Nick Tarnasky, Iron Man

The Lightning always remain tight lipped about who did and did not perform well during fitness testing, but [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBK5L1A5SE.html]in the Trib today [/url]they have released the top results from the team's three mile run. Once again, [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] showed up in peak condition and claimed the fastest time, beating the next closest Lightning player by over a full minute. The final results were: 1.) Tarnasky, 2.) [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url], 3.) [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url], 4.) Cory Sarich. [b]More:[/b] Crisdotero in the Times [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/09/16/Lightning/Cuts_set_to_come_quic.shtml]isn't afraid to name names and throw people under the bus.[/url] In the lap testing he calls out Nikita Alexeev, Luke Richardson, Doug Janik, Kvapil and Vaclav Prospal as the team's best performers. The "laggers" were Brandon Elliot and Marek Bartanus, both of whom may now face reassignment quickly. According to Crisdotero's column the team is planning to make cuts by Tuesday prior to a road trip for their first exhibition games. Also of note, [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url]'s challenge for a job in Tampa may be in serious jeopardy. He may be held out of scrimmages beginning today due to a slight groin pull he suffered during fitness testing.

Camp Scrimmage Teams Hint at Organization's Plans

Training camp scrimmage rosters [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBHFE1J2SE.html]were released yesterday[/url], and they include some interesting clues as to the organization's plans going into the season.

I <3 Marc Denis

This guy could be mayor of Tampa if he can get the Lightning back to elite status after one off year. He [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBLWY2H2SE.html]says all the right things:[/url] [i]"No matter how you look at it or how specific you get, with the three laps six times or the 15 laps three times and the different strength tests and all that, this is a measure to see how well you measure up against the other NHL teams. Hopefully you are in better shape than they are so you can get that last goal with a minute left in the game. "That's what it comes down to, that's the bottom line for anybody. I'm not saying this because I spoke with anybody, that's how it is everywhere and that's how it should be." -Denis on "Camp Torturella", From the Trib[/i]

Thursday's Superleague Scores

[i]Note: Apologies for the lateness of these game recaps. Last season the Russian box scores would be updated by 1-2pm ET the day of games but early this year it's been like pulling teeth to get timely information. If only every nation's league had a website as easy to use as the Swedes or the Finns do, we'd be golden.[/i] Khimik defeated the Soviet Wings 3-2 but unfortunately [url=alexander-polushin]Alexander Polushin[/url] was again a scratch. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless as Kazan and Ufa battled to a 2-2 tie. [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] rode the bench as Togliatti fell to Nizhnekamsk 2-0 with Mike Fountain in net. Albert Vishnyakov was a scratch as Dynamo beat Chelyabinsk like they were owed some money 6-2. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless in Tver's 5-3 loss to Magnitogorsk. Alexei Glukhov failed to find the scoresheet in Cherepovets' 6-2 pummelling at the hands of Chekhov. Anton But scored SKA's final goal as St Petersburg fell to CSKA 5-3.

SM-liiga Opens

The Finnish SM-liiga started play today, with Ilves Tampere beating cross town rival Tappara on the strength of a 40 save shutout by Tuukka Rask. Best of luck to Lightning goaltender [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] in getting off the bench with Rask in front of him.

Post-Traverse City News

With the Traverse City prospects tournament complete and Lightning camp underway, Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster was kind enough to share the following information with Bolt Prospects concerning Lightning prospects: First, tryout center and former Chicoutimi Sagueneen (QMJHL) David Desharnais has earned an ECHL contract with the Johnsontown Chiefs and will be attending the Springfield Falcons AHL training camp starting September 24 so the organization can determine if an AHL contract offer is in order. Also, in the category of "News No Lightning Fan Wants to Hear," Andy Rogers suffered an injury while playing in Michigan. Rogers missed most of last season with Prince George of the WHL after having surgery on his ankle. However, it is not Rogers' ankle, but a hip-flexor that has the former first rounder listed as day-to-day. Feaster doesn't expect Rogers to hit the ice at Lightning camp until sometime next week. Overall, the GM was pleased with a number of Lightning prospects in Michigan. While no forwards currently under contract with the Lightning overtly helped their cause, Feaster singled out unsigned Owen Sound Attack (OHL) winger Marek Bartanus for his good play. Also highlighted for their good play were the goaltenders, Riku Helenius and Karri Ramo ("especially Ramo"), and defensemen Vladimir Mihalik, Matt Smaby, and Rogers before he was injured. Feaster also confirmed that winger Stanislav Lascek injured his hamstring in the first game of the tournament and was sent back to Tampa for rehab.

