Helenius at the 4 Nations Tournament

With his club team Ilves playing a preseason tournament in Switzerland, Lightning goaltending prospect [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] was at the 4 Nations Tournament this weekend representing Team Finland. Helenius went 1-1 in the tournament defeating Russia 6-2 and falling 3-2 against Sweden. The 2006 1st round pick finished with a .934 save percentage for the tournament and a 2.51 GAA. 2006 7th round pick [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] also played in the tounrament finishing with an assist and 4 penalty minutes in 3 games with a +1 rating. Kazionov will return to Russia for the beginning of the Superleague season for KHK MVD next week. Helenius will fly to North America to join [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] between the pipes for the Lightning's Traverse City prospect team.

Mihalik Hoping for Contract

(Note: Article courtesy of the [i]Prince George Free Press[/i]. Direct link to article not available.) [b]Vlad Stands Out in a Crowd[/b] By Harpreet Sidhu, PG Free Press Vladimir Mihalik was easy to spot on the ice during Sunday’s intra-squad game at the CN Centre. The 6’8” defenceman was towering above his teammates during scrimmages all weekend long. Mihalik was selected 30th overall during the in 2005 NHL entry draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Last season he played for the Red Deer Rebels where he collected three goals and nine assists in 62 games. He also dressed for Slovakia at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Vancouver.

Former Falcons Tryout Players Sign With AHL Clubs

Jared Nightingale, the Michigan State University product who spent 10 tryout games with the Springfield Falcons last year, has signed a two-way AHL/ECHL contract with the Iowa Stars that should see him split the season with Iowa (AHL) and the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL). Nightingale had a goal and an assist in his 10 games with the Falcons last year, also earning 18 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-handed defenseman played in 156 games in four seasons at Michigan State, where he accumulated 161 penalty minutes and 23 points (21 assists, two goals). Also, Mike Oullette, who played for the Falcons after completing his career at Dartmouth College, was signed by the Hartford Wolfpack. Oullette, who had one assist in three games with Springfield, was part of the Lightning's prospect camp in July. The center had one assist in five scrimmage games.

Andress Invited to Lightning Camp

According to Ontario's [i]Brockville Recorder and Times[/i], Doug Andress, fresh off signing a contract with the Johnstown Chiefs, has been invited by the Lightning to participate in their NHL training camp in two weeks. Andress has previously attended rookie camps for the Sharks and Blackhawks in 2004, but this will be his first shot at a full NHL camp. According to the article, Andress is realistic about his chances to make the Lightning or Falcons, but the offensive defenseman is at least hoping to play in an exhibition game.

Hee Haw Goes Hockey

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The Moose Jaw Warriors released their third jersey logo this week. You have to wonder if former Warrior and Lightning prospect Blair Jones is regretting signing that professional contract since it means he can't don this jersey and go to battle.

Falcons Announce Adams Signing

Yesterday the Springfield Falcons announced the signing of defenseman John Adams to a one year contract. Falcons General Manager Bruce Landon stated that Adams gives the Falcons improved depth on the blueline. The signing was reported over the weekend by the Naples, Florida News.

But/Holmqvist Tapped for Euro Tour

Winger Anton But and defenseman Andreas Holmqvist have been named to their nations' teams for the upcoming Ceske Poistovna. But, who recently transferred to SKA of the Superleague will represent Russia while Holmqvist, who plays for Linkopings of the Elitserien, will represent Sweden. The tournament begins August 31st.

Smolianinov to Barys Astana

Eurohockey.net is reporting that legendary 9th round pick Vitali Smolianinov has transferred from Irtysh Pavlodar of the Kazakhstani league to Barys Astana. Rumors are as of yet unconfirmed that Smolianinov is the brother of film star [url=http://www.boratmovie.com]Borat.[/url]

Helenius Falls To SaiPa in Preseason Action

Lightning first round pick [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] was back between the pipes today after sitting for the final three games of the Tampere Cup behind Ilves starter Tuukka Rask. In today's match, Helenius lost to SaiPa 3-1 to move his preseason record to 3-2 thus far. Prior to the match, Ilves went 2-2 with Rask dropping the final match of that tournament to Swedish club Brynas.

Sypek: Healey To Center Next Season?

Fran Sypek's latest article [url=http://www.masslive.com/sypek/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1156664659126170.xml&coll=1]in the Springfield Republican[/url] postulates that the Falcons may intend to move Eric Healey to play second line center for the upcoming season. Sypek sees Eric Perrin potentially centering a line with Zdenek Blatny and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] with Healey centering a line with [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] and either David Spina or [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url]. Just who will be the Falcons' second line center will be a critical question going into 2006-2007 with soon to be 20 year old [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] being a distinct possibility to fill the role. Sypek's conjectured lines would also break up the productive duo that Blatny and Kvapil formed on a line centered by Jason Jaspers last year.
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