Submitted by pete on September 27, 2005 - 08:56
Cristodero [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/27/Lightning/Lightning_ponders_19_.shtml]reports in today's Times Andy Rogers may be willing to settle for 600K per on his rookie contract in order to stay with the Lightning this year.[/url] If Rogers were to be sent back to junior he would only receive a couple hundred dollars stipend for meals. "Taking less" in this case involves making $5,487.80 a game. No one will ever accuse young Mr. Rogers of being dumb.
Submitted by pete on September 26, 2005 - 11:10
In today's St. Pete Times, Damian Cristodero [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/26/Lightning/Defensemen_in_fight_f.shtml]writes Evgeny Artyukhin's place on the Lightning's roster is short lived[/url] and that the final battle is a showdown between Andy Rogers and Timo Helbling for the final defenseman spot in Tampa. Crisdotero goes on to mention Rogers' need for a contract if he is to be retained in Tampa.
Submitted by pete on September 26, 2005 - 10:39
After making nine cuts after last nights exhibition game against the Buffalo Sabres, GM Jay Feaster [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBX1LW62EE.html]reiterates that the Lightning will only carry 20 players on its opening night roster.[/url] The statement comes a day after Head Coach John Tortorella teased the team may carry an extra defenseman and, thus, 21 players into the regular season. Make up your mind guys.
Submitted by chad on September 26, 2005 - 08:39
The following are the official statistics for Lightning prospects playing within the Canadian Hockey League. Leading all prospects â€“ for any team â€“ is Stanislav Lascek with nine points in four games. Lascek finished seventh in scoring in the â€œQâ€ last season. Stats as of Monday, September 26:
Submitted by chad on September 26, 2005 - 08:27
Lightning 2005 third round pick Radek Smolenak, trying to build on his 32-goals last season, notched his first goal of the year Sunday in a 5-3 Kingston win over Mississauga. Smolenak scored the gameâ€™s first goal, 2:20 into the first period and finished plus-one in the game. In all, four Lightning prospects played on Sunday. In other action, the Lightningâ€™s second third round pick in the 2005 draft, Chris Lawrence, scored his first this year as Sault Ste. Marie beat Erie 4-1. Lawrence, who had 11 goals and 40 assists last year, also registered a plus-one rating.
Submitted by pete on September 25, 2005 - 21:56
Tampabaylightning.com is reporting that the Lightning [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/prdetail.cfm?category=3&pressreleaseID=1161]have cut nine more players from their roster.[/url] All nine have been assigned to Springfield of the AHL whose training camp begins tomorrow. The nine players are: C/LW Ryan Craig C/W Andre Deveaux G Brian Eklund LW Mitch Fritz C Jason Jaspers RW Marek Kvapil D Doug O'Brien D Todd Rohloff C Nick Tarnasky
Submitted by pete on September 25, 2005 - 18:23
Eurohockey.net is reporting defenseman Henrik Bergfors, after being released from a tryout with Brynas of the Elitserien, [url=http://www.eurohockey.net/transfers/transfers.html?nationality=&country=&lastname=B&days=31]has signed with IK Comet of the Norwegian league. [/url]
Submitted by pete on September 25, 2005 - 17:57
Final cuts will reportedly be made Monday so this is the last chance for some of the Lightning's youth to make an impression. All eyes will be on the Lightning's three young defensemen battling for jobs in Tampa: [i]Andy Rogers[/i], Timo Helbling and [i]Doug O'Brien.[/i] TB-2 BUF-3 (Final-SO) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Tampa Bay- [i]Artyukhin[/i], (Sydor, Helbling) (PP) [b]2nd Period[/b] 2. Buffalo- Hecht, (Fitzpatrick) 3. Buffalo- Vanek, (McKee, Gaustad) [b]3rd Period[/b] 4. Tampa Bay- [i]Artyukhin[/i], (Afanasenkov, Sydor) (PP) Shootout Loss- John Grahame, 31/33 (8/11) [b]Shootout[/b] TB-2 BUF-3 1. [i]Kvapil[/i] (0) 2. Fedotenko (X) 3. Afanasenkov (0) 4. Cibak (0) 5. Jaspers (0) 6. DiMaio (0) 7. [i]Craig[/i] (0) 8. Dingman (X) 9. Helbling (0) 10. Sydor (0) 11. [i]Artyukhin[/i] (0)
Submitted by chad on September 25, 2005 - 17:55
Stanislav Lascek netted three straight goals to start Chicoutimiâ€™s Saturday night game against Acadie-Bathurst. Unfortunately, Lascek couldnâ€™t get another in the post-overtime shootout as the Titan beat the Sagueneens 5-4 in a shootout. Lascek opened the scoring in the first with a shorthanded goal, then followed that up minutes later with a power play marker. He completed the hattrick at the end of the first with his fifth goal of the season. Lascek was named the gameâ€™s first star. In other action Saturday nightâ€¦
Submitted by pete on September 25, 2005 - 13:29
Lightning center prospect Karri Akkanen [url=http://126.96.36.199/cgi-bin/06_kausi/jaakiekko/rt_team_roster.pl?LID=17&GID=148&TID=185857083&LANG=FI&TYPE=8&TIG=82&BIND=0]has turned up with HCM of the Finnish Suomi-Sarja Eastern Division.[/url] The Suomi-Sarja is Finland's third tier league behind the SM-liiga and the Mestis. A dated, but adequate, explanation of the Suomi-Sarja [url=http://www.eurohockey.net/leagues/national/fi/suomisarja/home.shtml]can be found at Eurohockey.net.[/url] Akkanen had an assist and 2 PIMs in his first game in the league, a 5-4 loss to VG-62 on Saturday.