Submitted by pete on September 26, 2006 - 21:16
A game like this potentially rearranges the chess board a bit: TB-3 MTL-4 (OT) Johan Holmqvist stopped 37 of 41 in the overtime loss. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist while Martin St. Louis had 2 helpers. The other Lightning goal scorers were Eric Perrin and Filip Kuba, with Dan Boyle chipping in a single assist. The power play continued to yield dividends going 3 for 10 on the night. An interesting subplot in the game was the opportunity opened up for young defenseman [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] as Doug Janik sat in the penalty box for much of the first half of the game serving a major for fighting, a minor for instigation and a ten minute misconduct. Also, Dan Boyle was held out of the game in the third period with an undisclosed injury leaving Smaby to play 18:53 with a -1 rating, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Smaby was on the ice for the overtime winning goal, but reportedly played well otherwise. With more playing time, is Smaby sneaking up on Janik on the depth chart? Janik played 16:41 of even hockey with 2 shots, 1 hit and 3 blocked shots. Perrin plated 19:19 and was -1 with 3 shots, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots as well as an outstanding 4 takeaways, but was only 25% on draws. [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] had his poorest game statistically of the preseason going -2 in 15:13 with 1 shot and 2 hits. Mitch Fritz was -1 in 9:15 with 4 hits. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] was -1 in 9:56 with 1 blocked shot and was 27% on draws. Nick Tarnasky continued his strategy of brawling his way onto the Lightning roster with a fight in his 8:43 of even hockey with 3 hits. So, with [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] still out on the blueline and Dan Boyle possibly nicked could Doug Janik or Matt Smaby sneak onto the opening night roster? In the fight for the team's open 4th line forward spot, has Norm Milley stumbled and lost ground to the skilled Eric Perrin or the tough young lion Nick Tarnasky? Also, how does Rob DiMaio's concussion tonight figure into the equation. Cuts to follow soon. Note: Jones and goaltender Karri Ramo, with the Lightning on an emergency basis, were reassigned to Springfield after the game.
Submitted by pete on September 26, 2006 - 15:49
At the SM-liiga level, Ilves fell to Karpat today 2-0. Tuukka Rask made 19 saves in the defeat. And, at the Junior A level, Mikko Patsi and Jarno Laitinen split time in a 7-6 defeat to Jokerit Jr. A. Lightning 1st round pick [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] has yet to see action in the SM-liiga this season. With just 6 points in the standings, Ilves sits in the lower third of the league just 2 points ahead of dead last KalPa.
Submitted by chad on September 26, 2006 - 15:15
According to the Springfield Falcons, the Lightning have reassigned goaltender Sean Burke and defenseman Andy Rogers to the Falcons. Rogers has been battling a hip injury throughout camp and Burke cleared waivers today. He has been fighting a back injury. As was reported yesterday in the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i], the Lightning have recalled Karri Ramo and Blair Jones for tonight's game in Montreal. (Note: Source/link not active as of yet on falconsahl.com)
Submitted by pete on September 25, 2006 - 20:28
Phil Laugher [url=http://hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=9085]stubs his toe[/url], in my opinion.
Submitted by chad on September 25, 2006 - 15:08
TSN is reporting Lightning goalie Sean Burke has been placed on waivers. Burke, 39, is contracted to earn $1.6-million this season, but is coming off a 2005-2006 season when he posted a 2.80 goals against average and .895 save percentage in 35 games with the Lightning. The Lightning have been pretty clear about entering the season with Marc Denis as the No.1 and Johan Holmqvist as the No.2. According to Erik Erlendsson's Blog on the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] site, Burke is indeed expected to report to Springfield if unclaimed. The hope is another team claims him and relieves the Lightning of at least some of the $1.6 million Burke is owed this season. Assuming no team claims Burke, Tampa Bay will then recall him and hope he is claimed on the way "up." The advantage in claiming him at this time is the claiming team would only be responsible for one-half the salary and take on one-half the cap hit and the same for the Lightning. If he reports to Springfield, Burke will join Karri Ramo, Jonathan Boutin, Gerald Coleman, and Morgan Cey, who are currently battling it out for right to stay in Springfield. Ramo is accompanying the Lightning to Montreal this week as Denis will not make the trip. Erlendsson reports center Blair Jones has also been recalled as a substitute for Andreas Karlsson, who is battling "groin fatigue." Prospects Matt Smaby and Nick Tarnasky will play against the Habs. Mike Egener and Paul Ranger will make the trip to Montreal, but not play.
Submitted by pete on September 24, 2006 - 20:46
Chelyabinsk defeated Khimik 3-2 in overtime. [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] did not play. Yaroslavl defeated Togliatti 3-2. [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] takes the loss and falls to 2-2-1 on the season. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] remains scoreless for Loko. Dynamo beat Novokuznetsk 4-2. Albert Vishnyakov had 2 goals in the game. Kazan squeaked past CSKA 4-3 in overtime. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless for Ak Bars. Tver fell to Novosibirsk 3-2. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless in the match.
