Submitted by pete on May 21, 2006 - 14:25
Fran Sypek, in today's Springfield Republican, [url=http://www.masslive.com/sypek/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1148197406149430.xml&coll=1]says the Lightning have two front runners for the vacant Springfield Falcons coaching job which will be announced tomorrow.[/url] Former Islanders bench boss Steve Stirling and Owen Sound Attack coach Mike Stothers are said to be the favorites for the job. Stothers may be the favorite. Prior to his three years as head coach of the Owen Sound junior program, he was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Phantoms with Bill Barber, and most importantly, for Jay Feaster's Hershey Bears for two seasons. His recent work tutoring youth at the junior level is a likely positive. His lack of head coaching experience at the pro level may be a negative. Steve Sterling was fired as head coach of the New York Islanders after holding the job for a year and a half. Prior to his stint in the NHL he was head coach of the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.
Submitted by pete on May 20, 2006 - 17:08
Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless and even in limited time as Sweden defeated Canada 5-4 today to advance to the finals of the World Championships. Johan Holmqvist stopped 28 of 32 shots faced for the Swedes. And, in the other semifinal, the Czech Republic defeated Fredrik Norrena and Finland 3-1. The netminder stopped 18 of 20 shots faced in the loss before the Finns allowed an empty net marker late in the match. Tomorrow, Canada will play Finland in the Bronze Medal Game before the Czechs and Swedes square off for the gold.
Submitted by chad on May 19, 2006 - 08:26
According to the [i]Springfield Republican[/i], the Tampa Bay Lightning and Springfield Falcons will introduce the Falcons' new coach on Monday, May 22. The press conference, which is open to the public, will be hosted by Springfield GM Bruce Landon, Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster, and Tampa Bay Assistant GM Claude Loiselle. No one in the Lightning or Falcons front offices are leaking the identity of Dirk Graham's replacement, only saying that Feaster had final say on the coach and Landon has called him "an outstanding individual." Among the coaches speculated to be named are former Peoria Rivermen coach Steve Pleau, Owen Sound (Ontario Hockey League) coach Mike Stothers, Iowa Stars assistant Paul Jerrard, and former Falcons assistant Gord Dineen. The press conference will be held at 1 p.m. EST at Springfield's MassMutual Center.
Submitted by pete on May 18, 2006 - 22:16
[url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/index.php]According to Russianprospects.com[/url], goaltender [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] has signed a new contract to play with Khimik of the Russian Superleague. The young netminder finished second in the Superleague in GAA, save percentage and shutouts last season with Lada Togliatti. Koshechkin will battle with St. Louis Blues draft pick Konstantin Barulin for starting duties with Khimik.
Submitted by pete on May 18, 2006 - 17:48
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet [url=http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/sport/story/0,2789,827707,00.html]is reporting the Tampa Bay Lightning is showing interest in signing Swedish World Championship team netminder Johan Holmqvist.[/url] Holmqvist, who turns 28 within the week, was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 7th round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. The 6'1" 190 lbs netminder has appeared in just 3 NHL games in his career, but was a regular AHL starter with Hartford and Houston prior to returning to Sweden to play the past two seasons with Elitserien club Brynas. Holmqvist's biggest acheivement in North American hockey came in the 2002-2003 season when he won the Jack Butterfield Trophy as the MVP of the Calder Cup playoffs.
Submitted by pete on May 18, 2006 - 17:41
Fredrik Norrena posted his second shutout of the tournament today stopping all 20 shots he faced in Finland's 3-0 win over Belarus. With the win the Finns advance to the Semifinal Round to face the Czech Republic. In the other semifinal matchup, Canada will play Sweden. Both matches are scheduled for Saturday.
Submitted by pete on May 17, 2006 - 21:53
Martin Cibak was -1 with 1 shot on goal as Slovakia fell 4-1 to Canada today in the Quarterfinal Round of the World Championships. Also, Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless and even as Sweden roared past Team USA 6-0 to secure their spot in the Semifinal Round as well. Finland and Fredrik Norrena play Belarus tomorrow in one of two remaining Quarterfinal matchups.
Submitted by pete on May 17, 2006 - 13:21
Bolt Prospects has received confirmation from the Lightning that they have entered contract talks with three prospects: C [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url], LW [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] and G [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url]. Jones, who turns 20 in September, [i]would[/i] be elligible to suit up for Springfield next season should he and the Lightning reach agreement on an entry level deal. We're told all three prospects' talks are proceeding slowly due to financial differences. Of the three, only Keller must be signed by June 1st to avoid re-entry into the draft. Jones, who stands at 6'2" 195 lbs, finished 6th in the WHL in scoring for Moose Jaw this season posting 35 goals and 85 points in 72 games en route to being named a Second Team WHL All Eastern Conference Team selection. Jones also finished second in WHL playoff scoring with 9 goals and 21 points in 22 games. Justin Keller finished 5th in the WHL in scoring this year with 88 points and first in goals with 51. The Kelowna Rocket winger was the Western Conference nominee for WHL Player of the Year and named First Team WHL All Western Conference. Karri Ramo helped HPK capture the Finnish SM-liiga championship. The young goaltender was 7th in the league in save percentage (5th amongst goaltenders with 10 or more appearances) with a .929 mark and also had a 2.16 GAA. Ramo also appeared for Finland in the U-20 World Junior Championships.
Submitted by pete on May 16, 2006 - 17:22
Martin Cibak was scoreless with three shots on goal today as Slovakia ran Ukraine out of the rink 8-0. The victory moved Slovakia into 4th in Qualifying Pool F on the final day of the Qualifying Round, leapfrogging idle Switzerland for the last spot in the Quarterfinal Round. On Wednesday, Sweden will play USA in the Quarterfinals and Canada will square off with Slovakia. Finland draws Belarus on Thursday.
Submitted by pete on May 15, 2006 - 20:07