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Tampa Bay Lightning releases Eric Perrin, signs Mattias Ritola among other moves

The Tampa Bay Lightning made several moves on Tuesday as it worked to finalize its 23-man roster by the 3 p.m. Wednesday deadline, picking up left wing Mattias Ritola off waivers from the Red Wings, and putting defenseman Mathieu Roy on waivers.

It also released Eric Perrin from his tryout and sent goalie Cedrick Desjardins to AHL Norfolk.

The roster isn't officially set yet. But with Tuesday's moves, we can speculate with reasonable certainty as to how the roster will look.

Here is a pretty good guess with some caveats to follow:

Goaltenders -- Mike Smith, Dan Eilis. Defensemen -- Brett Clark, Randy Jones, Pavel Kubina, Matt Smaby, Mike Lundin, Mike Vernace, Victor Hedman, Mattias Ohlund. Forwards -- Ryan Malone, Steve Downie, Sean Bergenheim, Simon Gagne, Teddy Purcell, Adam Hall, Dominic Moore, Dana Tyrell, Nate Thompson, Steven Stamkos, Marty St. Louis, Vinny Lecavalier, Mattias Ritola.

Having said all that, Johan Harju is still officially on the roster, but the thinking is the Swedish left wing will be sent to AHL Norfolk to get some more time getting used to the North American game.

There also is a strong possibility Ohlund (knee) will be put on injured reserve. If both those things happen, the team will be at 22 players, one off the limit, which would give GM Steve Yzerman the flexibility to add a player off waivers before the deadline.

Good for Tyrell, who impressed the coaching staff with his tenaciousness to the point it believes he is better off as a probable fourth-line player than playing 20 minutes a night for Norfolk.

Ritola, 23, was a 2005 fourth-round draft pick. He has a three-year contract that is a two-way this season and then turns into a one-way. He is known to be good with the puck in the offensive zone, though that has not translated into much offense.

Getting Ritola also signaled the end of Perrin's tryout.

Tampa Bay Lightning releases Eric Perrin, signs Mattias Ritola among other moves 10/05/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 2:43pm]
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