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12-19-2012, 01:41 AM
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"It's a completely different situation (in the NHL). Last year was all about performance. You have to win every night,'' Connolly said after practice Tuesday. "Sometimes you're not going to play as much as you like. Down here, it's more development. Having me down here has been good for me. I feel like I'm in juniors again, scoring. It's nice to get that feeling back. Being a go-to guy on this team will help me down the road.''

Tampa Bay assistant general manager Julien BriseBois said skill players like Connolly in particular need a lot of playing time to expedite their development.

"It's easy for him to be involved in the game when he knows he's going to be on the ice more,'' BriseBois said. "I think he's a lot more assertive on the ice, with and without the puck. There's been a progression from the start of camp to now where he's increased the number of active shifts to inactive shifts. He's doing a better job getting involved in the play.''
Injured Syracuse Crunch rookie center Vladdy Namestnikov has been buzzing around practice and looks to be close to a return.

Namestnikov has been out with a shoulder injury since Oct. 21. He might not be back this weekend, but a return immediately after Christmas is possible.

"I'm feeling better. I'm getting back into it,'' he said after practice Tuesday. "Hopefully, I can be in the lineup soon and prove I can stay in the lineup.''
On Saturday, Conacher had the first fight of his pro career, against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Joe Morrow. After practice on Tuesday, Conacher said he's ready to go again, if needed.

"I think so, now that I got the first one of the way,'' Conacher said. "I'm not going to look for a fight, but now I have one under my belt.''
Conacher said a few Syracuse players were baiting Morrow all game long to get him to go. He refused. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Morrow was apparently more agreeable when the 5-foot-8, 179-pound Conacher challenged him in the third period.

"I've never dropped the gloves. But I was watching the game, I felt maybe he was the guy I could fight,'' Conacher said. "He's got to understand. Obviously, We're not a team that will do something dirty (to start a fight). I picked my spot. I'm sure he was ready for something. I just threw my gloves off and started throwing. I think I did OK.''

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