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Tampa Bay Lightning goalie prospect Jaroslav Janus apparently will play 2012-13 in Europe



The solution to the Lightning’s glut of AHL goaltending prospects is to allow Jaroslav Janus to play in Europe.

Assistant general manager Julien BriseBois said Thursday that the team and Janus “mutually agreed the best thing … is for him to play as many games as possible next year. We told the agent we would help any way we could to help achieve that. I think they’re looking in Europe.”

Janus has yet to sign a European contract, BriseBois said. Janus’ agent could not immediately be reached for comment.

Janus, 22, was 23-8-2 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 34 games last season for AHL Norfolk. But with Dustin Tokarksi and Riku Helenius also expected next season to vie for playing time with the organization’s new AHL affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y., there won’t be enough games to go around for the still-developing players.

Janus, a 2009 sixth-round draft pick, also is unsigned, though as a restricted free agent Tampa Bay retains his rights.

"We get to follow him for a year and reevaluate where everyone stands a year from now,” BriseBois said and added the team is not writing Janus off.

“Considering how he played last year and considering his age and athletic ability, he’s someone who might play in the NHL and someone we’re still interested in working with,” BriseBois said.

MINOR MOVE: Defenseman Dmitry Korobov signed a two-year, two-way contract. Korobov, 23, had a goal, 11 points, averaged 18:52 of ice time and was plus-12 in 39 games last season for Dynamo Minsk of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League. He is expected to start the season in Syracuse.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 2, 2012 5:00pm]


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