Second Round of Cuts, Alexeev Update

According to Erik Erlendsson's Blog on the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] web site, the following players were reassigned to Springfield: D Sylvain Dufresne (SF contract) D Doug O’Brien W Eric Healey W Zdenek Blatny (SF contract) W Marek Kvapil C Blair Jones G Karri Ramo Vladimir Mihalik was returned to Prince George of the WHL without a contract. Mihalik had told the Prince George paper he was hoping for a contract this fall, much like Andy Rogers received last year. Also, Geoff Waugh, who was in training camp on a tryout agreement, was offered a minor league contract and was assigned to Springfield. Erlendsson says Feaster told him he expects to hear back from Waugh’s agent by Monday. This latest round of moves leaves the following 29 players in camp (injured Brady Greco excluded); prospects in [b]bold[/b]): Forwards: Dmitry Afanasenkov, Nikita Alexeev, Ryan Criag, Rob DiMaio, Ruslan Fedotenko, Mitch Fritz, Andreas Karlsson, Vinny Lecavalier, Norm Milley, Eric Perrin, Vinny Prospal, Brad Richards, Marty St. Louis, [b]Nick Tarnasky[/b] and Tim Taylor. Defensemen: Dan Boyle, Andy Delmore, [b]Mike Egener[/b], Doug Janik, Filip Kuba, Nolan Pratt, Paul Ranger, Luke Richardson, [b]Andy Rogers (injured)[/b], Cory Sarich and [b]Matt Smaby[/b]. Goaltenders: Marc Denis, Johan Holmqvist and Sean Burke. Noteable here is the fact Mike Egener is being kept around while Doug O'Brien was sent to Springfield. O'Brien was a defensive call-up last year while Egener was shuffled between the Falcons and Johnstown. Perhaps this is notice that Egener is beginning to reach the lofty expectations the organization has for him. Both Egener and O'Brien appeared in the exhibition game against Detroit last night. Egener remains a longshot to make the Lightning roster, but the fact the Lightning want another first-hand look is encouraging for Egener. Erlendsson also notes in his blog that Nikita Alexeev has been diagnosed with a corneal abrasion on his right eye and is expected to miss only 7 to 10 days, which is good news considering how bad the situation appeared Friday night after he took a high stick from Tomas Holmstrom late in the third period. Alexeev was to fly home Saturday from Detroit and see Dr. Charles Slonim for a furter evaluation. Another update on Alexeev is expected on Sunday. Note: For those that follow Lightning news closely on the web, it may be wise to add Erlendsson's blog to your bookmark list (if you haven't already) as it's frequently updated with information from the team.

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Egener and O'Brien

O'Brien got more power play time last night (equivalent ice time overall) and finished even while Egener sounded shaky early on and ended with a -2 for the night. I wonder what they're seeing that the stats aren't showing. Maybe they're keeping him around just to give him further instruction and confidence. And yeah I've finally gotten around to doing the RSS feed thing and have added Erik's blog to my reader now that he appears to be updating it a lot more often. It's turning into quite a valuable resource!

Egener

Eggs did have three hits. I'm also guessing he came to camp well prepared and with the right frame of mind this year and they're trying to give him some positive reinforcement.

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