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ECHL Releases Johnstown Training Camp Roster

The decisions not to report by Desharnais and Czuy [url=]leave the Johnstown Chiefs with just 16 players on their initial camp roster according to[/url] The roster includes Lightning prospect John Toffey who resurfaces after not appearing at either Lightning or Falcons camp earlier this fall. It also includes defenseman Andrew Martens who played 5 games with Greenville of the ECHL last season after leaving Bemidji State where he had 5 goals and 24 points in 37 games last year with 47 penalty minutes. The roster does not include defenseman Bryan Nathe who still needs to be signed after having his rights traded to the Chiefs earlier this week. Johnstown has 9 forwards, 5 defensemen and 2 goaltenders listed on the roster.

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.”

Chiefs Acquire Defenseman's Rights for Cash

[url=]The Dayton Bombers announced[/url] they have traded veteran defenseman Bryan Nathe to the Johnstown Chiefs for cash. Nathe is entering his third pro season after spending his first two with Dayton. His career year came last season when he had 2 goals and 17 points in 72 games. He split his junior career between Northeastern University and Brandon and Everett of the WHL. In 2003-2004 the Minnesota native had 4 goals and 23 points in 72 games for Everett to go with 82 penalty minutes.

Preliminary Rankings Coming Soon

Just to update our readers: The Bolt Prospects staff are currently in the process of completing our 2006-2007 Preliminary Rankings for the team and we expect to have all lists in and votes counted by the end of the weekend. The list will include new prospects from the 2006 NHL Entry Draft for the first time in our rankings. In the meantime, [url=]we have updated our prospects page[/url] to reflect the assignments of all our prospects organization-wide to start the year. Thanks for your all your patience.

The Roster: Where We Stand

As the Lightning get down toward their final cuts we can finally get a good picture of what the team will look like on opening night and how it will effect the Springfield Falcons:

Chiefs News

According to the [i]Johnstown Tribune-Democrat[/i], Johnstown Chiefs fan favorite Dmitri Tarabin has signed with the Bloomington (Ill.) Prairie Thunder of the UHL. Tarabin had career highs in goals (21) and points (50) in 62 games last year with the Chiefs. The Chiefs also announced the re-signing of defenseman Ben Wallace on Wednesday. The London, Ontario, native played in 58 regular-season games last season and had 10 assists. “Ben is a very big addition to our team,” Chiefs coach Frank Anzalone said. “He plays a very solid, stay-at-home game. Last year he learned the league. This year he’ll hopefully be one of the best defensive defensemen in our division.”

Rowe Deciding on Immediate Future

According to the Johnstown [i]Tribune-Democrat[/i], forward Randy Rowe will decide on his immediate future this week. Rowe is in talks with as many as five NHL teams, including the Lightning. Rowe was under contract with Springfield last year, though he spent all but four games in Johnstown where, despite contending with an abdomen problem and a near season-ending neck injury, he still scored 28 goals and 43 points in 45 regular-season games with the Chiefs. He also had two goals and four points in five playoff games. “I’m definitely thinking about Tampa-Springfield-Johnstown again,” Rowe told the [i]Tribune-Democrat[/i]. “There was just a lot of talking with teams,” he said. “I’m not getting any younger. I just want to make sure I’m in the right place to get called up to an AHL team. Camps are starting Saturday and Sunday in the AHL. It’s one of those things that it’s your future and you’ve got to make sure you make the right decision.”

Day Four Scrimmages: Team Blue Wins

Before the Lightning made their first 18 cuts today, the players participated in the fourth and final round of scrimmages. Recaps are now up on [url=][/url]. Team Blue completed the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record by virtue of a 5-4 shootout victory over Team Black today. Although it was not enough to stave off reassignment, [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url] led the way with 1 goal and 2 assists for Team Blue. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url], Zdenek Blatny and Sylvain Dufresne also scored goals for Team Blue and Craig also contributed the shootout winner. [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] had two assists and [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url] added a helper in the win. Team Black's goals were scored by Martin St. Louis, Marek Bartanus and Dimitry Afanasenkov. St. Louis also added a helper as did [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url], [url=mitch-fritz]Mitch Fritz[/url], and Brad Richards. [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] stopped 15 of 19 shots faced for the win. Johan Holmqvist stopped 17 of 21 before falling in penalty shots. In the third place match between Team Red and Team White, Red prevailed 5-3. [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url], in his first game back from a groin injury, sparked Team Red with 2 assists. All of Red's goals came from seperate scorers: Rob DiMaio, Cory Sarich, [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url], [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] and Eric Perrin. Individual helpers were notched by John Adams and Tim Taylor. Team White was led by a hat trick by Vincent Lecavalier with assists from Eric Healey and Andy Delmore. Marc Denis stopped 14 of 17 in the win. [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] stopped 15 of 16 before giving way to [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] who allowed 3 goals on 13 shots for the loss. Nikita Alexeev and Craig tied for the tournament lead with 8 points. Martin St. Louis had a tournament high 5 goals. Richards and Craig each had 5 a leading helpers. Ramo led in record with an unbeaten 3-0-0 mark, Boutin in save percentage at .898 and Coleman in saves with 70.

Chiefs Acquire Adams from Florida

The Johnstown Chiefs have acquired defenseman John Adams from Florida (ECHL) in exchange for the rights to defenseman John Peterson, according to the Chiefs. Adams, selected in the third round (82nd overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, recently signed an AHL contract with the Springfield Falcons. The Wayzata, Minn.-native appeared in 42 regular season games and two Kelly Cup Playoff games with Florida in 2005-06, scoring 15 points (1g, 14a). In five games with Springfield last season, Adams recorded six penalty minutes. The 6-2, 193-pound Adams also appeared in five games with the Grand Rapids Griffins and three games with the Cleveland Barons.
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