Denis clears recall waivers
As expected, goaltender Marc Denis cleared recall waivers at noon today and is on his way to Tampa.
Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said goalie Mike Smith is day to day with a strained left knee. If he is not ready to go Thursday against the Capitals, Denis will be Karri Ramo's backup. Denis is being brought up on an emergency basis, meaning as soon as Smith is ready, Denis must go back to Norfolk.
The way Smith sounded Tuesday night, it should not be a long recall. Will Denis play a game? Probably hinges on how fast Smith gets back. On the other hand, this is a great opportunity for Ramo to carry the ball for a bit, even if it is a short bit.
Coach John Tortorella was pretty strong Tuesday that he believes Ramo would be better served starting next season in the minors as a way to get playing time and experience. Ramo, of course, doesn't see it that way. An extended stretch as a starter in which he has some success might go a ways to changing Torts' mind.