• Bolts Re-Sign Taormina To Two-Way Deal

    News: Matt Taormina signed Wednesday with the Lightning on a one-year, two-way contract.
    Analysis: The 28-year-old defenseman appeared in 78 games at AHL Worcester last season, recording 11 goals and 38 points. He previously saw action in nine games with the Lightning during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, but he's unlikely to warrant serious consideration for duties with the parent club this time around.
  • Blue Jackets Acquire Taormina From Bolts

    News: Matt Taormina and Dana Tyrell were traded to the Blue Jackets on Wednesday in exchange for Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Dalton Smith.
    Analysis: Matt Taormina, 27, had six goals and 12 assists over 41 games with AHL Syracuse. As his age would suggest, Taormina really isn't a prospect at this point and probably can't be counted upon to earn a callup to the Blue Jackets this season. Look for him to report to AHL Springfield.
  • Lightning's Taormina Sent To AHL

    News: Matt Taormina was re-assigned to AHL Syracuse on Wednesday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Jean-Philippe Cote was brought up and will take Matt Taormina's place along the blue line, but Taormina's demotion also suggests Victor Hedman (lower body) will be able to go Thursday against Nashville. Taormina failed to record a point in his seven games with Tampa.
  • Bolts Recall Taormina

    News: Matt Taormina was recalled from AHL Syracuse on Wednesday, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: Matt Taormina's call-up is largely for insurance purposes, as both Eric Brewer and Radko Gudas are nursing injuries at the moment. The 27-year-old was among the final cuts in training camp and isn't expected to see much meaningful ice time during his stay with the Bolts.
  • Taormina Waived By Lightning

    News: Matt Taormina was waived by the Lightning on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: Matt Taormina is likely headed for AHL Syracuse if he clears waivers Monday. He was one of the final cuts in training camp for the Lightning. He played 55 games with AHL Syracuse last season, totaling 24 points on four goals and 20 assists. He will provide the Lightning with depth on defense.
  • Bolts Reassign Taormina

    News: The Lightning reassigned Matt Taormina to AHL Syracuse on Monday.
    Analysis: The defenseman will return to the Crunch after failing to register a point in two games with the Lightning. Matt Taormina will be replaced on the roster by fellow blueliner Mark Barberio, who was called up Monday.
  • Bolts' Recall Taormina From AHL

    News: Matt Taormina has been recalled from AHL Syracuse, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
    Analysis: The 26-year-old defenseman will make his way to the Lightning for the first time this season. Matt Taormina was injured in the Lightning's camp in January and placed on IR. With the departure Marc-Andre Bergeron and the injury to fellow defenseman Victor Hedman, another defenseman was needed, the reason for Taormina's call up.
  • Bolts' Taormina On IR

    News: Matt Taormina was injured at Tampa's training camp and has been placed on injured reserve, reports Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.
    Analysis: He cleared waivers so his next stop will be Syracuse. The injury hasn't been disclosed.
  • Bolts Recall Taormina

    News: Matt Taormina, who has 16 points in 36 AHL games this season, has been called up to Tampa Bay's camp which starts Sunday, reports the Syracuse Post-Standard Dispatch.
    Analysis: There was a time when this diminutive defender was considered a fantasy sleeper. But that was several seasons ago and some significant injuries later. There's an outside chance he might stick as a power-play specialist, but the team can really only afford to have one Marc-Andre Bergeron type on its roster. And they already have Bergeron.
  • Lightning Sign Taormina

    News: Matt Taormina has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning, the team's official Twitter page reported Friday.
    Analysis: Matt Taormina, 25, spent most of last season with the Albany Devils of the AHL, but recorded 12 points (4G, 8A) in 47 NHL games the past two years. He'll head off to Tampa Bay, where there's a chance he'll see more playing time.