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Artyukhin officially signed, Bochenski question answered (sort of)

Posted Jul 8, 2008 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Jul 8, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Here’s the team’s release announcing the new contract for Evgeny Artyukhin to a two-year deal:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed right wing Evgeny Artyukhin to a multi-year deal, owners Oren Koules and Led Barrie have announced.

        “We are extremely happy to have Arty back in the fold after playing in Russia the previous two seasons,“ vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said.  “He brings a real unmistakable presence to the ice as soon as he comes over the boards and having his size and speed, along with his willingness to use them physically, will make us a tougher team to play against each night.”

Drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round, 94th overall, at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-5, 254-pound right wing played 72 games for the Lightning during the 2005-06 season and recorded four goals, 17 points and 90 penalty minutes. The fan favorite made his NHL debut on October 20, 2005 at Atlanta and scored his first goal November 5, 2005 at Toronto.

Before his recall to Tampa Bay, Artyukhin played four games with Springfield of the American Hockey League, posting two goals and one assist with four penalty minutes.

A native of Moscow, Russia, the 25-year-old forward spent the past two seasons in the Russian Super League. Artyukhin played 44 games with Yaroslavl in 2006-07, where he had five goals and eight assists with 183 penalty minutes.

Artyukhin split the 2007-08 season between Avangard Omsk and CSKA Moscow. He played 19 games with Avangard Omsk, scoring three goals and recording five points with 40 penalty minutes.  Artyukhin played 23 games with CSKA Moscow, recording three goals and nine points with a plus-3 rating and 99 penalty minutes. He scored four goals in six playoff games with Moscow.

Artyukhin played 102 career games in the AHL with Springfield and Hershey, recording 14 goals and 37 points with 257 penalty minutes. He spent the 2002-03 season with Moncton of the QMJHL, playing 53 games and posting 14 goals, 40 points and 204 penalty minutes.

I have a lot of questions, so here’s the answer some of you have had in regards to Brandon Bochenski, whose name has shown up on a few websites as being part of the Lightning’s organizational depth chart. I asked around about him and I was informed that while Bochenski has not signed a deal, the sides are indeed speaking and could be close to a deal. It would be a two-way deal if he signs.

Reader Comments

Por (berlin) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

If these guys dump Ouellet and/or Tarnasty their fools!Especially Ouellet he was awesome the last 30 or so games in 07.Then again these guys are fools for questioning Dan Boyle’s work ethic.Are they trying to ##### us(fans)off!

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Por (Justin) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I think this is good news, when he’s on the ice the other team is a little more apprehensive of touching the puck. In fear of having Arty rupture their spleens.

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Por (Barry) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Just what we needed another forward.

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Por (Graham) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Why would dumping/sending Tarnasky down be a problem?  Guy can’t skate at an NHL level.  Hard work only gets you so far, and its usually on teams that didnt have depth.  I for one wouldnt mind him going back down to Norfolk as I see more than a few forwards better capable to place his position on the 4th line.

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Por (Jim) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I read alot and I sure haven’t read one thing that said they questioned Boyle’s work ethic, just shut up already,.. it’s obvious that the new owners want to get bigger,.. and Boyle is not big,...adding big, gritty two-way players reduces the workload on the defense,..everything will be fine folks,.. stop acting like these players are your family…it’s business

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Por (berlin) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Boyle has said new ownership questioned his work ethic and that if he did not agree to a trade they would put him on waivers(reported by 620wdae among others).And there’s two ways of doing business the right way and the wrong way!

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Por (Stan) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I agree Tarnasky has grit he’s a perfect 4th liner.And at least gives us depth at an affordable price.

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Por (Bill Berg) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I agree Jim everyone takes this as cannot let my favorite player go. As you say it is a BUSINESS and they are doing everything OK believes is improving the TEAM! Get a GRIP on this FANS as a BETTER TEAM will hit the ice in Sept.

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Por (Barry) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

“As you say it is a BUSINESS”

Remember that when the Glimmer Twins tell you that when they move the team out of town, it is a business.

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Por (Justin) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I don’t see them moving. They first need to find a city who wants to pay for an arena or already has one that can house the team. Then they have to find a city where they won’t have to shell out more on marketing than on payroll. People don’t realize that a TON of people in Tampa come from up north and are already hockey fans.

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Por (Mike Joyce) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Arty is a really good addition for the fourth line.  He’s got good talent that needs to have regular NHL playing time and has the toughnes to intimidate most offensive players.  If they are looking over their shoulder to avoid an Arty hit, they can’t be productive with the puck.

If his skills in skating and moving the puck develop a little more, he can move up and one of the older vets can move down.

