Beech Traded at the OHL Deadline

Tampa goaltending prospect Kevin Beech was shocked by the news that he was dealt by the Sudbury Wolves to the Erie Otters for a 2007 conditional draft pick at the OHL deadline as reported earlier today by the Sudbury Star.

Sudbury earlier traded for Toronto St. Michael's Majors overaged scoring star Justin Donati. That trade put put the Wolves over the 3 man overager limit, requiring Sudbury to deal one of its other three overagers. Beech was the odd man out.

Sudbury Star wrote:

"I never thought this was going to happen, so it's real unexpected," Beech said, especially considering how well he felt he had played lately. "I had the one bad game after Christmas, but if you look at my numbers over the last month and a half, I think I've played great. But the Wolves need scoring, and I can't bring that."

Helenius recovering

I talked yesterday with doctor (M.D) of Team Ilves about Riku Helenius. He said, that Riku´s healing is in schedule. Riku has no-contact "order", but he is practicing at ice. I understand, what doctor said, that Riku is skating, but nothing more. They will evaluate Riku´s permission to play in late February. So Riku might get in action early March. Sadly I know, that Riku will play in Ilves Jr. team rest of the season, because men´s team has already two goalies. We will hope, that Tuukka Rask is heading to Boston next summer and Riku might get a chance to be No. 1 goalie in Team Ilves in next season.

NHL Game Night 1/9: Penguins at Lightning

Did I just hear that right? 11 straight wins against the Penguins?

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TB-3

Johan Holmqvist stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for the win. Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each had 1 goal and 1 assist by the game winning goal was potted by The Secret Weapon 2, Andreas Karlsson. Vaclav Prospal and Dan Boyle registered individual assists.

The win moves the Lightning back to .500 at 21-21-2, good for 44 points and putting the Lightning now just 1 point behind Washington for 8th in the Eastern Conference. Next up: a "ginormous" tilt with the Capitals at home.

What a difference a little goaltending and an occassional goal from a checking liner makes.

First Period
Pittsburgh 0:24, Sidney Crosby 21 (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 6:11, Vincent Lecavalier 24 (Vaclav Prospal, Martin St. Louis)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 6:46, Martin St. Louis 27 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Dan Boyle)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 3:15, Andreas Karlsson 3 (Martin St. Louis)
Pittsburgh 17:19, Colby Armstrong 5 (Brooks Orpik)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 1/1-1/7

January's opening week was not kind to the Lightning's minor pro prospects. So, for the first time, we have a multiple winner from the junior ranks...

Tuesday's Elitserien Score

Andreas Holmqvist registered 1 assist today to extend his point scoring streak to 5 games, but Linkopings was pummelled 8-3 by Malmo. Linkopings is currently 6th in the Elitserien, but Malmo entered the day dead last on the league table.

Discussion Forums are active

Enjoy!

Access via the navigation link on your side panel or click here. You can use familiar BBCode for posting on the forums, as well as posting any kind of content.

Someone want to start a game day thread for tonight? :)

By the way, I just threw some kind of forum hierarchy and organization together kind of quickly. We can change that if someone has some better ideas.

Hrdel Returned to Johnstown

The Falcons have also announced that they have returned winger Zbynek Hrdel to Johnstown of the ECHL. Hrdel was recalled from the Chiefs when a rash of injuries hit the Falcons with Justin Keller out with a high ankle sprain, Randy Rowe out with a bad lower back and Norm Milley shelved with a broken jaw. The move likely signals that Keller or Rowe will be returning this week as Milley is projected to be out 2-4 weeks.

Karri Ramo Named to AHL All-Star Team

The Springfield Falcons have announced today that goaltender Karri Ramo has been selected to appear for its PlanetUSA team at the upcoming AHL All-Star Game taking place on January 29th. Ramo is 12-9-0 this season with a 3.13 GAA, a .904 save percentage and 1 shutout. The 20 year old netminder made his NHL debut earlier this year making an appearance in relief during a brief callup against the Ottawa Senators.

Choose Your Own Theme

Ok...

I enabled an option that allows site users to select their own theme from a set of "approved" themes. One of the themes will be the site default theme. You can customize your viewing theme by clicking My Account -> Edit and then scrolling down and selecting a theme from the list of loaded themes.

At this moment, there's only about three or four available. I've got a more, but I need to review them before activating some for user selection. I'll get to this later today, so check the comments on this post for some updated info from me.

New Look & Message Boards

Leave some feedback regarding the new look... like/dislike?

Also, there has been some chatter here and over at some of the other Lightning-focused message boards about Bolt Prospects getting into the message board business. First of all... the software that we use at BP has discussion forums built into it. So, it's really just a mouse click and a little configuration to get them up and rolling. Not much effort. But...

The BP staff have not really decided if we want to compete with the various message boards. We can probably be persuaded, but message boards are only fun if a lot of folks are contributing. And, even though our software has discussion forums built in, the software's main purpose is not to be a message board, but to be a knowledge base and community publishing forum. That can include discussion forums, but they won't be feature rich like some message board specialty software. But the forums integrate well with all the other community publishing options we are trying to grow here. Maybe the time has come... I can promise they won't ever be orange, but I can't promise you an ignore feature. But there are other ways to handle that.

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