Submitted by chad on September 1, 2006 - 11:15
(Note: Article courtesy of the [i]Prince George Free Press[/i]. Direct link to article not available.) [b]Vlad Stands Out in a Crowd[/b] By Harpreet Sidhu, PG Free Press Vladimir Mihalik was easy to spot on the ice during Sundayâ€™s intra-squad game at the CN Centre. The 6â€™8â€ defenceman was towering above his teammates during scrimmages all weekend long. Mihalik was selected 30th overall during the in 2005 NHL entry draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Last season he played for the Red Deer Rebels where he collected three goals and nine assists in 62 games. He also dressed for Slovakia at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Vancouver.
Submitted by chad on September 1, 2006 - 08:02
Jared Nightingale, the Michigan State University product who spent 10 tryout games with the Springfield Falcons last year, has signed a two-way AHL/ECHL contract with the Iowa Stars that should see him split the season with Iowa (AHL) and the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL). Nightingale had a goal and an assist in his 10 games with the Falcons last year, also earning 18 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-handed defenseman played in 156 games in four seasons at Michigan State, where he accumulated 161 penalty minutes and 23 points (21 assists, two goals). Also, Mike Oullette, who played for the Falcons after completing his career at Dartmouth College, was signed by the Hartford Wolfpack. Oullette, who had one assist in three games with Springfield, was part of the Lightning's prospect camp in July. The center had one assist in five scrimmage games.
Submitted by chad on August 31, 2006 - 16:23
According to Ontario's [i]Brockville Recorder and Times[/i], Doug Andress, fresh off signing a contract with the Johnstown Chiefs, has been invited by the Lightning to participate in their NHL training camp in two weeks. Andress has previously attended rookie camps for the Sharks and Blackhawks in 2004, but this will be his first shot at a full NHL camp. According to the article, Andress is realistic about his chances to make the Lightning or Falcons, but the offensive defenseman is at least hoping to play in an exhibition game.
The Moose Jaw Warriors released their third jersey logo this week. You have to wonder if former Warrior and Lightning prospect Blair Jones is regretting signing that professional contract since it means he can't don this jersey and go to battle.
Submitted by chad on August 31, 2006 - 07:55
Yesterday the Springfield Falcons announced the signing of defenseman John Adams to a one year contract. Falcons General Manager Bruce Landon stated that Adams gives the Falcons improved depth on the blueline. The signing was reported over the weekend by the Naples, Florida News.
Submitted by pete on August 28, 2006 - 22:17
Winger Anton But and defenseman Andreas Holmqvist have been named to their nations' teams for the upcoming Ceske Poistovna. But, who recently transferred to SKA of the Superleague will represent Russia while Holmqvist, who plays for Linkopings of the Elitserien, will represent Sweden. The tournament begins August 31st.
Submitted by pete on August 28, 2006 - 14:07
Eurohockey.net is reporting that legendary 9th round pick Vitali Smolianinov has transferred from Irtysh Pavlodar of the Kazakhstani league to Barys Astana. Rumors are as of yet unconfirmed that Smolianinov is the brother of film star [url=http://www.boratmovie.com]Borat.[/url]
Submitted by pete on August 28, 2006 - 13:57
Lightning first round pick [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] was back between the pipes today after sitting for the final three games of the Tampere Cup behind Ilves starter Tuukka Rask. In today's match, Helenius lost to SaiPa 3-1 to move his preseason record to 3-2 thus far. Prior to the match, Ilves went 2-2 with Rask dropping the final match of that tournament to Swedish club Brynas.
Submitted by pete on August 27, 2006 - 12:01
Fran Sypek's latest article [url=http://www.masslive.com/sypek/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1156664659126170.xml&coll=1]in the Springfield Republican[/url] postulates that the Falcons may intend to move Eric Healey to play second line center for the upcoming season. Sypek sees Eric Perrin potentially centering a line with Zdenek Blatny and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] with Healey centering a line with [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] and either David Spina or [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url]. Just who will be the Falcons' second line center will be a critical question going into 2006-2007 with soon to be 20 year old [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] being a distinct possibility to fill the role. Sypek's conjectured lines would also break up the productive duo that Blatny and Kvapil formed on a line centered by Jason Jaspers last year.
Submitted by chad on August 27, 2006 - 09:05
The [i]Naples News[/i] is reporting the Springfield Falcons have signed defenseman John Adams to a one year, one-way deal. According to the paper, Springfield was the only AHL team willing to give Adams a one-way deal. Adams, 23, appeared in five games for Springfield last season before being signed by the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins and then loaned to the Cleveland Barons. The Everblades had signed him to a contract last November after things didn't work out for him in Germany, then he was loaned to the Falcons on Jan. 17, which is where Grand Rapids saw him play. Adams played four years at Boston College, where the 6'2", 193 defenseman's best season was his junior year where he scored 3 goals and 7 assists in 42 games for the Eagles. He also had 26 penalty minutes that season. He had 1 goal and 7 assists his senior year to go with 36 penalty minutes in 36 games. Adams had 1 goal and 14 assists for Florida, but no points in 13 combined AHL games with Springfield, Grand Rapids, and Cleveland. Springfield has not announced the signing at this time.