Submitted by pete on September 24, 2006 - 20:32
It doesn't happen often, but my goodness is this team scary when both the top lines are clicking at the same time. DAL-4 TB-7 Dan Boyle had a pair of power play goals and added an assist on the game. The Lightning power play was 3 of 6 tonight, continuing a promising trend in this preseason. Vaclav Prospal also had a pair of goals with the other three Lightning goals scored by Doug Janik, Martin St. Louis and Filip Kuba. St. Louis also had 2 helpers in the game. Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards both enjoyed incredible 4 assist nights while Dimitry Afanasenkov and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] each had single assists. Marc Denis stopped 28 of 32 in the win. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS010056.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Among the team's prospects, Doug Janik was -1 in 18:12 with 1 shot on goal. Eric Perrin was -1 in 14:40 with 3 shots on goal and 1 blocked shot. The diminutive center also had an outstanding 4 takeaways on the night. Norm Milley looked to burnish his physical credentials with 4 hits in 13:54 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot. [url=mitch-fritz]Mitch Fritz[/url] was -2 in 9:45 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. He also invited Matthew Barnaby's skull to become better acquainted with pain in a fight. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] was -1 in 10:51 with 3 hits. With Falcons camp hitting the ice tomorrow, expect another round of cuts soon.
Submitted by pete on September 24, 2006 - 17:55
[url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] is on fire. The 2005 3rd round pick continued his strong play after a 5 point opening night notching a goal and an assist in Mississauga's 6-2 win over Toronto today. Lawrence was +1 in the contest and now has 7 points through his first two games of the year. In Sudbury, [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] and the Wolves fell to the Brampton Battallion 4-3. He allowed 4 goals on 19 shots faced. Oddly, Springfield camp invitee Jonathan D'Aversa has chosen to stay in Sudbury rather than attend Falcons camp. He had 1 goal in the match.
Submitted by pete on September 24, 2006 - 13:42
Erik Erlendsson [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBJIN1UGSE.html]writes in today's Trib[/url] that LW/C Nick Tarnasky may have "the inside track" for the still open fourth line job alongside Tim Taylor and Rob DiMaio. Tarnasky's physical style may appeal to the Lightning more so than the finesse games of competitors Eric Perrin and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] and while Milley and Perrin have shown offensive spark in the preseason Tarnasky's fight against Brad Norton in the game against Detroit may be the defining moment that puts him over the top. Tarnasky, a 2003 9th round pick, played in a dozen games for the Lightning last season registering 1 assist. He finished the year rated #6 in [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/prospects]Bolt Prospects' Final Rankings[/url] and was a consensus choice as the prospect most likely to make the Lightning this season by the Bolt Prospects staff.
Submitted by pete on September 24, 2006 - 13:04
Special thanks to the Falcons for forwarding us a first glimpse of the Falcons camp roster: [b]Forwards[/b] #7 LW [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] #9 RW Ryan Gibbons (Falcons Contract) #10 C Dan Cavanaugh (Falcons Contract) #11 F Kelly Czuy (ATO) #12 C [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] #15 C Jean Desrochers (PTO) #16 RW [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] #17 RW Maxime Boisclair (Falcons Contract) #18 LW David Spina (Falcons Contract) #19 LW [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] #20 LW [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] #21 LW Zdenek Blatny (Falcons Contract) #22 LW Brandon Elliot #24 RW [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] #32 C David Desharnais (PTO) #33 C Eric Healey (Falcons Contract) #36 LW [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] #38 C Todd Griffith (ATO) #39 RW [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url] #40 LW Travis Fuller (ATO) #42 F Gus Katsuras (ATO) #43 LW Randy Rowe (PTO) #62 RW [url=andre-deveaux]Andre Deveaux[/url] [b]Defensemen[/b] #4 D [url=jay-rosehill]Jay Rosehill[/url] #5 D Sylvain Dufresne (Falcons Contract) #6 D [url=doug-obrien]Doug O'Brien[/url] #34 D Doug Andress (PTO) #41 D [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url] (Falcons Contract) #44 D John Adams (Falcons Contract) #55 D Geoff Waugh (ATO) [b]Goaltenders[/b] #1 G [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] #31 G [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] #35 G [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] #37 G [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] The new name on the list is forward Gus Kasturas who comes out of Hamilton College in the NESCAC. Kasturas had 18 goals and 38 points in 28 games last season. Jean Desrochers and Randy Rowe along with Doug Andress look to be holdovers from the core of non Lightning prospects who made up the Johnstown Chiefs last season. Tryout players who made it to Springfield are F Kelly Czuy, C David Desharnais, C Todd Griffith, LW Travis Fuller and D Geoff Waugh. All five participated in the Lightning's prospect camp this summer and all but Czuy appeared for the team at the Traverse City prospect tournament.