The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled Vladislav Namestnikov on Thursday as it appears as if J.T. Brown is nursing an upper-body injury. The Bolts face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.
Namestnikov (pictured) has seven points in 26 games with the Lightning this season while generating 35 points in 34 games at the AHL level. As the 27th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, he’s yet another intriguing forward talent for a Tampa Bay team that’s just bursting with it. The 22-year-old has 30 games of NHL experience between the past two seasons.
Brown being injured (via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times) isn’t great news, obviously, but the Lightning may be on the verge of getting that much deeper on defense, as it seems like Matt Carle isn’t that far from returning:
PHT Morning Skate: Former Leafs coach expects 7-8 year rebuild
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It seems like former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson has a part-time job in which he says negative things about his old team. The Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno presents the latest it of grim commentary, as Wilson told Fan 590 that their rebuild could take seven-to-eight years. (Whyno’s tweet)
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It looks like Vancouver is indeed going forward with naming a street Pat Quinn Way. Great stuff. (Metro News)
Pittsburgh Penguins assistant Gary Agnew thought the team looked “lethargic” in their 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche (Penguins website)
A commercial involving Bobby Ryan and Brent Burns seems random – especially since it isn’t for a pizza company – but it turns brilliant here: