The Tampa Bay Lightning has released a report confirming the club has signed left wing Jan Hlavac to a one year contract. Hlavac has spent the last three season playing in Europe, most recently with Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga. Hlavac helped Sparta Praha to the Czech Extraliga championship this year with 8 goals and 2 assists in 16 playoff games.
TSN.ca is reporting the Lightning have traded a 2nd round pick in either 2007 or 2008 to the Florida Panthers in exchange for center Chris Gratton. Gratton, who was the Lightning's 1st round pick in 1993, will be making his third tour of duty with the Lightning. In 1008 career NHL games he has scored 204 goals and 544 points. In 81 games last season Gratton scored 13 goals and 35 points in 81 games with 94 penalty minutes. His career season came in 1996-1997 with the Lightning when he had 30 goals and 62 points in 82 games to go along with 201 penalty minutes. Gratton signed an offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers the subsequent offseason and left Tampa with the infamous Phil Esposito smudged fax fiasco. Gratton returned in 1999 from Philadelphia and served as the Lightning's captain during the 1999-2000 season before being dealt to the Buffalo Sabres in a multi-player deal that included then-rookie defenseman Cory Sarich. Gratton will assume the Lightning's third line center role next season.
Eurohockey.net reports Denis Kazionov has transferred from HC Tver to CSKA of the Russian Superleague. The younger Kazionov brother had 2 goals and 3 points in 24 games with Tver last season. The 19 year old center was rumored to be headed to North America this summer along with his brother, but it remains to be seen if both the Lightning and the Kazionovs follow through on earlier plans.
April 14 - D Matt Smaby (University of North Dakota, WCHA) signed to a 3-year entry level contract
May 12 â€“ RW Stanislav Lascek (Chicoutimi, QMJHL) signed to 3-year entry level contract
May 22 â€“ Steve Stirling named head coach of Springfield Falcons (AHL)
May 23 â€“ LW Justin Keller (Kelowna, WHL) signed to 3-year entry level contract
May 30 â€“ G Fredrik Norrena (Linkopings HC, Sweden) signed to 1-year contract
May 31 â€“ G Karri Ramo (HPK, Finland) signed to 3-year entry level contract
May 31 â€“ LW Radek Smolenak (Kingston, OHL) signed to 3-year level entry level contract
June 1 â€“ G Johan Holmqvist (UFA â€“ Brynas IF, Sweden) signed to 1-year contract
June 14 â€“ C Eric Perrin (RFA â€“ SC Bern, Switzerland) signed to 1-year contract
June 30 â€“ G Marc Denis (Columbus, NHL) acquired via trade; signed to 3-year contract July 4
July 1 â€“ LW Nikita Alexeev (RFA â€“ Omsk, Russia) signed to 1-year contract
July 1 â€“ C Andreas Karlsson (UFA â€“ HV 71, Sweden) signed to 1-year contract
July 1 â€“ D Andy Delmore (UFA â€“ Syracuse, AHL) signed to 1-year contract
July 1 â€“ D Filip Kuba (UFA â€“ Minnesota, NHL) signed to 3-year contract
July 6 â€“ D Doug Janik (UFA â€“ Buffalo, NHL) signed to 1-year contract
July 11 â€“ D Luke Richardson (UFA â€“ Columbus, NHL) signed to 1-year contract
July 13 â€“ C Blair Jones (Moose Jaw, WHL) signed to 3-year entry level contract
July 15 â€“ LW Eric Healey (UFA â€“ Providence, AHL) signed to 1-year contract
May 6 â€“ UFA RW Jim Campbell signed with EHC Visp (Switzerland)
June 30 â€“ LW Fredrik Modin and G Fredrik Norrena traded to Columbus for G Marc Denis
July 1 â€“ UFA G John Grahame signed with Carolina
July 1 â€“ UFA D Pavel Kubina signed with Toronto
July 2 - D Darryl Sydor traded to Dallas for 2008 4th round pick
July 17 â€“ UFA LW Dennis Packard signed with Boston
July 18 â€“ UFA RW Shane Willis signed with Carolina
July 18 â€“ UFA C Jason Jaspers signed with Adler Mannheim (Germany)
August 5 - RFA RW Evgeny Artyukhin signed with Yaroslavl (Russia) (Rights retained)
August 9 - UFA D Timo Helbling signed with Hershey (AHL)
August 15 - UFA C Martin Cibak signed with Vastra Frolunda (Sweden)
May 22 â€“ RFA C Brad Richards re-signed to 5-year contract
July 4 â€“ RFA RW Norm Milley re-signed to 1-year contract
July 6 â€“ RFA LW Ruslan Fedotenko re-signed to 1-year contract
July 12 â€“ RFA LW Dmitry Afanasenkov re-signed to 1-year contract
July 14 â€“ RFA LW Mitch Fritz re-signed to 1-year contract
July 15 â€“ RFA LW/C Ryan Craig re-signed to 1-year contract
July 27 - RFA D Cory Sarich re-signed to 1-year contract
UFA LW Chris Dingman
UFA LW Steve McLaren
UFA D Todd Rohloff
UFA LW Zdenek Blatny
UFA D Gerard Dicaire
UFA W/C J-F Soucy
2006-2007 In-Season Acquisitions/Trades:
November 9 -- C Daniel Corso acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers for LW Darren Reid.
