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Being that it's a slow week for Lightning news...
The Albany Times Union reported yesterday that Eric Healey signed a free agent contract with the Colorado Avalanche on July 13, 2007. Healey was signed by the Lightning last summer and scored a career high 75 points (27 goals, 48 assists) enroute to leading Tampa's AHL affiliate in Springfield in goals, assists, and points. Healey finished the 2006-2007 AHL campaign as its 12th leading scorer.
The Detroit Free Press reported on Wednesday that the Red Wings signed forward Carl Corazzini to a one-year deal on July 16, 2007. Corazzini spent the last two seasons as an offensive fixture for the AHL's Norfolk Admirals, Tampa's new AHL affiliate. It was speculated by BoltProspects early in the off-season that Tampa might target Corrazzini as a possible signee for the 2007-2008 campaign, but the Lightning instead signed Craig MacDonald and Mathieu Darche as veteran offensive leaders for the Admirals.
If you are reading this, then you know BoltProspects was offline for about 24 hours following an epic battle between an electrical storm and some internet hardware. The lightning won.
As Chad put it, the irony of ironies is that BoltProspects.com was taken offline by lightning. Go figure.
We'll were back and looking forward to Pete and Chad's coverage and analysis of Tampa's picks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft this weekend.
** UPDATE **
BoltProspects server move scheduled for this evening is complete. Continue to enjoy BoltProspects content.
FYI for our staff and readers...
I did a little site housekeeping today by re-organizing the layout of the depth charts, draft history, and player transaction information. Specifically, I created books for each of those categories and moved the existing content into pages of their respective book. Hopefully, this will make it easier for folks to navigate and reference the information, and help us to maintain and add future information.
On a WDAE radio call-in show yesterday, Lightning GM Jay Feaster tipped his hat regarding some of his thinking going into next season's roster planning and payroll. Perhaps Feaster is using different mathematical techniques than me, but I can't seem to get his roster plan to add up with the payroll budget he says he's working with. And no one seems to be calling him out on it. So, I guess I'll take a shot...
I'd like to send out a big thanks to the whole BoltProspects.com community. Yesterday's NHL trade deadline broke a couple of records here at our modest little site -- a record 1,651 page views from 508 visits by 276 unique visitors. All single day records for BoltProspects.com. Certainly modest numbers by some site standards, but a proud moment for our little baby.
Again thanks for your continued support as we continue to strive to be your online source for Tampa Bay Lightning prospects, and as we partner with all of you to build a thriving online community.
Mike Lundin and his high-ranked U of Maine teammates will be taking on New Hampshire this coming weekend broadcast on CSTV. Just a heads up for some of you guys with cable/satellite that might want to checkout Lundin.
Seems we had an internet service outage that kept BP offline Wednesday morning from about 8:15am CT to about 9:40 am. The outage was completely unrelated to our server upgrade that happened Tuesday afternoon, so no worries there.
I've completed the move of the site to new phat server box. Let me know if anyone experiences anything weird or strange...
I added a photo album in the BP Media Gallery containing several historical photos of Dusty Rhodes using by the Lightning community over the years to signal a Lightning or Falcon victory. I had noticed that Dusty's face has not been showing up lately, so I figured he didn't have a reference home on the web anymore.
We'll BP is here to serve... Welcome back, Dusty. Put the boys on your back and take 'em to the post-season.