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Possible Late Addition to Traverse City Roster

Red Wings Central [url=http://www.allsports.com/nhl/redwings/stories/2005_08/RosterTampaBay.html]has posted the same roster Bolt Prospects broke here as an exclusive a week ago.[/url] However, the London Free Press [url=http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/Sports/2005/08/23/1184225-sun.html]is reporting Drew Larman is also slated to join the Lightning camp[/url]. The 6'3" 188 lb. center played for the London Knights' Memorial Cup championship team posting 13 goals and 23 points in 70 games between Sarnia and London of the OHL. The native of Canton, Michigan's career year came in '03-'04 when he posted 9 goals and 27 points in 68 games for Sarnia. Larman turned 20 in May and would be elligible to play pro should the Lightning sign him out of camp. Bolt Prospects is currently seeking confirmation from the Lightning on the late addition.

Perrin Signs With Swiss Club

The Springfield Falcons will be without the services of veteran center Eric Perrin next season. Perrin, who spent last year playing for the Hershey Bears, [url=http://www.pennlive.com/sports/patriotnews/index.ssf?/base/sports/1124529644225430.xml&coll=1]has opted to leave North America to play for Bern in the Swiss NLA.[/url] Veteran Falcons winger Shane Willis is also reportedly considering an offer to play in Switzerland this season. Perrin joins Lightning property Eero Somervuori in Switzerland. Somervuori left SM-liiga club Karpat for Ambri-Piotta at the end of the Finnish leagues season.

Lightning Sign Four for Springfield

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The Tampa Bay Lightning signed four players August 18 that will likely spend the majority of the 2005-06 season with AHL Springfield. Returning to the Falcons are 2004-05 Springfield MVP goalie Brian Eklund, center Jason Jaspers, and late-season acquisition right wing Jim Campbell. Also joining the Falcons is former OHL scoring star Norm Milley (pictured), a right winger who hails from the Buffalo Sabres organization.

Lightning Pull Offer to Alexeev

Tom Jones of the St. Pete Times reports [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/08/17/Lightning/275M_for_Vinny.shtml]the Lightning have pulled their contract offer to prospect winger Nikita Alexeev off the table.[/url] Alexeev, who reportedly just signed a deal to play for Superleague club Avangard Omsk, is expected to play in his native Russia this season.

Ramo in Lake Placid

Saturday brought to a close [url=http://www.usahockey.com/international/main_site/main/home/05eval_scorers_goal///]USA Hockey's U-20 junior evaluation camp[/url] and it's four team round robin featuring a split squad of American juniors going up against U-20 teams from Finland and Sweden. Finland's team happened to feature Lightning goaltending prospect Karri Ramo, who lost what essentially amounted to two one goal games. In the opening game of the tournament Ramo stopped 32 of 36 shots before USA Blue tacked on an empty net goal to skate away with a 5-3 win. In the final game of the tournament, Ramo stopped 31 of 34 shots losing a tight 3-2 decision to USA White. Ramo's tandem mate Aleksis Ahlqvist started the other two games of the tournament falling 4-0 to USA White and 5-0 to USA Blue. Finland finished last in the tournament with the most anemic offensive attack of the round robin managing to scratch out only 5 goals of support in 4 games for their netminders. Ramo will now return to SM-liiga club HPK where he is expected to backup Miika Wiikman this season. He should also be considered a strong favorite to make Team Finland for this year's World Junior Championships behind Ilves' Tuukka Rask.

Lightning Traverse City Camp Roster

Boltprospects exclusive! Correspondant Chad Schnarr has managed to get a copy of the Lightning's Traverse City camp roster from Head Scout Jake Goertzen:

Did Alexeev Sign a Contract Without an Agent?

Boltprospects staff member Chad Schnarr has learned from the Tampa Bay Lightning that neither they nor Nikita Alexeev's agent knows about his reported signing with Avangard Omsk. Both parties are awaiting official confirmation of the signing. The question now becomes: Did Nikita Alexeev sign a contract with Omsk without an agent? Also, Boltprospects has learned that despite overtures from the Lightning Matt Smaby has decided to stay in school at North Dakota.

But/Kazionov Make Initial Team Russia Roster for Ceske Pojistovna Tournament

Team Russia [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/tournament.php?tour_id=2006014&anchor=Main]has announced it's initial roster for the Czech leg of the EuroTour[/url] and it features two Tampa Bay Lightning prospects: LW Anton But and C Dimitry Kazionov.

Alexeev Signs... With Avangard Omsk

Russianprospects.com is reporting [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/tournament.php?tour_id=2006011&anchor=Main]Nikita Alexeev has signed a one-year deal with Russian Superleague club Avangard Omsk.[/url] Alexeev had been training with Omsk under a tryout contract for the last month but the Lightning have extended a qualifying offer to Nikita and it appeared he would be returning to North America this season. However, with Alexeev signing a deal in Russia it may be fair to speculate if Alexeev doesn't win an NHL spot out of camp he may bolt North America rather than play another season in the AHL. Story developing.

Lightning Name Corey Schwab Associate Goaltending Coach and Scout

Lost in the shuffle of the signings of Dimitry Afanasenkov, Dan Boyle, Sean Burke and Rob DiMaio yesterday is some of the [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1115&category=3]reshuffling that occured in the front office on Channelside today.[/url] Dave Heitz who primarily scouted the US prep school and NCAA ranks for the Lightning is being moved to Full Time Professional Scout to compensate for the loss of Rick Patterson to Anaheim. Also impacting the scouting and development ranks is the hiring of former Lightning goaltender Corey Schwab as Associate Goaltending Coach and Scout. The move makes strategic sense for a Lightning team that just signed two raw rookie prospects in Jonathan Boutin and Gerald Coleman who will need hands on guidance Jeff Reese probably won't have time to provide while attending to John Grahame as he assumes the full-time starting role for the first time in Tampa.
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