Three Reassigned to Falcons

The Springfield Falcons have announced that defensemen Andy Delmore and Matt Smaby, and winger Mitch Fritz were reassigned to the Falcons today by the Lightning. Both Delmore and Fritz would have had to clear waivers for this to happen, so it appears they both cleared. Still up in the air is the status of winger Norm Milley, who was not practicing with the Lightning today (per Erik Erlendsson of the Tribune), but was also not mentioned in the Falcons release. Edit: The [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] is reporting Tampa now has 23 players in camp, so it appears Milley is staying around a little bit more. Delmore, the reigning AHL Defenseman of the Year, will immediately improve the backline of the Falcons.

Players Present at Practice Indicate Final Roster

In his blog today, Erik Erlendsson reports the following players took to the ice for practice today, indicating what the final roster will look like: Vaclav Prospal - Vincent Lecavalier - Ruslan Fedotenko Dmitry Afanasenkov - Brad Richards - Martin St. Louis Ryan Craig - Andreas Karlsson - Nikita Alexeev Nick Tarnasky - Tim Taylor - Eric Perrin (No mention of Rob DiMaio, who is out indefinately with a Grade 2 concussion) Filip Kuba - Dan Boyle Nolan Pratt - Cory Sarich Doug Janik - Luke Richardson (Paul Ranger did not skate today) Marc Denis Johan Holmqvist

Erlendsson: Janik Makes the Team, Delmore on Waivers?

[url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]On his blog, Erik Erlendsson speculates[/url] that Doug Janik will make the Lightning's opening night roster and that Andy Delmore may have possibly been put through waivers today with a view toward reassigning him to Springfield. He goes on to say that [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby's[/url] positive impression in camp may have vaulted him to the head of the line among potential callups.

Preseason Game Night 9/28: Red Wings at Lightning

I've come to the conclusion it's going to be very difficult for the Lightning to cut Doug Janik. DET-4 TB-1 Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Prospect Jiri Hudler scored a hat trick for Detroit in the game. Tim Taylor scored the lone Lightning goals on assists by [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url]. Game sheet on [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS010080.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik played 21:39 and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 hit. Janik has played about 20 minutes a night throughout the preseason and played well at both ends of the ice. At this point Janik appears to be a more than credible challenge for the team's 7th defenseman spot and with the power play, with the exception of tonight's game, clicking without Andy Delmore it may be Janik stepping into the void left by [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger's[/url] injury to start the year. Eric Perrin was -2 in 17:08 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot and was 50% on draws. Milley played just 6:59 on the fourth line and was +1 with 1 shot. Defenseman [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] was -1 in 10:58 with 1 hit. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] was +1 in 6:43.

Thursday's Superleague Scores

Cherepovets rose up today and smacked Dynamo 7-3 with Lightning prospect Alexei Glukhov tallying an assist for Severstal. In the losing effort, Albert Vishnyakov had a goal and an assist for Dynamo. Vishnyakov now has 3 goals and 4 points in 5 games, good for second in scoring among all Lightning Russian prospects. The leader, however, is battle tested overage prospect Anton But who had an assist today in St. Petersburg's 5-2 victory over Tver. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless for Tver in the match.

Helenius Watch: 9/28

And the waiting continues... Tukka Rask stopped 21 of 24 shots faced as Ilves' SM-liiga side defeated Blues 4-3. Rask has started every game of the season thus far ahead of Lightning prospect [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url].

Tortorella: Perrin, Janik have Secured Roster Spots

WDAE radio in Tampa is reporting Eric Perrin has made the Lightning's opening day roster. "The sonofabitch has made the team," said Lightning Head Coach Tortorella, using the term as affectionaly as it can be used to describe Perrin. In fact, Tortorella told the press that for tonight's game, Perrin, thought to be a candidate for no better than the third forward line, will be placed with Vincent Lecavalier and Vinny Prospal against Detroit. ALSO: In Erik Erlendsson’s Blog on the Trib site, he says that Doug Janik has also earned a roster spot and Andy Delmore could be put through waivers. Erlendsson also speculates that first-year pro Matt Smaby may have passed Delmore on the depth chart.

Egener Reassigned to Springfield

According to the Falcons, the Lightning reassigned defenseman Mike Egener to Springfield of the American Hockey League today. The Lightning’s camp roster now stands at 26. Egener, a 6-foot-4, 213-pound native of Lahr, Germany, played in one preseason game with the Lightning at Detroit on September 22. He logged 16:59 of ice time and landed three hits.

Chiefs News

According to the [i]Johnstown Tribune-Democrat[/i], Johnstown Chiefs fan favorite Dmitri Tarabin has signed with the Bloomington (Ill.) Prairie Thunder of the UHL. Tarabin had career highs in goals (21) and points (50) in 62 games last year with the Chiefs. The Chiefs also announced the re-signing of defenseman Ben Wallace on Wednesday. The London, Ontario, native played in 58 regular-season games last season and had 10 assists. “Ben is a very big addition to our team,” Chiefs coach Frank Anzalone said. “He plays a very solid, stay-at-home game. Last year he learned the league. This year he’ll hopefully be one of the best defensive defensemen in our division.”

CHL Game Night: 9/27

Bartanapalooza continues. Marek Bartanus had two assists as Owen Sound beat Sarnia 6-3. He was also plus-1. Bartanus, who was singled out by Jay Feaster for his good play in the Traverse City tournament, now has 1 goal and 4 assists in 3 games this season. He had 12 assists (19 points) in 49 games last season with Owen Sound. He had 2 goals and 4 assists in 10 playoff games. Bartanus was the only Lightning CHL prospect in action tonight.
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