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Phil Laugher [url=http://hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=9085]stubs his toe[/url], in my opinion.

Burke Placed on Waivers; Jones and Ramo Join Bolts

TSN is reporting Lightning goalie Sean Burke has been placed on waivers. Burke, 39, is contracted to earn $1.6-million this season, but is coming off a 2005-2006 season when he posted a 2.80 goals against average and .895 save percentage in 35 games with the Lightning. The Lightning have been pretty clear about entering the season with Marc Denis as the No.1 and Johan Holmqvist as the No.2. According to Erik Erlendsson's Blog on the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] site, Burke is indeed expected to report to Springfield if unclaimed. The hope is another team claims him and relieves the Lightning of at least some of the $1.6 million Burke is owed this season. Assuming no team claims Burke, Tampa Bay will then recall him and hope he is claimed on the way "up." The advantage in claiming him at this time is the claiming team would only be responsible for one-half the salary and take on one-half the cap hit and the same for the Lightning. If he reports to Springfield, Burke will join Karri Ramo, Jonathan Boutin, Gerald Coleman, and Morgan Cey, who are currently battling it out for right to stay in Springfield. Ramo is accompanying the Lightning to Montreal this week as Denis will not make the trip. Erlendsson reports center Blair Jones has also been recalled as a substitute for Andreas Karlsson, who is battling "groin fatigue." Prospects Matt Smaby and Nick Tarnasky will play against the Habs. Mike Egener and Paul Ranger will make the trip to Montreal, but not play.

Sunday's Superleague Scores

Chelyabinsk defeated Khimik 3-2 in overtime. [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] did not play. Yaroslavl defeated Togliatti 3-2. [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] takes the loss and falls to 2-2-1 on the season. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] remains scoreless for Loko. Dynamo beat Novokuznetsk 4-2. Albert Vishnyakov had 2 goals in the game. Kazan squeaked past CSKA 4-3 in overtime. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless for Ak Bars. Tver fell to Novosibirsk 3-2. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless in the match.

Preseason Game Night 9/24: Stars at Lightning

It doesn't happen often, but my goodness is this team scary when both the top lines are clicking at the same time. DAL-4 TB-7 Dan Boyle had a pair of power play goals and added an assist on the game. The Lightning power play was 3 of 6 tonight, continuing a promising trend in this preseason. Vaclav Prospal also had a pair of goals with the other three Lightning goals scored by Doug Janik, Martin St. Louis and Filip Kuba. St. Louis also had 2 helpers in the game. Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards both enjoyed incredible 4 assist nights while Dimitry Afanasenkov and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] each had single assists. Marc Denis stopped 28 of 32 in the win. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS010056.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Among the team's prospects, Doug Janik was -1 in 18:12 with 1 shot on goal. Eric Perrin was -1 in 14:40 with 3 shots on goal and 1 blocked shot. The diminutive center also had an outstanding 4 takeaways on the night. Norm Milley looked to burnish his physical credentials with 4 hits in 13:54 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot. [url=mitch-fritz]Mitch Fritz[/url] was -2 in 9:45 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. He also invited Matthew Barnaby's skull to become better acquainted with pain in a fight. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] was -1 in 10:51 with 3 hits. With Falcons camp hitting the ice tomorrow, expect another round of cuts soon.

CHL Game Day: 9/24

[url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] is on fire. The 2005 3rd round pick continued his strong play after a 5 point opening night notching a goal and an assist in Mississauga's 6-2 win over Toronto today. Lawrence was +1 in the contest and now has 7 points through his first two games of the year. In Sudbury, [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] and the Wolves fell to the Brampton Battallion 4-3. He allowed 4 goals on 19 shots faced. Oddly, Springfield camp invitee Jonathan D'Aversa has chosen to stay in Sudbury rather than attend Falcons camp. He had 1 goal in the match.
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