KHL Game Day: 9/13

Denis Kazionov was scoreless with 2 shots on goal in 14:17 as Ekaterinburg fell to Cherepovets 4-1.

Tomorrow will be a heavy slate for the Lightning's Russian prospects. Vasily Koshechkin and Togliatti take on Yaroslavl. Dimitri Kazionov and Kazan face KHK MVD. Johan Harju and Dynamo Moscow will face Astana. And, finally, Karri Ramo and Omsk will face Dynamo Riga.

Smolenak Officially Signs

Lost in the excitement of the opening of camp...

(Tampa Bay Lightning release) The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have re-signed LW Radek Smolenak to a one-year contact today, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

KHL Game Day: 9/12

Josef Stumpel scored a goal with just nine seconds remaining in overtime to spoil Karri Ramo's Russian debut as Omsk fell to Astana 1-0. Ramo stopped 17 of 18 shots in the match.

Vasily Koshechkin stopped 33 of 36 shots as Togliatti defeated KHK MVD.

Dimitry Kazionov was -2 in 12:20 of ice time as Kazan fell to Spartak Moscow 4-1.

In other news, prospect Denis Kazionov has moved from Khabarovsk to Ekaterinburg. He was -1 in his debut with the club yesterday in the team's 3-1 loss to Magnitogorsk. He played 12:14 in the match. The younger Kazionov and Ekaterinburg will face off with Cherepovets tomorrow.

KHL Game Day: 9/11

Johan Harju was scoreless in 15:55 of ice time as Dynamo Moscow fell to CSKA 3-2 in overtime in Harju's Russian debut. Harju, who was versatile in his time in the Swedish Elitserien, played center today and was 53% on draws.

Linus Omark was also scoreless in the match for Dynamo. Among Harju's other Dynamo teammates are former Lightning properties Dimitry Afanasenkov and Vadim Epanchintsev. Afanasenkov had a goal in the match.

Tomorrow will feature Karri Ramo's Russian debut for Omsk as well as matches for overage prospects Dimitry Kazionov and Vasily Koshechkin.

Admirals To Give Keller a Chance

Erik Erlendsson is reporting that the Norfolk Admirals head coach Darren Rumble said that former Lightning prospect forward Justin Keller will attend the 2009 Admirals training camp as a professional tryout. The 2004 8th round pick by Tampa was not tendered a qualifying offer this June by Bolt GM Brian Lawton after his three-year entry-level rookie contract expired. Keller was just one of two Lightning players under contract that was not invited to the 2008 training camp in Tampa. Keller subsequently started the 2008-09 season playing for the now defunct August Lynx (ECHL) but was recalled to Norfolk after just four games behind four goals and an assist. Keller went on to score career high 18 goals and 37 points in just 58 games for the Admirals.

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have inked prospect forward Radek Smolenak to a one year contract pending the receipt of a document from the KHL indicating his freedom from any contractual obligations. The gritty Czech winger, dubbed with the nickname "Smoke", signed a contract with a KHL team for the 2009-10 season back in May after his three-year entry-level contract with the Lightning had expired. However, Smolenak was recently cut from his KHL team during its exhibition season reportedly due to the team's limited number of import player roster slots. Tampa had retained Smolenak's NHL rights in June by filing a qualifying offer to the player. It seemed a contract was imminent when Smolenak's name appeared on the Lightning's 2009 training camp roster on Wednesday.

Stay tuned for more details as this story develops.

KHL Game Day: 9/10

Dimitry Kazionov was scoreless in 11:30 of ice time as Kazan defeated Yaroslavl 3-2 in overtime in the opening match of the KHL season.

Tomorrow, Johan Harju will make his KHL debut as Dynamo Moscow squares off with CSKA.

The Prospect Season Starts Today

Training camp is just around the corner for the Lightning, and in about a month they'll be dropping the puck on the 2009-2010 NHL season. But, for Lightning prospect followers the season starts Thursday, September 10, when Dimitri Kazionov and Kazan square off with Yaroslavl. It will be Bolt Prospects' fifth season of covering the team's prospects, and one of the most interesting in the past half decade. Here's a quick preview of the year ahead:

Lightning Announce 2009 Training Camp Roster

The Tampa Bay Lighting announced the roster for their 2009 training camp on Wednesday. Camp is scheduled to start Saturday, September 12.

The roster includes six of the seven 2009 draft picks including Victor Hedman, Carter Ashton, and Richard Panik. The roster also includes prospect forward Radek Smolenak, who had planned to play the 2009-10 season in the KHL but had been recently cut from that team. The Lightning had retained Smolenak's NHL rights, and it has been rumored that Tampa is still interested in getting the gritty winger under contract.

The roster also includes four unsigned 2008 prospect draftees including forwards James Wright, Kyle DeCoste, and Matias Sointu as well as defenseman Mark Barberio.

Finally, as reported earlier today by Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, the roster includes free agent tryout Brett McLean. The 31 year old veteran forward had his $1.7M salary bought out by the Florida Panthers on June 29th, and is looking to impress the Lighting enough to earn a contract.

Lightning Sign Lundin

(Tampa Bay Lightning release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Mike Lundin to a one-year contract today, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. Lundin, 6-foot-2, 188 pounds, has played in 106 career games with the Lightning, including 81 in 2007-08, recording eight assists. He represented Tampa Bay in the 2008 NHL YoungStars Game in Dallas. During that season, Lundin ranked second on the Lightning and first among defensemen with a plus-3 rating after making the team out of training camp directly from college.
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