Originally created 11/04/99

Lynx ledger: Lambert signs with Orlando



The Lynx suffered another blow as goalie Judd Lambert signed a 25-game contract with the Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League.

Lambert, who was impressive in training camp with Orlando, will start for the Solar Bears this weekend on the road against Utah. Orlando is an affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers. Former Lynx winger Wes Mason, who was traded to the Thrashers by New Jersey, was assigned to Orlando on Monday.

"I don't know if Judd's going to be there for the rest of the season or not, but the good thing for us is that we're not into the heavy part of our November schedule yet," Wiebe said. "I knew this could happen because Orlando really liked him, and I'm happy for Judd. It's a good opportunity for him, and I hope things work out. We'll have a better idea what's going to happen after the weekend."

The departure of Lambert, who set franchise records last year for wins, minutes, saves and save percentage, leaves the Lynx with only one goaltender -- rookie J-F Damphousse.

Wiebe said Wednesday there is a chance Vancouver Canucks prospect Mike Valley could return to the team this week.

After Saturday's game at Greensboro, the Lynx are off until Nov. 11, when they open a three-in-three road swing vs. the Florida Everblades.

PRACTICE RIFT:

About midway through practice at the IceForum Wednesday morning, Wiebe kicked player/assistant coach Mark Desantis off the ice.

DeSantis immediately left the IceForum and was not available for comment, while Wiebe refused to address the matter, saying only that it had to do with DeSantis' "work ethic."

BLUELINE HELP:

Augusta's depleted blueline received a boost Wednesday when rookie defenseman Lucas Nehrling was assigned from Albany of the American Hockey League.

With Clint Cabana and Mike Piersol going on injured reserve Monday with ankle injuries, the Lynx were down to five defensemen.

The 25-year-old Nehrling, a 6-foot-5, 210-pounder, was the New Jersey Devils' third pick (104th overall) in the 1997 entry draft. In six games with Albany this season, he had no points and two penalty minutes.