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Riku Helenius

Lightning to part ways with ’06 first rounder Helenius


The rise of the 21-year-old Latvian goalie Kristers Gudlevskis as well as the Lightning calling on Cedrick Desjardins while Anders Lindback and Ben Bishop dealt with injuries left their 2006 first-round pick Riku Helenius out in the cold.

Now it appears the team is ready to send Helenius packing.

Lindsay Kramer of Syracuse.com reports the Lightning put Helenius on unconditional waivers and will release him if/when he passes unclaimed at noon on Sunday. Lightning assistant general manager Julien Brisebois says they’re severing ties with Helenius for breach of contract.

Helenius found himself at the short end of the stick in the Lightning organization after the team acquired Bishop and Lindback and now with Desjardins and Gudlevskis getting looks over him, time was running out for Helenius to prove himself. He hasn’t played for Syracuse since Nov. 27.

Facing these kinds of road blocks can be frustrating and if the report is true, refusing to go down to the ECHL won’t do him any favors of landing elsewhere anytime soon.

PHT Morning Skate: Where Mike Richter’s impressed with Team USA candidates

Former New York Ranger Mike Richter waves to the crowd as he is introduced for former teammate Brian Leetch's jersey retirment ceremony before the game against the Atlanta Thrashers on January 24, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
(January 25, 2008 - Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America)

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Marian Hossa is happy to be medically cleared following his concussion during the 2012 playoffs. He’s hoping the lockout will end soon, but he’s willing to explore his “other options” if the season is lost. (CSN Chicago)

Pierre LeBrun thinks both sides deserve to share in the blame for the fact that the NHL still doesn’t have a new CBA. (ESPN)

Former New York Rangers netminder Mike Richter has been impressed by what he’s seen so far at the Team USA selection camp for the 2013 World Junior Championship. (NHL.com)

Dallas Stars prospect Alex Guptill was recently scratched for a couple games by the University of Michigan for bad practice habits and attitude issues. He was the 2011-12 CCHA Rookie of the Year. (AnnArbor.com)

Syracuse Crunch GM Julien BriseBois thinks goaltenders Dustin Tokarski and Riku Helenius have been better than their numbers suggest. The Crunch are the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate. (Lightning.nhl.com)

Which team has the better prospects in the AHL: The Edmonton Oilers or Minnesota Wild? (Edmonton Journal)

PHT Morning Skate: When Metta World Peace met the Stanley Cup

Metta World Peace and the Stanley Cup

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

While the L.A. Kings aren’t partying with the Stanley Cup, it gave the L.A. Lakers a chance to see it and Metta World Peace (aka: Ron Artest) ate almonds out of it and wondered if George Washington ever touched it. Sorry Metta, that’s a “no.” (Twitter via Arash Markazi)

So how about the Edmonton Oilers’ blue line depth? Is there any? (Edmonton Journal)

Goalie fight! Senators prospect Robin Lehner had himself a feisty weekend in Binghamton dropping the gloves with the Lightning’s Riku Helenius in the AHL. (Senators Extra)

Is Mikko Koivu off to play in Finland? (Rotoworld)

Here’s a fun story about the Maple Leafs team doctor who made Stanley Cup history. (Globe And Mail)

Here’s more fretting over whether or not the fans will return after this lockout. (Edmonton Journal)

FYI: Today is Day 37 of the lockout. “37? In a row?”