Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/23/13
After 10 games playing up and down the lineup, the Tampa Bay Lightning sent RW Brett Connolly back down to the American Hockey League on Friday. Connolly was called up on Oct. 31 with the opportunity to play in a top nine role and provide some offensive spark after leading the team in goals during the preseason. In the 10 games since then, the former No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 draft had one goal - the game winner against St. Louis on Nov. 2 - and was a minus-five. When the Lightning lost No. 1 center Steven Stamkos to a broken leg, Connolly was placed in the role of top line center. But after struggling in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Connolly started Thursday’s game in San Jose on the fourth line. “We’ve played him actually in all three forward positions, which isn’t necessarily ideal, but we’ve using been a top nine and he’s gotten probably around 12 to 13 minutes a game and he is just struggling to find his game,’’ Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said. “He is just not g...
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