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Erlendsson: Janik Makes the Team, Delmore on Waivers?

[url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]On his blog, Erik Erlendsson speculates[/url] that Doug Janik will make the Lightning's opening night roster and that Andy Delmore may have possibly been put through waivers today with a view toward reassigning him to Springfield. He goes on to say that [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby's[/url] positive impression in camp may have vaulted him to the head of the line among potential callups.

Preseason Game Night 9/28: Red Wings at Lightning

I've come to the conclusion it's going to be very difficult for the Lightning to cut Doug Janik. DET-4 TB-1 Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Prospect Jiri Hudler scored a hat trick for Detroit in the game. Tim Taylor scored the lone Lightning goals on assists by [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url]. Game sheet on [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS010080.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik played 21:39 and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 hit. Janik has played about 20 minutes a night throughout the preseason and played well at both ends of the ice. At this point Janik appears to be a more than credible challenge for the team's 7th defenseman spot and with the power play, with the exception of tonight's game, clicking without Andy Delmore it may be Janik stepping into the void left by [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger's[/url] injury to start the year. Eric Perrin was -2 in 17:08 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot and was 50% on draws. Milley played just 6:59 on the fourth line and was +1 with 1 shot. Defenseman [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] was -1 in 10:58 with 1 hit. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] was +1 in 6:43.

Thursday's Superleague Scores

Cherepovets rose up today and smacked Dynamo 7-3 with Lightning prospect Alexei Glukhov tallying an assist for Severstal. In the losing effort, Albert Vishnyakov had a goal and an assist for Dynamo. Vishnyakov now has 3 goals and 4 points in 5 games, good for second in scoring among all Lightning Russian prospects. The leader, however, is battle tested overage prospect Anton But who had an assist today in St. Petersburg's 5-2 victory over Tver. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless for Tver in the match.

Helenius Watch: 9/28

And the waiting continues... Tukka Rask stopped 21 of 24 shots faced as Ilves' SM-liiga side defeated Blues 4-3. Rask has started every game of the season thus far ahead of Lightning prospect [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url].

Tortorella: Perrin, Janik have Secured Roster Spots

WDAE radio in Tampa is reporting Eric Perrin has made the Lightning's opening day roster. "The sonofabitch has made the team," said Lightning Head Coach Tortorella, using the term as affectionaly as it can be used to describe Perrin. In fact, Tortorella told the press that for tonight's game, Perrin, thought to be a candidate for no better than the third forward line, will be placed with Vincent Lecavalier and Vinny Prospal against Detroit. ALSO: In Erik Erlendsson’s Blog on the Trib site, he says that Doug Janik has also earned a roster spot and Andy Delmore could be put through waivers. Erlendsson also speculates that first-year pro Matt Smaby may have passed Delmore on the depth chart.
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