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Submitted by pete on October 18, 2006 - 19:02
The Johnstown Chiefs today acquired center Grant Jacobsen from Columbia for cash considerations [url=http://echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=8905]according to ECHL.com[/url]. Jacobson, a former 9th round pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, scored 15 goals and 46 points in 68 games last season between Reading and Columbia. The 6'3" 210 pound 23 year old played parts of six seasons between Regina and Kamloops of the WHL before spending a year with the University of Manitoba in the CIS prior to turning pro last season. His best junior campaign came in 2003-2004 as an overage player when he scored 18 goals and 52 points in 71 games for Kamloops.
Submitted by pete on October 17, 2006 - 20:34
[url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] again got the day off as Mike Fountain fell 3-1 to Novosibirsk. Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Cherepovets' 3-0 shut out of Khabarovsk. Anton But was scoreless in SKA's 6-2 win over Ufa. Albert Vishnyakov and [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] were scoreless in Dynamo's 3-0 win over Yaroslavl. Dimitri Kazionov scored Kazan's lone goal in their 3-1 loss to Omsk. [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] remains on IR for Khimik who lost 4-2 to Nizhnekamsk.
Submitted by chad on October 17, 2006 - 15:10
For what it's worth, Swift Current and Prince George fans are saying Lightning defensive prospect Dane Crowley left the October 10 Broncos-Cougars game with a shoulder injury. According to Crowley on a radio station in Swift Current, he'll be out 1-2 weeks. For those keeping track, that's three shoulder injuries (that we know of) among Lightning prospects. Vladimir Mihalik has a separated shoulder and should be back in less than 2 weeks, and Riku Helenius has a dislocated shoulder and could be gone for much longer. The Lightning have not confirmed how long Helenius will be out, though the Ilves club says 4 months. There is still no word on the specific injury to Marek Bartanus, but he's expected to play this weekend. We do know that Chris Lawrence has missed recent games due to a "minor head injury." I'm not sure any injury to the head can be considered minor, but nevertheless that was the report.
Submitted by pete on October 16, 2006 - 19:46
Rock bottom, hopefully. CAR-5 TB-1 Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 19 shots for the loss before giving way to Johan Holmqvist for the third period where Holmqvist allowed 1 goal on 4 shots. The lone Lightning goal came late in the third period from Nikita Alexeev off helpers from Afanasenkov and Richardson. The odd thing is the Lightning, who looked lethargic, actually outshot the Canes 35-23. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS020074.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik was even in 18:10 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot. Eric Perrin was -1 in 12:39 with 5 hits including a second period hit that touched off a large scrum as the game began to get out of hand. He was also 40% on draws. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] played 7:08 with 2 shots and 1 hit and answered the bell initiating a second period fight with Mike Commodore. Unfortunately, the front office is essentially helpless at this point in time to make any shake up changes. Last year when the team hit rough patches early they relied on the callups of Paul Ranger, Evgeney Artyukhin and later Ryan Craig. This early in the season, with Springfield struggling so much over the weekend, there aren't any players worthy or ready there to contribute in Tampa right now. So, for the next month or so, the answers are going to have to come from inside the locker room, and in my view they are going to have to come from Brad Richards most of all. Eventually, Martin St. Louis' chances are going to start falling and Vincent Lecavalier hasn't been horrible with 4 points in 6 games. Richards, however, looks nothing like himself right now with just 2 assists and a -4 rating which which is one of the worst on the team. John Tortorella has saved most of his public venom for Lecavalier, but figuring out what is wrong with Richards may be the more crucial puzzle that has to be solved right now.
Submitted by pete on October 16, 2006 - 16:45
And the winner is...