Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/31/13
The Lightning on Thursday recalled right wing Brett Connolly from AHL Syracuse. Tampa Bay did not practice on Thursday and no players missed Wednesday's practice, so there were no additional injuries that prompted the call-up. Right wing Richard Panik has been struggling, though, with zero goals and five assists and at minus-9. He has had just four shots on goal in his past five games. ALl the shots came Oct. 26 against Buffalo. But general manager Steve Yzerman said the move is not exclusively tied to Panik, about whom he said, "We're pleased with his effort. He's doing a lot of good things on the ice." "We're trying to find the right fits, the right line combinations," Yzerman said. Yzerman added there are no immediate plans to send anyone down to Syracuse and no trades are imminent., Coach Jon Cooper certainly did not like the Lightning's past two games, a 4-3 shootout win over the Panthers on Sunday in which Tampa Bay scored two goals in the game's first five minutes but only one thereafter, and Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Devils in which the team was sluggish and outshot 22-17. Connolly, 21, hasn't been tearing it up at Syracuse, either, with just one assist in six games. He did, however, impress during training camp with four goals, which tied Steven Stamkos for the team lead, and Yzerman said he has played well for the Crunch despite the lack of production. "We're looking at our forward group not so much to shake things up, we just felt like Brett can help us out," Yzerman said. "He gives us a little bit more depth, a little bit more speed, a little bit more size as well."
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