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Darby Traded

TSN Canada is reporting [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=135785]veteran center Craig Darby has been traded to the Vancouver Canucks for future considerations.[/url] The 31 year old's departure should allow greater playing time for newly signed Ryan Vesce. The deal also opens a veteran spot in Springfield which might be filled by Harlan Pratt, who has been invited the Lightning camp on a tryout basis.

Lightning Prospects Beat Detroit, Finish Second in TC

Marek Kvapil scored mid-way through the third period to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/content.cfm?category=3&pageid=1358/]3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings prospects.[/url] Adam Henrich and Justin Keller both notched their fourth goals of the tournament in the win. Andy Rogers added an assist, giving him six points (1-5) in the four game tournament to lead all Lightning players. Stanislav Lascek got off the schnide, adding an assist before returning to Chicoutimi. Zbynek Hrdel, Paul Ranger, and Radek Smolenak also contibuted on the scoresheet with assists.

Lightning Prospects Defeat Wild in OT

In Traverse City, Michigan tonight the Lightning prospects improved their record to 2-1 [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBDH9BWDDE.html]with a dramatic 3-2 overtime victory.[/url] Defenseman Andy Rogers scored a game winning power play goal to break the deadlock. Other Lightning goals were scored by 2005 draftee Radek Smolenak and tryout invitee Maxime Boisclair. Goaltender Jonathan Boutin stopped 31 of 33 shots for the victory. The Traverse City prospect tournament concludes tomorrow night as the Lightning square off against the Detroit Red Wings' prospects.

But Scores in Lokomotiv Opener

Anton But added an empty net goal today to seal a 3-1 victory for Yaroslavl over Spartak Moscow. Also, in other action yesterday, Lightning prospect winger Albert Vishnyakov assisted on Dynamo's second goal in a 3-2 loss to Tver's HC MVD. The goal was a second period marker by Ottawa Senators prospect Igor Mirnov.

Lightning Prospects Fall 8-6 to Columbus

Despite a ferocious third period comeback bid the Lightning's Traverse City prospect team [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/content.cfm?category=3&pageid=1358]fell 8-6 tonight against Columbus.[/url] 2005 draftee Kevin Beech stopped just 33 of 41 shots faced. Even in defeat, however, the Lightning organization has to be pleased with the emergence of their offense so far. The Lightning prospects have scored 11 goals in the first two contests. Leading the way have been Justin Keller of Kelowna and Springfield Falcon Adam Henrich with 3 goals each. 2005 draftee Marek Kvapil has also acquitted himself well offensively notching the Lightning's first goals in both games so far. And, it seems, in every prospect tournament there is a player who emerges from nowhere to make a serious impression. Thus far, with 2 goals and 1 assist in the opening two contests, it has been Moose Jaw's Blair Jones. After the game Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen said Jones has played well so far in the tournament. "He has stuck his nose in and played hard and made some good plays," Goertzen added. The Lightning prospects will face off with the Minnesota Wild's prospects tomorrow night at 7pm.
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