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Lightning Reduce Training Camp Roster by Four

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their training camp roster by four today, assigning forwards Chris Durno and Johan Harju, as well as goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League and releasing forward Eric Perrin from his tryout, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

(BP Note: With this latest news, it's apparent prospect Dana Tyrell has made the Lightning roster for opening night. Congratulations, Dana!)

NHL Preseason Game Night: 10/2/10 Panthers at Lightning

A business-like rout of an inferior team at home. Nice.

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Mike Smith allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots. I feel like after two strong starts that Smitty has won the opening night starting job.

First Period
FLA 13:51, Santorelli 1 (Weaver, Allen)

Second Period
TB 4:32, Lecavalier 1 (PP) (St. Louis)
TB 7:22, Stamkos 1 (Downie, St. Louis)
TB 9:20, Stamkos 2 (PP) (Lecavalier, Kubina)

Third Period
TB 7:44, Bergenheim 1 (Perrin, Vernace)

Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, and Vincent Lecavalier were the game's three stars. All is right with the universe. The Lightning outshot the Panthers 40-21 in the victory.

Johan Harju was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 11:14.

Dana Tyrell had 2 shots and 2 hits in 13:39.

Michael Vernace had an assist and was +1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 15:12.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 10/1/10 Lightning at Panthers

Mike Lundin, the secret weapon.

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Mike Smith stopped 29 of 30 shots for the win. Holy goaltending, Lightning fans! That's more like it.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
TB 8:24, Gagne 1 (Lecavalier, Malone)

Third Period
FLA 14:35, Garrison 1 (Weiss, Allen)

Overtime
TB 3:21, Lundin 1 (St. Louis, Gagne)

Mike Lundin was named the game's first star. The Lightning outshot the Panthers 42-30 in the game. That's the way things ought to be.

Johan Harju had 1 blocked shot in 11:03.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/23/10 Lightning at Oilers

Yeah, we at BoltProspects always liked Magnus Paajarvi in his draft year.

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Dan Ellis allowed 5 goals on 21 shots for the loss. Ugly stat line.

First Period
TB 4:33, Jones 1 (Purcell, Persson)
EDM 15:09, Paajarvi 1 (Belle, Plante)
EDM 18:34, Cogliano 1 (PP) (Foster, Paajarvi)

Second Period
EDM 6:50, Paajarvi 2 (PP) (Penner, Plante)

Third Period
EDM 7:57, Hall 1 (PP) (unassisted)
EDM 9:52, Paajarvi 3 (SH) (Foster)
TB 17:19, Ashton 1 (PP) (Wright, Clark)

Not an entirely surprising outcome, I suppose, considering Edmonton had most of its regular skaters going against the Lightning's lower liners, AHLers, and prospects. The only thing really concerning is to allow 5 goals on 21 shots in that scenario. Still, I wouldn't read much into tonight unless they get blown out in Calgary against the Fighting Feasters on Saturday with most of the regulars in.

Carter Ashton had 1 goal and was +1 with 1 shot and a slashing minor in 13:26. I'm of the opinion it would behoove the Lightning to, at the very least, use the 9 game tryout on Ashton. If he can stick on the team and develop over the course of the year, he could give the Lightning a lot of roster flexibility in February.

Brett Connolly was even with 1 shot in 12:13. I think he'll get a contract and then be ushered away to Prince George fairly soon.

Radko Gudas was even with 1 shot in 13:51. I doubt he makes it past the first round of cuts. He needs to get stronger and he needs some seasoning in Norfolk.

Johan Harju was -1 with 1 shot in 13:20. He got more ice time than the 9:30 Linus Omark got for the Oilers. I expect him to be on the bubble another week.

Blair Jones was -1 in 12:53. He could not duplicate what he did against the Hawks, which is the story of Blair's pro career. Probably on the bubble another week.

Vladimir Mihalik was -1 with 1 shot and a hooking minor in 16:43. He might survive the first round of cuts, but I doubt he survives the second.

Niklas Persson had 1 assist and was +1 with 2 shots in 16:09. Niklas seems to be on track to make the team. In fact, he might be the first of the bubble guys to move into the safe column.

Dana Tyrell was even with 2 shots in 14:02. He'll stay on the bubble another week, I think.

