**Afternoon update: Casey Cizikas has been recalled. Aaron Ness and Kevin Poulin have been returned. Travis Hamonic and Evgeni Nabokov are back as expected.**
At last we have a conclusive answer to The Wire-inspired question, "Where's Wallace?"
In Tampa Bay via Bridgeport, that's where. The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed him off waivers today.
Tim Wallace (who bears zero resemblance to the -- um, spoiler alert? -- murdered fictional 14-year-old in this century's best television show, but an NHL season is long and prompts silliness such as this) now joins a distinguished line of former Islanders from String's, I mean Snow's, crew who found new product and new work with Marlow, I mean Yzerman, in Florida.
Put on waivers for reassignment yesterday, Wallace was actually in Bridgeport for a post-practice skate today when told of the news, according to Michael Fornabaio. Fornabaio also reports there are no hints to any forward callups, if any are pending.
Which is not necessary, exactly -- Wallace was waived as an extra forward already and saw minimal fourth-line minutes when he did play. His departure does not hurt the Islanders directly, but he was a contributor earlier this season in Bridgeport. (Of course, the Sound Tigers have been on a tear since Jan. 1, all without Wallace, so who knows their secret.) If Wallace was to take the place in Bridgeport of a callup, they'll have to PTO or rehab their way around that.
But Wallace? With the Lightning selling off players for picks, he'll join Nate Thompson and the gang of TBL-over-NYI coverup tattoos as Steve Yzerman rides out the season with an eye on next year. It's all in the game.