Artyukhin rejects new offer
The Lightning this week offered the big Russian, Evgeny Artyukhin,the same three-year, $1.575-million deal it gave wing Nick Tarnasky, but general manager Jay Feaster said the deal was rebuffed.
The offer, which would have paid $500,000, $525,000 and $550,000 was a bump from the one-year, $475,000 offer previously refused. Artyukhin's agent, Mark Gandler, would only confirm the Lightning reopened a dialogue.
Gandler previously said his client, who played in Russia last season because of the contract dispute, already is signed to play next season with Omsk. He also has said he hopes the Lightning will trade Artyukhin's rights, which it owns through 2009.
Said Feaster of his latest offer: "I thought it was a fair offer on our part. and something that would be attractive to the player but it appears that's not the case. I thought this might be a way to move off the position of a one-year contract and show the player we are serious and we do like him.''