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November 30, 2009

Lightning Swap Defensemen with Admirals


TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have assigned defenseman Mike Lundin to the Admirals and have recalled Matt Smaby from the Admirals after his conditioning stint, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Lundin, a 6-foot-2, 197-pound defenseman from Burnsville, Minnesota, appeared in four games with the Lightning since last seeing action with the Admirals and averaged 16:59 in ice time per game.

Lundin has appeared in 20 games with the Admirals this season scoring two goals and nine assists. His 11 points leads all defensemen and ranks sixth overall with Norfolk while still ranking among the top 20 of American Hockey League defensemen. Lundin, who also led the Admirals in scoring by defensemen last season, has appeared in 71 career AHL games (all with Norfolk) and has six goals and 36 assists in those games.

The 25-year-old third-year pro has appeared in 110 career NHL games (all with the Lightning) with eight assists. In 2007-08, he appeared in 81 of Tampa Bay’s 82 games and ranked second on the Lightning in plus/minus rating with a plus-3. He also represented the Eastern Conference in the 2008 NHL YoungStars Game.

Lundin played in 160 career games with the Maine Black Bears from 2003-07, recording 13 goals and 69 points. He was drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round (102nd overall) at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Smaby, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, registered two assists with the Admirals in two games last weekend. He has appeared in seven games with Norfolk this season with two assists and seven penalty minutes. Smaby has not appeared in a game for the Lightning so far this season.

Smaby split last season between the Admirals and Lightning. He appeared in 25 games with Norfolk, recording two goals, four assists and 30 penalty minutes. In a career-high 43 NHL games with the Lightning last season, Smaby posted his first four NHL points with four assists and added 50 penalty minutes. His 19:05 average ice time was also the highest of his career and was fourth among NHL rookie defensemen with 20 or more games played.

Smaby has appeared in 57 career NHL games (all with the Lightning) with four assists and 62 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 154 career AHL games between the Admirals and Springfield Falcons, recording five goals and 23 assists with 141 penalty minutes.

Selected in the second round, 41st overall by the Lightning at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Smaby played three seasons for the University of North Dakota (2003-04 through 2005-06), captaining teams that reached the NCAA Frozen Four in consecutive seasons.

Next up for the Admirals are a pair of road games this week. They will face the Adirondack Phantoms at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center on Friday and will then face the Hershey Bears at Giant Center on Saturday. Both games will begin at 7:00 p.m. All Admirals games can be heard on STAR 1310-AM and star1310.com. They can also be seen on a pay-per-view basis on ahllive.com.

The Admirals will return to Scope on Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12, to square off against the Manitoba Moose. The puck drops both nights at 7:15 p.m. On December 11, the first 500 children 12 years of age and younger through the gates will receive a free Admirals youth jersey courtesy of ITAC and NewsChannel3. For details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.

To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!

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