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ESPN columnist article on Bolts

here is the link to ESPN columnist article on revamp of Bolts and Blues .... http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=frei_terry&id=2518403

Fritz Re-ups With Lightning; Next Stop Tampa?

The Springfield Falcons are reporting the Lightning have re-signed left winger Mitch Fritz to a two-way contract. Tampa GM Jay Feaster hints at the possibility of Fritz playing on a line in Tampa next season, which fits Feaster's wish for a more physical fourth line: "We are very pleased to have Mitch under contract for another season", Feaster stated in a release. "As we have told him in the past, if he is able to continue to improve his skating and demonstrate the ability to contribute consistently on an every shift basis, he will become an NHL regular,” Feaster said. “He is, pound for pound, one of the strongest players in professional hockey and he creates room for his teammates every time he steps on the ice. We need that type of physical presence in Tampa and we look forward to seeing Mitch in camp and determining whether he has continued to elevate his overall game to the NHL level."

Lightning Sign Jones

The Tampa Bay Lightning [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1412&category=2]have signed[/url] center [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] to an entry level contract. Jones, 19, finished 6th in the WHL in regular season scoring and 2nd in the league in playoff scoring and was named a Second Team All WHL Eastern Conference All Star for his junior club Moose Jaw of the WHL.

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'.
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