Submitted by pete on October 7, 2006 - 16:23
The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox3120.shtml]have announced the signing of center Jared Aulin[/url] to a PTO contract just hours before they take the ice for opening night 2006-2007. Aulin, who was once a top prospect in the Kings and Capitals organizations, was originally a 2nd round pick of the Colorado Avalanche organization in 2002. Aulin spent parts of five season with Kamloops of the WHL scoring 31 goals and 108 points in 70 games in his best junior season in 2000-2001. His best professional season came in 2002-2003 as a rookie when he had 12 goals and 44 points with Manchester of the AHL. He also played 17 games with the LA Kings that season scoring 2 goals and 4 points. Aulin, who stands at 6'0" 192 lbs, has spent the past two years in the Caps organization posting nearly identical 11 goal and 39 point seasons in Portland and last year's Calder Cup champion, Hershey. Presumably the signing will allow the Lightning to send another prospect forward down to Johnstown of the ECHL where they currently only have 9 forwards officially in camp. Aulin's signing is, in part, an attempt to compensate for the loss or Eric Perrin who made the Lightning out of camp. Also, overage prospect [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] has been named team captain.
Submitted by chelya on October 7, 2006 - 15:58
Vasily Koshechkin got his win and shutout tonight. Lada get the 4-0 win in Magnitogorsk vs. Metallurg, one of the best attacking team in the Superleague. I watched this game on TV. Kosheckin made several critical saves, including a three rebound shots on after one in the second period when Lada played two players short.
Submitted by pete on October 6, 2006 - 23:00
[url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] stopped 37 of 39 shots faced in Sudbury's 3-2 win over London. Beech was named third star of the game. [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] had a pair of power play assists and 2 PIMs as Mississauga knocked off Erie 4-3. [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] was even as Prince George was pummelled by Vancouver 6-0. [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] was even with 4 PIMs in Swift Current's 3-0 shutout of Chilliwack.
Submitted by pete on October 6, 2006 - 14:10
The decisions not to report by Desharnais and Czuy [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=8797]leave the Johnstown Chiefs with just 16 players on their initial camp roster according to ECHL.com.[/url] The roster includes Lightning prospect John Toffey who resurfaces after not appearing at either Lightning or Falcons camp earlier this fall. It also includes defenseman Andrew Martens who played 5 games with Greenville of the ECHL last season after leaving Bemidji State where he had 5 goals and 24 points in 37 games last year with 47 penalty minutes. The roster does not include defenseman Bryan Nathe who still needs to be signed after having his rights traded to the Chiefs earlier this week. Johnstown has 9 forwards, 5 defensemen and 2 goaltenders listed on the roster.
Submitted by chad on October 6, 2006 - 08:22
A [i]Johnstown Tribune-Democrat[/i] report states that David Desharnais and Kelly Czuy have declined assignments to Johnstown by the Lightning and will play elsewhere this year (and probably beyond). Both were expected to sign contracts with either Johnstown or Springfield after their play in prospect camps this summer. Desharnais is returning to Chicoutimi of the QMJHL to play as an overager and Czuy curiously signed with Las Vegas of the ECHL. â€œI donâ€™t know what to say about it,â€ Chiefs coach Frank Anzalone told the paper. â€œItâ€™s disappointing because Tampa invested a lot of time, effort and probably money into both players. They were very loyal to them. At the end of the day, how can you turn your back? Some kids do. Some agents do. Itâ€™s something that probably would be better if you do this on Aug. 10, not Oct. 5.â€
Submitted by chad on October 6, 2006 - 08:14
According to the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] game report, Karri Ramo was recalled from Springfield yesterday because of work visa issues with Marc Denis. Nick Tarnasky was sent down to Springfield to make room for Ramo. Because Denis' papers came in just a few hours before the game, he was able to play and Ramo was not needed on the bench. Tarnasky and Ramo are expected to switch places again today.
Submitted by chad on October 6, 2006 - 07:57
Former Lightning draft pick Jean-Francois Soucy has signed with the Elmira Jackals of the United Hockey League. Soucy spent time with Springfield and Johnstown in 2004-05 before being loaned out to San Diego and Phoenix of the ECHL last season. He was not retained by the Lightning this summer.
Submitted by pete on October 5, 2006 - 22:57
[url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/comments/marc_denis_not_playing/]According to Erik Erlendsson's blog[/url], veteran Sean Burke will get the start Saturday in the Falcons' opener against the Hartford Wolfpack. It is hoped the start can showcase a healthy Burke to NHL teams possibly considering claiming him off of waivers down the road.
Submitted by pete on October 5, 2006 - 21:23
[url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] was held scoreless for the first time this season in Mississauga's 5-4 win over Brampton tonight. Lawrence was even with 2 penalty minutes. [url=marek-bartanus]Marek Bartanus[/url] was also held scoreless in Owen Sound's 4-3 win over Toronto. Bartanus was -1 in the game.