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KHL Game Day: 10-8-14

Dinamo Riga 1 vs. Bratislava 4
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-2-2, 0 SO, 2.48 GAA, .914 sv%

Former Penguins second rounder Matt Murley had a pair of goals to lead slovan to a 4-1 win over Riga. Jaroslav Janus sat backup to ex-Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund in the win.

Syracuse Sends 2 to Everblades

Lindsay Kramer of the Syracuse Post Standard reports the Crunch have assigned defensemen Artem Sergeev and Daniel Milan to ECHL Florida.

Sergeev is a bit of a surprise as he spent all of his rookie season last year in Syracuse. He's a righty puckmover who showed signs of improvement toward the end of last season. He was pushed out by AHL rookies Dylan Blujus and Jake Dotchin, both right-handed shots. Blujus is more of a puckmover than Dotchin, but Dotchin's game translates better to the pros than Sergeev and Dotchin was rewarded by the Lightning with a preseason game appearance this fall.

Lightning Waive Panik

TSN's Bob McKenzie reports the Tampa Bay Lightning have waived one-time highly ranked prospect Richard Panik. If Panik clears waivers by noon on Thursday he'll be assigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

The move signals the apparent end of The Panik Project, which began when the enigmatic Slovakian turned pro before the 2011-2012 season. Speaking with Bolt Prospects before that season, then-Norfolk coach Jon Cooper said his job was to find what motivated Panik personally, surround him with proper veteran leadership, then monitor his development closely. After a slow start, Cooper got the best out of Panik, and the 6-2 winger responded with 19 goals and 41 points in 64 games. He disappeared in the playoffs while the Admirals won the Calder Cup, accumulating just six points (five goals) in 18 games. A year later, Panik and his game had resurfaced and he had 22 goals and 41 points with the Syracuse Crunch in 51 games, earning an All-Star spot and a promotion to Tampa Bay to reunite with Cooper, who had been named Lightning coach late in the year. Panik had nine points in 25 games, then starred in the AHL playoffs for the Crunch, dominating games for the Calder Cup finalists.

Liiga Game Day: 10-7-14

Assat 3 vs. HPK 5
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 12:32 of ice time in HPK's 5-3 win over Assat. Ex-Senators farmhand Craig Schira had 1 goal and 1 assist from the blueline for HPK in the win. Ex-Stars second rounder Michael Ryan had a pair of helpers in defeat for Assat.

KHL Game Day: 10-6-14

Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Ufa 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 3-1-4, -4, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal in 23:38 of ice time in Yugra's 2-1 loss to Ufa. Gusev was second among Yugra forwards in ice time and led the team in shots on goal. Ex-Stars first rounder Ivan Vishnevsky scored the game winner for Ufa.

St. Petersburg 7 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 11/15, 8.39 GAA, .733 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-2-2, 0 SO, 2.48 GAA, .914 sv%

Jaroslav Janus was lifted halfway through a 7-2 pummeling at the hands of SKA St. Petersburg. SKA put 7 on the board despite the fact captain Ilya Kovalchuk did not register a point in the match.

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