HF- "Lets Just Pretend Mike Lundin Doesn't Exist"

What gives HF? Seriously.

Look, we're long past the point of expecting anything resembling objectivity considering one of your top writers was once quoted as claiming Blair Jones was "trash" because he was a 4th round pick, but can you guys at least acknowledge that Mike Lundin (another 4th round pick, so I guess that makes him "trash" too) has made the NHL? Is that really too much to ask?

Sweden Finishes Last in Channel One Cup

Sweden finished 0-3 in the Channel One Cup on the Euro Tour yesterday. Lightning prospect Johan Harju appeared in the tournament for the Swedes posting an assist and 6 penalty minutes largely in fourth line duty. Russia finished atop the tournament table at 3-0 led by former Lightning prospect Fedor Fedorov.

BCHL, CHL Weekend: 12/15-12/16

North American junior game results from Saturday and Sunday:

Cunti Leaving SCSU

According to Kevin Allenspach of the St. Cloud Times, Lightning prospect Luca Cunti has informed the team he is going to leave school after waiting for clearance to play for the entire Fall semester of school. Cunti will now likely join Chicago of the USHL before weighing his other options which may include returning to SCSU next Fall, but early indications are that scenario is unlikely.

Bolt Prospects would like to thank the NCAA Clearing House for wasting half a year of one of the Lightning's prized prospects' time and for denying him the opportunity to develop in a situation that would've been ideal for his growth as a player.

NHL Game Night 12/15: Capitals at Lightning

Losing sucks.

WAS-3
TB-2

Johan Holmqvist allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
Tampa Bay 4:28, Paul Ranger 6 (Vincent Lecavalier)
Washington 14:26, Tomas Fleischmann 5 (Michael Nylander, Alexander Semin)

Second Period
Washington 0:08, Dave Steckel 2 (Brian Pothier)
Tampa Bay 5:50, Vincent Lecavalier 22 (Vaclav Prospal)

Third Period
Washington 5:06, Brian Pothier 3 (Matt Pettinger, Tomas Fleischmann)

Mathieu Darche was -1 in 16:28 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 hits.

Mike Lundin continues to get minimal ice time, playing 11:39 tonight with a -1 rating a 1 blocked shot.

Blair Jones played 1 shift. 9 seconds. Someone do the math how much money he made on a per second basis tonight. Talk about easy money.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/15: Phantoms at Admirals

Pretty sad when your goaltender only lets one in and you still lose.

PHI-1
NOR-0

Karri Ramo allowed just 1 goal on 27 shots but the punchless Ads were unable to give the young netminder a sliver of goal support. Ramo drops to 2-4-0 on the season.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
PHI Powe, (2) , 10:08 (SH)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

CHL, BCHL Game Night: 12/14

Friday night's highlights:

  • Jung continues to play well for Kelowna
  • Fadden and Lethbridge make their Top-10 debut
  • Tyrell and Prince George struggling

AHL Game Night 12/14: Bears at Admirals

Eventually when you keep subtracting forwards, something like this happens.

HER-5
NOR-1

Karri Ramo held Hershey to 1 goal through 40 minutes but the floodgates opened in the third. He allowed 3 goals on 25 shots in the game for the loss before being lifted for Jonathan Boutin who allowed 2 goals on 4 shots the rest of the way. Norfolk was outshot 29-20 in the game.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
HER Joudrey, (3) (Potulny, McNeill), 8:50

Third Period
HER Wilson, (6) (Barney), 3:47
HER Joudrey, (4) (Potulny, Lepisto), 5:07
NOR Stewart, (7) , 8:56
HER Barney, (3) (Wilson, Morgan), 10:14
HER Potulny, (9) (Lepisto, Wilson), 17:51 (PP)

Blair Jones was a key cog at forward for Norfolk so far this season playing over 20 minutes a night with a significant power play role. It will take time for the Admirals to adjust to his absence.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Admirals Sign Kearns to PTO

In response to the callup of Blair Jones, the Norfolk Admirals have signed center Bracken Kearns to a professional tryout contract. Kearns, 26, has played 17 games for Reading this season scoring 5 goals and 18 points with 17 penalty minutes. Kearns has one full year worth of AHL experience having played 79 games for Milwaukee in 1996-97 scoring 11 goals and 26 points in 79 games with 59 penalty minutes. The 6'0" 195 lbs forward spent his formative years playing for the University of Calgary of the CIS where he had 12 goals and 35 points in 43 games with 18 penalty minutes as a senior.

Ouellet Out, Jones Up

The Lightning have recalled center Blair Jones from Norfolk of the AHL. The move comes after the club learned winger Michel Ouellet is likely to miss 4-6 weeks with a separated shoulder.

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