Lightning G prospect Jarolsav Janus says he wants to play in North America
While we wait to see if the Lightning can perhaps grab a goalie before today's 3 p.m. trade deadline, let's talk about a goalie who might figure into the team's future. Prospect Jaroslav Janus said Wednesday he has no idea where the story came from that he will stay in the KHL next season with HC Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia.
"They made it up, like a rumor or something," Janus said from Sweden, where he is with the Slovak national team.
Janus said he still wants to play next season in North America.
"If Tampa still wants me I would love to go back, that's for sure," he said.
And Tampa Bay clearly wants Janus back, especially after last season's stellar performance in which he helped HC Slovan to the KHL playoffs with five shutouts, a 2.17 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.
Lightning assistant general manager Julien BriseBois said it is his understanding Janus, 23, drafted 162nd overall in 2009, has a buyout clause in his contract that runs through 2013-14. The sticking point for Tampa Bay might be Janus' preference for a one-way deal. The Lightning prefers Janus play with AHL Syracuse, though he would get a look at training camp.
But all that is still to be figured out. The bottom line for now, Janus said, is that the story of his return to HC Slovan next season, which ran on the team's web site, is not, at the moment, accurate.
"I read it and my friends keep asking me and, 'What is this about?' It's news for me as well," Janus said. "It's pretty funny. They just keep making stories up."