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Lightning, Lascek Finalizing Contract

According to a source close to [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url], the QMJHL scoring star has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Lightning. The Lightning will not officially announce the signing until they receive the necessary paperwork from the player. Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster, while not confirming the signing, said negotiations with Lascek's agent "have gone well." Lascek, according to the source, is "happy and excited" after agreeing to the Lightning's offer. Lascek finished second in QMJHL scoring this season and led the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in assists and points. The Slovakian winger scored 47 goals and added 88 assists for 135 points in 64 games. He also accumulated 96 penalty minutes. Lascek scored 4 goals and a team-leading 17 points in 9 playoff games as the Sags fell in the second round to Gatineau.

World Championships Day Six

Martin Cibak got his first point of the tournament today against Russia assisting on Tomas Surovy's first period goal. Despite the contribution, however, Slovakia fell 4-3. Slovakia finished a disappointing third in Group C but still advances to the Qualification Round. At the end of a wild third period that saw the Swiss and Swedes score 6 goals in total, both teams were forced to settle for a 4-4 tie. Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless and even with 0 shots on goal for Sweden. Timo Helbling had the same box score line for the Swiss. Sweden wins Group B on goal differential. Switzerland, in second, advances to the Qualification Round as well. Fredrik Norrena's Finnish team clinched Group A yesterday. [b]Opening Round Statistics[/b] G Fredrik Norrena (FIN), 1-0-0, 3.00 GAA, .813 sv%, 0 SO D Andreas Holmqvist (SWE), 3 GP, 0-1-1, 0 PIM, +1, 5 SOG C Martin Cibak (SVK), 3 GP, 0-1-1, 2 PIM, +2, 3 SOG D Timo Helbling (SUI), 3 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM, E, 0 SOG LW Anton But was forced to withdraw his name from consideration for Team Russia prior to the tournament due to injury. But hurt his abductor injury during the Superleague season and was hobbled with the injury for much of the playoffs [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/tournament.php?tour_id=2006029&anchor=News]according to Russianprospects.com.[/url]

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 5/9

Season over. [b]WHL[/b] Vancouver put the final touches on a 4-0 sweep of Moose Jaw tonight defeating the Warriors 6-3. Lightning prospect [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] was scoreless and even with 2 penalty minutes in the game. Jones finishes second in the WHL in playoff scoring with 9 goals and 21 points in 22 games, 9 points behind Blue Jackets first rounder Gilbert Brule. With the exception of overage prospects Andreas Holmqvist and Fredrik Norrena who are currently playing for their respective nations in the World Championships, Jones and Moose Jaw's season ending defeat brings an end to the Lightning prospect season. Once the World Championships are complete, Bolt Prospects will begin to post our Final Rankings for the 2005-2006 season beginning with the top five overage prospects in the Lightning organization.

World Championships Day Five

Fredrik Norrena sat again today as Antero Nittymaki was between the pipes for Finland's 3-3 tie with the Czech Republic. The Finns remain atop Group A with the tie.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 5/8

[b]WHL[/b] The fat lady is warming up. JD Watt scored at 4:37 of overtime tonight to help lift Vancouver over Moose Jaw 2-1. The victory stakes the Giants to a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 series lead. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] was scoreless and even in the game with 4 penalty minutes.
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