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Sooo...1 signing needed, Artyukhin...

... I mean I love the kid, don't get me wrong. Size for days, bursts of speed that are unreal, good at finding the front of the net...needs to work on his hands and his finishing, but certainly a jewel to be polished. That polish includes instilling a bit of discipline. That youthful digging and intensity is good, but a controlled murder is what is needed. Can he be controlled?? or, does he want to play a controlled game?? I think Arty owes a chance for us to find out. His agent, it is said, is whispering in his ear. oh, you know what that's about...hehehe, no doubt visions of sweet, plump commission checks dancing through his melon...

R-2 Headed for Holdout?

Erik Erlendsson of the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] reports today that negotiations are not going well between the Lightning and restricted free agent winger Evgeny Artyukhin. "I'm not sure what his thinking is right now," Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster told the [i]Tribune[/i]. "Some of the things his agent has told us are very inconsistent with his role and bargaining position." "R-2," or "Arty" as he's called by his teammates, is projected to have a significant role in the Lightning's future, but struggled at the end of last season and saw his minutes fall considerably. He finished the year with four goals and 13 assists in 72 games. In the playoffs, Artyukhin was up to just over 8 minutes a game and added a goal. Artyukhin is the only member of the Lightning yet to be signed, and it doesn't appear that will happen any time soon. Of note: The article also lists cap hits for every player currently under contract with the Lightning and expected to make the parent club.

Bolts Sign Sarich, Avoid Arbitration

Tampabaylightning.com is reporting the Lightning have re-signed defenseman Cory Sarich to a one-year, $1.9 million contract. The deal allows the Lightning and Sarich to avoid a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for July 31. Tampa Bay General Manager Jay Feaster stated in the official press release that Sarich left some money on the table in order to fit into the team's stretched financial structure. Sarich, 27, a 6-foot-3, 204-pound native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan played in all 82 games for the third consecutive season in 2005-06, recording a goal, 14 assists and 79 penalty minutes. In 2003-04 he was one of three defensemen to appear in all 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Lightning.

2006 Tampa Bay Lightning Offseason Tracker

In the category of "Better Late Than Never," the [b]Movement[/b] option at the top of the Boltprospects.com homepage is now serving as a player movement tracker for Lightning players and prospects this offseason.

Prospect Camp Invitees

Bolt Prospects would like to give a special thanks to Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen for making the following list of confirmed prospect camp invitees available. Goertzen stated that many of these players are competing for roster spots for the Traverse City prospects tournament coming up in September. So, without further ado...
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