Koshechkin Transfers to Khimik

[url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/index.php]According to Russianprospects.com[/url], goaltender [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] has signed a new contract to play with Khimik of the Russian Superleague. The young netminder finished second in the Superleague in GAA, save percentage and shutouts last season with Lada Togliatti. Koshechkin will battle with St. Louis Blues draft pick Konstantin Barulin for starting duties with Khimik.

Lightning to Sign Johan Holmqvist?

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet [url=http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/sport/story/0,2789,827707,00.html]is reporting the Tampa Bay Lightning is showing interest in signing Swedish World Championship team netminder Johan Holmqvist.[/url] Holmqvist, who turns 28 within the week, was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 7th round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. The 6'1" 190 lbs netminder has appeared in just 3 NHL games in his career, but was a regular AHL starter with Hartford and Houston prior to returning to Sweden to play the past two seasons with Elitserien club Brynas. Holmqvist's biggest acheivement in North American hockey came in the 2002-2003 season when he won the Jack Butterfield Trophy as the MVP of the Calder Cup playoffs.

World Championships Day Fourteen

Fredrik Norrena posted his second shutout of the tournament today stopping all 20 shots he faced in Finland's 3-0 win over Belarus. With the win the Finns advance to the Semifinal Round to face the Czech Republic. In the other semifinal matchup, Canada will play Sweden. Both matches are scheduled for Saturday.

World Championships Day Thirteen: Quarterfinals

Martin Cibak was -1 with 1 shot on goal as Slovakia fell 4-1 to Canada today in the Quarterfinal Round of the World Championships. Also, Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless and even as Sweden roared past Team USA 6-0 to secure their spot in the Semifinal Round as well. Finland and Fredrik Norrena play Belarus tomorrow in one of two remaining Quarterfinal matchups.

Lightning Confirm Talks Underway With Three Prospects

Bolt Prospects has received confirmation from the Lightning that they have entered contract talks with three prospects: C [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url], LW [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] and G [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url]. Jones, who turns 20 in September, [i]would[/i] be elligible to suit up for Springfield next season should he and the Lightning reach agreement on an entry level deal. We're told all three prospects' talks are proceeding slowly due to financial differences. Of the three, only Keller must be signed by June 1st to avoid re-entry into the draft. Jones, who stands at 6'2" 195 lbs, finished 6th in the WHL in scoring for Moose Jaw this season posting 35 goals and 85 points in 72 games en route to being named a Second Team WHL All Eastern Conference Team selection. Jones also finished second in WHL playoff scoring with 9 goals and 21 points in 22 games. Justin Keller finished 5th in the WHL in scoring this year with 88 points and first in goals with 51. The Kelowna Rocket winger was the Western Conference nominee for WHL Player of the Year and named First Team WHL All Western Conference. Karri Ramo helped HPK capture the Finnish SM-liiga championship. The young goaltender was 7th in the league in save percentage (5th amongst goaltenders with 10 or more appearances) with a .929 mark and also had a 2.16 GAA. Ramo also appeared for Finland in the U-20 World Junior Championships.

World Championships Day Twelve

Martin Cibak was scoreless with three shots on goal today as Slovakia ran Ukraine out of the rink 8-0. The victory moved Slovakia into 4th in Qualifying Pool F on the final day of the Qualifying Round, leapfrogging idle Switzerland for the last spot in the Quarterfinal Round. On Wednesday, Sweden will play USA in the Quarterfinals and Canada will square off with Slovakia. Finland draws Belarus on Thursday.

World Championships Day Eleven

Fredrik Norrena stopped 10 of 11 shots faced in a little over 26 minutes of relief today in Finland's 4-2 loss to Canada. Starter Antero Nittymaki was pulled after allowing 3 goals on 14 shots faced. Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless and even in Sweden's 3-3 tie with Russia.

World Championships Day Ten

There were no Lightning properties in action yesterday at the World Championships. Today, Martin Cibak had his 2nd goal of the tournament as Slovakia knocked off Sweden 5-2. Cibak was -1 with 1 shot on goal and 2 penalty minutes in the game. Blueliner Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless with 2 shots on goal and a -1 rating for the Swedes. Fredrik Norrena improved to 2-0-0 on the tournament blanking Norway with an 18 save shutout. Also, defenseman Timo Helbling was a scratch in Switzerlands 6-3 loss at the hands of Russia. With two more days remaining in the Qualifying Round, Finland is atop Group E, 1 point ahead of Canada. In Group F, Sweden sits in 2nd place 3 points back of Russia, 1 point ahead of Switzerland and 2 points in front of Slovakia.

World Championships Day Eight

There were no Lightning properties in action yesterday. Today, Martin Cibak scored his first goal of the tournament for Slovakia, but the Swiss still managed to forge a 2-2 tie. Timo Helbling was -1 with 2 penalty minutes for Switzerland. Cibak was even with 4 penalty minutes and one shot on goal for the Slovaks. Fredrik Norrena again sat as Antero Nittymaki blanked Team USA 4-0. Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless and even for Sweden as they defeated Belarus 4-1.

Lightning Announce Lascek Signing

The Tampa Bay Lightning officially announced the signing of Chicoutimi's Stanislav Lascek today. In the team's release, General Manager Jay Feaster says,“Stan had a tremendous year in the Quebec League and was outstanding at the World Junior Championships this year. We are very pleased with his development to date, and we look forward to getting him started on his pro career.” Boltprospects learned of the signing yesterday, but an official announcement could not be made by the team until the proper paperwork from the player was received. Congratulations to Stan on earning his first professional contract and beginning what we hope to be a long and successful career in professional hockey.
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