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Submitted by chad on September 29, 2006 - 13:31
The Springfield Falcons have announced that defensemen Andy Delmore and Matt Smaby, and winger Mitch Fritz were reassigned to the Falcons today by the Lightning. Both Delmore and Fritz would have had to clear waivers for this to happen, so it appears they both cleared. Still up in the air is the status of winger Norm Milley, who was not practicing with the Lightning today (per Erik Erlendsson of the Tribune), but was also not mentioned in the Falcons release. Edit: The [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] is reporting Tampa now has 23 players in camp, so it appears Milley is staying around a little bit more. Delmore, the reigning AHL Defenseman of the Year, will immediately improve the backline of the Falcons.
Submitted by chad on September 29, 2006 - 11:26
In his blog today, Erik Erlendsson reports the following players took to the ice for practice today, indicating what the final roster will look like: Vaclav Prospal - Vincent Lecavalier - Ruslan Fedotenko Dmitry Afanasenkov - Brad Richards - Martin St. Louis Ryan Craig - Andreas Karlsson - Nikita Alexeev Nick Tarnasky - Tim Taylor - Eric Perrin (No mention of Rob DiMaio, who is out indefinately with a Grade 2 concussion) Filip Kuba - Dan Boyle Nolan Pratt - Cory Sarich Doug Janik - Luke Richardson (Paul Ranger did not skate today) Marc Denis Johan Holmqvist
Submitted by pete on September 28, 2006 - 21:12
[url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]On his blog, Erik Erlendsson speculates[/url] that Doug Janik will make the Lightning's opening night roster and that Andy Delmore may have possibly been put through waivers today with a view toward reassigning him to Springfield. He goes on to say that [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby's[/url] positive impression in camp may have vaulted him to the head of the line among potential callups.
Submitted by pete on September 28, 2006 - 20:55
I've come to the conclusion it's going to be very difficult for the Lightning to cut Doug Janik. DET-4 TB-1 Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Prospect Jiri Hudler scored a hat trick for Detroit in the game. Tim Taylor scored the lone Lightning goals on assists by [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url]. Game sheet on [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS010080.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik played 21:39 and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 hit. Janik has played about 20 minutes a night throughout the preseason and played well at both ends of the ice. At this point Janik appears to be a more than credible challenge for the team's 7th defenseman spot and with the power play, with the exception of tonight's game, clicking without Andy Delmore it may be Janik stepping into the void left by [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger's[/url] injury to start the year. Eric Perrin was -2 in 17:08 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot and was 50% on draws. Milley played just 6:59 on the fourth line and was +1 with 1 shot. Defenseman [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] was -1 in 10:58 with 1 hit. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] was +1 in 6:43.
Submitted by pete on September 28, 2006 - 17:56
Cherepovets rose up today and smacked Dynamo 7-3 with Lightning prospect Alexei Glukhov tallying an assist for Severstal. In the losing effort, Albert Vishnyakov had a goal and an assist for Dynamo. Vishnyakov now has 3 goals and 4 points in 5 games, good for second in scoring among all Lightning Russian prospects. The leader, however, is battle tested overage prospect Anton But who had an assist today in St. Petersburg's 5-2 victory over Tver. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless for Tver in the match.