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NMU Coach: NHL Contract Could be in the Cards for Collins

Today, the [i]Arizona Republic[/i] published an article stating the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, Arizona, would finally be getting an ice rink. According to Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dusty Collins, Gilbert's favorite son, it's coming just a little too late as Collins was in town to prepare for this week's Lightning Prospect Camp but had trouble finding ice on which to practice. While the fact that Gilbert, Arizona may be getting an ice rink affects little to no one among Lightning prospect followers, the fact that the article sheds some light on Collins' future should. Collins, a 6-3 center for Northern Michigan University (NMU), was a surprise fifth round pick of the Lightning in 2004 because of his work ethic -- a prioritized ingredient for choosing who does and does not receive a contract offer for Tampa Bay.

Bolts Sign Sarich, Avoid Arbitration

Tampabaylightning.com is reporting the Lightning have re-signed defenseman Cory Sarich to a one-year, $1.9 million contract. The deal allows the Lightning and Sarich to avoid a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for July 31. Tampa Bay General Manager Jay Feaster stated in the official press release that Sarich left some money on the table in order to fit into the team's stretched financial structure. Sarich, 27, a 6-foot-3, 204-pound native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan played in all 82 games for the third consecutive season in 2005-06, recording a goal, 14 assists and 79 penalty minutes. In 2003-04 he was one of three defensemen to appear in all 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Lightning.

Day 2 Prospect Camp Line-ups

White Team 3 - Black Team 1 Black Team Smolenak - Lawrence - Kvapil Boisclair - Desharnais - Baker Croxton - Borrelli - Robinson Griffith - Imbeault - Gibbons Rosehill - Atherton Egener - D'Aversa Quick Ramo 1st Pearce 2nd White Team Lascek - Jones - Keller Hrdel - Ouellette - Bubnick Collins - Ray - Czuy Fuller - Woolger - Wheat Lundin - Barthel Mihalik - Grover Smaby Disher 1st Beech 2nd Not Dressed: Rogers Bartanus Greco Deck Scoring Summary: 1. White - Fuller - Woolger vs Ramo 2. Black - Griffith (Unassisted) vs Disher

Erik Erlendsson Blogs Prospect Camp

Echoing many of the sentiments of Bolt Prospects blog writers today, Erik Erlendsson of the Trib [url=http://sports.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]has posted some of his comments on the first day of prospect camp.[/url] In general, there were some very positive notes made by Erik today:

Day 1 Prospect Camp Scoring summary

Add Kevin Croxton to the Black roster he rotated the bottom 2 lines. Mark Tobin was not there/nor listed on the Lightning issued roster. Brady Greco listed on Lightning roster, was not dressed. Black scored the 1st 4 White got 1 late 1. Croxton (unassisted) Mihalik skipped a too hard - too bouncy pass across Grover's stick. Croxton picked it up at the blue line and took it in on Beech who stayed deep in his net. 2. Boisclair, Desharnais primary, ??? Basically 2-on-0 down low following a turnover vs Disher. 3. Kvapil, Robinson, ??? Nice finish in close vs. Disher. Robinson passed it in from the opposite circle.
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