Pro Hockey: Lampman will decide soon where he'll play in 09-10
FELDY: Rochester's Bryce Lampman will likely decide within a few days as to where he will play his pro hockey next season. Lampman played in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League last season, but was injured early in the preseason and missed most of the year. He returned and played the final 9 games for Khabarovsk Amur.
KHL teams aren't afraid to spend money -- the Moscow Dynamo lured Detroit Red Wings star Jiri Hudler away earlier this month -- so it wouldn't be surprising to see Lampman head back to Russia.
That said, if he can find the right situation with an NHL team -- a team that will give him a legitimate chance, rather than push him to the side because another player makes more dough -- I'm sure he'd love to stay in the U.S. (or Canada, for that matter). Just throwing some NHL teams out there that seem to need defensemen -- might Ottawa, Vancouver or St. Louis be a good fit?
Lampman, a defenseman, has played in 10 NHL games in his career, all with the New York Rangers (8 in 2003-04, 1 each in 2005-06 and 06-07). He also has played all or parts of five seasons in the American Hockey League, with top affiliates of NHL clubs. He has 26 career goals and 71 career assists in AHL play.
Lampman played three seasons in the USHL (one and a half for the Rochester Mustangs) and one at the University of Nebraska-Omaha before moving on to the pro ranks.