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This & That: On Smith, DiPietro vs. Johnson, Lightning Announcements, Caps’ Playoff Hopes and More

Introducing This & That. a feature set aside for those days when my brain is incapable of any smooth transition from one thought to another. Instead, a random spattering of things I’m thinking, items I meant to include elsewhere but may have forgotten and miscellaneous ramblings that may otherwise have no defined category or forum for inclusion.

(Plus, this way, I never have to use the term “hodgepodge” again.)

Off we go:

—-“If Smitty gets claimed, it’s good for him. If he doesn’t, he goes down and plays for us down there. We want to get him playing.” – Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, on recently waived netminder Mike Smith.

To the first point, absolutely. As far back as late last season, I was wondering whether or not Smith might be better off with a fresh start. Amid flashes of brilliance, Smith has struggled consistently throughout his tenure in Tampa and had all kinds of promise stifled by injuries. This year, despite unsightly statistics, some in scouting circles have seen reason for optimism in his game, giving new life to the idea that he might somehow flourish in a new situation.

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Three’s Company in Tampa Nets - For Now

For now, the Tampa Bay Lightning will roll on with three goaltenders.

But with Dwayne Roloson now in the fold, joining Dan Ellis and a still mending Mike Smith after Saturday’s trade with the New York Islanders, eventually, something will have to give.

Early indications seem to suggest Smith, who is close to returning from a recent knee injury, is the most logical odd man out for a variety of reasons, despite significant improvement in his play prior to getting hurt.

In the final year of a contract that carries a cap hit of $2.2-million dollars, it would make sense for the Lightning to try and deal Smith for whatever value the team could find before he hits unrestricted free agency at season’s end. That won’t exactly come easy, however, with the bottom line remaining some very unattractive numbers this year and overall statistics that have actually worsened consistently as the team in front of him has improved over the last three seasons. Add to that a history of injuries (Smith has appeared in less than half of Tampa’s games since the start of the 2008-09) and an unsavory dollar number for the kind of inconsistency he’s shown and it becomes awfully difficult to imagine logical trade scenarios involving the former Dallas Star.

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The Bolts Beat, 1/3/11: Roloson in the Mix, Odd Goalie Out, the Last Word on Spin-o-Rama Gate & More

In the first installment of The Bolts Beat for 2011, Jon, Mike and Mark give their thoughts on Tampa Bay’s addition of goaltender Dwayne Roloson and why the deal was made now. Later, things get a little spicy when the conversation turns to what it likely means for Dan Ellis and/or Mike Smith.

Also, the guys give their thoughts on the stellar NHL debut of yet another goalie, Cedrick Desjardins, and discuss how he might fit into the Lightning’s future plans.

And, finally - no, really, for the last time - the gang reluctantly entertains the controversy that should never have been over Steven Stamkos’ penalty shot goal against Montreal.

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All that, plus more (including a special announcement!) after the jump…

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  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, dan+ellis, denis+savard, dwayne+roloson, linus+omark, mike+smith, steve+yzerman, steven+stamkos

Lightning Land Roloson from Islanders

As NYI Point Blank‘s Chris Botta first reported, the Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Ty Wishart.

The Tampa Tribune‘s Erik Erlendsson and others have since confirmed.

Roloson joins Dan Ellis, the injured Mike Smith and upstart rookie Cedrick Desjardins (1st star in tonight’s win over the Rangers and 2-0-0 with two goals against in two starts) in Tampa’s goaltending ranks.

Four’s a crowd.

[UPDATE: According to ESPN 1040’s Mike Corcoran, Desjardins will be returned to AHL Norfolk.]

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Desjardins Leads Lightning Past Canadiens in NHL Debut

A little pre-game surprise added to the excitement and anticipation for tonight’s game between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning as goaltender Cedrick Desjardins was announced late as the Lightning’s starter, making his NHL debut against the organization with which he spent parts of four seasons before coming to Tampa Bay in an off-season trade.

Lightning head coach Guy Boucher insisted, however, that his decision on a goaltender for tonight’s game had nothing to do with a Desjardins vs. Montreal scenario. Rather, it was quite the opposite.

