Bolts add goalie depth, sign ex-Blue Jacket York to AHL deal


With Ben Bishop, Evgeni Nabokov, Latvian Olympic hero Kristers Gudlevskis and ’12 first-rounder Andrei Vasilevski in the fold, Tampa Bay isn’t exactly a team needing more depth in goal — but that’s what the Lightning added on Tuesday, signing former Columbus netminder Allen York to an AHL deal.

The move was announced by Tampa Bay assistant GM Julien BriseBois and is reportedly of the two-way variety (in the AHL, not NHL). It could provide some stability for the 25-year-old York, who split last season between four American League clubs (Charlotte, Texas, Rockford and Syracuse) and two ECHL teams (Evansville and South Carolina).

It’s been a rocky road for York since making his NHL debut in 2011-12 with Columbus. The former R.P.I. standout actually posted quality numbers that year — in 11 games with the Jackets, he went 3-2-0 with a .919 save percentage and 2.30 GAA — but failed to latch on with the club long-term, and has bounced around ever since.


Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?