No Russian Transfer Deal

[url=http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=sportsNews&storyID=2006-08-02T190030Z_01_L02867166_RTRUKOC_0_US-ICE-HOCKEY-RUSSIA.xml&archived=False]Russia refuses to sign the NHL transfer deal after all.[/url] MOSCOW, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Russia will not sign a transfer agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL) just weeks after ratifying the deal, the country's ice hockey chief said on Wednesday. Vladislav Tretyak, president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RIHF), said the proposed agreement was not in the best interest of Russian clubs. "We have been in constant negotiation with the NHL, trying to reach a fair deal, but unfortunately we were unable to fully take into account the interests of Russian clubs," said Tretyak.

Let the Countdown Begin

In the excitement of the last week we neglected to point out the tiny detail of when the Traverse City tournament will take place. This year the tournament will run from September 8th to 12th. The number of teams slated to participate this year is jumping to eight with the teams split in two "conferences". The "Eastern Conference" will be comprised of the Lightning, Thrashers, Red Wings and Rangers. The "Western Conference" will be made up of the Blues, Blue Jackets, Stars and Wild. Three round robin games will be played in conference with teams advancing to play in a single placement game at the end of the tournament.

Tentative Traverse City Roster

The following is the Lightning's tentative 2006 Traverse City roster. (Note: Names and commitments are subject to change)

Clarification on Traverse City Rules

According to a press release by the Atlanta Thrashers regarding this year's Traverse City tournament, [url=http://www.atlantathrashers.com/View.aspx?CID01=1343e05e-1393-4120-8c37-20f44d14c660]these are the eligibility rules for this year's tournament:[/url] "Per tournament rules, each team may only have a maximum of four players with one year of professional experience each. In order to participate, all skaters must have been born no later than 1983; goalies are exempt from this restriction." As a consequence of this rule, [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url] will not be eligible to play in this year's tournament (without an exception being made, which is altogether possible in these tournaments). However, [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] will be eligible to play under this scenario, as will [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url]. [url=mike-egener]Mike Egener[/url] remains inelligible because he has played two years of pro. Because of the goaltender exemptions the team could take [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url], [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] or [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] to Traverse City along with Ramo, Helenius and Beech, although I am still betting they will only carry three goaltenders. Updated Traverse City Roster Speculation:

Falcons Announce Preseason Schedule

The Springfield Falcons have announced their [b]2006 preseason schedule[/b]. The Falcons begin their preseason at home with a September 29 match-up against the New York Ranger's top affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Two of the three Falcons preseason games are at home.

Camp Stats Released

Tampabaylightning.com has released the [b]final stats[/b] for the 2006 Conditioning and Tryout Camp scrimmages. Leading the way for the tournament, which was won by Team White 3-2, was free agent and former Portland Winter Hawk Brian Woolger with 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points. Right behind him was recently signed Lightning prospect Blair Jones (Moose Jaw) with 2-2-4. Stan Lascek (Chicoutimi), Todd Griffith (Kingston), and Clayton Barthel (Seattle) finished tied for third in scoring, all with three points each in the five games. Barthel led all defensemen in scoring. Woolger, Barthel, and Griffith have all been added to this year's Traverse City Lightning roster as a reward for their impressive showings in camp. Among those registering zero points were Radek Smolenak, who scored 42 goals last year for Kingston of the OHL, and Andy Rogers, who led the Lightning in scoring during last year's Traverse City prospects tournament. Rogers played in four of the five games. Sudbury Wolves goaltender Kevin Beech led the four goalies in save percentage with a .952, followed by fellow Team White 'tender Josh Disher (.923). Kari Ramo registered a .919 save percentage and faced the least amount of shots among the four netminders. Ramo's teammate with Team Black, Boston College's Joe Pearce, faced the most shots at 76. Pearce was the only goalie with a sub-.900 save percentage (.895)

Anton But's Release Confirmed

Eurohockey.net is confirming that Anton But has been released by Yaroslavl. Last week Russianprospects.com broke word of But's release by his club team and speculated a deal with the Lightning was imminent, but Bolt Prospects has learned that as of that time there had been no contact between But's agent and the Lightning organization. In unrelated news, former Lightning prospect goaltender Evgeny Konstantinov has trasferred from the Moscow Dynamo organization and will play with [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] in Tver next season. Konstantinov made 4 appearances for Dynamo last season and split 15 appearanced between Ekaterinburg and Stupino in the Upper League.

Traverse City Team Taking Shape

With Jay Feaster's announcement of which players will be invited to join the Lightning's Traverse City prospect team, I figured I'd take a rough stab at what the roster will look like. To the best of my knowledge, players are only elligible to play in Traverse City twice, making players like [url=mike-egener]Mike Egener[/url] and [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] ineligible to play this year. The rule narrows the field of potential candidates considerably, which is why you see so many free agent forwards invited to the camp this year.

Feaster Awards Spots to Prospects

Feaster beat me. I layed out all my overall evaluations from camp today and decided to blog my thoughts on the unsigned prospects first and to do it tonight figuring that Jay would announce those soon. Sooner than I thought. [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/MGBABCCU8QE.html]From the Tampa Tribune:[/url] "PROSPECT CAMP: Feaster called this week's prospect conditioning camp a worthy investment of time and money. If there were a camp MVP, Feaster said Kevin Quick, the team's fourth-round pick in the 2006 draft, would earn the title. The GM said Quick was unbelievable in the five scrimmage games and is speaking to the defenseman and his parents about playing junior level hockey next year instead of returning to prep school on Connecticut in order to "accelerate" his progress.

Day 5 Prospect Camp

White Wins series with a 2 - 0 victory over the Black The puppies were tired today and the goaltenders were at their best in a sloppily played game. 0 - 0 at the intermission and then: 1. White: Hrdel (Lascek, Collins) collins down low slips it to Lascek quickly to Hrdel who smacks it by Pearce from the lefthand side of the low slot. Wasn't exactly soft,nice shot, but any of the other three goalies might have had that today. 2. White: Hrdel (Oullette, Czuy) Czuy made the play by dishing the puck of as Rogers tied to take him out along the center boards. Czuy took Rogers out instead slipping it to Oullette who skated past the two and creted a 2-on-1 with Hrdel. Oullette drew the defender, slid the puck to Hrdel who smoked it from near the same spot as his first one. Also against Pearce.
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