Norfolk General Manager Mike Butters announced Thursday that forward Mitch Fadden would not be signed and was returned to WHL Lethbridge. Fadden, who had 89 points in 72 games last year for Lethbridge, was thought to be a lock for an NHL contract this summer. Prior to the new ownership taking over in Tampa, then-Lightning general manager Jay Feaster told Bolt Prospects it was his intention to get Fadden signed this summer, though they were not under any deadline to do so.
Brampton Battalion 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
After a three game point streak, DeCoste has gone two games in a row without hitting the scoresheet. Cody Hodgson (First Rounder - Vancouver) was making his season debut for Brampton and registered two assists.
Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Prince George Cougars 3
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Tyrell scored PGâ€™s first two goals, then earned the primary assist on the game winner in the second half of the third period. The Cougars captain now has six points in five games to start his final year in the WHL.
Montreal Junior 0 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Cunti extended his points streak to six games with his second period power play assist. He was actually credited with two assists in the game before a late scoring change. Cunti was a focal point on the Oceanic power play, operating several dishes and give-and-go plays out of both corners down low. At this point in the season, he remains primarily a playmaker staying outside the high-traffic areas. He continues to be Rimouskiâ€™s points leader (tie) with seven.
Recently acquired Bolt Lucas Krajicek practiced with Lightning prospect James Wright and his Vancouver Giants teammates as he waits for immigration papers to go through so he can join Tampa Bay.
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 13 of 13 shots for his first shutout of the season in Togliatti's 3-0 win over Khabarovsk. Koshechkin ran his record to 2-1-1 with the win. Denis Kazionov had 4 penalty minutes in the match for Khabarovsk.
Alexei Glukhov had 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 penalty minutes, and was +1 in his season debut as Mytischi defeated Voskresensk 4-1.
Anton But was -1 in CSKA's 5-3 loss to St. Petersburg.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Novokuznetsk's 3-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk.
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 21 of 23 shots in Togliatti's 3-2 overtime win over Novosibirsk. Koshechkin ran his season record to 3-1-1 and was named KHL Goaltender of the Week.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Mytischi's 4-3 shootout win over Omsk.
Anton But had a goal in CSKA's 2-1 win over his old club, Yaroslavl.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Novokuznetsk's 3-1 loss to Yulaev.
Vasily Koshechkin allowed 2 goals on 19 shots before leaving the game late in a 3-1 loss to KHK MVD. Koshechkin fell to 3-2-1 on the season.
Denis Kazionov was -2 in Khabarovsk's 5-3 loss to Chelyabinsk.
The St. Pete Times is reporting is reporting that prospect defenseman Vladimir Mihalik has been reassigned to the Norfolk Admirals. Mihalik was a training camp surprise, making the season opening Tampa roster ahead of several other blueliners including Andrew Hutchinson and Matt Smaby. Mihalik received praise from Lightning head coach Barry Melrose in his NHL debuts in Prague.
Mihalik's reassignment comes amid speculation that the Bolts might be interested in claiming Calgary Flames veteran defenseman Rhett Warrener off of waivers or signing free agent defensmen Bryan Berard, as the Lightning traded blueliner Shane O'Brien to Vancouver for Lukas Krajicek earlier today. Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger, listed as a non-roster player prior to the opener, might be ready to return to action as he continues to re-hab his off-season surgically repaired shoulder.
As expected, goaltender Karri Ramo has been assigned to AHL Norfolk after returning from Prague where he accompanied the Lightning for the first two games of the regular season. Ramo, who was excellent in the preseason, was penciled in for Norfolk ever since the Bolts signed veteran goalie Olaf Kolzig July 1. Ramo was recalled from Norfolk on December 19 of last year and never returned. He played 22 games for the Lightning last season, going 7-11-3 with a 3.02 GAA and .899 save percentage. (source: tampabaylightning.com)
(tampabalightning.com) The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Lukas Krajicek and left wing Juraj Simek from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenseman Shane Oâ€™Brien and right wing Michel Ouellet, executive vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton announced today.
â€œLukas is a proven NHL performer who can sure up our blue line and help with our transitional game,â€ Lawton said. â€œWith the addition of Juraj, we feel we have added to our depth at forward and we look forward to seeing what he can do in our organization this year.â€
Krajicek, a 6-foot-2, 196-pound native of Prostejov, Czech Republic, played in 39 games with the Canucks last season, recording two goals and 11 points with one power-play goal. He missed the majority of the season due to a shoulder injury, finishing the campaign on the injured reserve.