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Submitted by pete on August 17, 2005 - 08:05
Tom Jones of the St. Pete Times reports [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/08/17/Lightning/275M_for_Vinny.shtml]the Lightning have pulled their contract offer to prospect winger Nikita Alexeev off the table.[/url] Alexeev, who reportedly just signed a deal to play for Superleague club Avangard Omsk, is expected to play in his native Russia this season.
Submitted by pete on August 16, 2005 - 17:57
Jay Feaster announced during today's press conference to mark the signing of Vincent Lecavalier's four year deal with the club that the team intends to carry a roster of the minimum 20 players. For the Lightning's prospects this likely means only the #6 defenseman spot will be available for Lightning youth looking to make the team. It also will likely squeeze center Eric Perrin out of a roster spot, perhaps fueling rumors he is planning to return to Europe this season.
Submitted by pete on August 15, 2005 - 20:11
Saturday brought to a close [url=http://www.usahockey.com/international/main_site/main/home/05eval_scorers_goal///]USA Hockey's U-20 junior evaluation camp[/url] and it's four team round robin featuring a split squad of American juniors going up against U-20 teams from Finland and Sweden. Finland's team happened to feature Lightning goaltending prospect Karri Ramo, who lost what essentially amounted to two one goal games. In the opening game of the tournament Ramo stopped 32 of 36 shots before USA Blue tacked on an empty net goal to skate away with a 5-3 win. In the final game of the tournament, Ramo stopped 31 of 34 shots losing a tight 3-2 decision to USA White. Ramo's tandem mate Aleksis Ahlqvist started the other two games of the tournament falling 4-0 to USA White and 5-0 to USA Blue. Finland finished last in the tournament with the most anemic offensive attack of the round robin managing to scratch out only 5 goals of support in 4 games for their netminders. Ramo will now return to SM-liiga club HPK where he is expected to backup Miika Wiikman this season. He should also be considered a strong favorite to make Team Finland for this year's World Junior Championships behind Ilves' Tuukka Rask.
Submitted by pete on August 15, 2005 - 11:44
Boltprospects exclusive! Correspondant Chad Schnarr has managed to get a copy of the Lightning's Traverse City camp roster from Head Scout Jake Goertzen:
Submitted by pete on August 15, 2005 - 10:03
Boltprospects staff member Chad Schnarr has learned from the Tampa Bay Lightning that neither they nor Nikita Alexeev's agent knows about his reported signing with Avangard Omsk. Both parties are awaiting official confirmation of the signing. The question now becomes: Did Nikita Alexeev sign a contract with Omsk without an agent? Also, Boltprospects has learned that despite overtures from the Lightning Matt Smaby has decided to stay in school at North Dakota.