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Boo Nieves signed a PTO with the Lightning

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On the first day of the new year the Tampa Bay Lightning revealed their roster for training camp, which is set to open this Sunday at Amalie Arena. The roster consists of 43 players including 25 forwards, 14 defensemen and four goaltenders. The full schedule hasn’t been revealed yet, but reportedly the training camp will open with medical and physical testing.

Forwards: Alex Barre-Boulet, Anthony Cirelli, Ross Colton, Blake Coleman, Jack Finley, Gage Goncalves, Barclay Goodrow, Yanni Gourde, Jimmy Huntington, Tyler Johnson, Mathieu Joseph, Boris Katchouk, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, Ryan Lohin, Pat Maroon, Cristoval Nieves, Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point, Taylor Raddysh, Gemel Smith, Steven Stamkos, Mitchell Stephens, Alex Volkov, Daniel Walcott

Defensemen: Andreas Borgman, Erik Cernak, Sean Day, Cal Foote, Alex Green, Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh, Jan Rutta, Luke Schenn, Dmitry Semykin, Mikhail Sergachev, Devante Stephens, Ben Thomas, Luke Witkowski

Goaltenders: Christopher Gibson, Spencer Martin, Curtis McElhinney, Andrei Vasilevskiy

The training camp roster includes the names of Nikita Kucherov, who was ruled out till the end of the regular season due to injury, and Steven Stamkos, who missed almost the whole playoffs last autumn. On the other hand some prospects playing in Canadian junior leagues, including Gabriel Fortier or Quinn Schmiemann for instance, weren’t invited most likely due Canadian border restrictions. Fortier was expected to make another step forward and turn pro this season, but the current situation forcing him to stay in the QMJHL for another year.

While looking at the roster, you may have noticed an unfamiliar name – the Lightning signed 26-year old forward Cristoval “Boo” Nieves to a professional tryout contract. Nieves was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Over his career Nieves recorded 19 (5+14) points in 76 regular season in the NHL, spending most of his time in the AHL with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Nieves could potentially be a part of a potential taxi squad for the regular season, given his NHL experience.

The training camp starts on Jan. 3 for all 24 teams that played in the expanded playoffs last season, the remaining seven teams the training camps have already been opened since Dec. 31. The first game of the regular season is scheduled for Jan. 13 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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With training camp about to open, the Lightning beat reporter Joe Smith and the Lightning broadcast analyst Brian Engblom discussed the potential roster for the next season and other questions. Engblom also shared that the Lightning finally found a replacement for Rick Peckham, who retired after the last postseason, however we still need to wait for couple of days for an announcement [The Athletic, paid content]

No, it’s not NHL Network broadcaster and former Lightning goalie Kevin Weekes, who sparked speculation because of his tweets he was in town in recent days (just stopping through while driving to Miami). Big-name free agent John Forslund turned down Tampa Bay. We know the Lightning have spoken with former radioman John Ahlers, who is with the Ducks as their TV play-by-play voice. So who will it be?

“I’m not at liberty to tell you,” Engblom said with a chuckle. “But they finally got one. They’re gonna make an announcement in a day or two.”

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