Erik Erlendsson covers the Tampa Bay Lightning for The Tampa Tribune.
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Gratton Claimed By Columbuis; 2 Sent Down
Posted Feb 21, 2009 by Erik Erlendsson
Updated Feb 23, 2009 at 02:34 PM
TAMPA - Center Chris Gratton has been claimed off re-entry waivers today by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
By being claimed on re-entry waivers, Columbus - which is making a push to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history - the Blue Jackets are responsible for half of Gratton’s remaining salary while Tampa Bay pays the other half.
Gratton signed a one-year contract for $1.25 million but appeared in only 18 games this season. Supposedly Gratton had a knee injury that kept him out of the lineup, but word is the injury wasn’t serious enough to prevent him from playing before the team sent him down to AHL Norfolk.
In addition, the team has sent down defenseman Ty Wishart and right wing Steve Downie.
Wishart was up on an emergency basis, so that means either Marek Malik and/or Lukas Krajicek are ready to play after suffering from injuries or something else is on the horizon.
The players just showed up on the ice, 30 minutes later than scheduled.
Mike McKenna showed up wearing new matching pads and helmet, although the helmet is all black with a design. McKenna had been playing with his Norfolk pads and helmet since he’s been up with the big club.
As the players assemble onto the ice, Krajicek is not skating, so I would guess that means Malik is ready to play, or somebody else is coming this way.
Lines look like this:
Ryan Malone-Vinny Lecavalier-Marty St. Louis
Matt Pettinger-Jeff Halpern-Evgeny Artyukhin
Gary Roberts-Vinny Prospal-Steven Stamkos
Adam Hall-Ryan Craig-Mark Recchi