Originally created 03/29/03

Lynx won't get help from Smith







Former Lynx Corey Smith, whom coach David Wilkie planned to sign this week for the final three games of the season, will not be joining the team after all.

Smith, who played for the Macon Trax of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League this season and led the league in scoring among defensemen, had an MRI earlier this week that revealed a partially torn labrum in his shoulder.

Wilkie hoped the scrappy defenseman would add some depth to a thin blueline missing its top two players. Phil Roy is out for the rest of the regular season after knee surgery, while Jay Leach was promoted to Springfield of the American Hockey League this past week.

"It would have been a nice addition going into the weekend," Wilkie said. "But we've made due with four defenseman for a while now, so I think we'll be fine."

NO LAZER: Speaking of Springfield, there was talk earlier this week that the AHL club would reassign forward Ryan Lauzon to the Lynx for the weekend, but Wilkie learned Thursday the speedy winger was staying put.

"We hoped to get him back now, but if we make the playoffs, there's a chance Lazer will be coming back," Wilkie said.

The status of Leach and former captain Brad Ralph, who is also up with Springfield, for the playoffs is still uncertain, Wilkie said.

Teams must submit playoff rosters to the ECHL office by noon Monday.

SCOUT NIGHT: Only a handful of National Hockey League scouts have been through Augusta over the years, but two have attended Lynx games in the past week.

On Friday, Morey Gare of the Edmonton Oilers was on hand Saturday to get a look at 6-foot-7 Stingrays defenseman Brent Henley.

He also had the chance to reunite with one of his former players, Lynx forward Tyson Holly, whom he coached at Northern Michigan University.

Gare coached three seasons as Northern Michigan's head coach, including Holly's freshman season of 1995-96. He spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL before joining the Oilers' scouting staff this season.

Last weekend, Dan McKinnon of the Nashville Predators was in the stands.

Reach Rob Mueller at (706) 823-3425