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Doug O'Brien, who came up to the Lightning with Paul Ranger and at one time was knocking at the NHLs door, has signed with Lukko Rauma in Finland.
O'Brien was traded to Anaheim for Joe Rullier at the trade deadline.
Ironically, Rullier also signed with Lukko Rauma this offseason.
O'Brien, who was a Memorial Cup All-Star with Gatineau the year after he was a sixth round pick (2003). O'Brien was the leading scorer at the 2004 Memorial Cup and was also named the QMJHL's top defenseman that year. The Newfoundland-native had 17 goals and 46 for 63 points in 66 games that in 03-04. He was also +52 and had 146 PIM.
Although they only needed one of the following teams to lose, with losses tonight by both Montreal and Toronto the Lightning have clinched a spot in the 2007 playoffs. They've also clinched - at worst - the 7 seed, though their eyes are on Atlanta and the division.
Just watched 4-UMass against 1-Clarkson on ESPN-U. UMass, in their first tournament game in their history, won in overtime, 1-0. The goal came on the third shot of a sequence started by a Tim Taylor-esque wraparound. Kevin Jarmin (CLB - 4th round '03)came in late and roofed a rebound.
Wessbecker played reasonably well. He didn't hesitate to join the rush on the outside and got there quickly. Also wasn't shy to shoot from the outside and has a pretty quick and hard wrist shot.
I thought UMass goalie Jonathan Quick, a 3rd round pick of the Kings in 05 who has a goal this year, was outstanding. I wonder if Quick was an option instead of Munce from LA in the Burke "deal." My guess is no.
In todayâ€™s Springfield Republican they briefly mention the Edmonton rumors:
Falcons president and general manager Bruce Landon met with the Booster Club prior to the game. "We have two years left on our deal with Tampa Bay," Landon said, debunking a rumor that Edmonton was planning to become Springfield's parent team next season. "I told our fans that I feel their pain." Landon also assured the fans the Falcons have not been sold and will operate next season.
As Nigel mentioned in the Greco/AHL discussion, Bill Barber and Claude Loiselle canceled their appearance with Springfield fans to watch Mike Lundin play UMass. If Maine's season is indeed finished, and considering Springfield's injuries to their defensemen (Rosehill, Rullier and now Matt Smaby), Lundin could be signed pretty quick - pending education issues, I'm sure.
Quick update on former Lightning prospect Gerald Coleman, who was traded last week as part of a package for Shane O'Brien. Coleman started for Portland against Manchester on Saturday night, allowing 5 goals on 29 shots, including 4 on 14 shots in the 3rd period to break open a 1-0 game. The Pirates lost 5-1.