Ranger hurt; Melichar, Brookbank on waivers
The team wants one to come up from the minors, the other to go down.
Josef Melichar, acquired last week from the Hurricanes in the Jussi Jokinen deal, is on re-entry waivers with the intention of getting him in Tuesday's game with the Thrashers. The move was made because, as coach Rick Tocchet said on Monday, the defensive situation is in such flux.
With Paul Ranger "iffy" with an undisclosed injury (he did not practice Monday), Tampa Bay is down to four regular defensemen: Cory Murphy, Steve Eminger, Lukas Krajicek and Matt Smaby we know will play against Atlanta. Putting David Koci back on defense for a turn here and there makes it five. Melichar would be the sixth. If Melichar plays, he will be the 43rd Lightning player this season and the 17th defenseman.
As for Brookbank, also acquired in the Jokinen deal, it appears he is headed to AHL Norfolk if he clears waivers.
Both were put on waivers at noon today. We will know at noon tomorrow if they have cleared.