Fedotenko Signs

TSN is reporting the Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed Ruslan Fedotenko to a one year contract worth $1.65 million to avoid arbitration. Fedotenko had a career-high 26 goals last season playing mainly with Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal.

Norm Milley Re-signed

Sportsnet.ca reported earlier this morning that left winger Norm Milley re-signed with the Lightning. The Springfield Falcons have since confirmed the signing. The deal was reported as a 1 year, 2-way contract at the league minimum of $450k. Milley had two goals and three points in 14 games with Tampa last year. His abscence from the Falcons during that time was felt in Springfield as the AHL club struggled without his leadership and on-ice presence. With the Falcons, Milley had 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points in 53 games. "We are very excited to have Norm Milley under contract for the upcoming season," Tampa GM Jay Feaster said. "During the 2005-06 campaign Norm demonstrated that he is more than capable of playing in the NHL and is knocking on the door of being a regular. He needs to train as never before this summer so that he comes into camp in the best shape of his life to really give himself a legitimate chance to make our hockey team." Feaster credited Assistant GM Claude Loiselle for the "systematic manner in which he has gone about getting so many valuable depth players signed already this off-season."

Jones: Rogers/O'Brien at Head of the Line?

In Tom Jones' [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/07/03/Lightning/Sydor_traded_back_to_.shtml]article on the trade of Darryl Sydor[/url] he suggests rookies [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] or [url=doug-obrien]Doug O'Brien[/url] might be in line for a job in Tampa next season. However, GM Jay Feaster still hopes to acquire another veteran defenseman for close to the league minimum of $450,000. Obviously, the shedding of Sean Burke and his $1.6 million dollar salary would significantly improve Feaster's chances of landing another third pairing defenseman to round out the team's roster.

Sydor Traded

TSN.ca [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=170328&hubname=nhl]reports defenseman Darryl Sydor has been traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 4th round pick.[/url] The move frees over $2.1 million dollars of payroll under the salary cap. It also could be the beginning of the Lightning stockpiling draft picks which could help them at the trade deadline this year as well as at the draft table next June. In addition, the chances of Tampa hopefuls like Andy Delmore, [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] or [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] making the team out of camp have greatly appreciated.

Dimitri Kazionov Trasfers to Kazan

Eurohockey.net is reporting 2002 4th round pick Dimitri Kazionov has transferred from Moscow Dynamo to Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Superleague. Dimitri is the brother of 2006 draftee Denis Kazionov who played for Tver this season.

Lightning Ink Filip Kuba to Three Year Deal

Hours after losing Pavel Kubina to the Toronto Maple Leafs via free agency, Jay Feaster and the Tampa Bay Lightning replace one of the oldest tenured Bolts with Minnesota Wild blueliner Filip Kuba. In a quote reported on tsn.ca, Lightning GM Jay Feaster said, "Filip Kuba is a solid, steady, top-four, All-Star defenseman who has adapted well to the new NHL. We believe that playing within our system will enable him to post even bigger offensive numbers and we are confident our forwards will enjoy playing with someone who is able to get them the puck quickly and help with our transition game. While we were disappointed to lose Pavel Kubina today, we are excited to fill that hole with such a high-caliber player."

Alexeev Returns

TampaBayLightning.com is reporting the Bolts have brought back Nikita Alexeev. The towering Russian winger, who failed to earn a roster spot in 2003-2004, will again compete for a spot the Lightning this season. While Alexeev's speed is needed on the Tampa roster, he must show an improved work ethic to earn a regular role.

Lightning Sign Two

According to the CTV Sportsnet Free Agent Tracker, the Lightning have signed Swedish center Andreas Karlsson and former Columbus Blue Jacket defenseman Andy Delmore. A Lightning press release stated both are expected to compete for spots on the NHL club. Karlsson, a 6-4 two-way forward, played last season with HV 71 in Sweden. The 30 year-old former Thrasher scored 26-29-55 and was a +18 in 50 games with the club. Delmore, a 29 year-old backliner, had 72 points in 66 games for Syracuse of the AHL last season. He played in seven games with the Blue Jackets, going scoreless. Delmore began last season as a Detroit Red Wing after signing a free agent contract, but was waived before the season started. Delmore actually signed with EHC Basel of the Swiss National League in May before agreeing to terms with the Lightning.

Kubina and Grahame are Gone

According to TSN.ca Pavel Kubina has signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs for 4 years at $5M per season. Best of luck to Toronto with that. I think Pavel is really only worth about half that. Apparently the Hurricanes have signed John Grahame to a two year deal for about 1.5M per. Boston has loaded up by signing Chara and Marc Savard. Phoenix has signed Ed Jovanovski.

Alexeev Returning?

Tampa GM Jay Feaster stated on WDAE radio in Tampa today that there is a very strong possibility disgruntled Russian winger Nikita Alexeev will return to the Lightning for 2006-2007. Alexeev cannot be signed until July 1. Feaster was very optimistic a deal could be done with Alexeev. Feaster again hinted at the club using free agency to address their blueline needs. Stay tuned.
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