The slow process of reassembling the Mississippi Sea Wolves continued today with the Wolves' acquisition of defenseman Matthew Deschamps from the Phoenix Roadrunners in exchange for financial considerations. Deschamps, 27, had 2 goals and 9 points with 94 penalty minutes in 2006-2007 split between Charlotte and Phoenix. The 6'0" 195 lbs blueliner is a graduate of the University of Maine. His career season in college came as a senior in 2004-2005 when he posted 1 goal and 7 points with 30 penalty minutes in 29 games. The trade may ultimately re-unite Deschamps with his former Black Bears teammate Mike Lundin who will find himself in a battle to make the AHL level with Norfolk once camp begins in the Fall. The two played together during the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 seasons.
Lampman, 24, was a 2001 4th round selection by the Rangers and has played the past five seasons with the Hartford Wolf Pack accumulating 19-57-76, +49, and 234 PIMs in 258 games played. During those 5 seasons, he appeared in 10 NHL games for the Rangers. â€œIn Bryce Lampman we are obtaining a mobile, very good skating, puck-moving defenseman with good vision who sees the ice well, makes a very good first pass and who possesses excellent hockey sense,â€ Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster said in a team press release. â€œHe is also a player who can be used in all special teams situations. For the past three or four seasons now our pro scouts have felt that he was on the verge of playing regularly in the NHL. He will come to training camp in September and have a chance to battle it out with probably five or six other players for the sixth and seventh spots on our blueline. Based on everything we have seen from him in the past, he is knocking on the door of being an NHL regular. We are thrilled to have him in our organization and we wish Mitch Fritz nothing but success.â€
Lampman, an assistant captain with the Wolf Pack, signed a contract with TPS in Finland on June 6 and the restricted free agent, who was qualified by the Rangers, has an out clause with TPS should he sign with an NHL club by July 10.
Fritz, 26, was signed by the Lightning as a free agent in 2005 and the 6'8", 258lb winger is one of the most feared and respected enforcers in the AHL, accumulating over 356 PIMs in two seasons with the organization. According to the St. Pete Times, Fritz had contacted Feaster when the Lightning qualified the restricted free agent to express his concern over lack of playing time at the AHL level and the inability to get a better chance to make the NHL club.
Damian Crisdotero reports on his blog that Riku Helenius will indeed come to North America this coming season to play for Seattle of the WHL. No mention of a source, but Helenius' move across the pond seems likely now that his Finnish club Ilves has signed veteran netminder Tero Leinonen away from Lulea of the Swedish Elitserien.
The 2007 NHL Entry Draft taking place Friday and Saturday aren't the only drafts taking place in the next week. Next Wednesday, June 27th, the CHL will hold their 2007 Import Draft which takes on added importance as rumors persist that 2006 1st round pick Riku Helenius might cross the pond to play Canadian junior hockey next season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning has released a report confirming the club has signed left wing Jan Hlavac to a one year contract. Hlavac has spent the last three season playing in Europe, most recently with Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga. Hlavac helped Sparta Praha to the Czech Extraliga championship this year with 8 goals and 2 assists in 16 playoff games.
TSN.ca is reporting the Lightning have traded a 2nd round pick in either 2007 or 2008 to the Florida Panthers in exchange for center Chris Gratton. Gratton, who was the Lightning's 1st round pick in 1993, will be making his third tour of duty with the Lightning. In 1008 career NHL games he has scored 204 goals and 544 points. In 81 games last season Gratton scored 13 goals and 35 points in 81 games with 94 penalty minutes. His career season came in 1996-1997 with the Lightning when he had 30 goals and 62 points in 82 games to go along with 201 penalty minutes. Gratton signed an offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers the subsequent offseason and left Tampa with the infamous Phil Esposito smudged fax fiasco. Gratton returned in 1999 from Philadelphia and served as the Lightning's captain during the 1999-2000 season before being dealt to the Buffalo Sabres in a multi-player deal that included then-rookie defenseman Cory Sarich. Gratton will assume the Lightning's third line center role next season.
Eurohockey.net reports Denis Kazionov has transferred from HC Tver to CSKA of the Russian Superleague. The younger Kazionov brother had 2 goals and 3 points in 24 games with Tver last season. The 19 year old center was rumored to be headed to North America this summer along with his brother, but it remains to be seen if both the Lightning and the Kazionovs follow through on earlier plans.
