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Lightning Possibly to Carry Seven Defensemen?

In the morning write up of the Lightning's victory over the Panthers, Erik Erlendssson [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBMB1AS0EE.html]writes that John Tortorella is now seriously considering carrying seven defensemen on the roster.[/url] Tortorella also indicates the decision may hinge on what is available on the waiver wire. The remaining young defensemen in camp, Timo Helbling, Doug O'Brien and Andy Rogers, are expected to suit up again tonight for the game against the Buffalo Sabres. Rogers, an unsigned former first round draft pick, would need a contract to begin the year in Tampa. By rule, he could still be sent back to junior after playing up to 10 NHL games. The team's final cuts will occur on Monday, which also is the day the Springfield Falcons' camp will open.

Game Night 9/24: Panthers at Lightning (Exhibition)

TB-5 FLA-0 (Final) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Tampa Bay- Cibak, (Kubina) 2. Tampa Bay- Kubina, (Modin, Prospal) (PP) [b]2nd Period[/b] 3. Tampa Bay- Andreychuk, (Dingman, Taylor) 4. Tampa Bay- Afanasenkov, (Prospal, Lecavalier) [b]3rd Period[/b] 5. Tampa Bay- Cibak, ([i]Craig[/i], Boyle) WIN- Sean Burke, 26/26 (2/3) SO-Burke [b]Shootout[/b] TB-0 FLA-1 1. Richards (0) 2. Lecavalier (0) 3. St. Louis (0)

Fritz Recalled, Forward Prospects Likely To Miss Second Cut

[url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBSKIR9ZDE.html]Erik Erlendsson of the Trib is reporting LW Mitch Fritz has been recalled with a view towards the Buffalo Sabres exhibition game this weekend.[/url] Several of Buffalo's players have been attempting to brawl their way into NHL roster spots and GM Jay Feaster has concluded Fritz needs to be available if the trend continues.

But, Polushin, Vishnyakov All Find Scoresheet in Tour Eight

After a rough seventh tour in the Superleague in which no Lightning prospect managed a point, several of the Lightning's young players got back on the scoresheet today. Anton But assisted on Yaroslavl's final goal as the Lokomotiv pummelled Novokuznetsk 5-1. With the assist, But now is tied for second in the Superleague in points. He is 5th in both goals and assists and is also tied for 3rd in the league in +/-. Alexander Polushin assisted on Sergey Piskunov's opening goal in a 3-3 tie with Vityaz. Albert Vishnyakov assisted on Dynamo's opening goal as they beat Nizhnekamsk 4-2. Dimitry Kazionov did not play today in Togliatti's 3-2 win over Molot Perm.

Official Russian Superleague Statistics Through Seven Tours

These are the official statistics for all Lightning properties playing in the Russian Superleague excluding Tour Eight which is in progress at the time of this post. Anton But, Lokomotiv, 6GP, 4-4-8, 2PIM (+6) Alexander Polushin, Severstal, 7GP, 2-3-5, 2PIM (+2) Albert Vishnyakov, Dynamo, 7GP, 2-2-4, 8 PIM, (+2) Nikita Alexeev, Avangard, 7GP, 3-0-3, 8 PIM, (+2) Dimitry Kazionov, Lada, 7GP, 0-3-3, 14 PIM, (-1) Alexei Glukhov, Khimik, 7GP, 0-1-1, 8 PIM, (E) Vasily Koshechkin, Lada, 2GP, 0-0-0, 1.51 GAA
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