Training Camp

Bolts Finalize Roster; Demote Drouin, Connolly, Tyrell Among Others

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reduced their roster by 10 today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning’s active roster stands at 23 players, with 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.

The following is a list of players and where they have been assigned:

Mike Angelidis Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
J.T. Brown Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Brett Connolly Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Jean-Philippe Cote Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Jonathan Drouin Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Kristers Gudlevskis Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Dmitry Korobov Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Nikita Kucherov Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Matt Taormina Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Dana Tyrell Syracuse Crunch (AHL)

The Bolts will open their season on Thursday night when they travel to Boston to take on the Bruins with puck-drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Lightning Add 4 More to Crunch

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reduced their training camp roster by four tonight, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning’s camp roster now sits at 36, with 19 forwards, 14 defensemen and three goaltenders.

Forwards Vladislav Namestnikov, Cedric Paquette, Philippe Paradis and Geoff Walker were assigned to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) following tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Walker must clear waivers.

The Crunch will open training camp on Tuesday, September 24 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Bolts Cut 18 from Camp Roster

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reduced their training camp roster by 18 today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning’s camp roster now sits at 40, with 23 forwards, 14 defensemen and three goaltenders.

Lightning Return Dotchin to Juniors; Release Two Others

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have trimmed their training camp roster by three today, releasing forward Brett Welychka, defenseman Jake Dotchin and goaltender Eric Brassard from their amateur tryout agreements, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

The Lightning roster now consists of 59 players, of those there are 32 forwards, 22 defensemen and five goaltenders. The Lightning will travel to Orlando tomorrow night for their first preseason game when they host the St. Louis Blues at the Amway Center at 7 p.m.

2013-2014 Training Camp: Day 1

Players reported for camp today and most spent it taking care of various chores: a gauntlet of paperwork, photos and media inquiries. The only players scheduled to hit the ice for a (private) practice were those from the recently completed rookie camp squad.

Amid all of the bustle, Bolt Prospects was able to catch up with some of the staff and players. Here are some takeaways and select quotes:

Barberio, Giliati Score in Team Black Shootout Win

2008 draft pick Mark Barberio scored an unassisted goal 40 seconds into the 2nd half of Sunday's training camp scrimmage to give Team Black a 2-0 lead. Team Black had posted the only marker in the 1st half as 2010 1st rounder Brett Connolly and Martin St. Louis assisted on a Steven Stamkos tally. Prospect Stefano Giliati, an off-season acquisition from Toronto in the Matt Lashoff trade, opened the scoring for Team White with assists from 2006 draftee Kevin Quick and Dominic Moore. Simon Gagne then netted his first goal in a Lightning jersey, the equalizer for Team White, with assists from James Wright and 2009 1st rounder Carter Ashton.

Ashton, Juraj Simek, Niklas Persson, Connolly, and Marc-Andre Pouliot all missed shootout attempts before former Bolt and training camp invitee Eric Perrin won the match for Team Black in the shootout. Mike Smith stopped 20 of 22 for Team White, while Dan Ellis stopped 18 of 20 for Team Black.

Panik Rings Up A Deuce On Saturday

Richard Panik notched two goals leading Team White in a 6-2 victory over Team Black in Saturday's Training Camp scrimmage. It was an impressive outing for the 2009 2nd round pick, who came to training camp still without a entry-level contract and questions whether his 2010-11 destination is Belleville or Norfolk. Swedish free agent acquisition Niklas Persson also made quite an impression tallying two goals of his own for Team White. James Wright scored a goal and added an assist, building upon his team leading efforts at the recent Traverse City prospects tournament. 2007 draft pick Johan Harju added two assists for White, while first rounders Carter Ashton, Vladimir Mihalik and Brett Connolly also assisted on goals.

Prospects Dustin Tokarski and Jaroslav Janus split 20 minutes each in net for Team White. Janus stopped a perfect 5 shots in light duty, while Tokarski turned away 17 of 19 shots.

Mihalik Earns Starting Role in Opener

Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times reports that behemoth Bolts prospect defenseman Vladimir Mihalik has not only earned a roster with the Tampa Bay Lightning but is assured of playing in the team's 2008-09 season opener against the New York Rangers on October 4th in Prague. At 6.08 and 241 lbs, the young Slovakian blueliner has drawn comparisons to Boston's Zdeno Chara.

Coming into training camp, BoltProspects had tagged Mihalik as a darkhorse candidate to win a roster spot, but with Matt Smaby and newcomers like Janne Niskala, Andrew Hutchinson, and Ty Wishart slotted ahead of him in the depth chart, chances were slim that he would be starting the season in Bolts sweater.

Norfolk Makes 8 Cuts

The Norfolk Admirals have announced eight players have been cut from their training camp roster. In this first round of cuts, no Tampa prospects were released. The camp roster now counts 29 players remaining, including the still unsigned Tampa prospect forward Mitch Fadden.

Four of the eight players cut were reassigned to Tampa's ECHL affiliate in Augusta including forwards Matt Auffrey, Michael Field, Sean E. O'Connor, and Jamie Thompson. Defenseman Jason Beckett and goaltender Nick Boucher were returned to the Fort Wayne Komets of the IHL, while defenseman Chris Kaufman and forward Sean D. O'Connor were returned to their respective ECHL teams in Bakersfield and Phoenix.

Bochenski, Konopka Clear Waivers

Despite some concern of whether forwards Brandon Bochenski and Zenon Konopka would clear waivers, both forwards passed through unclaimed at noon on Monday and have been reassigned to the Norfolk Admirals. Bochenski and Konopka was cut from the Tampa Bay training camp on Thursday night just prior to the team leaving for its European season opener against the New York Rangers next weekend in Prague. Both had to wait until Saturday's beginning of the 2008-09 NHL waiver season. The two are expected to be two-thirds of the Admirals top line to start the 2008-09 season, with head coach Darren Rumble on record as saying that Konopka would serve as the team's captain if not claimed.

Preseason action continues for the 0-2-0-0 Admirals this Friday and Saturday when the Philadelphia Phantoms play back-to-back games at the Scope in Norfolk.

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