The Swedish newspaper the Norlandska Socialdemokraten is reporting (link in Swedish) that the Lightning have signaled their intention to sign Swedish sniper Johan Harju at the end of this season. Lulea GM Lars Bergstrom is quoted in the paper as being resigned to the fact that Harju and his teammate, Edmonton prospect Linus Omark, will be headed to North America next season. Harju, who was drafted by the Lightning in the 6th round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has played much of this season at second line center for Lulea, but can also play left wing. The 22 year old, 6'3" 205 lbs forward is currently tied for 12th in the Elitserien in scoring with 20 goals and 34 points in 44 games. Those 20 goals are tied for 4th best in the league and his 9 power play goals are tied for 3rd best.
Hat tip to Sotnos from the message boards.
Harju pots his 20th goal of the season.
Boleslav continues its quest to climb out of last place.
Sointu is still out.
And Tukonen gets shelved as well...
The Lightning's blueline injury problems extend all the way to Slovakia, apparently.
Other than a Koshechkin shutout, not much to see here. Full stats at the end of the post.
Radim Vrbata had 1 goal and 1 assist and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes in Boleslav's 4-2 win over Mountfield. Denis Kazionov did not play.
Radim Vrbata had 1 goal in Boleslav's 3-1 win over Zlin. Denis Kazionov had 2 penalty minutes in the match.
Denis Kazionov scored the game tying goal with 43 seconds left in Boleslav's 3-2 win over Karlovy Vary. The young Russian also had 2 penalty minutes in the match. Radim Vrbata had assisted on the overtime winner and was +2 with 12 penalty minutes.
Boleslav's late season surge places them just 3 points away from crawling out of the Extraliga basement.
Matias Sointu remains out of the lineup for Ilves Jr. A, who went 3-0-0 with wins over Jokerit, Assat, and Lahti's Jr. A teams.
Lauri Tukonen was scoreless with 2 shots on goal in 19:15 in Lukko's 2-1 loss to Assat.
Lauri Tukonen was -1 with 2 shots on goal in 16:24 in Lukko's 4-2 win over Jokerit.
Lauri Tukonen had 2 helpers and was +1 with 3 shots in 16:56 in Lukko's 4-1 win over KalPa.
Lauri Tukonen was -1 with 3 shots in 19:51 in Lukko's 5-0 loss to SaiPa.
Lauri Tukonen had 2 helpers and was +2 in 17:48 in Lukko's 4-1 win over HIFK.