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Ranger Recalled by Lightning

According to the Springfield Falcons, the club announced today that defenseman Paul Ranger has been recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ranger will join Tampa Bay in Pittsburgh where the Lightning prepares to take on the Penguins on Saturday night. Ranger currently leads the Falcons in scoring after one game with one goal and two assists for three points, including the game-winning goal in the season opener on Saturday, October 8 against Portland. Ranger was named the game’s first star in that contest, and is in his second season of professional hockey. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Whitby, Ontario played in 69 games for the Falcons last year collecting three goals and eight assists for 11 points. Ranger played his junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League where he led all Oshawa blueliners in scoring during the 2003-04 campaign.

Game Night 10/13: Sabres at Lightning

Despite the loss in the shootout, there were many positive signs in the game that the Lightning could possibly be returning to form. Buffalo could've easily lost this game by a wide margin were it not for Ryan Miller, some lopsided officiating and a little luck. BUF-4 TB-3 (Final SO) Official scoring can be found [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020062.HTM]at NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 10/8: Panthers at Lightning

In the words of the godfather of soul, "My brother get ready, that's a fact! [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020032.HTM]Get ready you mother... for the big pay back."[/url] FLA-1 TB-2 Crazy ending whereby some questionable officiating nearly handed the Panthers a point, however John Grahame was large. PantherNation will spin this as proof of their impending playoff ascendency, but I prefer to look at it as John Grahame being able to match the best young goaltender in the game, Luongo, pretty much save for save the past two nights. The Lightning's offense is going to eventually come around. It's an inevitability. Goaltending was the question mark and so far John Grahame has the answer.

Game Night 10/7: Lightning at Panthers

TB-0 FLA-2 A revolting lack of effort by the top lines [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020023.HTM]left John Grahame without any goal support.[/url] Through preseason and now this effort, I believe it's a fair criticism to mention a championship hangover. Timo Helbling finished with an even rating in 12:13 worth of ice time. These two teams square off again tomorrow night. Another effort like this one and expect John Tortorella to lash out with Biblical amounts of wrath.

Game Night 10/5: Hurricanes at Lightning

CAR-2 TB-5 The Lightning raised the banner, then lowered the boom on the Carolina Hurricanes. A full stat sheet [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020008.HTM]can be found courtesy NHL.com.[/url] Multi-point nights for Prospal, Fedotenko and the timeless Dave Andreychuk. Timo Helbling -1 in 11:59 of ice time in his first NHL game.

Lightning/Rogers Face Monday Signing Deadline

According to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib, [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBGD2T1CEE.html]the Lightning are currently in contract negotiations with 19 year old defenseman Andy Rogers.[/url] The deadline to sign Rogers will be at 5pm Monday otherwise Rogers will have to be returned to his junior team, Prince George of the WHL. The mere fact that the Lightning are seriously discussing a contract with Rogers is likely an indication the club is favoring the blueliner over his competitor Timo Helbling. However, nothing is set in stone, and the team could still return Rogers to junior within 10 NHL games played.

Game Day 10/2: Lightning at Panthers (Exhibition)

I'd rather have Luongo burn a performance like this in the preseason rather than when the bullets are real. Timo Helbling gets his last chance to impress today before the final cut. TB-0 FLA-4 (Final) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Florida- Hagman, (Gratton) (SH) [b]2nd Period[/b] 2. Florida- Huselius, (Olesz) [b]3rd Period[/b] 3. Florida- Hagman, (Huselius, Gratton) 4. Florida- Horton, (Weiss) (PP) Loss: John Grahame, 17/21 (2/2) [b]Shootout[/b] TB-2 FLA-0 1. Richards (0) 2. St. Louis (X) 3. Lecavalier (X) And the preseason mercifully comes to a conclusion.

Game Night 9/30: Hurricanes at Lightning (Exhibition)

The Lightning attempt to sharpen up the rough edges with two preseason games left to go. 19 of 20 roster spots appear set as Andy Rogers and Timo Helbling enter the final rounds of their bout to make the team. Rogers' chance to impress occurs tonight. CAR-5 TB-2 (Final) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Carolina- Cullen, (Commodore, Cole) 2. Tampa Bay- Fedonteko, (Kubina, Sydor) (PP) [b]2nd Period[/b] 3. Carolina- Nordgren, (Brind'Amour) (SH) 4. Kubina, (Sydor, Fedotenko) (PP) [b]3rd Period[/b] 5. Carolina- Brind'Amour, (Hutchinson, Cole) (PP) 6. Carolina- Vasicek, (Stillman, Staal) 7. Carolina- Vasicek, (Stillman, Tverdovsky)

Rogers to Take Less??

Cristodero [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/27/Lightning/Lightning_ponders_19_.shtml]reports in today's Times Andy Rogers may be willing to settle for 600K per on his rookie contract in order to stay with the Lightning this year.[/url] If Rogers were to be sent back to junior he would only receive a couple hundred dollars stipend for meals. "Taking less" in this case involves making $5,487.80 a game. No one will ever accuse young Mr. Rogers of being dumb.

Cristodero: The Real Showdown Is On Defense

In today's St. Pete Times, Damian Cristodero [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/26/Lightning/Defensemen_in_fight_f.shtml]writes Evgeny Artyukhin's place on the Lightning's roster is short lived[/url] and that the final battle is a showdown between Andy Rogers and Timo Helbling for the final defenseman spot in Tampa. Crisdotero goes on to mention Rogers' need for a contract if he is to be retained in Tampa.
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