Tampa Bay Lightning announces signing of goaltender Sebastien Caron; still has to clear waivers
Sebastien Caron was asked what he remembers about a game from November 2003, when he allowed the Lightning eight goals in 49 minutes in what turned into Tampa Bay's 9-0 victory over the Penguins?
"I don't remember that game," Caron said, smiling.
Seriously, though, "It was a different time," he said. "I was really young back then and the team was not doing well back then either. But I learned a lot from the past years and I told myself if I was going to give it another shot I would be more ready for it, and I think I am."
The Lightning will find out soon as it officially announced signing Caron, 31, to a prorated one-year, one-way contract. As a goaltender coming from Europe (he played this season in Germany), Caron still has to clear waivers. We will know at noon Tuesday if he clears. It is not expected to be a problem.
The plan is to give Caron some time to get acclimated to the NHL with some practice time against NHL shooters. Once he starts playing and proves capable, Dustin Tokarski -- who starts tonight against the Sabres -- will be sent back to AHL Norfolk. At least that's the plan right now.
Caron, who was 25-23-0 for Iserlohn Roosters this season with a 2.57 goals-against average and .932 save percentage, said the deal with Tampa Bay came together in just the past few days. He even played Friday for Iserlohn.
"I just go with the flow," he said. "I'm just going to enjoy my time here and get some playing time and do my best and try to do a show. I'm not going to say no to that."
Caron, 6 feet 1, 184 pounds, played 92 NHL games between 2002-07 (90 with the Penguins) with a 25-47-14 with a 3.45 goals-against average and .892 save percentage.
"We'll go one game at a time," coach Guy Boucher said when asked how he will handle Caron. "He's going to get some time to get accustomed ... We'll see when we can put him in."
Other stuff from the morning skate: More injuries for the Lightning as wing Ryan Shannon and right wing Adam Hall join the list of walking wounded that is now up to eight, one off the team high from January. Both players have upper-body issues that occurred during Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Blues. Shannon was hurt in the second period, Hall played the entire game. "I've got a choice," Boucher said. "Either I can start crying, which I felt like, or just look at it as ridiculous. I've just got to go with it." ... To compensate, Tampa Bay recalled Pierre Cedric-Labrie from Norfolk. Labrie was with the Admirals Sunday, when the team won its 18th straight game, setting an AHL single-season record. "We'll always remember that," he said and added about the team, "We're just like a big family. We're all brothers. It makes every day fun. I have a lot of confidence on the ice and everybody is just smiling during practice." ... Right wing Brandon Segal also gets back in the lineup after eight straight games as a healthy scratch. ... When Shannon was hurt Saturday, defenseman Brendan Mikkelson got some turns at forward from where he scored his first NHL goal in his 116th game. Asked if he would have rather scored from his natural position, he said, "After so many games, it could have been an empty-net goal." Actually, Mikkelson said he was in a good position to make the switch to forward. "I pay attention to all the meetings, so you know what the forecheck is, you know what the responsibilities are."