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Lightning Return Dotchin to Juniors; Release Two Others

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have trimmed their training camp roster by three today, releasing forward Brett Welychka, defenseman Jake Dotchin and goaltender Eric Brassard from their amateur tryout agreements, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

The Lightning roster now consists of 59 players, of those there are 32 forwards, 22 defensemen and five goaltenders. The Lightning will travel to Orlando tomorrow night for their first preseason game when they host the St. Louis Blues at the Amway Center at 7 p.m.

Bolts Sign Vermin to Entry-Level Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Joel Vermin to a three-year, entry level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Vermin was selected by the Lightning in the seventh round, 186th overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft in New Jersey this past summer.

Vermin, 21, skated in 47 games last season with Bern (Swiss-A), recording 13 goals and 35 points to go along with 14 penalty minutes. Vermin skated in 19 playoff games, posting three goals and nine points for Bern. The Frauenkappelen, Switzerland native has appeared in 128 career games with Bern over the past four seasons, amassing 25 goals and 63 points to go along with 20 penalty minutes.

The 5-foot-11, 192-pound forward has represented Switzerland at the World Jr. Championships in both 2011 and 2012, posting four goals and six points in 12 career games in the tournament. Vermin led the Swiss team in 2012 for goals (four) and points (six) during the tournament.

Vermin will be assigned to play with Bern for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

KHL Game Day: 9-16-13

Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Novokuznetsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 34/35, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 3.77 GAA, .882 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin snapped a season starting slump to get his first win of the year stopping 34 in Magnitogorsk's 3-1 win over Novokuznetsk. Koshechkin got a goal in support from ex-Lightning draft pick and current Metallurg assistant captain Dmitri Kazionov in the win.

Ufa 3 vs. Khabarovsk 4 (OT)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 2.41 GAA, .919 sv%

Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov had a pair of helpers in defeat in Ufa's 4-3 overtime loss to Khabarovsk.

KHL Game Day: 9-15-13

Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Ekaterinburg 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 11:12 of ice time in Yugra's 2-1 loss to Ekaterinburg.

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