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Finding Karri Akkanen

Lightning center prospect Karri Akkanen [url=http://193.229.88.86/cgi-bin/06_kausi/jaakiekko/rt_team_roster.pl?LID=17&GID=148&TID=185857083&LANG=FI&TYPE=8&TIG=82&BIND=0]has turned up with HCM of the Finnish Suomi-Sarja Eastern Division.[/url] The Suomi-Sarja is Finland's third tier league behind the SM-liiga and the Mestis. A dated, but adequate, explanation of the Suomi-Sarja [url=http://www.eurohockey.net/leagues/national/fi/suomisarja/home.shtml]can be found at Eurohockey.net.[/url] Akkanen had an assist and 2 PIMs in his first game in the league, a 5-4 loss to VG-62 on Saturday.

Weekend Swiss Hockey Update

Eero Somervuori notched an assist Friday in Ambri-Piotta's 4-1 win over Kloten. Eric Perrin recorded two assists in Bern's 4-1 win over SCL Tigers on Friday. His SC Bern club mow sits in first on the NLA table. Shane Willis had 3 assists Friday in Davos' 4-1 win over Lugano. He notched another helper in the team's 5-4 loss to EV Zug. Shane Willis, 5GP, 0-6-6 Eero Somervuori, 6GP, 1-4-5 Eric Perrin, 6GP, 0-5-5

Lightning Possibly to Carry Seven Defensemen?

In the morning write up of the Lightning's victory over the Panthers, Erik Erlendssson [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBMB1AS0EE.html]writes that John Tortorella is now seriously considering carrying seven defensemen on the roster.[/url] Tortorella also indicates the decision may hinge on what is available on the waiver wire. The remaining young defensemen in camp, Timo Helbling, Doug O'Brien and Andy Rogers, are expected to suit up again tonight for the game against the Buffalo Sabres. Rogers, an unsigned former first round draft pick, would need a contract to begin the year in Tampa. By rule, he could still be sent back to junior after playing up to 10 NHL games. The team's final cuts will occur on Monday, which also is the day the Springfield Falcons' camp will open.

Game Night 9/24: Panthers at Lightning (Exhibition)

TB-5 FLA-0 (Final) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Tampa Bay- Cibak, (Kubina) 2. Tampa Bay- Kubina, (Modin, Prospal) (PP) [b]2nd Period[/b] 3. Tampa Bay- Andreychuk, (Dingman, Taylor) 4. Tampa Bay- Afanasenkov, (Prospal, Lecavalier) [b]3rd Period[/b] 5. Tampa Bay- Cibak, ([i]Craig[/i], Boyle) WIN- Sean Burke, 26/26 (2/3) SO-Burke [b]Shootout[/b] TB-0 FLA-1 1. Richards (0) 2. Lecavalier (0) 3. St. Louis (0)

Fritz Recalled, Forward Prospects Likely To Miss Second Cut

[url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBSKIR9ZDE.html]Erik Erlendsson of the Trib is reporting LW Mitch Fritz has been recalled with a view towards the Buffalo Sabres exhibition game this weekend.[/url] Several of Buffalo's players have been attempting to brawl their way into NHL roster spots and GM Jay Feaster has concluded Fritz needs to be available if the trend continues.
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