
The Monarchs began the season in the Lock Monsters’ arena, and had lost to them twice in their 14-game journey on the road. The tables were turned, however, on that night of firsts for the Monarchs and their fans. They soundly beat the Lock Monsters, 3-1, in the home opener. The first goal ever to be scored in the VWA was by Monarchs defenseman, Joe Corvo. Read more»
Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))
Hainsey remains unable to play. He suffered a wrist injury on October 24th, and could return to action within the next few days. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 7 games. He has 6 points (3-3-6), and is +3 with 6 minutes in penalties.
Mike Ribeiro -C (Drafted-98(2/45))
Riberio managed 3 points through 3 games since our last update. His best offensive game came against St. John. He scored 1 goal and added 1 assist during the 3-2 win. Overall, the shifty center has played 12 AHL games. He has 12 points (5-7-12), and is +7 with 18 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay, while another was scored shorthanded. He’s also directed 29 shots on goal.
Michael Ryder -W (Drafted-98(8/216))
Ryder was shutout through 3 games this week. Overall, the 6’1″, 195-lbs winger has played 13 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is +2 with 2 minutes in penalties. He’s also managed 13 shots on goal.
Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))
Chouinard was shutout through 3 games this week, and is currently on a season-high 3-game scoreless streak. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs forward has played 18 games. He has 18 points (7-11-18), and is +3 with 2 minutes in penalties. He also has a team leading 52 shots on goal.
Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))
Beauchemin scored 1 goal through 2 games since our last update. Overall, the 6’0″, 201-lbs defenseman has played 7 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is -1 with 8 minutes in penalties Read more»