Three players drafted by the Lightning last month have been placed on protected lists for USHL clubs.
Sunday, July 1 was a USA Hockey roster cut down date and USHL teams, which had been carrying 30-man active rosters at the time, had to cut down to 25 players. USHL teams will be allowed to carry 25 players until the final reduction date of September 30 when they have to drop down to their 23-man active roster.
The Burlington Free Press is reporting Lightning right winger Martin St. Louis has been named part of the University of Vermont's 2007 Athletic Hall of Fame class. The ceremony will be held October 6.
Among the seven named were former Bolt Eric Perrin and Boston Bruin Tim Thomas.
St. Louis, Perrin and Thomas were the cornerstones of UVM's most successful men's hockey teams. They led the Catamounts to UVM's onle ECAC Division I regular season title and to the Frozen Four of the NCAA Division I tournament, where they lost a controversial double-overtime game to Colorado College.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Dan Jancevski to a one-year, two-way contract and have re-signed defenseman Mike Egener to a one-year, two-way contract, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.
Jancevski, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Windsor, Ontario, played in all 80 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2006-07 and helped them to the 2007 Calder Cup championship. He recorded seven goals (five power-play), 31 points, and a plus-22 rating during the regular season. He ranked first among defensemen and second on the team in plus/minus rating. He played in 22 games for the Bulldogs during their championship playoff run, ranking second on the team in scoring with three goals and 14 points. He also scored twice on the power play.
Sad news out of Johnstown, PA today as Jim Weber, operator of the Johnstown Chiefs franchise, announced today he is pulling out of his role as part-owner. Johnstown, which dissolved its relationship with the Lightning at the end of last season, has been in dangerous financial straits for the past few seasons as dwindling attendance coupled with an unfavorable concessions agreement with the small and aging Cambria County War Memorial Arena. Weber, who owns a 40% minority stake in the team, cited recent losses in his own personal financial fortune as the reason for his abrupt decision to pull out as operator.
A 50% stake in the team is held by former Rangers GM Neil Smith, who announced he intends to do everything in his power to keep the Chiefs in Johnstown. Still, it is looking more and more like Johnstown's 20th anniversary season may be its last.
The Lightning, who have already sold the small stake in the Chiefs they owned the past couple of years, have moved their affiliation to Mississippi of the ECHL which suspended operations for the past two seasons in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's effect on the Biloxi area.
According to the Halifax Daily News, the Lightning has extended a free agent tryout to Cape Breton Screaming Eagle Dean Ouellet. The 5-11, 172 pound Ouellet had 40 goals and 85 points in 70 games for Cape Breton last season as a 19 year old. He will turn 20 in early August, a month before he participates with Lightning prospects at the Traverse City, Michigan prospects tournament. Ouellet, a left winger, also had over 100 PIM last season before he scored 9 goals and 19 points in 16 playoff games.
"It's going to be a great experience," Ouellet told the newspaper. "I'm going to go there [Traverse City] and give it my best shot and see what happens."
The Bolts added former Rimouski Oceanic and Pittsburgh Penguin Michel Ouellet this week as an unrestricted free agent. They are not related.