Submitted by pete on October 20, 2006 - 11:57
John Tortorella wasn't the only coach skating his team hard in practice last week as punishment for a poor performance. [url=http://www.masslive.com/falcons/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1161299402195610.xml&coll=1]According to Garry Brown's column in the Springfield Republican[/url], Steve Stirling held similarly brutal practices Tuesday [i]and[/i] Wednesday after the Falcons' abysmal performance in the final four periods of their two game road trip to Norfolk last weekend. According to Coach Stirling the move came as a reaction to a lack of effort on the Falcons' part. Brown writes, "Stirling said he thought he knew how poorly the team played in Norfolk, but when he looked at the video, it was even worse." Springfield's home opener is tonight against Manchester and is the start of a three game in three night weekend stretch that includes Binghampton Saturday and Bridgeport on Sunday. [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] is expected to get the start tonight and Sunday.
Submitted by pete on October 19, 2006 - 20:19
[url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=8915]ECHL.com[/url] reports the Johnstown Chiefs have signed tryout defenseman Ian MacLean to a contract and have placed C John Toffey on 3-day Injured Reserve. The league website [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=8912]has also released Johnstown's opening night roster.[/url] Omitted from the list is center Grant Jacobsen who was acquired after the list was released. Johnstown opens their season Saturday night at home against former Lightning affiliate Pensacola and former Lightning player Dwayne Hay.
Submitted by pete on October 19, 2006 - 20:03
It's good to know that even in lean times the Lightning still own Philadelphia. PHI-1 TB-4 Marc Denis stopped 34 of 35 for the win and came painfully close to getting the shutout. Vaclav Prospal emerged from his slumber to score a goal and an assist while Richards and Lecavalier had two helpers each. Craig, Fedotenko and Alexeev had the other goals and St. Louis and Sarich had individual assists. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS020096.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik was +2 in 17:17 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots. He's also to be commended for answering the bell against a beast like Ben Eager and finding a way to escape with his head. Eric Perrin had 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 9:55 and was 60% on draws. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] had 1 shot and 2 hits in a scant 3:46. It's important for the team to not get too high off of this win. Philly is on life support and Hitchcock may be just a few hours away from being fired by Bob Clarke. Prospal, who is often overlooked in the talk of "the big three", scoring his first goal is a positive sign but Brad Richards still hasn't scored a goal this year and was squandering opportunities to shoot the puck late in the game because he's still thinking pass first, last and only. Saturday's game against Washington will be a better bellweather of where the team is. On paper the Lightning should always beat the Caps, but as last season's eight game series demonstrated the Caps will take points from you because they will outwork you if you allow them and they have gamebreakers like Ovechkin and, this year, Semin.
Submitted by timothy on October 19, 2006 - 14:59
Bolt Prospects has learned that defenseman [url=kevin-quick]Kevin Quick[/url] has narrowed his college choices to Clarkson, Ohio State, Michigan, and Providence. Over the next few weeks, Quick will complete official visits to each campus and is targeting the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday break to announce his decision. Quick has returned to Salisbury Prep School in Salisbury, CT for his senior year, and the varsity team's 2006-2007 season should begin just after the Thanksgiving break. In the meantime, Quick is playing some extra games in Midget Major for the Neponset Valley River Rats located in Foxboro, MA. Quick debuted 13th on the current Bolt Prospects Top-25 list after being a 3rd round selection by the Lightning in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He is ranked 5th among Lightning prospective blueliners by Bolt Prospects behind [url=matt-smaby]Smaby[/url], [url=vladimir-mihalik]Mihalik[/url], [url=andy-rogers]Rogers[/url], and [url=mike-egener]Egener[/url].
