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Craig Ramsay Fired

According to both the St. Pete Times and Tampa Tribune, citing a team release, the Lightning has fired associate coach Craig Ramsay. Ramsay led Lightning defensemen and the club's special teams units over the past few years. He has spent seven years with the team.

Prospect Spotlight: Kevin Quick

With Kevin Quick's senior year at Salisbury Prep School behind him and his freshman year at the University of Michigan ahead of him, BoltProspects managed to catch up with him recently and ask him a few questions.  Even though, he announced his intentions to play for the Wolverines last November, the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League drafted Kevin in the 8th round of the OHL Priority Draft.  This fueled speculation that perhaps Kevin would consider foregoing an NCAA career for the Canadian juniors developmental route.  Kevin answers this question and many more.

Lightning Re-Sign Johan Holmqvist

Apologies for the site's technical difficulties last night...

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting the Lightning have re-signed goaltender Johan Holmqvist to a 1 year deal. The contract is reported to be worth $1 million dollars and will offer Holmqvist the opportunity to prove himself as a #1 netminder in the NHL with the potential of a greater payoff next summer if he does.

Prospect News Briefs

Here's what we learned this week in communication with the Lightning:

2006 first round draft pick Riku Helenius made a successful return from major shoulder surgery when he suited up for Finland at an Under-19 tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia last month. The Lightning was in attendance when the goaltender played his first game since early autumn, but Finland was on their heels all night and Russia scored two power play goals to beat Helenius and Finland 4-0. Finland didn't fare much better in Helenius' second game, a 5-1 loss to Sweden.

While the GAA may not look ideal for the first rounder, the Lightning said he played well. The important thing to look at here is he's playing again and is in good health. In fact, after missing nearly all the 2006-2007 season, a healthy Helenius is now working out twice a day.

Andreas Karlsson Re-signed

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, citing the Sports Network, the Lightning have re-signed forward Andreas Karlsson to a one-year deal.

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The 31-year-old Karlsson scored three goals and recorded six assists in 53 games last season for Tampa Bay.

"Andreas Karlsson is a very versatile hockey player who spent the past year learning our system and coming to understand what John Tortorella demands of his players," said executive vice president and general manager Jay Feaster in making the announcement. "Karlsson is a very good skater who can play center and is an effective face-off man and a good penalty killer. He demonstrated in the postseason that he can also play left wing, and can do so as part of a top-two line scenario when needed."

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