Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning have announced that Timo Helbling has been reassigned to Springfield by the Tampa Bay Lightning. This means Paul Ranger, who was impressive in weekend games against Pittsburgh and Washington, has secured the No.6 defenseman spot for the near future.
Although he has yet to score a goal this season for Khimik MO, Alexei Glukhov continues to build his reputation as one of the better young playmakers in Russia. Glukhov assisted on Khimik MO's lone goal today, a 1st period marker by Dimitry Kosmachev, as his club tied Salavat Yulayev 1-1. The assist is Glukhov's 7th of the season.
That would've tied Anton But for the lead amongst Lightning prospects in Russia, but the left winger assisted on Alexei Vasiliyev's second period talley in a 3-2 loss to Kazan to record his 8th helper of the 2005-2006 campaign.
For Togliatti, Vasily Koshechkin sat today as goaltender David Svoboda fell 2-1 to Omsk. Dimitry Kazionov did dress today and was held scoreless for Lada.
Erik Erlendsson in the Trib reports no decision has been made yet to reassign either Timo Helbling or Paul Ranger back to Springfield. A decision must be made soon however with valuable cap room being eaten daily and the Springfield Falcons in desperate need of healthy bodies on defense.
If two teams play a hockey game and nobody is there to see it, does it make a sound? Geez, they might as well play in a mausoleum.
The Lightning are not living up to billing in shootouts.
The game sheet can be found at NHL.com. Jay Feaster vows to trim the roster to 20 after the game. Paul Ranger got his second taste of NHL action and the implicit message is that one of either Ranger or Helbling will be demoted after the game. For my money, Paul Ranger sealed his roster spot with a superb shift at the end of OT that could've easily resulted in the OT winner had Vincent Lecavalier finished.
Paul Ranger did pretty darn well in his NHL debut. No big mistakes and he supported the play well all night long. 12:01 of ice time with 2 shots on goal and an even rating. Meanwhile, the top two scoring lines continue to show signs they are awaking from their slumber with a three point night for Vincent Lecavalier. Game sheet can be found via NHL.com.