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Rookie Camp

The much anticipated Rookie Camp expected this summer at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum has been scaled back. It is not expected to be a full week open to the public as it was in 2002. A series of "evaluation" skates have been scheduled for three days over the last week of July. Ice will be prepared inside the St. Pete Times Forum before July 26th. More details regarding participants forthcoming. As there has been no public announcement yet, please refrain from posting this on the various message boards we all frequent. Thanks.

Left Winger Needed

With today's expected signing of LW Afanasenkov, along with LW Prospal and LW Craig (to be signed), seems like we need to find some scoring help from the left side for the third/fourth lines. We have some depth at center and RW position, but LW a question. Depth Chart shows Blatny and the next guy in line, but seems like we need help there as Blatny may or may not be the guy. Ideal if we could move Burke's salary and pickup LW scorer. Looks like 'D' is now in-place - how bout some more 'O'.

Lightning Re-Sign Afanasenkov

The Lightning [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1411&category=2]have re-signed winger Dimitry Afanasenkov to a one-year deal worth about $738,000.[/url] The one-year deal is Afanasenkov's qualifying offer. The Lightning will likely start with Afansenkov on a scoring line this season after the departure of Fredrik Modin in the Marc Denis trade.

Lightning Schedule Released

The NHL has released its regular season schedule and the Lightning [url=http://www.nhl.com/teams/tbl/schedule.html]will be opening October 5th on the road in Atlanta.[/url] The unbalanced schedule features a very Southeast Division heavy first month to the season which will include three matchups with defending champion Carolina and two matchups each with Atlanta and Florida as well as a game against Washington. The AHL's schedule is yet to be set, but the Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox3009.shtml]have already announced their home opener will take place October 20th.[/url]

Lightning Sign Richardson

The Tampa Bay Lightning [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1408]have signed veteran defenseman Luke Richardson to a one-year $500,000 deal.[/url] Barring perhaps the trade of veteran netminder Sean Burke, Richardson appears to be the final piece in the Lightning's offseason makeover. The 37 year old blueliner has played 1,312 regular season games in his long NHL career. Last year he appeared in 65 games between Columbus and Toronto notching 1 goal and 10 points and logging 16:40 a game in ice time.
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