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Monday, December 20, 2010

Bolts recall Desjardins

With Nathan Lawson still with the Isles, there is a possibility of a goalie with
even less NHL experience to be in the nets for the Lightning when Tampa visits
on Wednesday.

From the Lightning:
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Lightning Recall G Cedrick Desjardins From Norfolk
Monday, 12.20.2010 / 9:10 AM
Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Cedrick Desjardins (SHE-DRIHK
deh-ZHAHR-dai) from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today,
Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. Desjardins joins
the Lightning with Norfolk on a break until December 26.

"With Norfolk having a week off we thought it was a good opportunity to have
Cedrick join us for a few days to work with Frantz Jean and practice with our
team," Yzerman said. "Whether he sees any playing time will be Guy Boucher's
decision."

Desjardins, 6-foot, 192 pounds, has played in 18 games with the Admirals this
season, posting an 12-5-1 record with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .900
save percentage. He is 8-1-0 in his previous nine decisions with a .909 save
percentage. Desjardins is tied for fourth in the AHL for wins.

Last season he led the AHL in goals-against average, ranked second in
shutouts, fourth in wins and was tied for sixth in save percentage. His
success earned him an appearance in the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic, in which he
was named top goaltender during the skills competition, as well as landed him
on the 2010 AHL Second All-Star Team following the season.

A native of Edmunston, New Brunswick, Desjardins played in 128 QMJHL games
with the Rimouski Oceanic and Quebec Remparts during his junior career,
posting a 67-47-4 record. In 2006, he helped backstop Quebec to the CHL's
Memorial Cup by posting a 3-1 record with a .926 save percentage en route to
being named top goaltender and to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team. Desjardins
also aided the Oceanic, along with Sidney Crosby, to the 2005 Memorial Cup
where they fell to the London Knights.

Desjardins went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by Montreal on March
7, 2008.>>

Mike Smith suffered an apparent leg injury in this morning's skate (Tampa hosts
Atlanta tonight), which increases the possibility of Desjardins seeing game
action.


One interesting note on Desjardins - -two years before playing with Sidney
Crosby in the Memorial Cup (Lightning coach Guy Boucher was an assistant coach
on that squad), Desjardins went 1-18-0 for Rimouski.


Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home
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