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Tale of the Tape: Mihalik Bigger than Advertised

Lightning first round pick Vladimir Mihalik frequently gets compared to fellow Slovakian defenseman Zdeno Chara. A Norris Trophy candidate with the Ottawa Senators the last time NHL hockey was played, Chara measures in at 6-feet, 9 inches, and 260 pounds. When Mihalik was measured before being chosen by Red Deer in the first round of the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, he stood at 6-feet, 7 inches, and 220 pounds. The Lightning listed the same size for Mihalik when they chose him 30th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. However, when he arrived in Red Deer for training camp this week, Mihalik's exact measurements were 6-feet, 8 and 1/2 inches, and 234 pounds. Mihalik is now the tallest player in the Lightning organization, surpassing the 6-foot, 8 inch Mitch Fritz and 6-foot, 7 inch Arthur Femenella.

Anton But to Start on Second Line in First Leg of Euro Tour

Head coach Vladimir Krikunov has revealed his team at the Ceske Pojistovna tournament will feature a second line [url=http://www.rushockey.com/events.php?i=sl&stream=sl_interviews&id=294]comprised entirely of Yaroslavl forwards including Lightning prospect Anton But.[/url] In an interview with Sports Express Krikunov revealed plans to keep the chemistry developed between players in the Superleague in tact by featuring three lines with each comprised entirely of players from the Moscow Dynamo, Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. But's linemates will be Washington Capitals prospect Ivan Nepriayev and Columbus Blue Jackets property Ivan Tkachenko. The tournament begins today, September 1st, with Czech Republic squaring off with Finland and Russia playing Sweden.

Lightning Sign Tiley

The Tampa Bay Lightning in conjunction with the Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2741.shtml]have signed 34 year old veteran defenseman Brad Tiley.[/url]

Darby to Return to Springfield

Veteran C Craig Darby confirmed he will be returning to the Springfield Falcons this season in [url=http://www.syracuse.com/crunch/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/112539132043610.xml&coll=1&thispage=1]a story published by the Syracuse Post-Standard.[/url] The 32 year old veteran laments the new CBA's impact on veteran AHLers who now are waiver elligible if they make more than $75,000 in the minors. The provision has already forced veteran AHLers Eric Perrin and Shane Willis to Europe.

IIHF Approves Transfer of Bartanus to Owen Sound

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According to the Owen Sound Attack [url=http://www.attackhockey.com/news_detail.asp?varID=439/]web site[/url], 2005 Tampa Bay Lightning fourth round pick Marek Bartanus will officially play in the Ontario Hockey League this upcoming season. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) approved Bartanus' transfer card, enabling the Slovakian forward to take his game to North America. Attackhockey.com reported that several prospects' transfer cards were not approved by the IIHF this summer.
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