Kvapil, Jones, Smaby to Make 2006 Debuts Wednesday

Quickly becoming one of the best sources for inside info on the web, Erik Erlendsson’s blog on the Tribune’s site states that Marek Kvapil, Matt Smaby, and Blair Jones will make their 2006 NHL exhibition debuts Wednesday night against Washington. Kvapil, who is positioning himself nicely for a spot on a scoring line should an injury occur, will get Ruslan Fedotenko's spot alongside Vaclav Prospal and Vincent Lecavalier. The lineup for Wednesday:

Day Four Scrimmages: Team Blue Wins

Before the Lightning made their first 18 cuts today, the players participated in the fourth and final round of scrimmages. Recaps are now up on [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/content.cfm?pageid=1712]Tampabaylightning.com[/url]. Team Blue completed the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record by virtue of a 5-4 shootout victory over Team Black today. Although it was not enough to stave off reassignment, [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url] led the way with 1 goal and 2 assists for Team Blue. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url], Zdenek Blatny and Sylvain Dufresne also scored goals for Team Blue and Craig also contributed the shootout winner. [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] had two assists and [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url] added a helper in the win. Team Black's goals were scored by Martin St. Louis, Marek Bartanus and Dimitry Afanasenkov. St. Louis also added a helper as did [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url], [url=mitch-fritz]Mitch Fritz[/url], and Brad Richards. [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] stopped 15 of 19 shots faced for the win. Johan Holmqvist stopped 17 of 21 before falling in penalty shots. In the third place match between Team Red and Team White, Red prevailed 5-3. [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url], in his first game back from a groin injury, sparked Team Red with 2 assists. All of Red's goals came from seperate scorers: Rob DiMaio, Cory Sarich, [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url], [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] and Eric Perrin. Individual helpers were notched by John Adams and Tim Taylor. Team White was led by a hat trick by Vincent Lecavalier with assists from Eric Healey and Andy Delmore. Marc Denis stopped 14 of 17 in the win. [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] stopped 15 of 16 before giving way to [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] who allowed 3 goals on 13 shots for the loss. Nikita Alexeev and Craig tied for the tournament lead with 8 points. Martin St. Louis had a tournament high 5 goals. Richards and Craig each had 5 a leading helpers. Ramo led in record with an unbeaten 3-0-0 mark, Boutin in save percentage at .898 and Coleman in saves with 70.

Chiefs Acquire Adams from Florida

The Johnstown Chiefs have acquired defenseman John Adams from Florida (ECHL) in exchange for the rights to defenseman John Peterson, according to the Chiefs. Adams, selected in the third round (82nd overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, recently signed an AHL contract with the Springfield Falcons. The Wayzata, Minn.-native appeared in 42 regular season games and two Kelly Cup Playoff games with Florida in 2005-06, scoring 15 points (1g, 14a). In five games with Springfield last season, Adams recorded six penalty minutes. The 6-2, 193-pound Adams also appeared in five games with the Grand Rapids Griffins and three games with the Cleveland Barons.

Lightning Make First Cuts

The Lightning [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBG6REIASE.html]have made their first 18 cuts from training camp today in anticipation of their upcoming exhibition road trip.[/url] [b]Forwards:[/b] [i]Assigned to Falcons Camp[/i] C Dan Cavanaugh (Falcons Invitee) LW Brandon Elliott LW/C [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] LW/RW [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] LW [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] LW/RW [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] RW [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url] LW [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] [i]Returned to Junior Teams[/i] RW Marek Bartanus, Owen Sound (OHL) RW/C [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url], Mississauga (OHL) [b]Defensemen:[/b] [i]Assigned to Falcons Camp:[/i] D John Adams (Falcons Invitee) D Doug Andress (Chiefs Invitee) D [url=jay-rosehill]Jay Rosehill[/url] D [url=pj-atherton]P.J. Atherton[/url] (Falcons Invitee) [i]Returned to Junior Teams:[/i] D [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url], Swift Current (WHL) [i]Released From Tryout[/i] D Clayton Barthel [b]Goaltenders[/b] [i]Assigned to Falcons Camp:[/i] G [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] G [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] Due to injury, Reid becomes the first potential fourth line candidate to bow out of the competition for a job in Tampa. Among the key prospects still left in camp who will likely play in at least one exhibition game: C [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url], RW [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url], LW [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url], C/RW [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnaksy[/url], D [url=mike-egener]Mike Egener[/url], D [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url], D [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url], G [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url]. Tarnasky and Milley, in particular, remain in competition for the team's open fourth line forward slot. [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] remains in Tampa nursing a hip flexor.

Ilves Falls 4-1 to Jokerit

In Finland today, Tuuka Rask stopped just 25 of 29 shots faced as Ilves Tampere lost to Jokerit 4-1. Ilves' next game is in two days against SaiPa. Is this perhaps the opportunity for Lightning prospect [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] to make his first start of the year?

Erlendsson Speculates on First Cuts

First cuts [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]are expected to come down Tuesday before the team leaves for its first exhibition games and according to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib's blog[/url] the team should make around 20 reassignments at that time. Erlendsson speculates the first 21 cuts will be: Marek Bartanus, [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url], [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url], Geoff Waugh (tryout), Brandon Elliott, [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url], [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url], [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url], Clayton Barthel (tryout), [url=jay-rosehill]Jay Rosehill[/url], [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url], Doug Andress (Chiefs invitee), Dan Cavanaugh (Falcons invitee), John Adams (Falcons invitee), [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url], [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url], Zdenek Blatny (Falcons invitee), [url=pj-atherton]P.J. Atherton[/url] (Falcons invitee), Sylvain Dufrense (Falcons invitee), [url=karri-ramo]Kari Ramo[/url], [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] Erlendsson expects [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url], [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] and [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url] to stay in camp as a consequence of their injuries. That would mean the following prospects/overage prospects would get an exhibition game: [url=mitch-fritz]Mitch Fritz[/url], [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url], [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url], [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url], Eric Perrin, Eric Healey, [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url], [url=mike-egener]Mike Egener[/url], [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] and [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url]. According to Erlendsson, Kvapil, Jones, Blatny, Elliot, Ramo and Coleman are the team's bubble players for the first round of exhibition games.