December 2 -- RW Andre Roy acquired off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
December 30 -- W Dimtry Afanasenkov waived and claimed by the Philadelphia Flyers.
January 20 -- G Ryan Munce acquired from the Los Angeles Kings for G Sean Burke and a 2008 4th round pick.
February 1 -- RW Kyle Wanvig and LW Stephen Baby acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers for D Andy Delmore and W/C Andre Deveaux.
February 24 -- D Shane O'Brien and a 2007 3rd round pick acquired from the Anaheim Ducks for G Gerald Coleman and a 2007 1st round pick.
February 27 -- D Joe Rullier acquired from the Anaheim Ducks for D Doug O'Brien.
February 27 -- LW Karl Stewart and a 2008 6th round pick acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks for LW Nikita Alexeev.
February 27 -- W/C Jason Ward acquired from the Los Angeles Kings for a 2007 5th round pick.
2006-2007 NHL/AHL Transactions:
19th Gerald Coleman - Sent to minors
19th Darren Reid - Sent to minors
23rd Doug O'Brien - Sent to minors
23rd Eric Healey - Sent to minors
23rd Vladmir Mihalik - Assigned to Junior Club
23rd Zdenek Blatny - Sent to minors
23rd Marek Kvapil - Sent to minors
23rd Karri Ramo - Sent to minors
23rd Blair Jones - Sent to minors
26th Sean Burke - Sent to minors
26th Andy Rogers - Sent to minors
26th Karri Ramo - Called up from minors
26th Blair Jones - Called up from minors
27th Karri Ramo - Sent to minors
27th Blair Jones - Sent to minors
28th Mike Egener - Sent to minors
29th Mitch Fritz - Sent to minors
29th Matt Smaby - Sent to minors
29th Andy Delmore - Sent to minors
30th Norm Milley - Sent to minors
5th Karri Ramo - Called up from minors
5th Nick Tarnasky - Sent to minors
6th Nick Tarnasky - Called up from minors
6th Karri Ramo - Sent to minors
20th Blair Jones - Called up from minors
1st Karri Ramo - Called up from minors
1st Blair Jones - Sent to minors
2nd Nick Tarnasky - Sent to minors
3rd Nick Tarnasky - Called up from minors
3rd Karri Ramo - Sent to minors
29th Blair Jones - Called up from minors
23rd Kyle Wanvig - Called up from minors
16th Matt Smaby - Called up from minors
16th Kyle Wanvig - Sent to minors
19th Karri Ramo - Called up from minors
(Transactions courtesy of TSN.ca)
Key: UFAâ€”Unrestricted Free Agent, RFAâ€”Restricted Free Agent
The following is a log of all player movement in and out of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization in preparation for the 2007-2008 season. (A link to in-season deals can be found at the bottom)
March 25 -- UFA D Justin Fletcher (St. Cloud St., NCAA) signed to a 1-year, two-way contract.
April 6 -- D Vladimir Mihalik (Prince George, WHL) signed to a 3-year entry level contract.
May 31 -- RW/C Chris Lawrence (Mississauga, OHL) signed to a 3-year entry level contract.
May 31 -- Mike Sullivan named assistant coach.
May 31 -- G Riku Helenius (Ilves Jr., Finland) signed to a 3-year entry level contract.
June 13 -- C Chris Gratton acquired from the Florida Panthers for a 2nd round pick in the 2008 draft.
June 14 -- UFA LW Jan Hlavac signed to a 1-year contract.
July 1 -- UFA RW Michel Ouellet signed to a 2-year contract.
July 2 -- UFA C/LW Craig MacDonald signed to a 1-year contract.
July 2 -- UFA LW Mathieu Darche signed to a 1-year contract.
July 3 -- UFA D Jay Leach signed to a 1-year contract.
July 3 -- UFA D David Schneider signed to a 1-year contract.
July 4 -- D Bryce Lampman acquired from the New York Rangers for Mitch Fritz.
July 6 -- UFA D Dan Jancevski signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
July 12 -- D Mike Lundin signed to a 2-year contract.
August 7 -- Absolute Hockey Enterprises, a group led by Doug MacLean, agrees to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning.
April 10 -- D Joe Rullier signed with Lukko Rauma (Finland).
May 24 -- Craig Ramsay, assistant coach, fired.
June 20 -- UFA W Eero Somervuori signed with Farjestad of SEL.
July 1 -- UFA D Cory Sarich signed with the Calgary Flames.
July 1 -- UFA C Eric Perrin signed with the Atlanta Thrashers.
July 4 -- W Mitch Fritz traded to the New York Rangers for Bryce Lampman.
July 4 -- UFA LW Ruslan Fedotenko signed with the New York Islanders.
July 13 -- UFA LW Eric Healey signed with the Colorado Avalanche.
August 7 -- UFA D Luke Richardson signed with the Ottawa Senators.
