In today’s rumor rundown, the Flyers are realizing what it might take to keep Wayne Simmonds, some teams interested in Artemi Panarin might be presenting themselves and the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning might be looking to make more moves. Flyers Realizing the Status With Simmonds Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post noted that while the
In today’s rumor rundown Nikita Kucherov extends in Tampa and that may have some connection to the rumors of Erik Karlsson being moved to the Lightning. There are rumors about Nick Bjugstad being traded out of Florida and his agent weighs in, Lou Lamoriello is hot about the NHL free agent interview process and there’s
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension, the team announced Tuesday. The deal carries an annual cap hit of $9.5 million and will kick in during the 2019-20 season following the last year of his current three-year, $14.3 million contract that’s set to expire next July.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the envy of the National Hockey League. They’ve got a phenomenal owner in Jeff Vinik, who put the brakes on disaster and painstakingly rebuilt the organisation from the inside out. A former investment wizard, Vinik has managed to strike the optimal balance between the fanatical micromanagement of some of his
With the NHL draft in the books, all eyes have turned to the upcoming free agency period. The most coveted free agent is center John Tavares. A former first overall pick of the New York Islanders, Tavares has narrowed his list down to five teams, plus the Islanders. Those are the Dallas Stars, San Jose
For years, the future of defenseman Slater Koekkoek has been a hot topic in Tampa Bay Lightning land. This year, that chatter has gone from a whisper to a roar heard all across the Tampa Bay area. Since being drafted 10th overall in 2012, Koekkoek has struggled to make a name for himself at the
It’s difficult to discuss the end of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s season right now. Even with some time to process their shut-out in Game 7, it seems like an impossible outcome for the Bolts. Not only were they outplayed by the Washington Capitals, they were completely shut down, held without a point in close to eight periods.
When the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs began, the Tampa Bay Lightning were getting contributions from pretty much everyone. Whether it be the Brayden Point line against the Boston Bruins, or the two big guns to close out the New Jersey Devils in Round 1, there wasn’t anything going wrong. In the Eastern Conference Final, however,
On May 13, the final Tampa Bay Lightning prospects playing in juniors wrapped up their seasons. Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh of the Soo Greyhounds suffered defeat in the OHL Championship, while Alex Barre-Boulet of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada was eliminated in the QMJHL Final. For these talented prospects, the losses were a somewhat disappointing end to their
When general manager Steve Yzerman gambled by selecting a young Czech winger 208th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, nobody batted an eye. There wasn’t any second guessing by other teams because few late round picks turn into difference-makers for their team. Ondrej Palat is an exception. One that the Tampa Bay Lightning are glad
With the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals set to face off in the Eastern Conference Final (ECF), there’s a lot to be discerned from the match-up. As Southeastern Division rivals from 1998 through 2012, these teams have a deep competitive history in the regular season and the playoffs. Traditionally, Washington has dominated Tampa Bay in
There are a lot of positives to take out of the Tampa Bay Lightning winning both games against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden. For Tampa, this was a true breakthrough moment after they have struggled to find competent play (let alone victories) while playing in Boston. As noted by Roger Mooney of the
When general manager Steve Yzerman announced the Tampa Bay Lightning’s third-round pick in 2014, no one expected much. Knee deep at the center position as it was, there weren’t many who predicted Brayden Point would be in the Lightning lineup at all for years. If he did manage to crack the lineup, nobody thought he’d
With the Tampa Bay Lightning now seven games into the postseason, it is clear that the team is experiencing an odd scoring anomaly. Despite being the fifth-highest scoring team in the playoffs, their Norris Trophy candidate defenseman Victor Hedman has only registered two points. Under normal circumstances, two assists might be acceptable production for a
With the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs wrapping up after an epic Game 7 on Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally know who their opponent will be in Round 2. They will be facing off against the Boston Bruins in a matchup of two of the best regular season teams this year.
Two nights after scoring five goals in a Game 3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning the New Jersey Devils only managed to get one goal and were pushed to the brink of elimination following a 3-1 loss in Game 4. They had scored first to take the early lead, but that only lasted for
Pop quiz. Since the 2010-11 season, which player on the current Tampa Bay Lightning roster has the most career playoff points? In truth, it’s a trick question with two correct answers. Both Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kuchervov have scored 42 points in the postseason, placing them at the top of the Lightning’s scoring charts. Many would
With the close of the 2017-18 regular season marking the end of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 25th regular campaign, this makes for a perfect time to look back at the best goaltenders for the franchise over the last quarter-century. Throughout their history, the Lightning have been a proverbial revolving door for goaltenders, with only two playing
With Steven Stamkos suffering a lower-body injury that will likely keep him sidelined until the end of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be forced to face meaningful games at the end of the year without their captain. With a playoff spot already secured, it is important for Stamkos to be in full form if
For the diehard Rangers fan, this recent audition for the future has been fun. Neal Pionk, Rob O’Gara, John Gilmour and Ryan Sproul had their struggles, then showed enough progress to suggest a keeper or two just might come out of this revamped defense corps. Highly touted forwards Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil have shown
There’s no doubt that the Tampa Bay Lightning have been an offensive juggernaut throughout the 2017-18 season. With a team that features scoring superstars like Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, it felt like they could score at will. Not only are the Lightning ranked first overall in goals for per game and goals scored, they have
For many Tampa Bay Lightning fans, the 2015 entry level draft will be forever etched into their memory because it occurred just a few short weeks after the Lightning’s lengthy run to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. Besides general manager Steve Yzerman’s decision to trade his first-round pick to the New York Islanders for a second and
The battle for the Stanley Cup kicks off in less than a month, on Wednesday, April 11. While there are still several teams battling to secure a playoff spot in the Western Conference, teams in the East are fairly well decided. Best Odds to Win the Stanley Cup This season, three of the four 2016-17
There are few things as uncertain in the NHL than overtime. Between the nonstop action of three on three hockey to the coinflip that is a shootout, one can never predict what will happen. Sometimes, however, a player can rise above the insanity and find consistent success where others struggle. For the Tampa Bay Lightning,
If you only look at the Tampa Bay Lightning’s record as of late, you would think that the team has been on a roll. In their last seven games, they have gone 6-0-1 against a mix of playoff and rivalry teams that tend to play them hard. More importantly, the offense is firing on all
In some ways, it is fitting that the Tampa Bay Lightning faced off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on trade deadline day. After weeks of speculation and inaction surrounding the deadline, two of the most exciting teams in the NHL took center stage to remind us why we love hockey. While none of the Lightning’s
The trade deadline has been an especially interesting time for Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman this season. While the team has been at the top of the league for most of the year, they have had a consistent defensive hole on their first pairing alongside Victor Hedman. While Jake Dotchin played adequately last
With all the speculation about which players the Tampa Bay Lightning are looking to add at the trade deadline, it is easy to forget that Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman would have to make a few moves himself to fit a new player into the roster. Much like how he mitigated the cost of Braydon
In their recent letter to fans, the New York Rangers discussed how they are ready to start the rebuilding process at this trade deadline. With this declaration, recent trade rumors linking the Tampa Bay Lightning to Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh suddenly seem more plausible. …Both teams appear to looking at the usual (trade bait) suspects.
On Feb. 10, the Tampa Bay Lightning are scheduled to retire former captain and longtime face of the franchise Vincent Lecavalier’s No. 4 jersey. Lecavalier will join his friend and former teammate Martin St. Louis as the second player to have his number retired by the franchise. It is fitting for these two to have