Smaby re-assigned to Norfolk ... for now
The Lightning made an interesting roster move Friday morning, assigning rookie defenseman Matt Smaby to the team's AHL affiliate in Norfolk.
Smaby's time with the Admirals might be short lived and might be just a move to give Smaby more minutes. He will report to Norfolk tonight to play in the first of three games on consecutive nights. Smaby and Doug Janik have been rotating as the Lightning's final defenseman, and it's Janik's turn to play on Saturday against Buffalo.
So Smaby could conceivably play in three games with Norfolk and re-join the Lightning for their game Monday against the Rangers, the first in a three-game New York area road swing against the Rangers, Devils and Islanders.
The move is also not believed to be related to the return of Dan Boyle, who has been practicing from his freak left wrist injury and is expected to return soon.
Smaby has averaged 5:59 in ice time in four games this season.