Tyrell Back in PG and Ready to Lead

(PG Citizen) Dana Tyrell believes he belongs at a higher level, but that's not going to keep him from doing the best he can at this one.

Tyrell, the captain of the Prince George Cougars, will see his first home action of the WHL season when the Chilliwack Bruins arrive for a doubleheader -- games Friday and Saturday at CN Centre. Tyrell, now a 19-year-old and the longest-tenured player on the team, was on the ice last weekend as the Cats lost in Vancouver but rebounded with an overtime victory in Chilliwack.

"I definitely feel I can play there, and I could've played there this year," said Tyrell, who had a lengthy stay at the main camp of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 10/1

WHL

Spokane Chiefs 1 @ Chilliwack Bruins 2 (SO)
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Did not play

Tokarski got the night off as his backup, 17 year old James Reid, stopped 32 of 33 in the 8-round shootout loss.

Bolts Acquire Sersen from Slovan

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired the rights to defenseman Michal Sersen from the Pittsburgh Penguins today in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, executive vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton announced.

Sersen, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Gelnica, Slovakia, played in 54 games with HC Slovan Bratislava last season, recording nine goals and 18 points. He led all defensemen on the team in goals and was third in points. Sersen also played in 18 playoff games with HC Slovan as they won the Extraliga’s championship. He recorded a goal and three points during the post season. He has played in 96 games with Bratislava during the previous two seasons, recorded 10 goals and 23 points.

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.

Ouellet Assigned to Norfolk

Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times reports winger Michel Ouellet has been assigned to AHL Norfolk after clearing waivers earlier this week.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 9/30

WHL

Spokane Chiefs 6 @ Kamloops Blazers 2
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 30 saves on 32 shots

Tokarski’s shutout streak ended at two when Kamloops’ Tyler Shattock scored early in the first period. Tokarski made 30 saves for his third victory in four games. The Chiefs’ three headed monster of Mitch Wahl (Calgary), Drayson Bowman (Carolina), and Jared Cowen (Likely top-5 pick in 2009) were the game’s three stars.

Michel Ouellet Clears Waivers

The St. Pete Times is reporting that Lightning forward Michel Ouellet has cleared waivers.

He was not immediately reassigned to Norfolk by the team. It would seem this is a developing story.

Lightning Trade Tarnasky to Predators

The St. Pete Times is reporting that forward Nick Tarnasky has been traded to the Nashville Predators for a 2009 conditional pick. The 6th round pick acquired from Nashville will turn into a 5th round pick if Tarnasky plays 50 games for the Predators next season.

Tarnasky, a 9th round pick (#287 overall) of the 2003 entry draft defied the odds and earned a regular NHL roster spot during the 2006-07 season as an energy line forward for then head coach John Tortorella and GM Jay Feaster. Feaster rewarded Tarnasky with a 3 year contract on June 11, 2007. Tarnasky amassed 11 goals, 9 assists, and 162 penalty minutes in 160 games for the Bolts.

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.

Lightning Waive Ouellet

Quebec's RDS is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have waived forward Michel Ouellet. The Lightning are attempting to trim their roster down to 24 by 3pm Oct 3rd, ahead of their season opener against the New York Rangers on Oct 4th in Prague.

Ouellet, signed to a two-year contract by then GM Jay Feaster on July 1, 2007 as a free agent from the Pittsburgh Penguins, has been victimized by a rash of forward signings this summer by the Lightning's new ownership group. Ouellet's contract pays him $1.3M this year, but he is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

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