The signing comes as a surprising and unexpected move by Tampa as Helenius missed most of last season with a shoulder injury. It has been speculated that Helenius may be coming to North America this fall to play in Canadian juniors, and that signing him a year early will mitigate signing risks next summer in the event he has a breakout season.
By signing Lawrence, Tampa avoided losing his rights as he would have been eligible to re-enter the 2007 NHL Entry Draft on June 1 had he not come to terms with the Lightning.
UPDATE: (May 30) In the Russian newspaper, "Soviet Sport," another version of why Koshechkin's contract with the Lightning is unsigned was published.
It is rumored that Koshechkin wants to test himself at the training camp and sign the contract only after the camp if he will see by the results of the camp "enough possibilities for the career growth." As it was reported he wants to go to the camp without a contract with any team and after the camp he plans to sign a contract with Tampa or CSKA.
Anyway, those reports, no matter what is the truth if there is a truth in both newspaper notes, say that Koshechkin plans to try himself at least at the Lightning camp.
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Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting the Lightning have re-signed goaltender Johan Holmqvist to a 1 year deal. The contract is reported to be worth $1 million dollars and will offer Holmqvist the opportunity to prove himself as a #1 netminder in the NHL with the potential of a greater payoff next summer if he does.
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