Former Lightning F Adam Hall was claimed off waivers Saturday afternoon by the Hurricanes and squared off against his former team at night.
Hall spent five seasons with the Lightning organization, appearing in 233 games with Tampa Bay and recording 14 goals and 39 points. He also appeared in all 18 playoff games during the Lightning’s run to the 2011 Eastern Conference finals, picking up a goal and four assists.
The sudden change of teams made for an interesting walk down the hallway to the Carolina locker room before Saturday’s game.
“Having such a quick change to the opposite side, down the hallway, different locker room, different colors, it’s a little bit surreal,’’ Hall said. “It’s the business side of the game and you change from one side to the other. You don’t have time in this business to be disappointed or the luxury to have a lot of other feelings sometimes. At the drop of a hat you have to change gears sometimes and focus on the task at hand.’’
Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said the move was made to keep giving the team’s younger players more ice time.
“We’d been debating for a little while on what to do with our roster, how to change things up a bit … and what gives us the best chance to win,” he said. “Ultimately we want to give (the young guys) more games, and to open a roster spot in order to do that, we either had to send one of the young guys down, put somebody on waivers or send somebody down. We weren’t able to make a move with a trade, so we made the decision to put Adam on waivers.’’
As the Lightning have slid down the standings while hit with injuries, Tampa Bay has brought up some of the organization’s top prospects. As a result, Hall lost playing time and was a healthy scratch in six of the previous nine games.
“Adam has been great for us; he’s had a terrific attitude,’’ said Lightning coach Guy Boucher, who had a private word with Hall before the game. “He’s a good faceoff guy and somebody that has given us honest work every single day, and it’s sad to see those having to deal with that and us losing that.’’
With Hall claimed on waivers, the Lightning recalled RW Dana Tyrell from the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League.
Tyrell, who started the season with Tampa Bay and appeared in six games, was sent to Syracuse on Feb. 10. The 23-year-old appeared in 15 games with the Crunch, scoring five goals and picking up three assists.
“I’m excited. Obviously, this is where I want to be,” Tyrell said. “I went down to Syracuse, had a good time, lot of playing minutes. It’s a great spot down there. It was able to help my confidence, carrying the puck a little bit more and able to make more plays, and I think that will carry on up here and hopefully I can just bring that confidence up here.”
LW Benoit Pouliot, who has been out since March 2 with an undisclosed injury to his right arm or shoulder, has been skating with a red non-contact jersey during practice but is not ready to return.
“I feel good. There are still some things that are tough to do,’’ he said. “Personally I think I need more days for sure before getting back. There is still too much stuff that restricts me in what I’m doing, and it’s not going to be good if I damage it even more, so I don’t want to do that.’’
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