Saturday's KHL Scores

Anton But was scoreless in CSKA's 2-0 loss to Mytischi. Alexei Glukhov did not play in the match.

Vitali Smolianinov was scoreless in Astana's 3-2 loss to Kazan. Ilya Solarev did not play for Astana. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless for Kazan.

Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Nizhnekamsk's 4-2 loss to Dynamo Moscow.

Vasily Koshechkin did not play in Togliatti's 2-1 loss to Omsk.

Friday's KHL Scores

Anton But was scoreless in CSKA's 3-1 win over MVD.

Albert Vishnyakov had a goal in Novokuznetsk's 7-0 pasting of Riga.

Dimitri Kazionov had 1 assist in Kazan's 4-0 win over Voskresensk.

Vasily Koshechkin did not play in Togliatti's 2-1 win over Astana. Ilya Solarev was scoreless for Astana in the match. Vitali Smolianinov did not play.

Thursday's KHL Score

Alexei Glukhov did not play in Mytischi's 4-1 win over Chekhov. Glukhov also did not appear in Chekhov's opener earlier this week.

Admirals Sign Another Komet

The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel is reporting that the Norfolk Admirals have inked another Komet to a two-way AHL/IHL contract. Minor league veteran defensman Jason Beckett will report to the Admirals training camp and will subject be to reassignment to Fort Wayne if he doesn't make the Norfolk squad out of camp. The 6.03, 213 lbs. blueliner played in Austria last season after racking up nearly 240 games in AHL campaigns with Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Houston, Syracuse, and Grand Rapids. Beckett was a 1998 2nd round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tuesday's KHL Scores

Anton But was scoreless in CSKA's 3-2 win over Novgorod.

Albert Vishnyakov had a goal and was +1 in Novokuznetsk's 5-2 win over Minsk.

Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless and -1 in Kazan's 4-2 win over Omsk.

Ilja Solarev was scoreless in Astana's 2-1 shootout win over Nizhnekamsk. Also on Astana's roster is the immortal Vitali Smolianinov. I kid you not.

Rumble, May To Coach At Traverse

When Lightning prospects last took the ice, Tampa co-owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie squared off behind the benches in an intra squad scrimmage to close last month's Prospect Camp in Victoria, BC. But when Tampa prospects take to the ice September 13th in Traverse City, MI for the 8 team tournament, the owners will leave the coaching to the professionals. The Lightning announced that Norfolk Admirals head coach Darren Rumble will lead the year's Traverse squad along with Norfolk assistant coach Alan May.

It was also confirmed that the remaining player on Tampa's roster will be free agent invitee Luciano Aquino. The 5.10, 200 lbs right winger put up a gaudy 41-50-91 in 74 games last year for the IHL's Fort Wayne Komets enroute to winning the IHL Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Aquino is a 2005 7th round pick of the New York Islanders and is no stranger to offensive proclivities. He was a point-per-gamer for the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies in the 2006-07 season, and put up a tawdry 2.25 point-per-game average in his shortened final junior campaign for Brampton. Aquino's Fort Wayne teammate Matieu Curadeau recently signed a two-way AHL/IHL contract with Norfolk, and Aquino, who lists Tampa's Martin St. Louis as his favorite NHL player, will be given a long look by the organization whose system lacks an explosive right wing sniper.

Monday's KHL Scores (The Season is Here!)

Yesterday marked the innagural matches of the new Russian Elite League, the KHL. So, the season is finally here!

Albert Vishnyakov had 1 assist and was -1 in Novokuznetsk's 5-4 overtime loss to Minsk.

Alexei Glukhov did not play in Mytishchi's 6-5 overtime loss to Spartak.

On the Wright Track to Better Things

James Wright's wake-up call came from NHL teams hitting the snooze button on him at their entry draft.

Wright, a Vancouver Giants centre, may be a pro-level skater already and that led to speculation that he could have been a second-rounder this past summer. That speculation, too, led to him attending the festivities in Ottawa with his family.

Wright, 18, has also had an up-and-down first two years with the Giants, thanks to an inconsistent battle level. NHL teams looked at that most of all, as he wasn't picked until the end of the fourth round by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bolts Name Traverse City Roster

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune published the Lightning's Traverse City Prospects Tournament roster today. And while Steven Stamkos is a glaring omission from the roster, it is composed mostly of 2007 and 2008 Lightning draftees including Finnish forward Matias Sointu. Recently acquired top defensive prospect Ty Wishart highlights the roster that also includes six free agent invitees and two Norfolk Admirals free agent signees. Five of the six free agent invitees are from the WHL, including Tri-City's surprisingly undrafted Kruise Reddick and Tyson Barrie's and Torrie Jung's Kelowna teammate Lucas Bloodoff.

There's one more unconfirmed player whose name has yet to be released.

Goaltenders
Torrie Jung, Dustin Tokarski

Defenseman
Ty Wishart, Kevin Quick, Daryl Boyle, Mark Barberio, Michael Ward, Scott Jackson, Jeff May

Forwards
Dana Tyrell, Mitch Fadden, Chris Lawrence, Luca Cunti, Kyle De Coste, James Wright, Matias Sointu, Lucas Bloodoff, Kyle Bortis, Brady Leavold, Brett Parnham, Kruise Reddick

Norfolk Free Agent Signees
Free Agent Invitees

For Fadden, Time Is Now

For Mitch Fadden, September will be the month that decides where he spends the next year. As the Lethbridge training camp begins, Tampa's 2007 4th round pick is still without a pro contract from the Lightning. After attending the Bolt's Prospect Camp in Victoria, BC last month, the Lightning still want to see more of Fadden before making a decision on where he spends the 2008-09 season.

In talking with the Lethbridge Herald, the WHL's sixth leading scorer was upbeat about the start of the Hurricane's camp, “It’s business as usual, everyone is excited to get back on the ice and we’re ready to start the season.”

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