With up to five players possibly out of Wednesday's game with the Penguins — and with left wing Simon Gagne on injured reserve — the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday called up center Blair Jones from AHL Norfolk. The moves keep Tampa Bay at the 23-player roster limit.
Gagne's designation is retroactive to Oct. 21, when he was hurt by a check into the side boards by the Islanders Michael Grabner. Players must be on IR for at least seven days, meaning Gagne is eligible to come off on Oct. 28. That does not mean he will, and coach Guy Boucher on Tuesday made it sound as if whomever the team called up would be with it on the upcoming four-game road trip out West.
Boucher did not sound confident talking about his walking wounded. Though defensemen Brett Clark (wrist), Mattias Ohlund (knee) and Matt Smaby (stomach virus) practiced on Tuesday, center Dominic Moore (groin) and Gagne did not.
Boucher was asked about each, and did not indicate that any would see action, though Moore and Gagne seemed the most serious. We'll see on Wednesday who gets the call.
Jones got off to a hot start with the Admirals with four goals and 10 points in seven games. That after a superb training camp that indicated Jones might finally be maturing into an NHL player.