Gary Roberts on waivers
Left wing Gary Roberts was put on waivers at noon today, meaning we will know by noon on Wednesday whether he was claimed. It was believed Roberts was one of the more likely Lightning players to be traded. But the fact that he is on waivers seems to indicate that Tampa Bay could not make a deal for the 42-year-old and is willing to part with him for nothing.
There still will be three hours remaining before the 3 p.m. trade deadline when we find out if Roberts has cleared, so something could still happen. As Roberts himself acknowledged when rumors swirled last week that he could be on the move to the Flames, "I'm sure a guy like me, maybe I'm not going to be on the top of somebody's list, but at the last minute somebody decides to take a chance on me to add some grit, a guy that's been there."
Other stuff from this morning: Karri Ramo gets the start in net -- really. Ramo was supposed to start Saturday against the Flames, but Mike McKenna ended up playing in the 8-6 victory. Coach Rick Tocchet said he spoke with Ramo and goaltenders coach Cap Raeder prior to the game and decided to give Ramo a rest at the end of a long road trip. Ramo, Tocchet said, will "carry the ball" for the next little while. ... F Paul Szczechura was called up from AHL Norfolk, likely in anticipation of some player movement before the deadline. Szczechura, who said his sore knee is 100 percent healed, was with Norfolk when Steve Downie allegedly slashed a linesman late in Saturday's game with Hershey. "I don't think he meant to do anything," Szczechura said. "It was a faceoff and he hit the puck. Personally, I don't think he meant to do it." ... Right wing Brandon Segal also was called up. ... Defenseman Jamie Heward skated with full equipment for the first time since sustaining a Jan. 1 concussion on a hit into the boards and from behind by Capitals star Alex Ovechkin. Heward skated for about 30 minutes, did some laps and passed the puck with teammates on the ice early for the morning skate. Heward said he wants to play again this season because if he retired at the end (something he said he does not want to do) he doesn't want the last game of his career to have been one in which he was carted off the ice on a stretcher. ... G Mike Smith also said he wants to play again this season. "If I can play, I'd like to," said Smith, out since Jan. 30 with post-concussion syndrome. "I haven't played that many games as a starter. Any games I play are experience." ... D Marek Malik (foot/ankle), hurt against the Flames, is out. ... D Cory Murphy wasn't at the morning skate to be with wife Natalie, who gave birth Monday at Boca Raton Community Hospital to daughter Keira Layne, 7 pounds, 13 ounces.