Submitted by pete on August 5, 2006 - 12:14
Contract posturing between Evgeny Artyukhin's camp and the Tampa Bay Lightning has taken another ugly step as Evgeny Artyukhin has signed a contract with Russian Superleague club Yaroslavl Lokomotive. [url=http://www.sport-express.ru/art.shtml?125468]According to the Russian newspaper Sport Express[/url] Artyukhin joined Islanders prospect Sean Bergenheim and NHL veteran Eric Chouinard in inking deals with the team. The contract is likely not binding should Artyukhin reach agreement with the Lightning but does potentially strengthen the young wingers bargaining position as he attempts to get more than the two-way qualifying offer for over $600,000 he received from the Lightning. [b]Update[/b] Erik Erlendsson writes [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]on the Tampa Tribune blog[/url] that Artyukhin won't be returning, period. My understanding though is that such deals are signed with regularity with Russian clubs as fallback positions to strengthen bargaining postures and aren't binding, so I wouldn't completely shut the door on Artyukhin returning this season. For instance, according to Russianprospects.com prospects Denis Grebeshkov (Islanders) and Pavel Vorobiev (Blackhawks) have signed similar insurance deals in the last month looking to better their lot at the negotiating table. If Artyukhin doesn't return, this gives an opportunity to both Nikita Alexeev and [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] to make this team out of camp, with an outside chance to [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url] if he shows his skating has improved over the summer.
Submitted by chad on August 2, 2006 - 15:17
The Springfield Falcons released their [b]2006-2007 Regular Season Schedule[/b] today. The Falcons open with three games on the road starting October 7 against Hartford and October 13 and 14 against Norfolk. Springfield's home opener is October 20 vs. Manchester.
Submitted by zepdog on August 2, 2006 - 13:59
[url=http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=sportsNews&storyID=2006-08-02T190030Z_01_L02867166_RTRUKOC_0_US-ICE-HOCKEY-RUSSIA.xml&archived=False]Russia refuses to sign the NHL transfer deal after all.[/url] MOSCOW, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Russia will not sign a transfer agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL) just weeks after ratifying the deal, the country's ice hockey chief said on Wednesday. Vladislav Tretyak, president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RIHF), said the proposed agreement was not in the best interest of Russian clubs. "We have been in constant negotiation with the NHL, trying to reach a fair deal, but unfortunately we were unable to fully take into account the interests of Russian clubs," said Tretyak.
Submitted by pete on August 1, 2006 - 17:57
In the excitement of the last week we neglected to point out the tiny detail of when the Traverse City tournament will take place. This year the tournament will run from September 8th to 12th. The number of teams slated to participate this year is jumping to eight with the teams split in two "conferences". The "Eastern Conference" will be comprised of the Lightning, Thrashers, Red Wings and Rangers. The "Western Conference" will be made up of the Blues, Blue Jackets, Stars and Wild. Three round robin games will be played in conference with teams advancing to play in a single placement game at the end of the tournament.
Submitted by chad on August 1, 2006 - 16:50
The following is the Lightning's tentative 2006 Traverse City roster. (Note: Names and commitments are subject to change)
Submitted by pete on August 1, 2006 - 10:49
According to a press release by the Atlanta Thrashers regarding this year's Traverse City tournament, [url=http://www.atlantathrashers.com/View.aspx?CID01=1343e05e-1393-4120-8c37-20f44d14c660]these are the eligibility rules for this year's tournament:[/url] "Per tournament rules, each team may only have a maximum of four players with one year of professional experience each. In order to participate, all skaters must have been born no later than 1983; goalies are exempt from this restriction." As a consequence of this rule, [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url] will not be eligible to play in this year's tournament (without an exception being made, which is altogether possible in these tournaments). However, [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] will be eligible to play under this scenario, as will [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url]. [url=mike-egener]Mike Egener[/url] remains inelligible because he has played two years of pro. Because of the goaltender exemptions the team could take [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url], [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] or [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] to Traverse City along with Ramo, Helenius and Beech, although I am still betting they will only carry three goaltenders. Updated Traverse City Roster Speculation:
Submitted by chad on August 1, 2006 - 10:34
The Springfield Falcons have announced their [b]2006 preseason schedule[/b]. The Falcons begin their preseason at home with a September 29 match-up against the New York Ranger's top affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Two of the three Falcons preseason games are at home.
Submitted by chad on July 31, 2006 - 11:22
Tampabaylightning.com has released the [b]final stats[/b] for the 2006 Conditioning and Tryout Camp scrimmages. Leading the way for the tournament, which was won by Team White 3-2, was free agent and former Portland Winter Hawk Brian Woolger with 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points. Right behind him was recently signed Lightning prospect Blair Jones (Moose Jaw) with 2-2-4. Stan Lascek (Chicoutimi), Todd Griffith (Kingston), and Clayton Barthel (Seattle) finished tied for third in scoring, all with three points each in the five games. Barthel led all defensemen in scoring. Woolger, Barthel, and Griffith have all been added to this year's Traverse City Lightning roster as a reward for their impressive showings in camp. Among those registering zero points were Radek Smolenak, who scored 42 goals last year for Kingston of the OHL, and Andy Rogers, who led the Lightning in scoring during last year's Traverse City prospects tournament. Rogers played in four of the five games. Sudbury Wolves goaltender Kevin Beech led the four goalies in save percentage with a .952, followed by fellow Team White 'tender Josh Disher (.923). Kari Ramo registered a .919 save percentage and faced the least amount of shots among the four netminders. Ramo's teammate with Team Black, Boston College's Joe Pearce, faced the most shots at 76. Pearce was the only goalie with a sub-.900 save percentage (.895)
Submitted by pete on July 30, 2006 - 22:26
Eurohockey.net is confirming that Anton But has been released by Yaroslavl. Last week Russianprospects.com broke word of But's release by his club team and speculated a deal with the Lightning was imminent, but Bolt Prospects has learned that as of that time there had been no contact between But's agent and the Lightning organization. In unrelated news, former Lightning prospect goaltender Evgeny Konstantinov has trasferred from the Moscow Dynamo organization and will play with [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] in Tver next season. Konstantinov made 4 appearances for Dynamo last season and split 15 appearanced between Ekaterinburg and Stupino in the Upper League.
Submitted by pete on July 30, 2006 - 21:39
With Jay Feaster's announcement of which players will be invited to join the Lightning's Traverse City prospect team, I figured I'd take a rough stab at what the roster will look like. To the best of my knowledge, players are only elligible to play in Traverse City twice, making players like [url=mike-egener]Mike Egener[/url] and [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] ineligible to play this year. The rule narrows the field of potential candidates considerably, which is why you see so many free agent forwards invited to the camp this year.