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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.

Not So Fast

After making nine cuts after last nights exhibition game against the Buffalo Sabres, GM Jay Feaster [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBX1LW62EE.html]reiterates that the Lightning will only carry 20 players on its opening night roster.[/url] The statement comes a day after Head Coach John Tortorella teased the team may carry an extra defenseman and, thus, 21 players into the regular season. Make up your mind guys.

Lightning Cut Nine More Players

Tampabaylightning.com is reporting that the Lightning [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/prdetail.cfm?category=3&pressreleaseID=1161]have cut nine more players from their roster.[/url] All nine have been assigned to Springfield of the AHL whose training camp begins tomorrow. The nine players are: C/LW Ryan Craig C/W Andre Deveaux G Brian Eklund LW Mitch Fritz C Jason Jaspers RW Marek Kvapil D Doug O'Brien D Todd Rohloff C Nick Tarnasky

Bergfors to Norway

Eurohockey.net is reporting defenseman Henrik Bergfors, after being released from a tryout with Brynas of the Elitserien, [url=http://www.eurohockey.net/transfers/transfers.html?nationality=&country=&lastname=B&days=31]has signed with IK Comet of the Norwegian league. [/url]

Game Day 9/25: Sabres at Lightning (Exhibition)

Final cuts will reportedly be made Monday so this is the last chance for some of the Lightning's youth to make an impression. All eyes will be on the Lightning's three young defensemen battling for jobs in Tampa: [i]Andy Rogers[/i], Timo Helbling and [i]Doug O'Brien.[/i] TB-2 BUF-3 (Final-SO) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Tampa Bay- [i]Artyukhin[/i], (Sydor, Helbling) (PP) [b]2nd Period[/b] 2. Buffalo- Hecht, (Fitzpatrick) 3. Buffalo- Vanek, (McKee, Gaustad) [b]3rd Period[/b] 4. Tampa Bay- [i]Artyukhin[/i], (Afanasenkov, Sydor) (PP) Shootout Loss- John Grahame, 31/33 (8/11) [b]Shootout[/b] TB-2 BUF-3 1. [i]Kvapil[/i] (0) 2. Fedotenko (X) 3. Afanasenkov (0) 4. Cibak (0) 5. Jaspers (0) 6. DiMaio (0) 7. [i]Craig[/i] (0) 8. Dingman (X) 9. Helbling (0) 10. Sydor (0) 11. [i]Artyukhin[/i] (0)

Lightning Possibly to Carry Seven Defensemen?

In the morning write up of the Lightning's victory over the Panthers, Erik Erlendssson [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBMB1AS0EE.html]writes that John Tortorella is now seriously considering carrying seven defensemen on the roster.[/url] Tortorella also indicates the decision may hinge on what is available on the waiver wire. The remaining young defensemen in camp, Timo Helbling, Doug O'Brien and Andy Rogers, are expected to suit up again tonight for the game against the Buffalo Sabres. Rogers, an unsigned former first round draft pick, would need a contract to begin the year in Tampa. By rule, he could still be sent back to junior after playing up to 10 NHL games. The team's final cuts will occur on Monday, which also is the day the Springfield Falcons' camp will open.
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