ECHL Releases Johnstown Training Camp Roster

The decisions not to report by Desharnais and Czuy [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=8797]leave the Johnstown Chiefs with just 16 players on their initial camp roster according to ECHL.com.[/url] The roster includes Lightning prospect John Toffey who resurfaces after not appearing at either Lightning or Falcons camp earlier this fall. It also includes defenseman Andrew Martens who played 5 games with Greenville of the ECHL last season after leaving Bemidji State where he had 5 goals and 24 points in 37 games last year with 47 penalty minutes. The roster does not include defenseman Bryan Nathe who still needs to be signed after having his rights traded to the Chiefs earlier this week. Johnstown has 9 forwards, 5 defensemen and 2 goaltenders listed on the roster.

Desharnais, Czuy Decline Assignments to Johnstown

A [i]Johnstown Tribune-Democrat[/i] report states that David Desharnais and Kelly Czuy have declined assignments to Johnstown by the Lightning and will play elsewhere this year (and probably beyond). Both were expected to sign contracts with either Johnstown or Springfield after their play in prospect camps this summer. Desharnais is returning to Chicoutimi of the QMJHL to play as an overager and Czuy curiously signed with Las Vegas of the ECHL. “I don’t know what to say about it,” Chiefs coach Frank Anzalone told the paper. “It’s disappointing because Tampa invested a lot of time, effort and probably money into both players. They were very loyal to them. At the end of the day, how can you turn your back? Some kids do. Some agents do. It’s something that probably would be better if you do this on Aug. 10, not Oct. 5.”

Ramo and Tarnasky Switch Places

According to the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] game report, Karri Ramo was recalled from Springfield yesterday because of work visa issues with Marc Denis. Nick Tarnasky was sent down to Springfield to make room for Ramo. Because Denis' papers came in just a few hours before the game, he was able to play and Ramo was not needed on the bench. Tarnasky and Ramo are expected to switch places again today.

Soucy Signs With Jackals

Former Lightning draft pick Jean-Francois Soucy has signed with the Elmira Jackals of the United Hockey League. Soucy spent time with Springfield and Johnstown in 2004-05 before being loaned out to San Diego and Phoenix of the ECHL last season. He was not retained by the Lightning this summer.

Burke to Start in Falcons Opener

[url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/comments/marc_denis_not_playing/]According to Erik Erlendsson's blog[/url], veteran Sean Burke will get the start Saturday in the Falcons' opener against the Hartford Wolfpack. It is hoped the start can showcase a healthy Burke to NHL teams possibly considering claiming him off of waivers down the road.

CHL Game Night: 10/5

[url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] was held scoreless for the first time this season in Mississauga's 5-4 win over Brampton tonight. Lawrence was even with 2 penalty minutes. [url=marek-bartanus]Marek Bartanus[/url] was also held scoreless in Owen Sound's 4-3 win over Toronto. Bartanus was -1 in the game.

NHL Game Night 10/5: Lightning at Thrashers

That was entertaining. TB-3 ATL-2 (SO) I thought the Lightning played their system to a tee tonight with only a couple of blemishes on an otherwise masterful defensive performance. To hold ANY NHL team, much less one with Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Hossa on it, to just 11 shots in 65 minutes of play is amazing. Some of that is due to the Thrashers having a completely watered down roster with little if not nothing at the center position this year, but a lot of it also has to do with an outstanding total team effort from Denis, the defensive corps and hard backchecking from the Lightning's forwards. Game sheet from [url=http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/boxscore?gid=2006100528]yahoo.com[/url] because the NHL website is still working out the bugs on their new design.

I Don't Know, You Don't Either

It's a little over 3 hours until the puck drops on the 2006-2007 season. Looking around the internet, including this site, it seems the Lightning fan base has divided into two camps. One camp seems to believe the acquisition of Marc Denis will propel the Lightning back into the stratosphere of the Eastern Conference elite. The other camp seems far more pessimistic and tends to believe what much of the national hockey media is spouting about the Lightning falling from playoff contention this season. Both sides seem pretty dug in with their beliefs and both sides have shared a good amount vitriol with their counterparts on the other side. Both sides need to slow down. I don't know. You don't either. I suspect this is the nature of the beast in the new NHL where teams will be remaking at least 1/4 of their roster every offseason due to the relaxed free agency rules and the salary cap. It's impossible to tell how this year's version of the Tampa Bay Lightning will perform, and anyone who tells you they know one way or the other is dilluding themself. Team chemistry is a mysterious thing and, I would argue, not even John Tortorella has a complete idea when, if or how this team will gel with its new additions. With that in mind, here are some of the questions that will begin to be answered tonight in Atlanta:

Wednesday's Superleague Scores

Novosibirsk defeated Khimik 4-3. [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] did not play for Khimik. Kazan crushed St. Petersburg 8-3. Dimitri Kazionov had 2 goals and an assist for Ak Bars. Anton But was scoreless for SKA. With his three point effort, Kazionov (the elder) now leads all Lightning Russian prospects in scoring. Nizhnekamsk defeated Cherepovets 3-1. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless for Severstal.

CHL Game Night: 10/4

[url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] was scoreless and even as Swift Current defeated Kelowna 1-0 in a shootout. [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] was -1 with 2 penalty minutes as Prince George fell to Vancouver 5-4 in a shootout. Prince George also pulled off a key trade in the WHL today acquiring Sharks 2005 1st round pick Devin Setoguchi from the Saskatoon Blades.
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