April 14 - D Matt Smaby (University of North Dakota, WCHA) signed to a 3-year entry level contract
May 12 â€“ RW Stanislav Lascek (Chicoutimi, QMJHL) signed to 3-year entry level contract
May 22 â€“ Steve Stirling named head coach of Springfield Falcons (AHL)
May 23 â€“ LW Justin Keller (Kelowna, WHL) signed to 3-year entry level contract
May 30 â€“ G Fredrik Norrena (Linkopings HC, Sweden) signed to 1-year contract
May 31 â€“ G Karri Ramo (HPK, Finland) signed to 3-year entry level contract
May 31 â€“ LW Radek Smolenak (Kingston, OHL) signed to 3-year level entry level contract
June 1 â€“ G Johan Holmqvist (UFA â€“ Brynas IF, Sweden) signed to 1-year contract
June 14 â€“ C Eric Perrin (RFA â€“ SC Bern, Switzerland) signed to 1-year contract
June 30 â€“ G Marc Denis (Columbus, NHL) acquired via trade; signed to 3-year contract July 4
July 1 â€“ LW Nikita Alexeev (RFA â€“ Omsk, Russia) signed to 1-year contract
July 1 â€“ C Andreas Karlsson (UFA â€“ HV 71, Sweden) signed to 1-year contract
July 1 â€“ D Andy Delmore (UFA â€“ Syracuse, AHL) signed to 1-year contract
July 1 â€“ D Filip Kuba (UFA â€“ Minnesota, NHL) signed to 3-year contract
July 6 â€“ D Doug Janik (UFA â€“ Buffalo, NHL) signed to 1-year contract
July 11 â€“ D Luke Richardson (UFA â€“ Columbus, NHL) signed to 1-year contract
July 13 â€“ C Blair Jones (Moose Jaw, WHL) signed to 3-year entry level contract
July 15 â€“ LW Eric Healey (UFA â€“ Providence, AHL) signed to 1-year contract
May 6 â€“ UFA RW Jim Campbell signed with EHC Visp (Switzerland)
June 30 â€“ LW Fredrik Modin and G Fredrik Norrena traded to Columbus for G Marc Denis
July 1 â€“ UFA G John Grahame signed with Carolina
July 1 â€“ UFA D Pavel Kubina signed with Toronto
July 2 - D Darryl Sydor traded to Dallas for 2008 4th round pick
July 17 â€“ UFA LW Dennis Packard signed with Boston
July 18 â€“ UFA RW Shane Willis signed with Carolina
July 18 â€“ UFA C Jason Jaspers signed with Adler Mannheim (Germany)
August 5 - RFA RW Evgeny Artyukhin signed with Yaroslavl (Russia) (Rights retained)
August 9 - UFA D Timo Helbling signed with Hershey (AHL)
August 15 - UFA C Martin Cibak signed with Vastra Frolunda (Sweden)
May 22 â€“ RFA C Brad Richards re-signed to 5-year contract
July 4 â€“ RFA RW Norm Milley re-signed to 1-year contract
July 6 â€“ RFA LW Ruslan Fedotenko re-signed to 1-year contract
July 12 â€“ RFA LW Dmitry Afanasenkov re-signed to 1-year contract
July 14 â€“ RFA LW Mitch Fritz re-signed to 1-year contract
July 15 â€“ RFA LW/C Ryan Craig re-signed to 1-year contract
July 27 - RFA D Cory Sarich re-signed to 1-year contract
UFA LW Chris Dingman
UFA LW Steve McLaren
UFA D Todd Rohloff
UFA LW Zdenek Blatny
UFA D Gerard Dicaire
UFA W/C J-F Soucy
2006-2007 In-Season Acquisitions/Trades:
November 9 -- C Daniel Corso acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers for LW Darren Reid.
December 2 -- RW Andre Roy acquired off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
December 30 -- W Dimtry Afanasenkov waived and claimed by the Philadelphia Flyers.
January 20 -- G Ryan Munce acquired from the Los Angeles Kings for G Sean Burke and a 2008 4th round pick.
February 1 -- RW Kyle Wanvig and LW Stephen Baby acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers for D Andy Delmore and W/C Andre Deveaux.
February 24 -- D Shane O'Brien and a 2007 3rd round pick acquired from the Anaheim Ducks for G Gerald Coleman and a 2007 1st round pick.
February 27 -- D Joe Rullier acquired from the Anaheim Ducks for D Doug O'Brien.
February 27 -- LW Karl Stewart and a 2008 6th round pick acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks for LW Nikita Alexeev.
February 27 -- W/C Jason Ward acquired from the Los Angeles Kings for a 2007 5th round pick.
