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Rumor Squashed: Lightning Not Pursuing Anton But

It turns out the rumor of Anton But potentially coming to Tampa Bay was just that - a rumor. Bolt Prospects has learned that the Lightning are not actively pursuing But. In fact, Tampa Bay Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster stated, "The last time [the Lightning's] Russian scout spoke with him, [But] wasn't overly keen on coming over to play in North America." The Lightning will lose But's rights next summer should the Russian Federation ratify the IIHF-NHL transfer agreement. With a scoring line spot open in Tampa and But's release from Yaroslavl, it would have seemed like the perfect time to bring over the scoring winger. However, "at this point in time," that does not appear to be the case.

Jaspers to Germany

Eurohockey.net is reporting center Jason Jaspers has signed with German DEL club Adler Mannheim. Jaspers, who was under a Lightning contract last season, was the Falcons' second leading scorer for the 2005-2006 season.

Packard Signed By Boston

Dennis Packard, the Harvard University product who was not re-signed by the Lightning this summer, signed with the Boston Bruins yesterday, according to USA Today.

Vesce Lands in Ottawa

Ryan Vesce, an All-Star with Springfield in his rookie season last year, has signed an NHL contract with the Ottawa Senators, according to theAHL.com. Vesce led the Falcons in assists (49) and points (67) in his first season of North American pro hockey. He played one year in Sweden after completing his collegiate career with Cornell. Vesce is likely slated for Binghampton of the AHL, but not has the opportunity for NHL duty if needed.

Big Time Rumor: Anton But to Tampa Bay

Russianprospects.com [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/index.php]is speculating that Anton But may be close to signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.[/url] The rumor comes on the heels of But's release from his long-time club Yarolslavl where he won two championships and was a perennial Superleague All-Star. A potential deal might require the Lightning to move a player off their 50-man roster to accomodate But. Because he is not under contract at present he would be free of any potential entanglements due to the lack of an IIHF transfer agreement with Russia.
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