Adam Hall claimed by Carolina, could play vs. Lightning tonight
Adam Hall may get a chance to play tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, but it’ll be with a different team.
The veteran forward, put on waivers by the Lightning, was claimed Saturday by first-place Carolina, who faces Tampa Bay tonight.
“Adam gives us an added penalty killer,” Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford tweeted. “He plays the wing, but can also play center and is a very good faceoff man.”
As much as the Lightning liked Hall, 32, who was in his fourth season with the team, his playing time dwindled this past month as it wanted to get a look at its younger players like Thomas Panik, Ondrej Palat and recently-recalled Tyler Johnson.
Hall has played in 32 games this season, but just three in March, handling the situation with true professionalism.
“I know that we’re going a certain direction,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. “Adam has been great for us, had a terrific attitude, a good faceoff guy, a guy that’s given us honest work every single day. It’s sad to see one of those guys having to deal with that, and losing that. But at the same time there is a bigger plan."
The Lightning also recalled C Dana Tyrell from AHL Syracuse today.
Other stuff from morning skate: As expected, G Mathieu Garon will be in net for the Lightning tonight... C Tom Pyatt (upper body) said he's "good to go" tonight after skating for a second straight day, pleasantly surprised he only had to miss one game. "When i went on the ice yesterday I thought it'd be worse than it was but it felt pretty good. I"m good to go and I feel good out there." Boucher says "we miss a lot when (Pyatt) is not in the lineup." "He's relentless, he's fast, penalty killer, first on puck, first backchecker, great in his D zone. He's one of those guys that brings it all. He's part of the relentless culture that we want."... Ben Pouliot (right shoulder) also skated in a red non-contact jersey, but is still a little ways away from playing. "I just can't wait for him to come back, since he's been out it really hurt our offense." Rookie C Tyler Johnson said he isn't sure if his nerves ever completely calmed down during his NHL debut Thursday, but felt more comfortable as the game wore on, logging just over 11 minutes. "I remember coming in after the first period, I really started to get more calm, started to focus, really started to realize it's basically just a game I've been playing my whole life. So I've just got to keep doing what got me here, and hope that works." Boucher continues to be impressed with rookie D Radko Gudas, who has stepped in nicely his first two NHL games this week. "He's been terrific," Boucher said. "He was probably our best defenseman last game and the previous game, almost our best defenseman in his first game in the NHL." The Lightning will go with six defensemen, with D Marc-Andre Bergeron and Brian Lee scratched.
- JOE SMITH