Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Cory Conacher, Keith Aulie make Tampa Bay Lightning's opening-night roster
Forwards Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Cory Conacher, and defenseman Keith Aulie, all from AHL Syracuse, were the last two players added to the Tampa Bay Lightning's roster for Saturday's opener at home against the Capitals.
Forwards Mike Angelidis, Kyle Wilson, T.J. Wyman and defenseman Matt Taormina were put on waivers for the purpose of reassignment to Syracuse. Forward Tyler Johnson and defensemen Mark Barberio and Radko Gudas also were reassigned to the Crunch.
Conacher, 23, the last cut from last season's camp, had 16 goals, 28 points in 36 games for Syracuse. The left wing has played the entire camp on a line with center Vinny Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell.
Labrie, 25, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound pinball, had eight goals, 13 points and 74 penalty minutes for the Crunch. He will be a third- and fourth-line tweener who will add some size and sandpaper to the lineup as well as a bright outlook on life. As coach Guy Boucher said, he is the kind of person who brings "sunshine" to a day.
"Right now I'm just enjoying my time here," Labrie said before being told he made the roster. "I control what I can on the ice and the rest will do itself. I'm just trying to show what I bring to the game, go with that."
Aulie, 23, was not a surprise. He was expected to make the team as the eighth defenseman.
Goaltenders: Mathieu Garon, Anders Lindback
Defensemen: Keith Aulie, Eric Brewer, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Matt Carle, Victor Hedman, Brian Lee, Brendan Mikkelson, Mattias Ohlund (injured), Sami Salo.
Forwards: Cory Conacher, B.J. Crombeen, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Adam Hall, Vinny Lecavalier, Ryan Malone, Benoit Pouliot, Teddy Purcell, Tom Pyatt, Marty St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, Nate Thompson, Dana Tyrell.