All in all, it’s a good situation for a team getting better and tougher.

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Por (LORRI STREINE) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I love that we are getting Artyukhin back, hate that we lost Boyle. My main question is why haven’t we “SEEN STAMKOS” added to the Bolts roster?  Everybody else has been added and taken away.  Also, I thought the owners were supposed to be able to tell us that Vinny had signed on July 1st?

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Por (Mike Joyce) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

If I’m not mistaken, the date was July 14, when Vinny got back to Tampa.

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Por (Erik Erlendsson) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Lorri, in reference to your two questions: First, on Lecavalier’s contract. The earliest that a new deal could be announced was July 1, but as I’ve reported, the official announcment is expected to come on July 15. There were still some details that needed to be worked out, most of them involving bonuses and such after Lecavalier turns 35 years old.
In regards to Stamkos, because he has not signed a contract, he can’t be added to the roster. My understanding is the two sides are supposed to meet sometimes this week to begin contract discussions, which shouldn’t be much of a negotiating since the rookie salary cap pretty much defines the first three years of an entry level (rookie) contract.
Hope that helps!
EE

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Por (RCG2) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Nothing this ownership group has done makes me think there will be any improvement.  They have their hands all over dumping Richards, screwing over Boyle, signing a washed up below .500 coach from the TV studio, and trying to sign some players who were maybe in the league back when he was.  What is the master plan to improve this team?  I’m just not seeing it.

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Por (Mike Joyce) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The team was better off to trade Richards.  Halpern got Richards line going; something Brad couldn’t do all year.  Losing Boyle was like gaining a defenseman.  The puck will move up the ice faster with a pass than skating it up, plus we don’t have a defenseman caught up the ice at the opponent’s goal crease.

The Bolts have better goal tending now than before the Richards’ trade.  We now have four lines with NHL caliber players, rather than one line.

Other than that, there has been little improvement from last year at this time, when we had a bunch of minor leaguers pretending to be NHL’ers.

Just open your eyes a little.

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Por (Sue Miley) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Glad to see Artyukhin back but he will not be able to play to his full potential because every time he hits the ice & looks @ an oppontent he gets a penalty slapped on him just because he’s big. How many times did we see that in the 05-06 season?? It got to be a joke, I don’t blame him for going back to Russia, @ least they let him play. As far as Boyle goes I think the new “director” & “producer” of the TBL made a big mistake. Look @ Marty, size doesn’t matter, as long as you work hard & Boyle definitely did that. They were not above board when dealing with him either. Where are their ‘ethics’???????????

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Por (Lorri Streine) on July 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Erik, I just want to thank you so much for answering my Stamkos and Vinny question.  This was my first time ever putting my comments out anywhere and I guess it works!  Very cool.

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Por (Bill Smith) on July 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

How many 4th liners do we need for cryin out loud. I like R2KN as much as anyone, but really folks, he is not a scoring machine. He is more of a bad penalty machine.

The fact is, the most glaring need this team had and still has is a defensive corps. Our defense has an average age of 23.5 years old. The new owners have added 4 blueliners (Carle, Wishart,Niskala and Hutchinson)and subtracted Boyle and Lukowich. 3 of the added defenders did not even play in the NHL last season and the one that was traded for Boyle (Carle) was benched for 20 games last season.

Our blueline was horrible without Boyle last year, how is it better now?

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Por (Anthony A.) on July 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

What is that meeting going to be like tonight? It says open to the public, is it worth going to? What time does it begin?

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Por (Bill Smith) on July 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The meeting is next Tuesday July 15. Time guess is 7ish. Nothing on the Lightning site yet.

I am going to make the 2 hour drive just to hear if they allow anyone to ask tough questions of the new guys or are we expected to lob softballs and sing kum-bye-ya.

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Por (Gary) on July 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Check the pic on the TBO Lightning page.  Anyone notice who Arty’s beating the snot out of? I remember that fight, I thought he was gonna kill the guy.  Now, he’s taking the his job too, right?

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Por (Tank) on July 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Eric, I read on SI that Carolina has too many defensemen and is interest in getting rid of Wallin or Kaberle.  I know that you try to avoid keeping guys in division, but it is something where Joikenen or Ouellet (I hope not, I loved his chemistry with Halpern) or maybe Ward could get traded?

Keep up the good work

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Por (Jake) on July 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Mike Joyce is my hero. His statment was both truth and intensely funny.

Thanks for that Mike.

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Por (Mike Joyce) on July 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Bill Smith,

I hate to tell you this, but if you look at the records from last year, the team had a better record when Boyle was out than when he played.  Your last comment is not supported by facts, but by your emotions.

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