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Dull trade, interesting ramifications



The Lightning and Stars swapped minor-league defensemen with Tampa Bay, sending Bryce Lampman Dallas for Mario Scalzo. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder, 23, was in his third season with AHL Iowa had a goal and nine points and 10 penalty minutes in 15 games. He will report to Norfolk.

The trade helps the Admirals in a major respect. The recent demotions of Craig MacDonald and Mathieu Darche gave Norfolk seven players with at least 260 professional games: Lampman, Darche, MacDonald, Kyle Wanvig, Dan Jancevski, Karl Stewart and Norm Milley. Because the AHL does not allow teams to dress more than six players who have played at least 260 professional games (NHL, AHL or old IHL), one of the so called veterans had to be scratched in each game.

It is called the Development Rule, and it was instituted so the AHL could continue to build its reputation as a "developmental'' league focused on younger players. Scalzo has played 162 AHL games, meaning no more healthy scratches for the veterans.   

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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