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Lightning Round: Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Erik Cernak selected to play in Olympics

Tampa Bay reduces training camp roster by two more players

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Yesterday, the national teams qualified for the 2022 Winter Olympics next February continued to announce their first three players to represent them at the tournament. Friday’s announcements have not been without Tampa Bay Lightning players, who have one of the biggest representation amongst the NHL teams at present.

Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy were selected by the the Russian Olympic Committee, while Erik Cernak will represent Slovakia in Beijing next Winter.

Thus, Kucherov, Vasilevskiy and Cernak have joined Victor Hedman (Sweden) and Ondrej Palat, whose names were announced earlier this week. Lightning’s head coach Jon Cooper is also going to the Olympics as head coach of Canada.

The NHL, the NHLPA and the IIHF have previously asked every country to announce three first players from their rosters before the start of the new NHL season, which is scheduled for the next Tuesday. Each country has to submit their long-list of 55 players by the mid-October and final rosters will be announced in January.

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The Lightning reduced their training camp players by two more players: goaltender Amir Miftakhov was assigned to the Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) and forward Simon Ryfors is heading to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)

Lightning center Gemel Smith suffered a lower-body during the training camp and is out indefinitely.

The power-play unit from yesterday’s practice. Lightning will play another pre-season game against the Florida Panthers tonight at 6:00 PM EST in Sunrise.

Jon Cooper didn’t rule out a possibility that all three prospects, Alex Barre-Boulet, Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk, will be on the Lightning roster at opening night. All three players require waivers to be reassigned to Syracuse.

The full list of players named to the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday.

The Florida Panthers have signed an eight-year extension with their captain Aleksander Barkov, worth $10 million per season.

Alex Ovechkin left the ice after a collision with Travis Konecny on Friday night and will be re-evaluated later today for a possible lower-body injury.

The list of players placed on waivers yesterday.