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December 22, 2005

Chiefs called to AHL

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Henrich has six goals and 13 points in 23 games, including two goals and three assists in his last 10 outings. The Tampa Bay Lightning selected Henrich, 6-4, 238, in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played six games with the Chiefs last season and appeared in 63 games with Springfield.

“Henrich has put together three or four consistent games,” Chiefs General Manager Toby O’Brien said. “He and Kelly have been a good pair together. The organization is trying to reward the guys who are doing the best. That’s what they’ve said from the beginning and they’re trying to live up to their word.”

Tarabrin has emerged as a key player on the top line after beginning the season as a healthy scratch and rotating on and off the injured list. Tarabrin has three goals and seven points in 18 games, with all of the goals coming in the last 10 games.

“Dmitri has gone from a filler player, an IR extra body, to a first-line right wing,” O’Brien said of the 29-year-old vet. “A lot of credit should be given to Dmitri Tarabrin for maturing, growing up and accepting responsibility in life.”

Originally, the Lightning planned to promote tough forward Brandon Elliott, but the former fifth-round draft pick injured his thumb during a first-period fight against Charlotte.

Forward Randy Rowe also had been tabbed for a holiday call up, but Rowe has been out with an abdomen injury and probably won’t return until the 9-12-7 Chiefs play at Trenton on Dec. 30, then host Columbia on New Year’s Eve.

“We’re looking forward to getting Randy Rowe back,” O’Brien said. “Mike Egener has worked out the last two days and we’re looking forward to getting him back. Two Springfield guys were called up to Tampa, and (Springfield forward) Zbynek Hrdel’s knee is injured, probably for two weeks. I think Kelly and Elliott will get a few games, then Tampa will make a decision from there.”

O’Brien said forward Paul Caponigri suffered a concussion after his head hit the ice during a second-period fight on Tuesday and probably will miss at least two to three weeks.



Mike Mastovich can be reached at 532-5083 or mmastovich@tribdem.com.

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