Michael Vernace was -1 with 1 shot in 22:02. He got a ton of ice time given Boucher's familiarity with him, but he was awful, by all accounts.

Box score from Yahoo! Sports.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/21/10 Lightning at Stars

So far so good.

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Dan Ellis stopped 17 of 19 shots for the win.

First Period
TB 4:44, Hall 1 (Tyrell, Thompson)

Second Period
TB 6:31, Moore 1 (Malone, Jackson)

Third Period
DAL 1:19, Gagnon 1 (Vincour, Sutherby)
TB 3:39, Hall 2 (Tyrell, Jackson)
DAL 7:17, Larsen 1 (Vincour, Gagnon)
TB 10:55, Ohlund 1 (Purcell, Harju)

Adam Hall and Dana Tyrell were the game's first and third stars, respectively.

Nicklas Persson was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:35.

Johan Harju had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 15:24.

Tyrell had 2 assists and was +2 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:04.

Michael Vernace was even with 2 hits in 24:41.

Scott Jackson had 2 assists and was +2 with 2 hits and a fighting major in 16:27.

Richard Panik was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 15:27.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Panik Rings Up A Deuce On Saturday

Richard Panik notched two goals leading Team White in a 6-2 victory over Team Black in Saturday's Training Camp scrimmage. It was an impressive outing for the 2009 2nd round pick, who came to training camp still without a entry-level contract and questions whether his 2010-11 destination is Belleville or Norfolk. Swedish free agent acquisition Niklas Persson also made quite an impression tallying two goals of his own for Team White. James Wright scored a goal and added an assist, building upon his team leading efforts at the recent Traverse City prospects tournament. 2007 draft pick Johan Harju added two assists for White, while first rounders Carter Ashton, Vladimir Mihalik and Brett Connolly also assisted on goals.

Prospects Dustin Tokarski and Jaroslav Janus split 20 minutes each in net for Team White. Janus stopped a perfect 5 shots in light duty, while Tokarski turned away 17 of 19 shots.

Will Leblanc's Situation Affect Alex Killorn?

Rumors have been swirling all week that Montreal first round draft pick Louis Leblanc may have already decided to leave Harvard University after one season with the Crimson. Montreal writer Pat Hickey penned a story for the Montreal Gazette on Wednesday claiming the speedy forward might be weighing whether to go to the QMJHL or sign with the Canadiens and play in the AHL for Hamilton. Compounding the intrigue was that Leblanc, whose junior rights were held by Chicoutimi, apparently had a preference to play for the Montreal Juniors in the QMJHL so he could also attend classes at McGill University to continue his education.

Today, at the tail end of the QMJHL Midget Draft, Chicoutimi traded Leblanc's rights to the Montreal Juniors, along with a 3rd round pick, for Guillaume Asselin and a 2011 first round pick. That will only serve to intensify speculation that Leblanc may leave Harvard. If Leblanc leaves, he will add to a list of players not returning to the Crimson that already included graduating seniors Doug Rogers, Chad Morin, Alex Biega, Jack Christian, and Ian Tallett. While only Rogers, Morin, and Biega were serious contributors to Harvard last season, it's important to bear in mind the club has only won 9 games each of the past two seasons. Losing those players and their leading scorer, Leblanc, may be a death sentence for Ted Donato's club next season.

All that begs the question: what about Alex Killorn? Killorn, a 2007 3rd round pick of the Lightning, has been routinely singled out over the past couple of seasons as being one of the team's best young talents in prospect camps but has failed to garner much publicity playing for a sinking Harvard club. If Leblanc leaves, can the Lightning allow one of their ten best prospects to languish through another potential single-digits win season at Harvard? Would it be better for his development to sign Killorn and have him begin his pro career with Norfolk of the AHL? Expect new GM Steve Yzerman to seriously contemplate that option if Killorn impresses him as much at this summer's prospect camp as he has other Hockey Operations people with the Lightning in previous camps.

If Killorn were to be signed, he'd join fellow signees Johan Harju and Mark Barberio from an already strong class of incoming pros. The team could also still sign 2009 2nd round pick Richard Panik, who just completed his first World Championships appearance for Slovakia.

Hat tip to our Chad Schnarr, who has been following this situation closely on BoltProspects' Twitter feed.

