Tampa Bay Lightning

Content regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.

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...

Conditioning and Tryout Camp July 25-29

Jones, Keller, Kvapil, and Lascek among 21 prospects scheduled to be in attendance. Mihalik, Rogers, and Smaby slated to protect Ramo from 20 non-roster invitees. Should be the largest assemblage of draftees/signees since the opening camp in Lakeland Civic Center. Effectively dispells last week's scaled back report. July 25 - July 29 8:15-9:45 a.m. conditioning drills 9:45-11:15 a.m. more drills 3:15-4:30 p.m. scrimmage Official Press Release details/profiles: LIGHTNING TO HOST CONDITIONING AND TRYOUT CAMP CAMP OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FEATURES 41 PROSPECTS The Tampa Bay Lightning will host 41 prospects at the St. Pete Times Forum Tuesday, July 25 through Saturday, July 29 for the 2006 Conditioning and Tryout Camp. The event is open and free to the public.
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