Goaltending Makeover Continues: Bolts Sign Holmqvist
Submitted by chad on June 1, 2006 - 13:29
The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced the signing of Johan Holmqvist to a one-year deal. Holmqvist is the third goalie signed by Tampa Bay this week, joining fellow Swedish Elite League veteran Fredrik Norrena and SM-Liiga (Finland) youngster Karri Ramo. â€œAt the end of the season we sent both Jeff Reese and Corey Schwab, our two goalie coaches, to the World Championships along with our Chief Scout Jake Goertzen,â€ Feaster said. â€œThey not only watched Johan play and lead his team to the Gold Medal, but they also attended some of his teamâ€™s practices and then met with Johan personally. They unanimously recommended we sign him. Clearly, we feel as an organization we have done our homework on Johan. â€œHe is a player who has won championships at multiple levels of competition, and we are confident he is ready to challenge for a spot in Tampa. We are thrilled to welcome him to our organization.â€ The Lightning now have seven goaltenders under contract: Holmqvist, Norrena, Sean Burke, Ramo, Jonathan Boutin, Gerald Coleman, and Morgan Cey.