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Erlendsson: Tarnasky the Frontrunner?

Erik Erlendsson [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBJIN1UGSE.html]writes in today's Trib[/url] that LW/C Nick Tarnasky may have "the inside track" for the still open fourth line job alongside Tim Taylor and Rob DiMaio. Tarnasky's physical style may appeal to the Lightning more so than the finesse games of competitors Eric Perrin and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] and while Milley and Perrin have shown offensive spark in the preseason Tarnasky's fight against Brad Norton in the game against Detroit may be the defining moment that puts him over the top. Tarnasky, a 2003 9th round pick, played in a dozen games for the Lightning last season registering 1 assist. He finished the year rated #6 in [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/prospects]Bolt Prospects' Final Rankings[/url] and was a consensus choice as the prospect most likely to make the Lightning this season by the Bolt Prospects staff.

Alexeev Skated

...and surprised many at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon this morning after flying home from Detroit on Saturday, a shiner visible beneath his visor. After about 20 minutes of full ice drills under Torts' direction, tonight's skaters packed their gear and left him to run half ice drills with Rammer and Reeser along with today's expected scratches of Egener, Rogers, Smaby, Sarich, DiMaio, Fedotenko, and Burke. Brady Greco still watching from upstairs. Ranger still out. Appears that Tarnasky, Perrin, Milley, and Fritz will fill the lower three RW slots while competing for Taylor's LW.

Second Round of Cuts, Alexeev Update

According to Erik Erlendsson's Blog on the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] web site, the following players were reassigned to Springfield: D Sylvain Dufresne (SF contract) D Doug O’Brien W Eric Healey W Zdenek Blatny (SF contract) W Marek Kvapil C Blair Jones G Karri Ramo Vladimir Mihalik was returned to Prince George of the WHL without a contract. Mihalik had told the Prince George paper he was hoping for a contract this fall, much like Andy Rogers received last year. Also, Geoff Waugh, who was in training camp on a tryout agreement, was offered a minor league contract and was assigned to Springfield. Erlendsson says Feaster told him he expects to hear back from Waugh’s agent by Monday. This latest round of moves leaves the following 29 players in camp (injured Brady Greco excluded); prospects in [b]bold[/b]):

Lawrence Lights It Up

Now that's how you start a season. [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url], fresh from Tampa after participating in the Lightning's training camp, scored a career high 5 points, including a hattrick, as the Mississauga Ice Dogs absolutely crushed Lightning prospect [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] and the Sudbury Wolves 10-4 in the both teams first game of the year. Beech, expected to be one of the better goalies in the league this year as a 20 year old, was pulled before the half-way mark of the game after allowing 6 goals on 30 shots. Lawrence was named first star of the game. In other action, Marek Bartanus had two assists in his season debut for Owen Sound but the Attack fell to Guelph 4-3. In the "Dub," Dan Crowley went scoreless and was (minus)1 in a 5-2 Swift Current loss to Regina. The alternate captain blocked several shots in the game, mixed it up in multiple scrums, and earned four minutes in penalties.

Preseason Game Night 9/22: Lightning at Red Wings

An unfortunate end to a very nice comeback. TB-4 DET-5 (OT) The Lightning erased a 2 goal deficit in the final 5 minutes of regulation before falling in OT. Vincent Lecavalier led the way with a hat trick scoring an even strength goal, a short handed goal and capping the Lightning comeback with a power play goal. The Lightning's other goal was scored by overage prospect Eric Perrin. Individual assists went to Vaclav Prospal, Doug Janik, [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url], Nikita Alexeev, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards. Johan Holmqvist had a rough reintroduction to North America allowing 5 goals on 26 shots (that's more of a Johan Grahame stat line). Box score courtesy [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS010040.HTM]NHL.com.[/url] Among prospects, Doug Janik was -1 in 19:10 with 2 blocked shots. Eric Perrin was +1 in 15:51 with 2 shots and was 45% in the faceoff circles. [url=doug-obrien]Doug O'Brien[/url] played a very respectable 19:30 of even hockey with 2 shots 1 hit and 2 blocked shots. Falcons invitee Zdenek Blatny played 11:19 and was +1 with 1 blocked shot. [url=mike-egener]Mike Egener[/url] was -2 in 16:59 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] was -1 in just 9:21 of ice time and had a fight in the first period. Another round of cuts is expected this weekend.
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