Andreas Holmqvist has been selected to play for Team Sweden in the Tre Kronor tournament. Similar to the Euro Tour tournaments, the Tre Kronor is a two game exhibition set pitting Sweden against the best European club players from Slovakia and Switzerland. The tournament begins today with Sweden taking on Slovkia and conlcudes February 12th as the Swedes travel to Lugano to play the Swiss.
According to a Springfield Falcons press release, the Tampa Bay Lightning, after deciding that both Jonathan Boutin and Gerald Coleman have passed Brian Eklund on the goaltender depth chart, have traded Eklund to the Boston Bruins in his home state of Massachusetts. In return, the Lightning pick up former Atlanta third-rounder, winger Zdenek Blatny.
Blatny is in his fifth season of professional hockey and has spent time with both the Providence and Boston Bruins this season. In 35 games with Providence this season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Brno, Czech Republic, has recorded eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points. Blatny is currently ranked fifth on Providence in scoring this season and also ranked fifth on the team in plus/minus with a +6 rating.
Coming off a tough loss to Rouyn-Noranda in which the Huskies did the unthinkable, holding both Stan Lascek and Maxime Boisclair off the scoresheet, the Sagueneens were looking to rebound in a big way as they visited expansion St. John's Tuesday night. The Sags found themselves still in a fog, however, as St. John's took them through overtime and into a shootout to decide the game.
Lightning prospect Stan Lascek, who set up the Sags tying goal mid-way through the third period, scored on the first attempt of the shootout, and that goal stood up as Chicoutimi won the shootout after three rounds, 1-0. The 3-2 win over the Fog Devils moved Chicoutimi to 80 points, one ahead of Moncton, who lost in a shootout to Lewiston Tuesday. The win also kept them one point ahead of Quebec, who beat Shawinigan 4-3. Chicoutimi now stands at the top of the league table by themselves.