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Rogers: Signed, Sealed and Sent Back to Junior?

620 WDAE [url=http://www.620wdae.com/localsportsstory.html?ID=20051003174714]is reporting defenseman Andy Rogers has been signed by the Lightning, and then promptly has been assigned to his junior club, Prince George of the WHL.[/url] The decision makes Timo Helbling the winner of the Lightning's #6 defenseman job. Erik Erlendsson of the Trib [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBXY12ODEE.html]confirms the signing and subsequent reassignment.[/url]

Springfield Re-assigns Nine to Johnstown

According to a Springfield Falcons Press Release, the following players were re-assigned to Johnstown (ECHL): Zbynek Hrdel (LW), John Toffey (LW), Randy Rowe (LW), Jonathan Boutin (G), Jay Rosehill (D), Brandon Elliott (F), Dennis Packard (LW), Justin Kelly (C), and Jean-Francois Soucy (LW). The Falcons have reduced their roster to 24 players including: three goaltenders, eight defensemen and 13 forwards. Springfield completed their preseason with a record of 2-1, including victories over the Providence Bruins and Hartford Wolf Pack. Noteable among those remaining in Springfield are goaltenders Morgan Cey and Gerald Coleman, who now move into the finals of their battle to back-up Brian Eklund.

Holmqvist Notches First Point of Elitserien Season

Andreas Holmqvist was moved from the fourth pairing to the top pairing today for Linkopings and responded by notching his first point of the season, an assist on Tim Eriksson's second period goal. Fredrik Norrena stopped 38 of 41 shots faced as Linkopings defeated Leksands 4-3 to stay undefeated for the season. Through four games now Norrena is 4-0-0 with a 1.75 GAA and a .942 save percentage. Linkopings currently sits in first place on the Swedish Elitserien table.

CHL Weekend Wrap-up

Leading Lightning prospects this past weekend were Chicoutimi winger Stanislav Lascek and Moose Jaw center Blair Jones, both with first-star efforts. Individual reports and stats include:

Lightning/Rogers Face Monday Signing Deadline

According to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib, [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBGD2T1CEE.html]the Lightning are currently in contract negotiations with 19 year old defenseman Andy Rogers.[/url] The deadline to sign Rogers will be at 5pm Monday otherwise Rogers will have to be returned to his junior team, Prince George of the WHL. The mere fact that the Lightning are seriously discussing a contract with Rogers is likely an indication the club is favoring the blueliner over his competitor Timo Helbling. However, nothing is set in stone, and the team could still return Rogers to junior within 10 NHL games played.
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