Jaroslav Janus Makes Admirals Opening Roster

The Tampa Bay Lightning's 2009 6th round pick Jaroslav Janus has made the Norfolk Admirals season opening roster as the team's third goaltender. Janus, still without an NHL entry-level contract, has been retained by the Admirals on a Professional Tryout contract. Janus has drawn praise from Lightning GM Brian Lawton as having had a strong training camp, and there have been reports Janus' agent has been contacted about a contract. Janus joins fellow Bolt netminding prospects Riku Helenius and Dustin Tokarski battling to establish themselves as the Admirals go-to-guy in the nets for the 2009-10 season. It is still possible for the Lightning to reassign Janus to his OHL junior team in Erie, but that option is looking less and less likely. Janus led the Slovakian World Junior team to a medal-round finish last year.

In other news, the Lightning has also announced that Imran Khan has been named as the team's co-AGM after the expiration of Claude Loiselle's contract according to report by Damian Cristodero in the St. Pete Times. Loiselle, a former intern at Brian Lawton's Octagon management agency, was the only remaining front office member from the Jay Feaster regime. Khan, also a former intern at Octagon, has been credited by Lawton as being a critical part of the business side of the Lightning hockey operations. “He’s the smartest person I know by a mile,” Lawton said. “It’s a joke. I know the (collective bargain agreement) inside out and he challenges me.”