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Lightning re-assign Condra to AHL; waive two

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One day after trading defenseman Nikita Nesterov to the Montreal Canadiens, the Tampa Bay Lightning made a couple of additional roster moves on Friday.

First, they re-assigned veteran forward Erik Condra back to the American Hockey League after he went unclaimed on waivers last week. Condra, currently in the second year of a three-year contract that he signed with the team as a free agent before the start of the 2015-16 season, has been a bit of a disappointment with the Lightning and has only appeared in 11 games with the big club this season, recording zero points and four penalty minutes. He has spent the majority of the season playing for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League where he has 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 24 games.

Along with sending Condra back to the AHL, the team also placed two more players — forwards Michal Bournival and Gabriel Dumount — on waivers.

Bournival, 24, has played in 17 games for the Lightning this season scoring one goal and adding one assist. He has scored 10 goals in 106 career games with Lightning and Montreal Canadiens since the start of the 2013-14.

Dumont, 26, has appeared in eight games for the Lightning this season.

Both were signed as free agents to two-way contracts over the summer to add some organizational depth. Given the injury situation the Lightning have had to deal with at times this season to their forwards they have probably had to dig deeper into that depth than they would have liked to.

After dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to the Florida Panthers on Thursday night the Lightning, a team that reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago, sits six points out of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Lightning place Erik Condra on waivers

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For the second time this season the Tampa Bay Lightning have placed veteran forward Erik Condra on waivers.

The latest move came after he was a healthy scratch for Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Condra, 30, is currently in the second year of a three-year, $3.75 million contract he signed in free agency to join the team a year ago. So far his time with the Lightning has been a bit of a disappointment.

He has played in just 10 games for the Lightning this season and has yet to record a point.

The Lightning placed him on waivers just before the start of the 2016-17 season. He has spent most of this season playing for the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League where he has recorded 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 24 games.

In 363 career games at the NHL level Condra has 39 goals and 59 assists. Only six of those goals have come as a member of the Lightning over the past two seasons since signing his contract in free agency.

Michalek, Condra, Scuderi among notable vets on waivers

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NHL clubs continued to shuffle their decks today in advance of Tuesday’s roster deadline, which resulted in several older, familiar names on the waiver wire.

A quick rundown:

— Arizona waived longtime blueliner Zbynek Michalek. Michalek, 33, is in the last of a two-year, $6.4 million deal with a $3.2M average annual cap hit, and averaged just over 17 minutes a night in 70 games last year. This move could mean that Jakob Chychrun, the 16th overall pick at this year’s draft, will make the Coyotes’ opening-night roster.

— Just one year after signing a three-year, $3.75 million deal with the Bolts, Erik Condra is on waivers. The 30-year-old winger was a disappointment last season, with just 11 points in 54 games, and appeared to be in a battle for a roster spot throughout the preseason. With reports that GM Steve Yzerman is close to signing star RFA Nikita Kucherov, it’s possible Condra’s contract is buried in the AHL to squeeze a few extra dollars under the cap. Assuming Condra clears waivers, that is.

Rob Scuderi, heading into the last of a four-year, $13.5 million deal that’s been passed around like a hot potato, has been waived by Los Angeles. The 37-year-old originally signed the deal with Pittsburgh, but was then traded to Chicago, and then again to L.A. (the Pens retained most of his salary). Last year he suited up for all three teams, going goalless with 10 points in 63 games. He also appeared in all five of the Kings’ playoff games in an opening-round loss to San Jose, averaging 19:20 TOI per night.

Other notables:

— Calgary dumped tough guy Brandon Bollig, who has one year left on his three-year, $3.75 million deal.

— The Habs did the expected and waived goalie Mike Condon. Condon lost his backup gig to Al Montoya.

— Columbus exposed Gregory Campbell to the wire, with the 32-year-old midway through his two-year, $3 million deal. This comes after Campbell played all 82 games last year, scoring 11 points.

— In addition to Condra, the Bolts also waived Cory Conacher. Conacher was brought back to the organization this year after spending some time in Europe, in the hopes of rediscovering chemistry with head coach Jon Cooper.

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Bolts notes: Vasilevskiy likely to start, Stralman could make playoff debut

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Based on today’s optional skate in Pittsburgh, the Lightning will have two significant lineup changes for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Final against the Penguins.

Starting netminder Ben Bishop wasn’t on the ice Monday, and has only briefly taken to the playing surface after getting stretchered off in Friday’s series-opening win.

That means 21-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy will likely get the start tonight, after making 25 saves in relief of Bishop in Game 1. It would be the second Stanley Cup playoff start of Vasilevskiy’s career, having made an emergency start in place of Bishop during last year’s final versus Chicago.

On defense, it appears as though Anton Stralman will make his long-awaited postseason debut. The veteran Swedish d-man has been out of action for nearly two months.

More, from the Tampa Bay Times:

Stralman (fractured left leg) could return tonight, having been sidelined since Mar. 25. Stralman participated in today’s skate, coming off the ice with regulars. Defenseman Nikita Nesterov would probably be the odd man out if Stralman comes back.

Forwards Erik Condra and Mike Blunden were among the last on the ice, so could be scratched. Jonathan Marchessault could be in if the Lightning goes with 12 forwards.

Getting Stralman back would be a huge boon for the Bolts. He’s one of their best possession d-men, averages 22 minutes a night and is a right-handed shot, something the blueline is short on.

Stralman was also a key cog to last year’s Stanley Cup Final run, with nine points in 26 games.

Condra ‘doing a lot better’ after crushing Cizikas hit

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Overall, Thursday had mostly positive developments regarding the health of Tampa Bay forward Erik Condra.

Condra, who was knocked out of Game 1 of the Bolts-Isles series on a huge Casey Cizikas hit, is reportedly feeling well — though the club remains unsure of a potential return date.

“He’s doing a lot better than the actual hit looked,” head coach Jon Cooper said, per NHL.com. “Whether he’s going to skate in the next couple days I’m not too sure.”

Condra went flying into the end boards early in the first period and, while laying on the ice with his eyes open, looked to be in bad shape. He didn’t appear to lose consciousness, but displayed very little motion before getting helped off the ice.

The Bolts came into this series already down the services of captain Steve Stamkos, key d-man Anton Stralman and energy forwards Mike Blunden and J.T. Brown — the latter’s injury actually paved the way for Condra to draw into the lineup.

No word yet on who would draw in, should Condra miss Saturday’s Game 2 in Tampa.