Canucks and Beyond
Entries with the tag: tampa bay lightning
A few weeks ago, Vancouver decided they didn’t have much need for Matt Pettinger and so he was sent down to the Manitoba Moose. But injuries over the weekend have left the Canucks with only 10 forwards ready to ice for tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and so they sought to bring Pettinger (and Kyle Wellwood) back up from the minors.
However, this morning Pettinger was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning. From TSN:
The Tampa Bay Lightning made a minor shuffle to their roster on Tuesday, claiming forward Mike Pettinger off re-entry waivers from the Vancouver Canucks and placing winger Jason Ward on waivers.
Assuming Wellwood clears waivers, he’ll be playing in place of Pavol Demitra tonight.
Update 9:55am PT: The TSN link above confirms that Wellwood cleared waivers today.
Update 11:10am PT: Jason Krog has been recalled to the Canucks as well.
While the blogosphere’s hockey opinionistas seem largely intent on condemning the moves out of Tampa Bay over the last couple days, I’ve been thinking how much bloody fun I’d be having if I was a Lightning fan right about now.
No defense? No problem! No goalie? Who needs ‘em! As Baroque commented on this post earlier: “Maybe they plan on winning all their games 10-8.” Indeed. And how can a 10-8 game not be a good time?
Alright, so we’d have to be kidding about that last part (a bit) but a team building up offense is a great thing for fans. And what’s more, it seems that new team-owner-slash-Hollywood-producer Oren Koules is having a lot of fun doing it.