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08-02-2012, 09:14 AM
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Lightning sign Dmitry Korobov to Entry-Level Contract (2 years)

http://lightning.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=639043

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Dmitry Korobov to a two-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Korobov, 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, played in a career-high 39 games last season. He also scored one goal and established career highs for assists with 10 and points with 11. Korobov also led all Dynamo defensemen, and was fourth on the team, with a plus-12 rating. He was also fifth among Minsk defensemen in average ice time with 18:52 per game.

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08-02-2012, 10:10 AM
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Nice signing. I don't know much of anything about the guy other than what I've read today, but Cuse could use another big body on D and another lottery ticket blueline prospect certainly doesn't hurt for Tampa to have either. Looking forward to seeing the big guy play.

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The Lightning were reportedly eyeing Korobov last year after his World Championship performance for Belarus. He had two goals and three assists in six games last year for Belarus in the tournament. Due to numbers, it appears Korobov slots into the Syracuse roster with a chance to move up in the near future. His signing helps the depth at the top of the AHL level with Radko Gudas, Evan Oberg, and Mark Barberio, and ahead of relatively green signed prospects such as Charles Landry and Daniel Milan. At first glance, it appears the Syracuse blueline will include Barberio, Gudas, Oberg, JP Cote, Matt Taormina, Korobov, and Jared Nightingale.
From: http://boltprospects.com/content/lig...blueline-depth

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http://eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=28547
http://hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=118270

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I like this signing too, even though I dont know much about him. His size alone is impressive. Looks like a real solid d group down in Syracuse this year.

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He was playing on the top pairing every game for Belarus at this past World Championship

http://stats.iihf.com/Hydra/272/IHM272H51_54B_1_0.pdf

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This is a good signing. I've focused on him a lot the past two WC's and he's a good defenseman on the big ice. With his size and physicality he should translate his game to North America fairly well. In the last two WC's he played with Vlad Denisov and was key to the success of the Belarussian team.

I predict he'll get a couple games in with Tampa this season and that he'll be a full time NHLer come next year. His game reminds me a lot of Korbinian Holzer if anyone here remembers seeing him play on the Marlies or Leafs. Steady, quite and gets the job done while logging big minutes and making very few mistakes.

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posted this in the trades\signing forum, thought that maybe someone find it useful here

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dima is our arguably best defenceman, since we've lost rusty...

his upside - 2nd pairing with good pp skills, though i'm biased as you see



these stats don't tell the truth as it seems sometimes. he lost some playing time due to injury and return of podhradsky (marek sykora (our former head coach) favorite) who took his pp-time. but i think he WAS and IS capable to be the top-2 defenceman in khl which he was at the beginning of the previous season, while pairing with more-famous lukas krajicek.

he's not so defensive-minded as i've seen someone wrote. he has all the potential to become a solid two-way force

he often noticed in interviews that his biggest dream is to play in the nhl and he'll do anything to make that true

so, to sum it up:

strengths: size, attitude, makes safe plays, good first pass and ice vision, loves to set up teammates, makes good checks with his stick, not afraid of blocking shots (seen alot of pk time), and very good wrist shot.

weaknesses: physical play, doesn't use his size effectively enough (though he really progressed during last two years and started to hit the body ), so he may look some soft; has some tendency to giveaway the puck in own zone, though rarely;
and also this one, which sometimes drives me crazy - though, as i mentioned, he has really good wrist shot, he doesn't use it often even if he has good position to fire the puck he'll be looking for a teammates - i think there is some issues with confidence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...qeUP5-M#t=140s
just watch his pass to kalyuzhny vs usa this year and i think you'll realize what i'm talking about

if you want to know something more - feel free to ask, since i'm following him since his junior days

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He has a good looking resume. Despite the 2way contract, I see no real reason why he wouldn't have a good chance to make the team this year. Let the competition begin.

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He has a good looking resume. Despite the 2way contract, I see no real reason why he wouldn't have a good chance to make the team this year. Let the competition begin.
Doubt he makes the team unless he is absolutely phenomenal.

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Doubt he makes the team unless he is absolutely phenomenal.
Defense 1way contracts are:
Hedman
Carle
Brewer
Salo
Lee
Mikkelson
MAB

Defense 2way contracts are:
Aulie
Taormina
Korobov
Gudas
Barberio
Oberg

I don't think anyone from the second group has to be absolutely phenomenal, just noticeably better than a similar player in the first group. A 1way contract isn't a guaranteed spot. Now, they probably wouldn't waste money by sending a 1way to the AHL, but rather he would be traded to make room. Having enough depth makes that option possible.


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Defense 1way contracts are:
Hedman
Carle
Brewer
Salo
Lee
Mikkelson
MAB

Defense 2way contracts are:
Aulie
Taormina
Korobov
Gudas
Barberio
Oberg

I don't think anyone from the second group has to be absolutely phenomenal, just noticeably better than a similar player in the first group. A 1way contract isn't a guaranteed spot. Now, they probably wouldn't waste money by sending a 1way to the AHL, but rather he would be traded to make room. Having enough depth makes that option possible.
Hedman, Brewer, Carle, and Salo are all locks to make it so that's four spots. Boucher, unless he changed his mind this offseason, likes to run 7D from time to time so he'll probably want to keep 8 on the roster, therefore there are four spots up for grabs. Lee and Mikk showed that they weren't really out of place, perhaps used at a higher pairing then they should of been(but Mikk on the 1st PP at the end of the year was great) so those spots are theirs to lose. MAB I can see being waived or traded but if he looks like he did the first part of the season before his injury I see him being used as the #5/6/7/PP specialist. So there's one spot basically open, that will most likely go to Aulie unless they think they can sneak him through the waivers. If they think they can get him down to the AHL no problem then Oberg and Taormina would be the next ones looked at.

Korobov can freely be assigned to the AHL without threat of waivers so that's where he'll be so he can properly develop unless, as I said, he looks absolutely phenomenal in camp.

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I would agree the top four spots are locked.

The team has room for improvement, and whoever has developed into the best players is who I want on the team, regardless of contract. What if Barberio, who won the AHL's best defenseman award, has surpassed Lee as a player. Do you send him down just because you can, or if Korobov, who apparently was a good player in a very good KHL league is just a better player than Mik or Aulie, do you really want the weaker players wearing the Lightning sweater because of the contract they had.

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I would agree the top four spots are locked.

The team has room for improvement, and whoever has developed into the best players is who I want on the team, regardless of contract. What if Barberio, who won the AHL's best defenseman award, has surpassed Lee as a player. Do you send him down just because you can, or if Korobov, who apparently was a good player in a very good KHL league is just a better player than Mik or Aulie, do you really want the weaker players wearing the Lightning sweater because of the contract they had.
If they're head and shoulders above them then I would want them on the team, but if they're only marginally better I'd rather let them develop with more minutes in the AHL instead of fighting for ice time at the NHL level.

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