According to the [i]Halifax Chronicle-Herald[/i], Kevin Baker, the 27 year-old Acadia Axemen forward who was trying to get back into professional hockey starting with the Lightning tryout camp last month, has signed an ECHL contract with the Texas Wildcatters. Baker only managed one assist in five games for Team Black in camp scrimmages and was not offered an invitation to Springfield's upcoming camp. Baker's ECHL contract allows for a tryout with the Houston Aeros of the AHL. Baker won the Atlantic University (Canada) scoring title last season and helped Acadia to its first league title in 10 years. He was selected as the most outstanding player in Canadian university hockey.
Submitted by pete on August 14, 2006 - 21:31
Wearing #67, Dimitri Kazionov scored a goal today in Kazan's opening match of the Lada Cup against Ufa. Unfortunately, Ak Bars fell in the contest 5-3. Lada Togliatti toppled Nizhenkamsk 2-1 in their opening match. [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] got the day off for the home team in favor of pro veteran Mike Fountain who may split time this season between the pipes with Koshechkin.
Submitted by pete on August 13, 2006 - 17:04
Preseason hockey in Europe continues tomorrow with the beginning of the Lada Cup. [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] and host team Togliatti will square off with Superleague teams Salavat Yulayev, Ak Bars Kazan (Dimitri Kazionov) and Nizhnekamsk. On Wednesday, the Tampere Cup will begin with [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] and Ilves facing Brynas from Sweden, Elsbaren Berlin from Germany, Metallurg Magnitogorsk from Russia and cross town rival from Finland Tappara.
Submitted by pete on August 10, 2006 - 17:59
Preseason action is underway throughout Europe and Anton But, who had been rumored to possibly be considering a move to North America, surfaced at the LENVO tournament in St. Petrsburg with host club SKA and notched a goal in the five game tournament last week. Albert Vishnyakov had a helper for Moscow Dynamo in the tournament while Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless for his new club Kazan. In the Bashkortostan Cup in Ufa, goaltender [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] was named best netminder in the tournament for long time club Lada Togliatti. To see Koshechkin in the box score was surprising as [url=http://russianprospects.com/public/news_archive.php?year=2006]earlier reports had Koshechkin transferring to Khimik to tandem with Konstantin Barulin.[/url] The confusion likely stems from Avalanche netminder prospect Vitaly Kolesnik's move to Khimik from North America. Koshechkin went 2-0-1 in the tournament with one shutout allowing 7 goals in three games. In Finland, with Tuuka Rask currently in Lake Placid, NY tending goal for Finland's junior team in international action, [url=Riku-Helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] has been getting the lion's share of the netminding duties for Ilves. Helenius [url=http://www.ilves.com/pisteporssi_hp.php]has made three starts thus far in the preseason with 2-1 record and a 4.00 GAA.[/url] On Tuesday Helenius helped defeat SM-liiga club JYP 3-2, rebounding from a 7-3 loss in the Sputnik Cup final to SaiPa in which he stopped 44 of 51 shots faced. Ilves defeated KalPa 4-3 on the 4th with Helenius stopping 20 of 23 shots faced. Ilves' next game with be on the 16th against Swiss club SC Bern, which may be the return of Rask to the lineup for Ilves.
Submitted by pete on August 10, 2006 - 14:20
Springfield Falcons camp invitee and Lightning prospect and tryout camp participant Jonathan D'Aversa [url=http://www.redwingscentral.com/camps/2006-07/rosters/Columbus.html]will play for the Columbus Blue Jackets prospect team in the upcoming Traverse City prospect tournament.[/url] The young defenseman out of Sudbury of the OHL is looked at as a potential signee for Johnstown of the ECHL. Hat tip to reader GoBoltz56 from the comments.
Submitted by pete on August 10, 2006 - 11:44
The Washington Capitals' farm team, the Hershey Bears, [url=http://www.hersheypa.com/events/hershey_bears/detail.php?id=1756]announced several signings yesterday including the signing of former Lightning defenseman Timo Helbling.[/url] They also, however, have announced the signing of defenseman Don Grover who had been invited to Springfield Falcons camp as was looked at as a possible option for the team's affiliate in Johnstown. [img]http://images.usatoday.com/life/_photos/2004/09/07/inside-grover.jpg[/img] Grover appeared in the recent Lightning prospect and tryout camp and was scoreless over the course of the week's scrimmages. Defensemen Clayton Barthel has been invited to join the team's entry in Traverse City and defenseman Jon D'Aversa was also invited to Springfield Falcons camp.
