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Reminder: QMJHL Trade Deadline is Sunday

Mark Tobin is still a member of the Rimouski Oceanic, for now. However, the expectation is that he will be dealt by the Oceanic who are looking to get younger in a rebuilding year post-Crosby and looking to get a return for a player who could be signed by the Lightning and playing pro hockey next season. The QMJHL trade deadline is Sunday, so don't be surprised if Tobin, who leads the league in hits with 155 in 39 games to go with his 16 goals, is moved.

Game Night 1/6: Royals at Chiefs

The Chiefs were game even without Rowe and Kelly, but Reading got the timely goal. REA-4 JHN-3 Jonathan Boutin allowed 4 goals on just 25 shots faced to take the loss. Point blank: he got outplayed by Fukufuji. It's imperative Jonathan keep his level of play consistent if he wants to challenge Eklund and/or Coleman for an AHL job. Gerard Dicaire and Brandon Elliot had assists for the Chiefs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2658]ECHL.com.[/url]

Glukhov Scores First Goal of the Season

Alexei Glukhov, who has been in a slump since an influx of several players from Lada Togliatti joined Khimik MO and thus took his ice time, scored his first goal of the season today in a 2-1 overtime win against Molot Perm. Glukhov now has 11 points in 33 games this season. Also, Togliatti's struggles continued as they fell 2-0 to Severstal Cherepovets. Vasily Koshechkin slipped to 14-8-3 on the season with the loss.

European Champions Cup: Day One

Yesterday, in their opening match of the 2006 European Champions Cup, Moscow Dynamo defeated Slovakian club HC Slovan 3-1. Lightning prospect Albert Vishnyakov scored the game's opening goal in the match. Fellow prospect Dimitry Kazionov is also participating in the tournament.

Game Night 1/5: Lightning at Sabres

One step forward, two steps back... TB-1 BUF-3 Ryan Craig returned from injury and helped set up the lone Lightning goal with a strong forecheck to register the first assist of his NHL career. Craig played 16:48 and was +1. Paul Ranger was -1 in 15:37 of ice time with one shot on goal. He showed surprising strength on a second period hit on power forward Daniel Paille as his physical game continues to evolve. Evgeny Artyukhin played 8:12 with 1 shot on goal and the seemingly obligatory goaltender interference minor. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020597.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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