2006-2007 NHL/AHL Transactions:
19th Gerald Coleman - Sent to minors
19th Darren Reid - Sent to minors
23rd Doug O'Brien - Sent to minors
23rd Eric Healey - Sent to minors
23rd Vladmir Mihalik - Assigned to Junior Club
23rd Zdenek Blatny - Sent to minors
23rd Marek Kvapil - Sent to minors
23rd Karri Ramo - Sent to minors
23rd Blair Jones - Sent to minors
26th Sean Burke - Sent to minors
26th Andy Rogers - Sent to minors
26th Karri Ramo - Called up from minors
26th Blair Jones - Called up from minors
27th Karri Ramo - Sent to minors
27th Blair Jones - Sent to minors
28th Mike Egener - Sent to minors
29th Mitch Fritz - Sent to minors
29th Matt Smaby - Sent to minors
29th Andy Delmore - Sent to minors
30th Norm Milley - Sent to minors
5th Karri Ramo - Called up from minors
5th Nick Tarnasky - Sent to minors
6th Nick Tarnasky - Called up from minors
6th Karri Ramo - Sent to minors
20th Blair Jones - Called up from minors
1st Karri Ramo - Called up from minors
1st Blair Jones - Sent to minors
2nd Nick Tarnasky - Sent to minors
3rd Nick Tarnasky - Called up from minors
3rd Karri Ramo - Sent to minors
29th Blair Jones - Called up from minors
23rd Kyle Wanvig - Called up from minors
16th Matt Smaby - Called up from minors
16th Kyle Wanvig - Sent to minors
19th Karri Ramo - Called up from minors
(Transactions courtesy of TSN.ca)
Key: UFAâ€”Unrestricted Free Agent, RFAâ€”Restricted Free Agent
The following is a log of all player movement in and out of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization in preparation for the 2007-2008 season. (A link to in-season deals can be found at the bottom)
March 25 -- UFA D Justin Fletcher (St. Cloud St., NCAA) signed to a 1-year, two-way contract.
April 6 -- D Vladimir Mihalik (Prince George, WHL) signed to a 3-year entry level contract.
May 31 -- RW/C Chris Lawrence (Mississauga, OHL) signed to a 3-year entry level contract.
May 31 -- Mike Sullivan named assistant coach.
May 31 -- G Riku Helenius (Ilves Jr., Finland) signed to a 3-year entry level contract.
June 13 -- C Chris Gratton acquired from the Florida Panthers for a 2nd round pick in the 2008 draft.
June 14 -- UFA LW Jan Hlavac signed to a 1-year contract.
July 1 -- UFA RW Michel Ouellet signed to a 2-year contract.
July 2 -- UFA C/LW Craig MacDonald signed to a 1-year contract.
July 2 -- UFA LW Mathieu Darche signed to a 1-year contract.
July 3 -- UFA D Jay Leach signed to a 1-year contract.
July 3 -- UFA D David Schneider signed to a 1-year contract.
July 4 -- D Bryce Lampman acquired from the New York Rangers for Mitch Fritz.
July 6 -- UFA D Dan Jancevski signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
July 12 -- D Mike Lundin signed to a 2-year contract.
August 7 -- Absolute Hockey Enterprises, a group led by Doug MacLean, agrees to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning.
April 10 -- D Joe Rullier signed with Lukko Rauma (Finland).
May 24 -- Craig Ramsay, assistant coach, fired.
June 20 -- UFA W Eero Somervuori signed with Farjestad of SEL.
July 1 -- UFA D Cory Sarich signed with the Calgary Flames.
July 1 -- UFA C Eric Perrin signed with the Atlanta Thrashers.
July 4 -- W Mitch Fritz traded to the New York Rangers for Bryce Lampman.
July 4 -- UFA LW Ruslan Fedotenko signed with the New York Islanders.
July 13 -- UFA LW Eric Healey signed with the Colorado Avalanche.
August 7 -- UFA D Luke Richardson signed with the Ottawa Senators.
August 15 -- W Rob DiMaio takes head office job with the Dallas Stars.
September 7 -- UFA C Daniel Corso signed with the Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the Vysshaya League West (Russia).
May 9 -- Pending UFA C/W Jason Ward re-signed to a 2-year contract.
May 16 -- Pending UFA C/W Andreas Karlsson re-signed to a 1-year contract.
May 19 -- Pending UFA G Johan Holmqvist re-signed to a 1-year contract.
June 11 -- Pending RFA W Nick Tarnasky re-signed to a 3-year contract.
June 11 -- Pending UFA W Kyle Wanvig re-signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
June 21 -- Pending RFA D Shane O'Brien re-signed to a 2-year contract.
June 26 -- Pending UFA W Norm Milley re-signed to a 1-year contract.
July 4 -- RFA D Bryce Lampman signed his qualifying offer - a 1-year, 2-way contract.
July 6 -- RFA D Mike Egener re-signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
July 13 -- RFA D Paul Ranger re-signed to a 3-year contract.
July 24 -- RFA W Karl Stewart re-signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
July 25 -- UFA D Doug Janik re-signed to a 1-year, 2-way contract.
August 6 -- RFA W/C Ryan Craig awarded a 1-year contract by an arbitrator. Tampa Bay accepted the ruling.
RFA -- W Evgeni Artyukhin (signed tentative deal with Avangard Omsk of RSL on 5/2)
UFA -- C John Toffey
UFA -- W Adam Henrich (Invited to Flyers camp)
UFA, VI -- W Stephen Baby
UFA -- D Nolan Pratt (Later signed with Buffalo)
UFA -- D Brady Greco
UFA -- G Morgan Cey (Invited to Admirals camp)
Key: UFAâ€”Unrestricted Free Agent, RFAâ€”Restricted Free Agent (must be given qualifying offer to be retained)
This book contains a history of the Tampa Bay Lightning's player transactions in and out of the organization on a year-by-year basis. Recent history will be addressed first, with historical transactional archives being added as time and resources allow.