Submitted by pete on October 19, 2006 - 14:34
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless as Kazan took out Khimik 2-0. [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] remains on IR for Khimik. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] had an assist in Yaroslavl's 6-2 win over Tver. Artyukhin now has 1 goal and 3 points in 16 games. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless for Tver. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 4-1 win over Salavat Yulayev. Anton But had a goal in SKA's 4-1 win over Amur. Mike Fountain was again in net for Togliatti as Lada lost to Novokuznetsk 3-1. That's Fountain's third straight start instead of Lightning prospect [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url].
Submitted by pete on October 18, 2006 - 19:02
The Johnstown Chiefs today acquired center Grant Jacobsen from Columbia for cash considerations [url=http://echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=8905]according to ECHL.com[/url]. Jacobson, a former 9th round pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, scored 15 goals and 46 points in 68 games last season between Reading and Columbia. The 6'3" 210 pound 23 year old played parts of six seasons between Regina and Kamloops of the WHL before spending a year with the University of Manitoba in the CIS prior to turning pro last season. His best junior campaign came in 2003-2004 as an overage player when he scored 18 goals and 52 points in 71 games for Kamloops.
Submitted by pete on October 17, 2006 - 20:34
[url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] again got the day off as Mike Fountain fell 3-1 to Novosibirsk. Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Cherepovets' 3-0 shut out of Khabarovsk. Anton But was scoreless in SKA's 6-2 win over Ufa. Albert Vishnyakov and [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] were scoreless in Dynamo's 3-0 win over Yaroslavl. Dimitri Kazionov scored Kazan's lone goal in their 3-1 loss to Omsk. [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] remains on IR for Khimik who lost 4-2 to Nizhnekamsk.
Submitted by chad on October 17, 2006 - 15:10
For what it's worth, Swift Current and Prince George fans are saying Lightning defensive prospect Dane Crowley left the October 10 Broncos-Cougars game with a shoulder injury. According to Crowley on a radio station in Swift Current, he'll be out 1-2 weeks. For those keeping track, that's three shoulder injuries (that we know of) among Lightning prospects. Vladimir Mihalik has a separated shoulder and should be back in less than 2 weeks, and Riku Helenius has a dislocated shoulder and could be gone for much longer. The Lightning have not confirmed how long Helenius will be out, though the Ilves club says 4 months. There is still no word on the specific injury to Marek Bartanus, but he's expected to play this weekend. We do know that Chris Lawrence has missed recent games due to a "minor head injury." I'm not sure any injury to the head can be considered minor, but nevertheless that was the report.
Submitted by pete on October 16, 2006 - 19:46
Rock bottom, hopefully. CAR-5 TB-1 Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 19 shots for the loss before giving way to Johan Holmqvist for the third period where Holmqvist allowed 1 goal on 4 shots. The lone Lightning goal came late in the third period from Nikita Alexeev off helpers from Afanasenkov and Richardson. The odd thing is the Lightning, who looked lethargic, actually outshot the Canes 35-23. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS020074.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik was even in 18:10 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot. Eric Perrin was -1 in 12:39 with 5 hits including a second period hit that touched off a large scrum as the game began to get out of hand. He was also 40% on draws. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] played 7:08 with 2 shots and 1 hit and answered the bell initiating a second period fight with Mike Commodore. Unfortunately, the front office is essentially helpless at this point in time to make any shake up changes. Last year when the team hit rough patches early they relied on the callups of Paul Ranger, Evgeney Artyukhin and later Ryan Craig. This early in the season, with Springfield struggling so much over the weekend, there aren't any players worthy or ready there to contribute in Tampa right now. So, for the next month or so, the answers are going to have to come from inside the locker room, and in my view they are going to have to come from Brad Richards most of all. Eventually, Martin St. Louis' chances are going to start falling and Vincent Lecavalier hasn't been horrible with 4 points in 6 games. Richards, however, looks nothing like himself right now with just 2 assists and a -4 rating which which is one of the worst on the team. John Tortorella has saved most of his public venom for Lecavalier, but figuring out what is wrong with Richards may be the more crucial puzzle that has to be solved right now.
Submitted by pete on October 16, 2006 - 16:45
And the winner is...