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Desharnais, Czuy Decline Assignments to Johnstown

A [i]Johnstown Tribune-Democrat[/i] report states that David Desharnais and Kelly Czuy have declined assignments to Johnstown by the Lightning and will play elsewhere this year (and probably beyond). Both were expected to sign contracts with either Johnstown or Springfield after their play in prospect camps this summer. Desharnais is returning to Chicoutimi of the QMJHL to play as an overager and Czuy curiously signed with Las Vegas of the ECHL. “I don’t know what to say about it,” Chiefs coach Frank Anzalone told the paper. “It’s disappointing because Tampa invested a lot of time, effort and probably money into both players. They were very loyal to them. At the end of the day, how can you turn your back? Some kids do. Some agents do. It’s something that probably would be better if you do this on Aug. 10, not Oct. 5.”

Ramo and Tarnasky Switch Places

According to the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] game report, Karri Ramo was recalled from Springfield yesterday because of work visa issues with Marc Denis. Nick Tarnasky was sent down to Springfield to make room for Ramo. Because Denis' papers came in just a few hours before the game, he was able to play and Ramo was not needed on the bench. Tarnasky and Ramo are expected to switch places again today.

Soucy Signs With Jackals

Former Lightning draft pick Jean-Francois Soucy has signed with the Elmira Jackals of the United Hockey League. Soucy spent time with Springfield and Johnstown in 2004-05 before being loaned out to San Diego and Phoenix of the ECHL last season. He was not retained by the Lightning this summer.

Burke to Start in Falcons Opener

[url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/comments/marc_denis_not_playing/]According to Erik Erlendsson's blog[/url], veteran Sean Burke will get the start Saturday in the Falcons' opener against the Hartford Wolfpack. It is hoped the start can showcase a healthy Burke to NHL teams possibly considering claiming him off of waivers down the road.

CHL Game Night: 10/5

[url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] was held scoreless for the first time this season in Mississauga's 5-4 win over Brampton tonight. Lawrence was even with 2 penalty minutes. [url=marek-bartanus]Marek Bartanus[/url] was also held scoreless in Owen Sound's 4-3 win over Toronto. Bartanus was -1 in the game.
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