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Tyrell and a hooker

I thought this kid was supposed to be high-character? ;-)

Pretty funny/interesting article about Tyrell's pre-draft experience.

If YOU knew YOU were going to die…

Oh, those crazy Swedes

Lightning 6th round pick Johan Harju gets clowned.

Harju is a possibility for Norfolk next year.

Bring the Gillette.

Of interest: Alexeev

Apparently the only RFA Chicago did not qualify this offseason was Nikita Alexeev. This, despite Dudley following around Tallon whispering in his ear.

And thus ended the NHL career of Nikita Alexeev.

Of Interest: Doug O'Brien

Doug O'Brien, who came up to the Lightning with Paul Ranger and at one time was knocking at the NHLs door, has signed with Lukko Rauma in Finland.

O'Brien was traded to Anaheim for Joe Rullier at the trade deadline.

Ironically, Rullier also signed with Lukko Rauma this offseason.

O'Brien, who was a Memorial Cup All-Star with Gatineau the year after he was a sixth round pick (2003). O'Brien was the leading scorer at the 2004 Memorial Cup and was also named the QMJHL's top defenseman that year. The Newfoundland-native had 17 goals and 46 for 63 points in 66 games that in 03-04. He was also +52 and had 146 PIM.

We're In!

Although they only needed one of the following teams to lose, with losses tonight by both Montreal and Toronto the Lightning have clinched a spot in the 2007 playoffs. They've also clinched - at worst - the 7 seed, though their eyes are on Atlanta and the division.

Wessbecker vs. Lundin

Just watched 4-UMass against 1-Clarkson on ESPN-U. UMass, in their first tournament game in their history, won in overtime, 1-0. The goal came on the third shot of a sequence started by a Tim Taylor-esque wraparound. Kevin Jarmin (CLB - 4th round '03)came in late and roofed a rebound.

Wessbecker played reasonably well. He didn't hesitate to join the rush on the outside and got there quickly. Also wasn't shy to shoot from the outside and has a pretty quick and hard wrist shot.

I thought UMass goalie Jonathan Quick, a 3rd round pick of the Kings in 05 who has a goal this year, was outstanding. I wonder if Quick was an option instead of Munce from LA in the Burke "deal." My guess is no.

Republican Addresses Rumors

In today’s Springfield Republican they briefly mention the Edmonton rumors:

Falcons president and general manager Bruce Landon met with the Booster Club prior to the game. "We have two years left on our deal with Tampa Bay," Landon said, debunking a rumor that Edmonton was planning to become Springfield's parent team next season. "I told our fans that I feel their pain." Landon also assured the fans the Falcons have not been sold and will operate next season.

As Nigel mentioned in the Greco/AHL discussion, Bill Barber and Claude Loiselle canceled their appearance with Springfield fans to watch Mike Lundin play UMass. If Maine's season is indeed finished, and considering Springfield's injuries to their defensemen (Rosehill, Rullier and now Matt Smaby), Lundin could be signed pretty quick - pending education issues, I'm sure.

Coleman Update

Quick update on former Lightning prospect Gerald Coleman, who was traded last week as part of a package for Shane O'Brien. Coleman started for Portland against Manchester on Saturday night, allowing 5 goals on 29 shots, including 4 on 14 shots in the 3rd period to break open a 1-0 game. The Pirates lost 5-1.

Where in the World is Vladimir Mihalik?

How do you lose a teenager who's 6-8 and 240 pounds?

According to today's Prince George Citizen, the whereabouts of Lightning prospect Vladimir Mihalik are unknown.

"[Newly re-acquired goaltender] Scott Bowles just got in, [defenseman] Jesse Dudas just got in, and we don’t know where Vladimir Mihalik is,” said Cougars head coach Drew Schoneck told the Citizen. “We think he’s stormed in somewhere, flight issues, but we plan to use him today vs. Kelowna if he gets here in time, which we think he will."

Mihalik has yet to arrive in Prince George since playing in Sweden in the World Junior championships. He was reportedly given an extra week off by the Cougars.

Departed Defensive Prospect Returns To Tampa, Will Play Net This Weekend

According to TSN’s “Ice Chips,” former Lightning prospect and defenseman Andreas Holmqvist will return to Tampa this weekend and play goalie for the Lightning in one of their two games vs. Florida. This would seem like an odd move for the Lightning since they weren't happy with Andreas' work ethic when he was in North America a few years ago - and they signed Johan Holmqvist this summer from Sweden. Andreas had two assists in 10 games with Linkopings of the SEL before making this move across the ocean. Johan seemed to struggle a little in the late pre-season, but I don't think it was harsh enough to show him up like this.
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