Final Traverse City Statistics

[b]Final Lightning Traverse City Statistics:[/b] [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] 2-4-6 [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] 3-2-5 David Desharnais* 0-4-4 Marek Bartanus 2-1-3 [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] 1-2-3 [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] 0-3-3 [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] 2-0-2 [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] 1-1-2 Maxime Boisclair* 1-1-2 Todd Griffith* 1-0-1 [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] 1-0-1 Torrie Wheat* 1-0-1 [url=pj-Atherton]PJ Atherton*[/url] 0-1-1 [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] 0-1-1 Geoff Waugh* 0-1-1 Brian Woolger* 0-1-1 Clayton Barthel* 0-0-0 Travis Fuller* 0-0-0 Ryan Gibbons* 0-0-0 [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] 0-0-0 [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] 0-0-0 [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] 0-0-0 [i]*Denotes Tryout Player[/i] [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url]: 126:00, 1-1-0, 63 Svs, 9 GA, 4.29 GAA, .875 sv% [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url], 125:04, 0-1-1, 52 Svs, 8 GA, 3.84 GAA, .867 sv% For reference purposes: [url=TC2005STATS]2005 Traverse City Statistics[/url] [url=TC2004STATS]2004 Traverse City Statistics[/url]

Tuesday's Superleague Scores

CSKA shut out Alexei Glukhov and Cherepovets 4-0. Glukhov had 2 penalty minutes in the game. [url=alexander-polushin]Alexander Polushin[/url] was a scratch as Khimik beat Amur 4-1. Dimitri Kazionov had a power play goal as Kazan dismantled Togliatti 6-3. [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] took the loss for Lada and drops to 1-1 on the season. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 3-2 victory over Magnitogorsk. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless in Tver's 3-2 win over Chelyabinsk. Anton But had a helper as SKA spanked Chekhov 5-2.

Greco Undergoes Shoulder Surgery, Three Added to Camp Roster

[url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]Also in Erik Erlendsson's blog[/url], defenseman Brady Greco underwent his second shoulder surgery since signing his first pro contract with the Lightning in the summer of 2005 and will be on the shelf 6-8 weeks. Also, the Lightning have invited prospect defenseman [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] and Falcons contract players center Dan Cavanaugh and defenseman John Adams to their training camp. My own personal sentiment: it's good to see a heart and soul guy like Dan Cavanaugh get rewarded for his hard work.

Lightning Win Seventh Place Game at Traverse City in a Shootout

In their final game of the Traverse City tournament this afternoon, the Lightning prospects [url=http://www.wild.com/team/Press.asp?story_id=4877]defeated the Minnesota Wild's prospects 8-7 in a shootout. [/url] With the victory the team finished 7th in the tournament standings with a 1-3 record, although it should be noted the team's three losses were all by one goal including a double overtime defeat at the hands of the New York Rangers' prospects. According to Minnesotawild.com the Lightning almost relenquished another 3 goal lead in the third period just as they did against the Thrashers' prospects on Monday, but they were able to secure their first win of the tournament on penalty shots. [b]Update:[/b] [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1460]Tampabaylightning.com has more[/url] on the day's proceedings. David Desharnais leads the way with 3 assists and, hopefully, this isn't his last day in the Lightning organization. Marek Bartanus, who had a pretty solid tournament statistically, had two goals on the game. Desharnais' ex-Chicoutimi teammate Maxime Boisclair finally found the scoresheet with a goal and an assist as did [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url], who had a very solid tournament statistically as well. The player who might've helped his stock the most in this tournament was sniper [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] who rebounded from a lackluster rookie camp to be a leading force on the Traverse City team. This afternoon he had a goal in regulation and had the winning goal in the shootout. Clearly the 19 year old is staking a strong claim to one of those scant jobs in Springfield. [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] must've thought he was back in Lahti for a moment, having faced 45 shots and stopping 38. The Lightning prospects now break camp in Traverse City and, for all of the Lightning contract players and a few invitees, the scene shifts to Brandon for the Lightning's full training camp. For others, like Desharnais, decisions still need to made about contracts and/or invitations to either the Lightning or Falcons' upcoming training camps. [b]Update2:[/b] [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]According to Erik Erlendsson's blog[/url], the other Lightning goals were scored today by tryout invitee Todd Griffith and 2005 3rd round pick [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url].
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