Rookie Camp

The much anticipated Rookie Camp expected this summer at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum has been scaled back. It is not expected to be a full week open to the public as it was in 2002. A series of "evaluation" skates have been scheduled for three days over the last week of July. Ice will be prepared inside the St. Pete Times Forum before July 26th. More details regarding participants forthcoming. As there has been no public announcement yet, please refrain from posting this on the various message boards we all frequent. Thanks.

Left Winger Needed

With today's expected signing of LW Afanasenkov, along with LW Prospal and LW Craig (to be signed), seems like we need to find some scoring help from the left side for the third/fourth lines. We have some depth at center and RW position, but LW a question. Depth Chart shows Blatny and the next guy in line, but seems like we need help there as Blatny may or may not be the guy. Ideal if we could move Burke's salary and pickup LW scorer. Looks like 'D' is now in-place - how bout some more 'O'.

Where are we on the Salary Issue(s).

Just checked out TSN for the current salary status of the Bolts after the Feds signing. Using 450k for those listed as undisclosed including Janik at 475k if he along with Alexeev, Delmore and Karlsson bring the Bolts to just under the 40mil number. That leaves Dmitry Afanasenkov, Evgeni Artyukhin, Ryan Craig, and Cory Sarich to be signed with the remaining 4mil. This assumes the team uses Burke as the backup, who chews up 1.6mil of cap space. He has a no trade contract so any trade will need to be negotiated. My guess is they buyout the contract and send him home which would save about 400k which they can use to ink Johan Holmqvist who they would prefer to be their backup at this time. I don't know if Johan would play for the 450k or would he accept a two way contract? There could be an eligibility issue with the two way contract, Pete do you know?

Sarich and Fedotenko elect arbitration..

According to the NHLPA web site Sarich and Fedotenko have both filed for salary arbitration.

Denis Signed

3 years, 8.6 mil. A good signing. Denis will do better behind a solid team. When his deal is up, one of the young guns can come in and hopefully take the role.
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