August 15 -- W Rob DiMaio takes head office job with the Dallas Stars.
September 7 -- UFA C Daniel Corso signed with the Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the Vysshaya League West (Russia).
May 9 -- Pending UFA C/W Jason Ward re-signed to a 2-year contract.
May 16 -- Pending UFA C/W Andreas Karlsson re-signed to a 1-year contract.
May 19 -- Pending UFA G Johan Holmqvist re-signed to a 1-year contract.
June 11 -- Pending RFA W Nick Tarnasky re-signed to a 3-year contract.
June 11 -- Pending UFA W Kyle Wanvig re-signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
June 21 -- Pending RFA D Shane O'Brien re-signed to a 2-year contract.
June 26 -- Pending UFA W Norm Milley re-signed to a 1-year contract.
July 4 -- RFA D Bryce Lampman signed his qualifying offer - a 1-year, 2-way contract.
July 6 -- RFA D Mike Egener re-signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
July 13 -- RFA D Paul Ranger re-signed to a 3-year contract.
July 24 -- RFA W Karl Stewart re-signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
July 25 -- UFA D Doug Janik re-signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
August 6 -- RFA W/C Ryan Craig awarded a 1-year contract by an arbitrator. Tampa Bay accepted the ruling.
RFA -- W Evgeni Artyukhin (signed tentative deal with Avangard Omsk of RSL on 5/2)
UFA -- C John Toffey
UFA -- W Adam Henrich (Invited to Flyers camp)
UFA, VI -- W Stephen Baby
UFA -- D Nolan Pratt (Later signed with Buffalo)
UFA -- D Brady Greco
UFA -- G Morgan Cey (Invited to Admirals camp)
Key: UFAâ€”Unrestricted Free Agent, RFAâ€”Restricted Free Agent (must be given qualifying offer to be retained)
This book contains a history of the Tampa Bay Lightning's player transactions in and out of the organization on a year-by-year basis. Recent history will be addressed first, with historical transactional archives being added as time and resources allow.
The Springfield Falcons are reporting that the club has acquired defenseman Nick Kuiper from the Portland Pirates (AHL) in exchange for future considerations. The undrafted three year pro has split time between Manitoba (AHL) and Portland and the Augusta Lynx (ECHL) this season after spending two seasons with Norfolk (AHL) and a four year NCAA career with UMass-Amherst.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Kuiper is a solid stay-at-home defenseman and will be reunited in Springfield with fellow Manitoba/Portland blueliner Joe Rullier, who was acquired by Tampa from Anaheim at the NHL trade deadline for Doug O'Brien. In his eighth AHL campaign, the veteran Rullier is a tough physical defenseman and should step into the Springfield top defensive pairing, while Kuiper may see his time split between Springfield and Johnstown.
Lightning GM Jay Feaster completed two more trades before the NHL trade deadline on Tuesday, offically closing the books on Nikita Alexeev's second tour with the Bolts. The Chicago Blackhawks acquired Alexeev in exchange for winger Karl Stewart and a 2007 6th round draft pick. Alexeev was originally drafted by Tampa in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 2000 draft by former Lightning GM Rick Dudley. Dudley is currently serving as the assistant GM of the Blackhawks. Stewart, 23, is playing in his first full NHL season and is listed at 5'11" and 185 lbs. In a radio interview by WDAE 620 in Tampa, Feaster indicated that Stewart would bring energy and a physical presence to the lower lines, using his speed and hitting on the forecheck.
The lightning traded Nikita Alexeev to Chicago for Karl Stewart and a 6th round pick. They also acquired Jason Ward for a 5th round pick. Sad to see Alexeev go, but his play hasn't been too good lately.
This is per Spector's Blog post.
Looking around for other confirmation though.
Update- they are on tsn.ca's tracker.
NHL.com is reporting the Lightning have sent defenseman prospect Doug Oâ€™Brien to the Anaheim Ducks for AHL veteran defenseman Joe Rullier. The 6-3, 230 pound Rullier was part of the Brad Richards Rimouski Oceanic team that won the Memorial Cup in 2000. Rullier was drafted in the 5th round by Los Angeles in 1998 and was signed by the Kings following the Memorial Cup, but did not last with the club as he was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Rangers in the summer of 2005, then by the Canucks in the summer of 2006. In January 2007 he was sent by Vancouver to Anaheim for a prospect.
Rullier totaled a career-high 31 points (8 goals) in 67 games last year for Hartford and Manchester. This year Manitoba and Portland he has 2 goals and 10 points in 31 games. Rullier had a career high of 322 penalty minutes and a plus-23 rating two seasons ago for Manchester.
Doug Oâ€™Brien, a native of Newfoundland, played in 5 games for Tampa Bay last season, going scoreless. After finishing last year with 32 points in 74 games for Springfield, he was expected to be an impact 2-way defenseman for the Falcons, but has a relatively quiet 19 points (6 goals) in 53 games. Oâ€™Brien will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Rullier likely comes into the Tampa Bay system as the ninth defenseman and first re-call on the backline from Springfield.
Rullier career stats from hockeydb.com