Submitted by pete on August 27, 2006 - 12:01
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.
Submitted by chad on August 27, 2006 - 09:05
The [i]Naples News[/i] is reporting the Springfield Falcons have signed defenseman John Adams to a one year, one-way deal. According to the paper, Springfield was the only AHL team willing to give Adams a one-way deal. Adams, 23, appeared in five games for Springfield last season before being signed by the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins and then loaned to the Cleveland Barons. The Everblades had signed him to a contract last November after things didn't work out for him in Germany, then he was loaned to the Falcons on Jan. 17, which is where Grand Rapids saw him play. Adams played four years at Boston College, where the 6'2", 193 defenseman's best season was his junior year where he scored 3 goals and 7 assists in 42 games for the Eagles. He also had 26 penalty minutes that season. He had 1 goal and 7 assists his senior year to go with 36 penalty minutes in 36 games. Adams had 1 goal and 14 assists for Florida, but no points in 13 combined AHL games with Springfield, Grand Rapids, and Cleveland. Springfield has not announced the signing at this time.
Submitted by pete on August 26, 2006 - 15:29
With a number of recent signings by the Springfield Falcons and Johnstown Chiefs, I figured now would be an excellent time to take another stab at the team rosters at all three levels of the organization. [b]Updated: 9/27 to include signing of John Adams[/b]
Submitted by chad on August 25, 2006 - 08:40
Kevin Croxton, a tryout contract player with Springfield last season and participant in last month's Lightning prospect camp, has signed an AHL/ECHL two-way contract with the AHL's Peoria Rivermen, according to the club. Peoria is the AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues, the team Croxton will represent at the upcoming Traverse City prospects tournament. Croxton was invited to an additional tryout in Springfield's camp by the Lightning organization, but obviously jumped at the sure thing in a pro contract with the Rivermen. Croxton had 2 goals and 2 assists in 10 games with the Falcons late last season after graduating from RPI.
Submitted by chad on August 24, 2006 - 18:20
Note: Story (and title) courtesy of the Prince George Citizen. Article no longer appears online. [b]Imported beef on the blueline[/b] by JIM SWANSON, Citizen Sports Editor Itâ€™s like that old Johnny Carson schtick. That Vladimir Mihalik, heâ€™s so bigâ€¦ how big is he? Well, for starters, on Tuesday the six-foot-eight, 234-pound defenceman spent about an hour trying to add lengthy wooden plugs to the top of two of the new electric-blue Easton Synergy composite sticks he and the rest of the Prince George Cougars will be using this season. Cut off a stick to get it down to size? Nah â€” might need to chop down a telephone pole to find lumber long enough. To fit Mihalik in hockey pads, the guess is that the team will have to dig in the back of the equipment room for Derek Boogaardâ€™s old gear. Or Zdeno Charaâ€™s.
"Russia is an attractive option for young, vibrant talent which is not properly treated (by NHL teams)."Submitted by missK on August 23, 2006 - 20:41
:P [url=http://www.cbc.ca/cp/hockey/060823/h082318.html]Interesting perspective agent Mark Gandler has.......[/url] Mark Gandler, the agent who represents those players, says Russia is an attractive option for "young, vibrant talent which is not properly treated (by NHL teams)." Feaster is also quoted about R2 but this paragraph is the one takes the cake IMO.... That Artukhin, Grebeshkov and Bergenheim are Gandler's clients is just a coincidence, the agent said from his New Jersey office. He vehemently denies the rumour that he was getting a cut from Russian league clubs to deliver them NHL players.
Submitted by chad on August 23, 2006 - 10:14
Today, the Johnstown Chiefs announced the resignation of GM Toby Oâ€™Brien. O'Brien has served as executive vice president and general manager of the Chiefs since 1996. â€œToby has been a great asset both to the Johnstown Chiefs and to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization,â€ said Chiefs vice president of Hockey Operations Ryan Belec in a team release. â€œI consider Toby not only to be a colleague, but a good friend of mine, and I wish him the best in his future endeavors.â€
Submitted by chad on August 22, 2006 - 11:31
The Springfield Falcons have signed winger Zdenek Blatny to a standard AHL contract. Blatny was property of the Lightning last year and appeared in 31 games for the Falcons during the 2005-06 season collecting 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points. â€œZdenek is another player that provides us with some scoring depth at the forward position,â€ said Falcons President and General Manager Bruce Landon in a team release (article not on web site at this time). â€œZdenek displayed a strong scoring touch down the stretch last year and has proven he can be a solid point producer for us heading into the 2006-07 campaign.â€
Submitted by chad on August 21, 2006 - 22:48
The Johnstown Chiefs have signed defenseman Doug Andress. A former Ohio State Buckeye, Andress appeared in 64 regular season games with the Chiefs in 2005-06, scoring 37 points (6g, 31a) and earning one assist in five Kelly Cup Playoff games. The Iroquois Falls, Ont.-native also appeared in one game with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights of the American Hockey League, and in three games with the Springfield Falcons, the Chiefs' AHL affiliate, Andress registered his first career AHL goal. "Doug is an experienced player," said Chiefs head coach Frank Anzalone in a press release. "He's strong on the power play and he enjoys playing in Johnstown. He's going into his third pro season, and with the interest in him show by Tampa Bay and Springfield, we're expecting him to perform at a high level this season." [b]8/22 Note:[/b] Today's Johnstown [i]Tribune-Democrat[/i] story of the Andress signing suggests 10-12 parent club prospects could be with the Chiefs this year. The Lightning's Ryan Belec, the new Chiefs vice president of hockey operations and assistant to Tampa Bay Lightning GM Jay Feaster, says several of the young players participating in the Traverse City tournament could end up in Johnstown.
Submitted by pete on August 21, 2006 - 22:27
Today Hockey's Future [url=http://hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=9008&mode=threaded&order=0]released their top-20 rankings for prospects in the Lightning organization.[/url] Consider this post an open thread for discussion of the article. Personally, while I have some quarrels with one or two of the rankings, it must be said that the improvement between HF's last stab at the rankings, when they left [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] and [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] off their list altogether, and this article by Phil Laugher is tremendous. Unlike previous attempts, this list has all the major players in the Lightning organization, sans perhaps [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url], in the field of discussion, and that alone is light years ahead of what HF put out in the past. It's good to see the pressure Lightning fans brought to bear on HF management had positive results and that perhaps their product is on the road back to respectability. For those wondering when Bolt Prospects' Preliminary 2006-2007 Rankings will be released, those are scheduled to be published in October at the conclusion of training camp and the exhibition season. We've learned over the years that Traverse City, and training camp, and the exhibition games rarely follow conventional wisdom and that the only true gauge of where one prospect grades out relative to another is to see them go head to head in a competitive environment. Fortunately, we're only just a shade more than two weeks away from the first practice in Traverse City when it all begins.