Scrimmages Day Three

Box scores for the third day of scrimmages [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/content.cfm?pageid=1710]are now up on Tampabaylightning.com:[/url] Team Black pummelled Team Red 6-1 behind the strength of a Dimitry Afanasenkov hat trick. Martin St. Louis had 2 goals and an assist and Brad Richards had 3 assists. Mitch Fritz also chipped in a goal for Team Black while Doug Janik had a helper. Eric Perrin had Team Red's lone goal, his first point of the scrimmages, off assists from [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] and Chiefs invitee Doug Andress. Johan Holmqvist stopped 21 of 22 for the win while Marc Denis allowed 6 goals on 19 shots for the loss. In the day's other matchup, Team Blue remained undefeated in a 4-3 shootout victory. Team Blue was paced by Nikita Alexeev's 2 goals and 1 assist while [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] had 1 goal and 2 assists. Team Blue's shootout winner was scored by Zdenek Blatny and Andreas Karlsson also had a helper in the game. For Team White, Eric Healey broke out with 2 goals and an assist with [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] scoring the team's other goal. Vaclav Prospal had 2 assists with individual helpers going to Vincent Lecavalier, Brandon Elliot, and tryout invitee Clayton Barthel. [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] stopped 27 of 30 in the shootout loss. [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] stopped 8 of 9 in 20 minutes of play before giving way to [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] who stopped 9 of 11 before winning in penalty shots. Boutin still leads all camp goaltenders in save percentage by a wide margin. Alexeev leads the tournament in scoring with 8 points and is tied with Martin St. Louis for the tournament lead in goals with 4. Brad Richards and Ryan Craig are tied for tops in assists at 5 a piece.

Monday's Superleague Scores

[url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was a scratch today in Tver's 4-3 win over CSKA. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 2-0 loss to Chekhov. The match was just Vishnyakov's second of the season.

Scrimmage Day 2 Observations

Lack of eyewitness accounts from yesterday drove me over there. Decent crowd showed. I doubt as many as yesterday. The prospect camp featured much more physical play and was more enjoyable to watch. From what I saw, nobody should have suffered more than a scratch. Playoff intensity it was not. Fast paced it was, particularly the Red/White game. I got to see some prospects I've never seen before and I enjoyed that aspect of the trip. I'll do this by team. Red: Tarnasky - He played as physical as anyone today. He hanging in there in his quest to make the big club. Milley - I'm not sure what puts him ahead of some of the others for this spot. I would think we would look for some toughness here, especially if this is the spot that will split time with Delmore. I didn't see his goal, the assist was on an empty netter.

Day Two Scrimmages

[url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/content.cfm?pageid=1708]Day two scrimmage box scores are now up on Tampabaylightning.com.[/url] It was the world turned upside down as Team Red and the club's presumed fourth line defeated the Lecavalier line and Team White 5-3 today. It should be noted, however, Ruslan Fedotenko has been held out of scrimmages after his recent hip surgery for Team White. The game showcased the team's young prospects prominently as [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] led all scorers with 1 goal and 2 assists for Team Red. In the Team Red battle for fourth line jobs, [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] had 1 goal and 1 assist and [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] notched a goal of his own. Milley's 2 points tie him with Nikita Alexeev at 5 for the tournament lead. Springfield Falcons invitee Dan Cavanaugh had 2 assists and Johnstown Chiefs invitee Doug Andress had 1 goal. Team White was led by 2 goals from the Elliot/Lawrence/Hrdel line with 1 goal and 1 assist each from [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] and [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] and 2 assists from Brandon Elliot. Lawrence now leads Team White in scoring through two games. Marc Denis stopped 16 of 19 for Team Red for the win. On the other end of the rink, [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] stopped 12 of 13 before giving way to reassigned goaltender [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] who allowed 3 goals on 20 shots faced for the loss. Does Coleman's move to Team White mean the club wants more minutes and a closer look for [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url]? Or is the Ramo/Coleman tandem a preview of who will begin the year in Springfield? Or, is it merely a planned rotation to get each young goaltender a full start with Coleman's slated for tomorrow? We shall see. Speaking of Boutin, he stopped 26 of 28 shots including a penalty shot as Team Blue, the club's presumed third line, beat the Richards line and Team Black 3-2. Boutin now leads the camp with a .946 save percentage in 70 minutes played. For Team Blue, goals were scored by [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url], Dan Boyle and [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url]. [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] added 2 assists and Springfield invitee Zdenek Blatny added a helper. Both of Team Black's goals were scored by [url=mitch-fritz]Mitch Fritz[/url] who, oddly, now leads Team Black in scoring. Team Blue can wrap up the scrimmage tournament title with a win tomorrow. [b]Update:[/b] As noted in the comments, It was Boutin and Ramo who swapped teams with Coleman staying put. Hat tip to yakacack. [b]Update2:[/b] There were some scoring changes made after the Lightning repaired some of the links on their website today. Zdenek Blatny was credited with 1 goal and 1 assist for Team Blue and [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] also had an assist for Team Black. Ryan Craig did not have a goal in the game.
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