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Linkopings Opens Season With Victory

Fredrik Norrena stopped 32 of 34 shots today as Linkopings defeated Lulea 3-2 in its Elitserien opener. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist played sparingly for the club on its fourth defensive pairing. He did not register a point.

Lascek Named QMJHL Offensive Player of the Week

Chicoutimi Sagueneens right winger and 2005 Lightning fifth round pick Stanislav Lascek was named [url=http://www.lhjmq.qc.ca/lang_en/index.php?page=232&id_nouvelle=801] QMJHL Offensive Player of the Week [/url] yesterday by the league. Lascek scored four goals while assisting on five others for a total of nine points in four games over the past week. Saturday, he scored a natural hattrick against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, which included a short-handed goal. Furthermore, while playing on a line with Sabres first rounder Marek Zagrapan, he scored one goal and one assist to help Chicoutimi defeat the Quebec Remparts 4-0 at the Georges-Vézina Center.

Rogers to Take Less??

Cristodero [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/27/Lightning/Lightning_ponders_19_.shtml]reports in today's Times Andy Rogers may be willing to settle for 600K per on his rookie contract in order to stay with the Lightning this year.[/url] If Rogers were to be sent back to junior he would only receive a couple hundred dollars stipend for meals. "Taking less" in this case involves making $5,487.80 a game. No one will ever accuse young Mr. Rogers of being dumb.

Cristodero: The Real Showdown Is On Defense

In today's St. Pete Times, Damian Cristodero [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/26/Lightning/Defensemen_in_fight_f.shtml]writes Evgeny Artyukhin's place on the Lightning's roster is short lived[/url] and that the final battle is a showdown between Andy Rogers and Timo Helbling for the final defenseman spot in Tampa. Crisdotero goes on to mention Rogers' need for a contract if he is to be retained in Tampa.

Not So Fast

After making nine cuts after last nights exhibition game against the Buffalo Sabres, GM Jay Feaster [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBX1LW62EE.html]reiterates that the Lightning will only carry 20 players on its opening night roster.[/url] The statement comes a day after Head Coach John Tortorella teased the team may carry an extra defenseman and, thus, 21 players into the regular season. Make up your mind guys.
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