“That was the right time because our streak was over,” Boucher said of a Lightning run of six wins in seven games and points in eight straight prior to Tuesday’s loss to Boston. “I almost didn’t start him because it was the Canadiens.”

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  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, guy+boucher, steven+stamkos

The Bolts Beat, 12/21/10: More on Lightning Goalies, Smith Injury, Thompson/Boulton and Xmas Gifts!

On this week’s episode, Jon, Mike and Mark entertain the ongoing discussion about Tampa Bay’s goaltending, including the latest on Mike Smith’s injury, cover the war of words (and knees) between Nate Thompson and Atlanta’s Eric Boulton and wrap the show with a special Christmas gift exchange for one and all..

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Listen in after the jump…

 

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  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, dan+ellis, eric+boulton, evgeni+nabokov, mike+smith, nate+thompson

Quick Update on Lightning Goaltender Mike Smith

Word from Lightning PR just now is that goaltender Mike Smith will miss approximately two weeks with what is being called a “minor knee injury”.

Smith left today’s morning skate after a collision with forward Simon Gagne.

Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins, whose recall this morning sparked the return of some speculation regarding the team’s situation in goal that had been effectively stifled by solid play from Smith of late, is dressed as Dan Ellis’ backup tonight and is now far more likely to get his first taste of NHL action with Smith on the shelf.

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  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, dan+ellis, mike+smith

Lightning Recall Goaltender Desjardins

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Cedrick Desjardins from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.  Desjardins joins the Lightning with Norfolk on a break until December 26.

“With Norfolk having a week off we thought it was a good opportunity to have Cedrick join us for a few days to work with Frantz Jean and practice with our team,” Yzerman said. “Whether he sees any playing time will be Guy Boucher’s decision.”

 

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The Bolts Beat, 09/27/10: The Gang Talks Preseason Games, Cuts, Suspensions, Fantasy Hockey & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran cover the Lightning’s recent preseason road trip, roster moves made thereafter, NHL discipline issues (including the recent Nick Boynton/Blair Jones incident), predictions for how Tampa Bay’s final roster may end up, fantasy hockey strategy and Jon (of course) continues his New York Jets elation, much to the dismay of Mike and fellow contributor, Tampa Bay Lightning.com’s Mark Pukalo.

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Turnaround in Tampa Starts at the Top

Before a single tweak to the roster, the Tampa Bay Lightning were already poised for improvement in 2010-11. With the tumultuous era of previous ownership already behind them when the sale of the team to Jeff Vinik was completed late last season, gone in an instant were any and all off-ice concerns and the circus went back to being an annual visitor to the St. Pete Times Forum rather than a permanent resident. With the appointment of Steve Yzerman as general manager, credibility returned to the franchise and new head coach Guy Boucher was widely regarded as the hottest commodity on the off-season coaching market.

Without a solitary player move, hockey life in Tampa was good again.

But far be it from Yzerman to rest on the comfort that fans surely feel by him simply not being one of those other guys. The addition of former Flyers forward Simon Gagne headlines a list of shrewd off-season maneuvers for the rookie GM and the revamped roster could very well translate to the sort of on-ice success that will make Lightning followers quickly forgot about three non-playoff seasons gone by.

 

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A little more light shed on the Desjardins-Ramo trade

Many Habs fans were left confused on Monday night when the Canadiens traded Cedrick Desjardins, arguably the best goalie in their system after Carey Price, to Tampa Bay for Karri Ramo, a goaltender who has not succeeded in previous NHL stints and is currently committed to Omsk of the KHL.

Well, now we have an answer as to why the deal was made.

Sort of.

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  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, karri+ramo, pierre+gauthier

Cedrick the Entertainer goes to Norfolk

The Habs just dealt their top goaltending prospect,  Cedrick Desjardins, to Tampa Bay for the rights to Karri Ramo.

Karri Ramo, he of the KHL and the sub-.900 save percentage in every NHL try. Ramo, he of the currently-under-contract-in-the-KHL.

Cedrick Desjardins, he of then stellar AHL numbers and all star appearance last year.

Why did Pierre Gauthier just do this?

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Habs fans, there are some things we just aren’t meant to understand.

This is one of them.

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