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KHL Game Day: 8-28-15

Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 5
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 2-1-3, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 2 PIM

The Goose is loose! Nikita Gusev notched the Third Period, game winning goal and had a power play helper on the insurance marker in Yugra's 5-3 win over Traktor Chelyabinsk. The young forward also had a Second Period tally in the match and a minor for holding in 13:34 of ice time in his club's first win of the new regular season.

Tammela Staying Home

(Peterborough Examiner) Peterborough Petes rolled the dice at the CHL Import Draft and came up snake eyes.

Jonne Tammela, the Petes' lone pick, 15th overall in the July draft of European players, has opted to remain in Finland and play with his local pro team. Tammela was a fourth-round pick of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning in June.

Petes GM Mike Oke met with Tammela at the Lightning's development camp in July to educate him about the Petes. In early August Tammela's adviser informed the Petes he was staying home.

“From speaking with his advisor they've left the door open,” said Oke. “We'll continue to stay in touch with him and monitor his progress. They are open to us continuing to have dialogue and we'll see what the future holds. If circumstances change, Peterborough remains a viable option.

For the rest of this story, see the Peterborough Examiner.

KHL Game Day: 8-27-15

Omsk 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 4 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 23/26, 2.77 GAA, .885 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 1.92 GAA, .917 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin turned away all three shooters he faced in the penalty shot session to lift Magnitka to a 4-3 shootout win over Omsk. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win.

Jokerit 5 vs. Novgorod 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius stopped 20 shots as Jokerit steamrolled Novgorod 5-1. Carter Ashton had a minor for hooking in 16:13 in defeat. There's still no word as of yet on what Jokerit will do with forward Saku Salminen.

KHL Game Day: 8-26-15

Nizhnekamsk 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a third period power play helper to help Yugra tie their opener with Nizhnekamsk 1-1. But, under 4 minutes later, Evgeny Griogorenko had his second goal of the game to lift Nizhnekamsk to the 2-1 win. Gusev played 19:45 in the match.

KHL Game Day: 8-25-15

Novgorod 3 vs. Yaroslavl 2 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 20:44 of ice time and unsuccessful in his lone shootout attempt in Novgorod's 3-2 win over Yaroslavl. Ex-NHLer Alexander Frolov had the shootout winner for Novgorod.

Astana 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%

Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had the game winning goal and added an assist in Magnitogorsk's 2-1 win over Astana.

Elsewhere in the KHL, Jokerit defeated Cherepovets 3-2 in their opening match of the season. Jokerit property Saku Salminen was cut from the team's KHL roster toward the end of preseason and it is yet to be determined where he will play this season. Last season, Jokerit loaned Salminen to SM-liiga side HPK for the 2014-2015 campaign. The Finnish league's regular season is slated to begin on 9-11-15.

Tampa Bay Announces Prospect Tournament Roster

(Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced the 23-man roster that will represent the team at the 2015 Prospect Tournament, which the Lightning are hosting for the first time in franchise history, at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida from September 12-15. The Lightning team is also expected to practice at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum on September 10 and 11 before heading to Estero. Practice times are TBA.

Lightning Looking for New ECHL Affiliate

The Lightning are in search of a new ECHL affiliate this week after the club was forced to cut ties with the Florida Everblades after a 5-year relationship.

The ECHL voted to have only single NHL affiliations with their 28 clubs, and with both the Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes sharing the Everblades, one had to go. The decision was easy for Florida since Carolina Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos also owns the Everblades.

The Tampa Bay Lightning confirmed the move by removing the Everblades from the affiliation section of its website.

Bolts Ink Tye McGinn to a One Year Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

McGinn, 24, skated in 51 games in the NHL last season, splitting time between the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes, posting two goals and seven points. The Fergus, Ontario native began the 2014-15 season with the Sharks, appearing in 33 games and recorded a goal and five points. After being traded to the Coyotes, McGinn recorded one goal and two points in 18 games.

Namestnikov, Witkowski Sign One-Year Contracts

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov and defenseman Luke Witkowski to one-year, two-way contracts, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Namestnikov, 22, skated in 43 games with the Lightning during the 2014-15 regular season, posting nine goals and 16 points to go along with 13 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 182-pound forward set career highs for games played, goals, assists (seven) and points (16) during the regular season. Namestnikov scored his first career NHL goal on October 13 against the Montreal Canadiens last season. He appeared in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2015, recording one assist.

The Zhukovskiy, Russia native played in 34 games with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2014-15 season, registering 14 goals and 35 points. Namestnikov represented the Crunch at the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic. He has played in 134 career AHL games, all with Syracuse over the past two seasons, recording 40 goals and 104 points.

Namestnikov was selected by the Lightning in the first round, 27th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.

Witkowski, 25, played in 16 games with the Lightning during the 2014-15 season, recording 15 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound defenseman made his NHL debut on January 20 against the Vancouver Canucks last season. Witkowski landed 37 hits and blocked 20 shots in his 16 games with the Bolts.

The Holland, Michigan native skated in 50 games with the Crunch last season, collecting two goals and eight points to go along with 91 penalty minutes. Witkowski ranked tied for seventh on the Crunch for penalty minutes. He also skated in three Calder Cup Playoff games with Syracuse in 2015, posting one assist and four penalty minutes. Witkowski has appeared in 129 career AHL games, all with the Crunch over the past three seasons, tallying four goals and 20 points to go along with 299 penalty minutes.

Witkowski was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 160th overall, at the 2008 NHL Draft.

Philippe Paradis Re-signs with Bolts for One Year

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Philippe Paradis to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Paradis, 24, skated in 34 games with the Crunch during the 2014-15 season, posting eight goals and 15 points to go along with 49 penalty minutes. He ranked fifth on Syracuse with a +10 rating. Paradis missed the final three months of the season due to injury which he suffered in early February. Despite missing the final portion of the season, Paradis recorded a career-best eight goals in 2014-15.

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