New Owners Add Another Partner

Just to reiterate what I posted earlier this summer, I hate having to post about the business side of hockey. I don't enjoy it. I find it unnecessarily sordid compared to the integrity and purity of the sport itself.

However, Lightning fans might want to know that according to Erik Erlendsson's blog the Absolute Hockey group which is attempting to buy the Lightning added local attorney Steve Burton of Tampa as a general partner today. Burton is the Managing Partner of the law firm Broad and Cassel's Tampa office.

Friday's Superleague Score

Denis Kazionov had 2 penalty minutes in Novokuznetsk's 4-2 loss to CSKA. Through 8 games played the younger Kazionov is scoreless with 8 penalty minutes and a -2 rating this season.

First Cuts?

According to numerous published reports it appears the Lightning will be cutting 7 players from their roster after Saturday's preseason game against the Caps. Here's my initial thoughts on the seven who will go (subject to change based on performance in the Washington game, of course):

Lines for Saturday's Game

The showdown for the #6 and #7 defenseman jobs for the Tampa Bay Lightning looks like it will begin in earnest on Saturday night against the Caps.

According to Carter Gaddis on Erik Erlendsson's blog, the night will mark this year's preseason debut for the pairing of Brad Lukowich and Matt Smaby as well as for the pairing of Dan Jancevski and Doug Janik. From the outside looking in, it appears Smaby, Jancevski, and Janik are all vying for one the two open vacancies. One will be left out, but whom?

Saturday's lines and pairings:

Anzalone Named Admirals Development Coach

According to the Hampton Roads Daily Press, former Johnstown Chiefs head coach Frank Anzalone has been named "Development Coach" for the Norfolk Admirals. Anzalone spent the last two seasons tutoring the Lightning's prospects at the ECHL level and has a reputation for being a strong teaching coach.

Also in the article, Admirals GM and Lightning Assistant GM Claude Loiselle singles our Justin Keller, Marek Kvapil, and free agent tryout Justin Taylor for praise. Taylor, a 24 year old 6'4" 210 lbs center, spent the past three seasons with Omaha and Lowell in the AHL. Last season with the Ak Sar Ben Knights he registered 8 goals and 20 points in 51 games with 20 penalty minutes.

Thursday's Superleague Scores

Evgeny Artyukhin had an assist and 2 penalty minutes in a wild 7-5 Omsk win over Chekhov.

Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in a 5-1 victory over Khabarovsk.

Alexei Glukhov had an assist and 2 penalty minutes in Cherepovets' 6-2 win over Togliatti.

Dimitri Kazionov had 1 goal and 2 assists in Kazan's 5-2 win over Khimik. Vasily Koshechkin evened his record at 3-3-0 with the win.

Anton But had a goal in St. Petersburg's 2-1 win over Nizhnekamsk.

Mississippi Sends Six to Norfolk

Six players under contract to the Mississippi Sea Wolves are attending AHL training camp with the Norfolk Admirals. Both Norfolk and Mississippi are minor league affiliates of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The six Sea Wolves at the Norfolk training camp include forwards Torry Gajda, Mark Hurtubise, Mike Falk, Mark Rooneem, Lance Monych, and Chase Trull. Mississippi head coach Steffon Walby is assisting the Norfolk coaching staff with practice sessions and scrimmages.

The Mississippi Sea Wolves training camp opens in 30 days.

News From the First Day of Admirals Camp Scrimmages

This just in... according to the Virginian-Pilot's Paul White, Lightning style training camps are grueling. Who knew?

Also, Head Coach Steve Stirling praises Justin Keller, Chris Lawrence, Brandon Elliot, Jay Rosehill, Jonathan Boutin, and Dana Tyrell. Also, Marek Kvapil scored two goals on the first day of scrimmages.

NHL Preseason Game Night 9/19: Stars at Lightning

A little excitement to send the people home happy in preseason!

DAL-3
TB-4 (OT)

Marc Denis stopped 35 of 38 faced for the win. Brad Richards led the way with assists in triplicate. Goals came from Andreas Karlsson, Jason Ward, Kyle Wanvig, and Mathieu Darche. Filip Kuba, Shane O'Brien, and Mike Lundin added individual helpers.

Darche looks like the big winner on the night getting 21:46 of ice time, the game winning goal, registering 7 shots, and having a +1 rating. And 5 hits too? This after a scrimmage hat trick yesterday? Mr. Darche, you sir are making an impact.

Bryce Lampman and Mike Lundin also checking in with well over 20 minutes of look-see a piece. Both were even.

Kyle Wanvig checked in with 16:07 of ice time and a +1 rating with 4 hits and a penalty shot goal, possibly keeping his bubble from bursting and running Karl Stewart to the state of Virginia.

Boxscore and detailed stats from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 9/19

Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ PEI Rocket 4
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Game Notes: The MAINEiacs fell to 1-2 after giving up four unanswered goals, including an empty netter, in a 4-1 loss to Prince Edward Island. Ward is still looking for his first point of the season.

The WHL gets underway tomorrow night with Kootenay @ Edmonton. WHL Lightning prospects begin their season Friday night with Mitch Fadden and Lethbridge hosting Medicine Hat.

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the pre-season CHL Mosaik MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for the 2007-08 season. The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. Dane Crowley's Everett Silvertips are No.4. The London Knights are No.1.

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