Bolts Reassign Smaby, Konopka, Bochenski

Per the Tampa Tribune, following the Thursday's preseason game with the New York Rangers, the Lightning made 3 more roster cuts prior to leaving for Europe.

Tampa reassigned prospect defenseman Matt Smaby and forwards Zenon Konopka and Brandon Bochenski to the Norfolk Admirals training camp. Konopka and Bochenski will have to clear waivers before the reassignment is completed, and the these two will be placed on waivers Friday morning.

NHL Preseason Game Night 9/25: Lightning at Rangers

In case BoltProspects hasn't made this crystal clear over the past three years: Karri Ramo is real, real good.

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Ramo stopped 45 of 47 shots in the victory tonight and was named the game's first star.

First Period
NY Rangers 8:58, Dan Fritsche 1 (Patrick Rissmiller, Dmitri Kalinin)
Tampa Bay 11:37, Chris Gratton 1 (Radim Vrbata, Matt Carle)

Second Period
NY Rangers 7:56, Lauri Korpikoski 1 (Dan Fritsche, Daniel Girardi)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 2:18, Ryan Malone 1 (Steven Stamkos, Andrew Hutchinson)
Tampa Bay 4:36, Martin St. Louis 1 (Matt Carle, Michel Ouellet)
Tampa Bay 19:41, Evgeny Artyukhin 1 (empty net) (Steven Stamkos, Matt Carle)

The positives tonight were Ramo and that several of the marquee newcomers found their way onto the scoresheet. Matt Carle getting assists in triplicate was an obvious positive, as was Ryan Malone finding the back of the net and Steven Stamkos chipping in a pair of assists.

The negative is that the Lightning were once again soundly outshot despite having most of their NHL regulars in the lineup. We're seeing the convergence of at least three factors here: 1.) the installation of a new system, 2.) lack of chemistry due to so many newcomers being in the lineup, and 3.) a ridiculously inexperienced blueline. Speculation in the broadcast tonight also centered around whether or not the Lightning are in the best of condition right now. Considering the compressed preseason schedule the Lightning are playing right now, and that they've been traveling quite a bit, it might be fatigue setting in more than the Lightning being out of shape.

The extended statistics from the NHL are delayed right now, so I'll update the lines of the prospects later. When I took a peek earlier tonight, Matt Carle also was working on a monster line of his own that was worth mentioning, so I'll add that later too.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night 9/25: Wright Scores in Giants Loss

BCHL

Cowichan Valley Capitals 2 @ Victoria Grizzlies 4 (Tuesday)
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 2 PIM (hooking)

Evan Pighin scored the fourth and final goal for Victoria. It was his first this season in the BCHL after leaving Chilliwack of the WHL. After scoring 48 points in 53 games last year in Chilliwack, the 20 year-old Pighin joined the Grizzlies – owned by Lightning co-owner Len Barrie – with approval from B.C. Hockey and without permission from his WHL club. The situation is causing much controversy in B.C. and could affect future player movement between CHL and provincial junior clubs. Pighin attended the Lightning's prospect camp in Victoria this summer.

WHL

Vancouver Giants 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 4 (SO)
C James Wright, VAN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM

Wright scored the game’s opening goal – his first of the year – but Vancouver would lose a 3-1 lead in the second period and fall in the shootout. Wright had 13 goals in 60 games last year for the Giants.

Lightning Make Six More Cuts

Erik Erlendsson is reporting the Lightning have made six more cuts: Ty Wishart, Riku Helenius, Paul Szczechura, Wyatt Smith, and Radek Smolenak.

Dana Tyrell was also returned to Prince George of the WHL.

That leaves Matt Smaby, Vladimir Mihalik, and Andrew Hutchinson battling for the seventh job on the blueline, presuming that Janne Niskala has already wrapped up the sixth spot, as it appears.

NHL Preseason Game Night 9/23: Rangers at Lightning

Good start to the season for Mike Smith.

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Mike Smith stopped 38 of 40 shots faced for the win.

First Period
Tampa Bay 11:44, Ryan Craig 1 (Evgeny Artyukhin)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 7:01, Steven Stamkos 1 (power play) (Radim Vrbata, Ryan Malone)
Tampa Bay 10:00, Martin St. Louis 1 (power play) (Matt Carle, Jussi Jokinen)
NY Rangers 19:36, Daniel Girardi 1 (power play) (Scott Gomez, Wade Redden)

Third Period
NY Rangers 17:07, Fredrik Sjostrom 1 (power play) (Pierre Parenteau, Lauri Korpikoski)

This was much closer to the opening night lineup, so there were fewer prospects in uniform:

Janne Niskala was +1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 19:23.

Vladimir Mihalik had 1 blocked shot in 16:04.

Steven Stamkos had 1 goal, 1 shot, 3 hits, and was 67% on draws to go with a +1 rating in 14:46.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Sunday and Monday's KHL Scores

Sunday

Alexei Glukhov did not play in Mytischi's 4-3 overtime win over Cherepovets. Glukhov has yet to appear in a game this season.

Ilya Solarev and Vitali Smolianinov were scoreless in Astana's 2-1 win over Khabarovsk. Denis Kazionov did not play for Khabarovsk.

Albert Vishnyakov was -1 in Novokuznetsk's 3-2 shootout win over Voskresensk.

Vasily Koshechkin did not play in Togliatti's 2-1 shootout loss to Magnitogorsk.

Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 4-1 loss to Chelyabinsk.

Monday

Anton But was -1 in CSKA's 4-3 loss to Riga.

Monday's Elitserien Scores

Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Frolunda's 3-2 loss to Timra.

Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 2-0 loss to Farjestads. Harju has spent the early season on Lulea's second line at the left wing position. He played third line center for much of last season for the club.

NHL Preseason Game Night 9/22: Penguins at Lightning

It's nice to see the Lightning generating a lot of offensive pressure without their top guns in the lineup, despite the loss.

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Olaf Kolzig allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
Tampa Bay 0:46, Jussi Jokinen 1 (Evgeny Artyukhin)
Pittsburgh 14:36, Kris Letang 1 (power play) (Alex Goligoski)
Pittsburgh 18:19, Max Talbot 1 (Ruslan Fedotenko, William Thomas)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 2:56, Michel Ouellet 1 (Dana Tyrell, Ty Wishart)

Third Period
Pittsburgh 4:54, Tyler Kennedy 1 (power play) (Kris Letang, Alex Goligoski)

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 9/21

Barberio gets two helpers ... Jung watches his replacement drop to 0-2.

Lightning Send Six to Admirals Camp

Eric Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have made six training camp cuts following Saturday night's first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. All six are being sent the Norfolk Admirals training camp and will join the current roster which starts on Monday. The six players include Lightning prospects Blair Jones, Brandon Segal, Chris Lawrence, and Andy Rogers. The remaining two cuts include free agent invitees Jamie Heward and Sean O'Connor.

Heward had previously said that he if he could not make an NHL roster, he would return to Europe instead of playing North American minor league hockey. It is unknown if Heward will report to the Admirals training camp.

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