Submitted by chad on August 9, 2006 - 15:32
Today, the Springfield Falcons announced the signing of 28 year-old defenseman Sylvain Dufresne. The 6-foot-2 defenseman spent last season with Rochester of the AHL, scoring two goals and seven assists in 61 games. The Ex-Chicoutimi Sagueneen and Sherbrooke Beaver has spent seven years in professional hockey, but last year was his first full season in the AHL. Dufresne's best offensive season came in 2003-04 with Flint of the UHL (76 GP, 17-39-56).
Submitted by chad on August 9, 2006 - 09:12
According to Tampa Bay General Manager Jay Feaster, the Lightning released Timo Helbling. "While it is tough to find good young defensemen," Feaster stated, "our Tampa Bay coaching staff, in particular, Craig Ramsay, felt that Timo simply wasn't picking-up and demonstrating a willingness to play our system." Feaster also mentioned Springfield coaches were frustrated with what was perceived to be a failure on Helbling's part to learn from his mistakes. Also, the additions of Andy Delmore and Doug Janik caused Helbling to re-examine his role with the club and the restricted free agent who played in nine games with Tampa last season was seeking a one-way contract from the team. The club was not going to give him a one-way contract and combined with the above-stated issues, the team and Helbling mutually agreed to his release. This leaves the Lightning with 48 contracts against the 50-man limit. ***8/10 Update: Helbling has signed with the Hershey Bears of the AHL. The Bears also signed defenseman Don Grover, who participated in the Lightning's prospect camp last month as a tryout player. He had been invited to Springfield's camp as a tryout player.
Submitted by pete on August 8, 2006 - 17:20
Eurohockey.net [url=http://www.eurohockey.net/transfers/last_24_hours.html]is reporting the rumor that Timo Helbling has been dealt to the Washington Capitals.[/url] In multiple local print stories Helbling had been mentioned as a possibility to make the Lightning this season along with defenseman [url=doug-obrien]Doug O'Brien.[/url] This story is developing. [b]Update:[/b] The source of the Helbling to Washington rumor is [url=http://www.eishockey.ch/news/detail.asp?ID=248853]an article on the website eishockey.ch.[/url] According to the site, Helbling has signed a two-way contract with the Capitals as an unrestricted free agent. This story is still developing. [b]Update Two:[/b] The story of Helbling leaving as a UFA doesn't jibe with several websites which list Helbling as an RFA [url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?page=2006freelist]including ESPN.com.[/url] It should also be noted that within the past 48 hours [url=http://www.nhlpa.com/WebStats/PlayerBiography.asp?ID=7031]NHLPA.com began listing Helbling as signed this season for the league minimum of $450,000.[/url] [b]Update Three:[/b] [url=http://www.hockeyfans.ch/news_portal/news.php?id=15811&month=8&year=06&modus=]Hockeyfans.ch reports that Helbling has reached verbal agreement with the Caps[/url] on a two-way deal and that Helbling had been preparing to play this season with Kloten in the Swiss league.
Submitted by chad on August 8, 2006 - 08:29
The Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL have released their [b]25-man roster[/b] for the upcoming season. Lightning draftee and unofficial 2006 Prospect Camp MVP Kevin Quick's name is not on the roster as he and his family continue to consider his options for both his education and hockey development. Quick was drafted in the 18th round by Green Bay in this year's USHL draft. The youngster was a stand-out at the recent prospect camp in Tampa, prompting Tampa Bay General Manager Jay Feaster to tab him the camp MVP. The team stated they would try to convince the defenseman to play junior hockey in the USHL this year rather than return to Salisbury Prep for his senior year of high school. Salisbury won the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association championship last season. According to Feaster, the team and the Quick family remain in talks and Kevin is still considering the option of playing junior. A final decision could be made by late this week or early next. Classes at Salisbury begin September 12. Green Bay opens their season on October 14.