Change of plan as some AHL Syracuse players already on way to Lightning camp
AHL Syracuse general manager Julien BriseBois on Saturday confirmed five Crunch players are headed to Tampa for the Lightning's training camp:
Defensemen Keith Aulie (whom we already knew) and Matt Taormina, and forwards Cory Conacher, Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Mike Angelidis. BriseBois said more players will be recalled after Saturday's game. He also said the five named players will not play Saturday against Rochester and neither will defenseman Evan Oberg, though BriseBois said Oberg will not be at camp.
The names were first reported by the Syracuse Post-Standard.
The announcements and process is different than what Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman recently explained, that announcements would be made after Saturday's game and that there would be no advance scratches. But in the end, BriseBois said he and Yzerman wanted those five players to be able to make Sunday's start of camp.
Aulie, Labrie, Angelidis and Taormina (all on AHL only contracts) will have to clear waivers to get back to the Crunch if they do not earn a place on the Lightning. Conacher, who has an NHL element in his contract) would not need waivers to be sent down.
All this, of course, is dependent on the Players' Association ratifying the new collective bargaining agreement and signing with the league a Memo of Understanding. Both are expected today.