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Lightning Re-Sign Jason Ward

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is confirming the Lightning have re-signed Jason Ward to a two year deal on his blog. The contract is slated to pay Ward an average of $675,000 a year. Ward was acquired from the LA Kings at last year's trade deadline and quickly ascended to a scoring line job on Brad Richards' wing. In an ideal world, Ward would be a third liner, but given the Lightning's depth issues he could find himself back on Richards' line next season.

The Trib also reports contract negotiations may be at an impasse with formed 2001 3rd round pick Evgeny Artyukhin. Artyukhin has turned down a 1 year $475,000 offer from the Lightning and has reportedly signed a deal with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Superleague. According to Erlendsson, GM Jay Feaster has no plans to make a counteroffer to Artyukhin's agent Mark Gandler.

Rullier, We Hardly Knew Ye

Eurohockey.net is confirming that defenseman Joe Rullier has signed a contract to play with Lukko Rauma of the Finnish SM-liiga next season. Rullier was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks organization at the trade deadlime this season in exchange for defenseman Doug O'Brien. Rullier's departure leaves the Lightning in need of a veteran defenseman to anchor the blueline corps in Norfolk next season.

Word on the Street: Koshechkin

Word on the street is that despite the fact Vasily Koshechkin is under contract to Lada Togliatti through the 2007-2008 season, Togliatti may not be able to afford Vasily and he may be on his way to Tampa as a result. Recall, Togliatti traded half their team two seasons ago including Dimitri Kazionov during the December Euro Tour break because one of their main partners in ownership pulled out of the club. Apparently those financial problems haven't disappeared which is why Koshechkin coming to North America may be on the table a year earlier than was thought going into this season.

Lightning in Contract Talks with Mike Lundin

In a recent interview with his hometown newspaper in Burnsville, Minnesota, Lightning prospect and graduating University of Maine defenseman Mike Lundin states he is currently in contract talks with the Lightning. Lundin played in three Frozen Fours with Maine and had 19 points in 37 games this year with the Black Bears.

"I’ve been in touch with them a lot throughout the year, and now that the year is over, there has been some contract talk," Lundin told thisweek-online. "From what I’ve heard this can be a long process, so I’m just going to have to stay patient throughout the summer and hopefully I will be with the Tampa Bay organization next year."

Lundin Waiting to Sign

According to the Portland Press Herald, University of Maine senior defensman Mike Lundin does not plan to sign any potential professional contract until after the university's Spring classes are complete.

It was speculated that Lundin, an alternate captain for the Black Bears who had 6 goals and 13 assists for 19 points this year, may be signed and placed in Johnstown for the ECHL playoffs after his team was finished. There was a small window between Maine's loss to Michigan State and Johnstown's elimination loss last night when this could have happened.

Of interest: Maine's leading scorer (tied), Mike Laveille, a 5'9", 180 pound playmaking center, is expected to sign an Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Toronto Maple Leafs' affiliate, the Toronto Marlies this week. Laveille tied for the club lead in scoring with senior forward Josh Soares, who has signed on with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL (St. Louis Blues affiliate).

Falcons Sign Gaudet to ATO

The Springfield Falcons have announced the signing of forward Christian Gaudet out of Moncton of the QMJHL. Gaudet, a 6'1" 191 lbs. center, had 16 goals and 38 points in 63 games this season with the Wildcats. In four years of junior hockey the 20 year old has amassed 42 goals and 110 points in 258 games. His career year came in 2005-2006 when he scored 17 goals and 48 points in 70 games with Moncton.

Vladimir Mihalik signed to 3 year deal

Just saw this headline on Yahoo's ticker..

Lightning sign 2005 first-round pick Mihalik

Financial terms not disclosed yet.

Falcons Sign Micflikier to ATO

The Springfield Falcons today have announced the signing of left wing Jacob Micflikier to an amateur tryout contract. Mcflikier, 22, spent the past four seasons with New Hampshire of the Hockey East conference. While with the Wildcats, he earned a reputation as one of the team's best scorers with his career year of 20 goals and 44 points in 42 games set in his sophomore season. As a junior, Micflikier led his team in scoring with 16 goals and 42 points in 37 games. As a senior this year, the 5'8" 180 lbs. forward had 11 goals and 38 points in 35 games. Prior to attending New Hampshire, Micflikier starred for two seasons for Sioux Falls in the USHL compiling 55 goals and 111 points in 120 games. As a young rookie to junior in 2001-2002, Micflikier played with Buffalo's Thomas Vanek and current Johnstown Chief Eric Przepiorka.

Falcons Sign Defenseman Fletcher to ATO

The Springfield Falcons have announced they have signed defenseman Justin Fletcher to an amateur tryout agreement. Fletcher, who will turn 24 this week, is a 5'11" 202 lbs. blueliner out of St. Cloud State in the WCHA. As a member of the Huskies, Fletcher led all St. Cloud defensemen in scoring during his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns. This year, Fletcher had 5 goals and 23 points in 37 games, one year removed from his career season of 6 goals and 27 points in 40 games as a junior. Prior to his NCAA career, Fletcher spent three seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL scoring 12 goals and 43 points in 60 games in his final year of junior.

The Illinois native made his Falcons debut tonight against Manchester playing on the top pairing with Mike Egener. Fletcher was -1 with 1 shot on goal in the game.

Falcons sign Dusty Collins to ATO

According to the Springfield Falcons website, Center Dusty Collins has been signed to a standard Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Falcons. Collins just finished his senior season at Northern Michigan. In his four years at Northern he scored 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 137 games. He also registered 135 PIM.

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