Credit to Bolt Prospects member Mark for bringing this up in comments...
Fran Sypek writes on the Springfield Republican blog that the Springfield Falcons have called a Monday press conference to announce the team is dissolving their affiliation with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization to form a new one with the Edmonton Oilers. Sypek speculates the press conference means the Lightning have finalized a deal with the Norfolk Admirals to be the Lightning's affiliate next season, given that a precondition of the out clause of the recent deal signed between the Lightning and Falcons was that the Lightning needed to have a deal in place with another franchise to nullify the contract.
Bolt Prospects has learned from the Lightning that 2006 first rounder Riku Helenius has been cleared to play after recovering from shoulder surgery. Helenius, who was named the Lightning's top-ranked prospect and the 41st overall ranked prospect in The Hockey News' Future Watch, will participate in an under-19 tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia starting April 10.
Helenius' junior team has completed its season, recently being knocked out of the playoffs, and the goaltender will not join the Ilves Elite team as they're currently in a playoff run.
Maine defensman Mike Lundin won the Hockey East's Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award yesterday. In 37 games played this season, the senior had only one minor penalty.
Lundin was also named to the HEast second-team. He finished the season with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points. Five of his six goals came on the power play.
Mississauga 3 @ Barrie 4 (Shootout)
Chris Lawrence was scoreless and minus-1 in the IceDogs 4-3 shootout loss in Barrie. Lawrence was not one of Mississauga's 3 shooters in the shootout.
Erie 3 @ Sarnia
Kevin Beech did not dress tonight for Erie in their loss to Sarnia. Beech had started the Otters' last game.
#9 Cherepovets will stretch #8 Khimik to the limit after forcing a decisive Game Five with a 6-2 win today. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in the game and is -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 4 games thus far. Game Five will take place Saturday.