The Lynx lost captain Scott Morrow on Saturday after Morrow signed a tryout contract with the Manitoba Moose of the International Hockey League.
Morrow left for Manitoba on Saturday morning, but Burton said he is expected to return after the all-star break.
The Lynx can ill afford to lose the 31-year-old left winger, who has been playing his best hockey of the year of late, for any longer. Morrow took over the club lead in scoring after a stellar two-goal, five-point effort in Friday's 5-4 win over Charlotte.
Morrow was leading the team with 49 points on 20 goals and 29 assists and had a team-high plus-11 rating entering Saturday's contest at Charlotte. Without him, the Lynx dressed just eight forwards and four defenseman, four skaters under the limit.
Manitoba's plans for defenseman Cal Benazic, who was reassigned to the Lynx last week, are still up in the air.
The 25-year-old Benazic injured his knee in Tuesday's win at Pensacola, but not as badly as initially thought. He suffered a strained MCL, but should be ready to return to the lineup after the all-star break.
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The former Hampton Roads Admirals have withdrawn their ECHL franchise from Atlantic City, N.J., and owners on Thursday announced plans to sell the club.
The ECHL Admirals left town with the arrival of the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League this season. The franchise was supposed to take this year off and resurface in Atlantic City next season.
But the club sold only 172 season tickets and were short on business sponsorships. The ECHL calls for franchises to sell at least 1,500 season tickets and $250,000 in sponsorships before entering a new market.
Owners Mark Garcea and Page Johnson, who purchased the Admirals for $2 million, reportedly are looking at Gwinnett County in suburban Atlanta and Myrtle Beach, S.C., as a possible home for a new ECHL team.
Center Lars Pettersen did not record a shot on goal and was minus-1 in his first two AHL games with the Worcester IceCats. No word yet on how long Pettersen's stint with Worcester will last, but the IceCats are ravaged by injuries and call-ups to NHL St. Louis. ... Albany River Rats goaltender J-F Damphousse was named the AHL Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4. Damphousse, who was 4-7-0 with a 4.35 goals-against average in 14 games with the Lynx last season, stopped 97 of 102 shots in posting three straight victories. The 21-year-old was the New Jersey Devils' first-round draft pick in 1997. ... Winger Bryan Duce has 22 points on 12 goals and 10 assists in 31 games for the Adirondack IceHawks of the United League, which is one step below the ECHL. Duce began the season experimenting as a defenseman with Albany of the AHL, but was sent down in late November.
One of the Lynx's biggest fans and corporate sponsors, local real estate agent Sam Roney, made it to the pages of The Times of Trenton, N.J., last week.
Roney e-mailed Times sportswriter Mark Simon, who covers the Trenton Titans, after stating the Titans "played down to the level of their competition," in a 2-1 shootout win over the Lynx Jan. 24 in Trenton. In his weekly ECHL column in The Times, Simon addressed Roney's e-mail, as well as comments made by Lynx coach Jim Burton in Jan. 26 editions of The Chronicle.
The column can be accessed at The Times' Web site at www.nj.com/titans.
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