Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Lightning Move Tarnasky, Ouellet Next?

Monday the Bolts traded Tarnasky to the Nashville Preditors for a conditional pick. That move likely means David Koci makes the squad as the teams defacto muscle. According to Melrose, "He's (Koci) been great, he's one of those players you have to have on your team. He lets your star players sleep at night."

Also on Monday the Bolts waived Ouellet, who has now cleared waivers. He has yet to be sent down to Norfolk, perhaps a trade is brewing for him.

Today the Lightning picked up another D-man. Here's the official release:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired the rights to defenseman Michal Sersen from the Pittsburgh Penguins today in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, executive vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton announced.

Sersen, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Gelnica, Slovakia, played in 54 games with HC Slovan Bratislava last season, recording nine goals and 18 points. He led all defensemen on the team in goals and was third in points. Sersen also played in 18 playoff games with HC Slovan as they won the Extraliga’s championship. He recorded a goal and three points during the post season. He has played in 96 games with Bratislava during the previous two seasons, recorded 10 goals and 23 points.

The Bolts open the season Saturday in Prague against the Rangers. If you want to check it out with fellow Lightning fans, there are a few organized watch parties around town. Barnacles, located at 926 Providence Rd., and Ker’s Winghouse, located at 34900 U.S. Highway 19 North, will both play host to the first watch parties of the season when the puck drops at noon on Saturday. On Sunday, Barnacles and Ker’s Winghouse, located at 8001 W. Hillsborough Ave., will close out the Bridgestone NHL Premiere.

All watch parties will feature appearances from the Lightning Girls and the Energy Team, as well as Lightning giveaways.

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