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Preseason Game Night 9/28: Red Wings at Lightning

I've come to the conclusion it's going to be very difficult for the Lightning to cut Doug Janik. DET-4 TB-1 Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Prospect Jiri Hudler scored a hat trick for Detroit in the game. Tim Taylor scored the lone Lightning goals on assists by [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url]. Game sheet on [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS010080.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik played 21:39 and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 hit. Janik has played about 20 minutes a night throughout the preseason and played well at both ends of the ice. At this point Janik appears to be a more than credible challenge for the team's 7th defenseman spot and with the power play, with the exception of tonight's game, clicking without Andy Delmore it may be Janik stepping into the void left by [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger's[/url] injury to start the year. Eric Perrin was -2 in 17:08 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot and was 50% on draws. Milley played just 6:59 on the fourth line and was +1 with 1 shot. Defenseman [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] was -1 in 10:58 with 1 hit. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] was +1 in 6:43.

Andreychuk Back with Bolts in Front Office!

Listening to the game broadcast tonight and SuperDave was on between 1st and second period. The interview centered around Dave officially confirmed and certified as returning to the Lightning fold in a public relations capacity. Also confirmed the "Dave Andreychuck Night" at one of the home dates vs Buffalo! Details were sketchy but I for 1 SAY HOOOORAAAY!! Look for more I guess...an official announcement or more news coverage from the local fish wraps. Anything from BoltProspects on the new job or related tidbits??

Tortorella: Perrin, Janik have Secured Roster Spots

WDAE radio in Tampa is reporting Eric Perrin has made the Lightning's opening day roster. "The sonofabitch has made the team," said Lightning Head Coach Tortorella, using the term as affectionaly as it can be used to describe Perrin. In fact, Tortorella told the press that for tonight's game, Perrin, thought to be a candidate for no better than the third forward line, will be placed with Vincent Lecavalier and Vinny Prospal against Detroit. ALSO: In Erik Erlendsson’s Blog on the Trib site, he says that Doug Janik has also earned a roster spot and Andy Delmore could be put through waivers. Erlendsson also speculates that first-year pro Matt Smaby may have passed Delmore on the depth chart.

Preseason Game Night 9/26: Lightning at Canadiens

A game like this potentially rearranges the chess board a bit: TB-3 MTL-4 (OT) Johan Holmqvist stopped 37 of 41 in the overtime loss. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist while Martin St. Louis had 2 helpers. The other Lightning goal scorers were Eric Perrin and Filip Kuba, with Dan Boyle chipping in a single assist. The power play continued to yield dividends going 3 for 10 on the night. An interesting subplot in the game was the opportunity opened up for young defenseman [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] as Doug Janik sat in the penalty box for much of the first half of the game serving a major for fighting, a minor for instigation and a ten minute misconduct. Also, Dan Boyle was held out of the game in the third period with an undisclosed injury leaving Smaby to play 18:53 with a -1 rating, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Smaby was on the ice for the overtime winning goal, but reportedly played well otherwise. With more playing time, is Smaby sneaking up on Janik on the depth chart? Janik played 16:41 of even hockey with 2 shots, 1 hit and 3 blocked shots. Perrin plated 19:19 and was -1 with 3 shots, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots as well as an outstanding 4 takeaways, but was only 25% on draws. [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] had his poorest game statistically of the preseason going -2 in 15:13 with 1 shot and 2 hits. Mitch Fritz was -1 in 9:15 with 4 hits. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] was -1 in 9:56 with 1 blocked shot and was 27% on draws. Nick Tarnasky continued his strategy of brawling his way onto the Lightning roster with a fight in his 8:43 of even hockey with 3 hits. So, with [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] still out on the blueline and Dan Boyle possibly nicked could Doug Janik or Matt Smaby sneak onto the opening night roster? In the fight for the team's open 4th line forward spot, has Norm Milley stumbled and lost ground to the skilled Eric Perrin or the tough young lion Nick Tarnasky? Also, how does Rob DiMaio's concussion tonight figure into the equation. Cuts to follow soon. Note: Jones and goaltender Karri Ramo, with the Lightning on an emergency basis, were reassigned to Springfield after the game.

Burke Placed on Waivers; Jones and Ramo Join Bolts

TSN is reporting Lightning goalie Sean Burke has been placed on waivers. Burke, 39, is contracted to earn $1.6-million this season, but is coming off a 2005-2006 season when he posted a 2.80 goals against average and .895 save percentage in 35 games with the Lightning. The Lightning have been pretty clear about entering the season with Marc Denis as the No.1 and Johan Holmqvist as the No.2. According to Erik Erlendsson's Blog on the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] site, Burke is indeed expected to report to Springfield if unclaimed. The hope is another team claims him and relieves the Lightning of at least some of the $1.6 million Burke is owed this season. Assuming no team claims Burke, Tampa Bay will then recall him and hope he is claimed on the way "up." The advantage in claiming him at this time is the claiming team would only be responsible for one-half the salary and take on one-half the cap hit and the same for the Lightning. If he reports to Springfield, Burke will join Karri Ramo, Jonathan Boutin, Gerald Coleman, and Morgan Cey, who are currently battling it out for right to stay in Springfield. Ramo is accompanying the Lightning to Montreal this week as Denis will not make the trip. Erlendsson reports center Blair Jones has also been recalled as a substitute for Andreas Karlsson, who is battling "groin fatigue." Prospects Matt Smaby and Nick Tarnasky will play against the Habs. Mike Egener and Paul Ranger will make the trip to Montreal, but not play.
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