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Lightning recall forward Brandon Bochenski from Norfolk

Posted Mar 29, 2009 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Mar 29, 2009 at 12:44 PM

With Matt Smaby out and Paul Szczechura apparently not ready to play, the team has called up Brandon Bochenski from Norfolk. Here’s the release from the team:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled right wing Brandon Bochenski from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

Bochenski, 6 foot 1, 187 pounds, has played in 69 games with the Admirals this season, recording 27 goals, 11 power-play goals and 53 points.  He leads Norfolk in goals, power-play goals and is second in points. 

A native of Blaine, Minnesota, Bochenski has played in 121 career NHL games with Nashville, Anaheim, Boston, Chicago and Ottawa.  He has amassed 24 goals, 54 points, six power-play goals and two game-winning goals.  In 2006-07 he established career highs for games played (41), goals (13), assists (11), points (24), power-play goals (3) and game-winning goals (2) with Boston and Chicago.  Bochenski also represented the United States in the 2007 IIHF World Championships, recording two goals and five points in seven games.

Bochenski has played in 214 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Binghamton Senators., scoring 117 goals and recording 236 points.  He has also appeared in nine Calder Cup Playoff games, netting two goals and registering three points.

Drafted in the seventh round, 223rd overall, by the Ottawa Senators at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, he was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 8, 2008.

Reader Comments

Por (John) on March 29, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Good to see you back, Erik.  Hope you are feeling better

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Por (John) on March 30, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I sort of got this move for a time…  well, up until the puck dropped last night.  Why was Bochenski recalled and not Lundin or Mihalik?  It would seem the Lightning’s defense being in a world of hurt could use soem re-inforcements on the blue line.

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Por (Bolts Rule!!!) on March 30, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Erik, Is it true that if Lundin was called back up he would have to go through waivers and a team could pick him up, even after the trade deadline.

And could you update on Vrbata, will he be back next year???

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Por (John) on March 30, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Bolts Rule:  It’s true about Lundin.  I looked it up, because of his age and NHL experience, he has to come back through waivers.

Mihalik, on the other hand, could be recalled at any time.

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Por (Bolts Rule!!!) on March 30, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I thought that was correct on Lundin, the team was saying the same thing, but the general public was screaming to bring Lundin back, I thought the were protecting him from being picked up, but didnt know if it applied after the trade deadline. I would like to see mihalik, his numbers though dont lead much to believe he is any better with only 2 goals and 13 assists over most of the season. though he is big.6’7”  222lbs.

he is the best Dman still in norfolk, except for Lundin (these are the stats speaking)

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Por (Bolts Rule!!!) on March 30, 2009 (Suggest removal)

When you look at what we have coming back and how many slots we have to fill, next years team will look different. We have 6 offensive slots that dont have contracts and 7 defensive slots open as well.

Many players are RFA’s so we have a shot at getting them (lundin and smaby to name a few), but we will have slots to fill and Norfolk isnt doing much better either.

lets see how our scouts do in getting us some good players to build on and move up next year. Vrbata would be nice to have back, if he plays again.

Lightning are going to be new again next year as well, at least half the team probably wont be back.

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Por (LightningDogg) on March 30, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I was just wondering what Vrbata did that convinced anyone that he should be back???? He basically quit on the Lightning,why… because he wasn’t happy with the situation? He has really only had 2 better-than-average years since 2001-02. I would rather see Koci come back over Vrbata, at least he gives an honest effort.

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Por (m m) on March 30, 2009 (Suggest removal)

It looks like ownership wants to lose so they can get a high draft choice.  8 shots on goal over 2 periods?  How else can that be explained?

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