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Lightning rookies fail test

By DAMIAN CRISTODERO
Published September 6, 2003

A fast start did not mean a fast finish for the Lightning in its first game of rookie evaluation camp in Traverse City, Mich.

Forward Darren Reid had the game's first goal unassisted off a breakaway after 1 minute, 23 seconds. But the Red Wings scored the next four, including two in the third, to earn a 4-1 victory Friday night at Center Ice Arena.

Carsen Germyn scored twice for Detroit, including the winner at 3:24 of the second. Nathan Robinson tied it at 1 at 17:52 of the first. Matt Ellis and Germyn scored in the third. German, Robinson and Ellis had two points each.

Goaltender Ian MacIntyre had 20 saves for the victory. Jonathan Boutin had 23 for Tampa Bay.

"Our goaltending was very good," Lightning co-coach Jeff Reese said. "He looked very solid and kept us in the game."

The tournament discourages fighting, but there was one bout as Tampa Bay defenseman Mike Egener traded blows with Robinson.

"We did some good things in the first period, and the guys competed hard right to the end," Reese said. "We're ready to get right back at it (today)."

The Lightning faces the Blues at 4.

Atlanta sale hits snag

ATLANTA - AOL Time Warner's sale of Atlanta's NHL and NBA franchises to a Dallas businessman has been complicated by the Hawks being a form of collateral in the original bond sale that built their home arena.

Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin said she was told by Thrashers and Hawks president Stan Kasten that a change of collateral is planned. The question is whether it has to be approved by the Atlanta City Council and other government entities that approved the Philips Arena bond package in 1997.

The development was reported Friday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

AOL's Turner Broadcasting division, which runs the teams, entered exclusive talks in April with businessman David McDavid to buy the teams, along with operating rights to Philips Arena.

When the arena was built with government-backed bonds, Turner Broadcasting put up the Hawks as collateral - up to a limit of $60-million - in case the company defaulted on its obligation to make the annual bond payments of about $12-million over 30 years.

The newspaper said McDavid would be obligated to continue the payments, but a lender likely would require Turner to replace the collateral to sell an unencumbered team.

A NEW SPORT: Former Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko will sign a one-day baseball contract with the Newark Bears next week. Daneyko, who retired in July after helping New Jersey win its third Stanley Cup since 1995, was to be honored by the Bears in a pregame ceremony Sept.13. But the 18-year NHL veteran impressed Bears officials during batting practice, and they decided to make him eligible to play in Newark's game against the Pennsylvania Road Warriors.

BLUES: Defenseman Murray Baron, who played six seasons for St. Louis in the 1990s, rejoined the team after signing a free-agent deal. Baron, 37, had six points and 62 penalty minutes in 78 games with the Canucks last season.

CANADIANS: Montreal re-signed leading scorer Saku Koivu to a two-year, $8.75-million contract. The 28-year-old captain had a team-best 21 goals and 50 assists last season.

CAPITALS: The team re-signed right wing Ivan Ciernik and signed free-agent left wing Darcy Verot to one-year contracts.

MAPLE LEAFS: Nik Antropov signed a one-year contract after a season in which he had a career-high 16 goals and 29 assists. Antropov's qualifying offer was $726,000, and Toronto was thought to have offered slightly more.

RANGERS: Mark Messier agreed to terms. The 42-year-old, third in the league in career points with 1,844, will return for a 25th season and 10th with New York.

- Information from Times wires was used in this report.

[Last modified September 6, 2003, 02:01:52]

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