Morgan Cey Update

Morgan Cey, who missed all of Johnstown's training camp and their two preseason games, is still nursing a groin injury but is expected to be reassigned to Johnstown next week according to the Lightning. Cey will join netminders Jonathan Boutin and David Currie in Johnstown, whose opener is Friday night in Columbia, SC against the Inferno.

Helbling Goes, Ranger Stays

The Lightning [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1175&category=2]have announced that Timo Helbling has been reassigned to Springfield[/url] by the Tampa Bay Lightning. This means Paul Ranger, who was impressive in weekend games against Pittsburgh and Washington, has secured the No.6 defenseman spot for the near future.

Ramo Out Until December or Just Two Weeks?

Unconfirmed rumors out of Finland indicate Lightning goaltending prospect Karri Ramo was forced to undergo knee surgery earlier this month and will be out of the lineup for HPK until December at the earliest. Ramo has not dressed for the past three games as Miika Wiikman has reassumed the starting duties for HPK of the SM-liiga. Ramo leads the SM-liiga statistically in GAA and save percentage. Developing. [b]Update 5:16pm[/b] I haven't had the chance to try to translate this but I'm told [url=http://www.hameensanomat.fi/Article.jsp?article=23865&main=49]this article from Hameen Sanomat[/url] indicates Ramo's recovery time will be 2 weeks, not 2 months. Bolt Prospects is currently seeking confirmation. [b]Update 11:35pm[/b] We have received confirmation from the Lightning that Karri Ramo has injured his knee but were not given any specifics.

Lightning Assign Soucy to RoadRunners

According to the [url=http://oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3231872]Phoenix RoadRunners and OurSports Central[/url], J.F. Soucy has been moved from Johnstown to Phoenix by the Tampa Bay Lightning. "J.F. brings a combination of experience and toughness to our line-up," said RoadRunners General Manager and Head Coach Ron Filion. "I welcome his addition and expect big things from him this season."

Norrena Still Unbeaten

Fredrik Norrena remained nearly perfect today improving his record to 8-0-1 by defeating Rastislav Stana and Sodertalje 4-2. Norrena stopped 23 of 25 shots for the victory. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist played on the second pairing for Linkopings.

Glukhov/But Score in Superleague

Although he has yet to score a goal this season for Khimik MO, Alexei Glukhov continues to build his reputation as one of the better young playmakers in Russia. Glukhov assisted on Khimik MO's lone goal today, a 1st period marker by Dimitry Kosmachev, as his club tied Salavat Yulayev 1-1. The assist is Glukhov's 7th of the season. That would've tied Anton But for the lead amongst Lightning prospects in Russia, but the left winger assisted on Alexei Vasiliyev's second period talley in a 3-2 loss to Kazan to record his 8th helper of the 2005-2006 campaign. For Togliatti, Vasily Koshechkin sat today as goaltender David Svoboda fell 2-1 to Omsk. Dimitry Kazionov did dress today and was held scoreless for Lada.

No Decision Yet

Erik Erlendsson in the Trib [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBFYWK7WEE.html]reports no decision has been made yet to reassign either Timo Helbling or Paul Ranger back to Springfield.[/url] A decision must be made soon however with valuable cap room being eaten daily and the Springfield Falcons in desperate need of healthy bodies on defense.

Game Night 9/16: Lightning at Capitals

If two teams play a hockey game and nobody is there to see it, does it make a sound? Geez, they might as well play in a mausoleum. TB-2 WSH-3 (Final-SO) The Lightning are not living up to billing in shootouts. The [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020083.HTM]game sheet[/url] can be found at NHL.com. Jay Feaster vows to trim the roster to 20 after the game. Paul Ranger got his second taste of NHL action and the implicit message is that one of either Ranger or Helbling will be demoted after the game. For my money, Paul Ranger sealed his roster spot with a superb shift at the end of OT that could've easily resulted in the OT winner had Vincent Lecavalier finished.

Lightning European Stat Pack

Here are the current statistics for the top Lightning prospects, overage prospects and overage professionals currently playing in Europe:

Five Point Night for Lascek

Stanislav Lascek had a Lightning prospect season high five points in one game tonight as Chicoutimi crushed Head Coach Patrick Roy and the Quebec Remparts 9-1. Lascek's five points on one goal and four assists were not the highlight of the game, however, as Lightning Traverse City tryout player Maxime Boisclair had seven points in the game on four goals and three assists. Another teammate, David Desharnais, had one goal and five assists. The nine goals by Chicoutimi were not even the most by a team in the QMJHL on the night -- Moncton ran up 13 goals on PEI, all on backup goaltender Antoine Lafleur.
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