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Nick Tarnasky, Iron Man

The Lightning always remain tight lipped about who did and did not perform well during fitness testing, but [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBK5L1A5SE.html]in the Trib today [/url]they have released the top results from the team's three mile run. Once again, [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] showed up in peak condition and claimed the fastest time, beating the next closest Lightning player by over a full minute. The final results were: 1.) Tarnasky, 2.) [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url], 3.) [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url], 4.) Cory Sarich. [b]More:[/b] Crisdotero in the Times [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/09/16/Lightning/Cuts_set_to_come_quic.shtml]isn't afraid to name names and throw people under the bus.[/url] In the lap testing he calls out Nikita Alexeev, Luke Richardson, Doug Janik, Kvapil and Vaclav Prospal as the team's best performers. The "laggers" were Brandon Elliot and Marek Bartanus, both of whom may now face reassignment quickly. According to Crisdotero's column the team is planning to make cuts by Tuesday prior to a road trip for their first exhibition games. Also of note, [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url]'s challenge for a job in Tampa may be in serious jeopardy. He may be held out of scrimmages beginning today due to a slight groin pull he suffered during fitness testing.

Camp Scrimmage Teams Hint at Organization's Plans

Training camp scrimmage rosters [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBHFE1J2SE.html]were released yesterday[/url], and they include some interesting clues as to the organization's plans going into the season.

I <3 Marc Denis

This guy could be mayor of Tampa if he can get the Lightning back to elite status after one off year. He [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBLWY2H2SE.html]says all the right things:[/url] [i]"No matter how you look at it or how specific you get, with the three laps six times or the 15 laps three times and the different strength tests and all that, this is a measure to see how well you measure up against the other NHL teams. Hopefully you are in better shape than they are so you can get that last goal with a minute left in the game. "That's what it comes down to, that's the bottom line for anybody. I'm not saying this because I spoke with anybody, that's how it is everywhere and that's how it should be." -Denis on "Camp Torturella", From the Trib[/i]

Thursday's Superleague Scores

[i]Note: Apologies for the lateness of these game recaps. Last season the Russian box scores would be updated by 1-2pm ET the day of games but early this year it's been like pulling teeth to get timely information. If only every nation's league had a website as easy to use as the Swedes or the Finns do, we'd be golden.[/i] Khimik defeated the Soviet Wings 3-2 but unfortunately [url=alexander-polushin]Alexander Polushin[/url] was again a scratch. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless as Kazan and Ufa battled to a 2-2 tie. [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] rode the bench as Togliatti fell to Nizhnekamsk 2-0 with Mike Fountain in net. Albert Vishnyakov was a scratch as Dynamo beat Chelyabinsk like they were owed some money 6-2. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless in Tver's 5-3 loss to Magnitogorsk. Alexei Glukhov failed to find the scoresheet in Cherepovets' 6-2 pummelling at the hands of Chekhov. Anton But scored SKA's final goal as St Petersburg fell to CSKA 5-3.

SM-liiga Opens

The Finnish SM-liiga started play today, with Ilves Tampere beating cross town rival Tappara on the strength of a 40 save shutout by Tuukka Rask. Best of luck to Lightning goaltender [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] in getting off the bench with Rask in front of him.
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