World Championships Game Day: 5-23-10

Gold Medal Match
Russia 1 @ Czech Republic 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%

Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves and held Russia scoreless until a late empty-net goal by Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk as the Czech Republic stunned Russia 2-1 to win World Championships gold. Russian starter Semyon Varlamov had 23 saves in the loss. Russia gets the silver medal. The Lightning must now decide if they want to pursue the services of goaltender Vasily Koshechkin, who was 3-0-0 in the tournament for the Russians.

Bronze Medal Match
Sweden 3 @ Germany 1
Victor Hedman, Sweden, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, +5, 6 PIM

Johan Harju, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 9 GP, 4-1-5, -1, 4 PIM

Oilers 1st round pick Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson scored his 5th goal of the World Championships and the Leafs' Jonas Gustavsson made 20 saves as Sweden defeated home country Germany 3-1 to secure the bronze medal. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman played 14:28 in the match and took a roughing minor late in the third period. Lightning prospect forward Johan Harju played 17:15, but was on the ice for Germany's lone goal by Alexander Barta. Both Harju and Hedman, obviously, are under contract to the Lightning and will be coming to training camp for the club in the Fall.

World Championships Game Day: 5-22-10

Semifinals
Sweden 2 @ Czech Republic 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Sweden, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Tournament totals: 8 GP, 4-1-5, E, 4 PIM

Victor Hedman, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 8 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM

Karel Rachunek scored a goal with 8 second left in regulation to force overtime and Jan Marek scored the winning goal in the shootout to propel the Czech Republic to the World Championships finals over Sweden. Lightning prospect forward Johan Harju had Sweden's opening goal, a power play marker, and led Sweden with 8 shots on goal in 20:02 of ice time, the second highest ice time total of any Swedish forward. Unfortunately, Harju was on the ice for Rachunek's tying goal, which is the lone blemish in an otherwise outstanding game for the big power forward. Harju's goal was his 4th of the World Championships, which actually ties his goal scoring total of the entire regular season for Dynamo Moscow in the KHL. For Harju, who before this tournament was last seen leaving the ice injured in the second-to-last game of a disappointing first round playoff exit for Dynamo, this World Championships has reasserted the big forward's pedigree as a poor-man's Johan Franzen. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman played 20:25 in the match and was on the ice for a Czech goal by Tomas Mojzis. Sweden will play home country Germany in the bronze medal game tomorrow.

Russia 2 @ Germany 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 26/27, 1.00 GAA, .963 sv%
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%

Russian coach Slava Bykov went with Lightning prospect goaltender Vasily Koshechkin in their semifinal match against home country Germany, and the 6'6" netminder did not disappoint as he remained unbeaten and untied in the tournament making 26 saves on 27 shots faced for the win. Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk scored the winning goal for the Russians with just 1:50 left in regulation to punch their ticket for the gold medal game against the Czech Republic. It will be interesting to see if the Lightning make any moves to sign Koshechkin at the end of the tournament, which will come to a close tomorrow. Ex-GM Brian Lawton reportedly had serious interest in bringing in the 2002 8th round pick next season.

World Championships Game Day: 5-20-10

Quarterfinals
Sweden 4 @ Denmark 2
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 3-1-4, +1, 4 PIM

Victor Hedman, Sweden, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, +5, 4 PIM

Lightning forward prospect Johan Harju assisted on a goal by longtime linemate Linus Omark in support of Sweden's 4-2 Quarterfinals win over Denmark. Harju played 18:15 in the match and also took a minor for tripping. Lightning blueliner Victor Hedman played 15:00 in the match for the Swedes. He took a minor for slashing in the game. Sweden advances to play the Czech Republic in the semifinals.

Russia 5 @ Canada 2
Steven Stamkos, Canada, 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, E, 10 PIM

Steve Downie, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 18 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 2-0-2, +2, 28 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%

Russia got a pair of goals by Evgeni Malkin and 3 assists from Ilya Kovalchuk as they stomped Canada 5-2. Lightning star Steven Stamkos played 14:53 in the match and took minors for boarding and hooking. Fellow Lightning forward Steve Downie played 10:47 and took minors for boarding and roughing before a chippy third period when he took minors for roughing, slashing, and a 10 minute misconduct for an altercation with Sergei Fedorov. Russia advances to play home country Germany in the semifinals. Canada's tournament is now over.

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