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].

2006 Lightning Training Camp Roster

Training camp for the 2006-2007 Lightning will start this Thursday. For a schedule, see TampaBayLightning.com. Of note: The roster, courtesy of the Lightning and Erik Erlendsson of the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i], features free agent invitees Clayton Barthel and Geoff Waugh, Springfield contracts Zdenek Blatny, PJ Atherton, Dan Cavanaugh, John Adams, and Sylvain Dufresne, Johnstown contract Doug Andress, and unsigned Tampa Bay prospects Chris Lawrence, Marek Bartanus, Dane Crowley, and Vladimir Mihalik. Late additions could be included today after the conclusion of the Traverse City prospects tournament. 2006 Camp Roster:

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Lightning Rookies Cough Up Lead, Drop to 0-3

Despite at one time holding a 3 goal lead today, the Lightning's prospect team at Traverse City dropped yet another 1 goal decision today to the Thrashers' prospects 6-5. [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]According to the Trib's Erik Erlendsson[/url], [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] allowed 6 goals on 25 shots in the loss. The Lightning prospects' offense at least snapped out of their slumber today as [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] had 2 goals, [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] and [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] had 1 goal and 1 assist each, [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] had 3 assists, [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] had a shorthanded goal and [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] and tryout invitee David Desharnais also had helpers.

Khimik Crushes Yaroslavl

Khimik dealt a crushing 4-1 defeat to Yaroslavl today in their opening game of the Russian Superleague season. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] was scoreless in the game for Loko while [url=alexander-polushin]Alexander Polushin[/url] was a scratch for Khimik.
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