Lightning Possibly to Carry Seven Defensemen?

In the morning write up of the Lightning's victory over the Panthers, Erik Erlendssson [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBMB1AS0EE.html]writes that John Tortorella is now seriously considering carrying seven defensemen on the roster.[/url] Tortorella also indicates the decision may hinge on what is available on the waiver wire. The remaining young defensemen in camp, Timo Helbling, Doug O'Brien and Andy Rogers, are expected to suit up again tonight for the game against the Buffalo Sabres. Rogers, an unsigned former first round draft pick, would need a contract to begin the year in Tampa. By rule, he could still be sent back to junior after playing up to 10 NHL games. The team's final cuts will occur on Monday, which also is the day the Springfield Falcons' camp will open.

Game Night 9/24: Panthers at Lightning (Exhibition)

TB-5 FLA-0 (Final) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Tampa Bay- Cibak, (Kubina) 2. Tampa Bay- Kubina, (Modin, Prospal) (PP) [b]2nd Period[/b] 3. Tampa Bay- Andreychuk, (Dingman, Taylor) 4. Tampa Bay- Afanasenkov, (Prospal, Lecavalier) [b]3rd Period[/b] 5. Tampa Bay- Cibak, ([i]Craig[/i], Boyle) WIN- Sean Burke, 26/26 (2/3) SO-Burke [b]Shootout[/b] TB-0 FLA-1 1. Richards (0) 2. Lecavalier (0) 3. St. Louis (0)

Fritz Recalled, Forward Prospects Likely To Miss Second Cut

[url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBSKIR9ZDE.html]Erik Erlendsson of the Trib is reporting LW Mitch Fritz has been recalled with a view towards the Buffalo Sabres exhibition game this weekend.[/url] Several of Buffalo's players have been attempting to brawl their way into NHL roster spots and GM Jay Feaster has concluded Fritz needs to be available if the trend continues.

But, Polushin, Vishnyakov All Find Scoresheet in Tour Eight

After a rough seventh tour in the Superleague in which no Lightning prospect managed a point, several of the Lightning's young players got back on the scoresheet today. Anton But assisted on Yaroslavl's final goal as the Lokomotiv pummelled Novokuznetsk 5-1. With the assist, But now is tied for second in the Superleague in points. He is 5th in both goals and assists and is also tied for 3rd in the league in +/-. Alexander Polushin assisted on Sergey Piskunov's opening goal in a 3-3 tie with Vityaz. Albert Vishnyakov assisted on Dynamo's opening goal as they beat Nizhnekamsk 4-2. Dimitry Kazionov did not play today in Togliatti's 3-2 win over Molot Perm.

Official Russian Superleague Statistics Through Seven Tours

These are the official statistics for all Lightning properties playing in the Russian Superleague excluding Tour Eight which is in progress at the time of this post. Anton But, Lokomotiv, 6GP, 4-4-8, 2PIM (+6) Alexander Polushin, Severstal, 7GP, 2-3-5, 2PIM (+2) Albert Vishnyakov, Dynamo, 7GP, 2-2-4, 8 PIM, (+2) Nikita Alexeev, Avangard, 7GP, 3-0-3, 8 PIM, (+2) Dimitry Kazionov, Lada, 7GP, 0-3-3, 14 PIM, (-1) Alexei Glukhov, Khimik, 7GP, 0-1-1, 8 PIM, (E) Vasily Koshechkin, Lada, 2GP, 0-0-0, 1.51 GAA

Jones, Keller, Lascek Excel on First Full Night in CHL

On a night when the QMJHL, OHL, and WHL were all in full-swing, Lightning prospects failed to make a heavy impact on their respective scoresheets as a whole, but that’s not to say no one had a big impact. Leading the way for Lightning prospects Friday night was 2005 fourth round pick Blair Jones of the Moose Jaw Warriors who had a goal and two assists in his season debut. Also excelling were Stanislav Lascek and Justin Keller, and Vladamir Mihalik made his first North American start. Friday night’s summary:

Bartanus, Owen Sound Drop Opener in Barrie

Marek Bartanus and the Owen Sound Attack fell in their OHL season opener Thursday night 6-4 to the Barrie Colts. Bartanus did not register a point in the game, but did manage an even rating and an accumulation of six official penalty minutes, and a ten minute misconduct which doesn't count toward his penalty minute count. Bartanus was whistled for inteference, unsportsmanlike conduct, and hooking penalties in the game. The two teams accounted for 85 minutes in penalties. Thirty minor penalties were assessed by referees Chris Hodgins and Terry Hobor, 15 to each team. Bartanus's misconduct followed his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which was likely for diving as a Colt was charged with hooking on the play.

Opinion: What The 2005-2006 Falcons Roster Will Look Like

Fran Sypek of the Republican did [url=http://www.masslive.com/falcons/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1127348101241090.xml&coll=1#continue]a good, concise writeup on the impending Falcons training camp Wednesday after the Lightning reassigned 18 players to Springfield.[/url] So, with the Falcons' beat writer breaking the tape I believe it can be officially declared that speculating on Springfield's roster to be fair game. In this blog entry I'll give a good crack at it.

Game Night 9/22: Lightning at Hurricanes (Exhibition)

TB-2 CAR-5 (Final) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Carolina- Larose, (unassisted) (SH) (PS) 2. Carolina- Richmond, (Cole, Vasicek) (PP) [b]2nd Period[/b] 3. Tampa Bay- Afanasenkov, (Modin, Sydor) (PP) 4. Carolina- Vasicek, (Cole, Larose) 5. Carolina- Boulerice, (Cole, Richmond) 6. Tampa Bay- Sydor, (Boyle, Modin) (PP) [b]3rd Period[/b] 7. Carolina- Vasicek, (Cole, Commodore) Loss-John Grahame, 25/30, (2/4) [b]Shootout[/b] TB-1 CAR-2 1. Prospal (0) 2. [i]Kvapil[/i] (X) 3. Boyle (0) 4. Afanasenkov (0) Streaming audio broadcast can be found at [url=http://www.620wdae.com]WDAE's website.[/url] This thread will be updated in progress throughout the night.

Zapletal Back in Europe

After spending last season with Regina of the WHL, defenseman Jan Zapletal has returned to the Czech Republic to play for HC Vsetin of the Extraliga. The 2004 6th round pick had 3 goals and 5 points in 55 games last season for the Pats. He has yet to dress for any of Vsetin's games thus far. Also, goaltender Vasily Koshechkin has reassumed backup duties for Lada Togliatti of the Russian Superleague. An 8th round pick in 2002, Koshechkin played two shutout periods of relief for Togliatti in a 3-1 loss to Yaroslavl on September 17th.
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