Lightning Rumors & News

  • Canucks defeat Lightning for rare road win

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Ryan Miller stopped 38 shots before pulling himself late in the third period to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. Jayson Megna and Jack Skille each scored twice while Erik Gudbranson added a goal and an assist as Vancouver..." December 08

  • McDavid, Crosby, Price and Kane lead All-Star voting through first week

    Pro Hockey Talk "Voting for the 2017 NHL All-Star game has been underway for more than a week now, and on Tuesday afternoon the league announced the early leaders from each division. The game, which will take place in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, will feature the same format as last year’s game with the four..." December 06

  • Di Giuseppe's overtime tally lifts Hurricanes over Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "RALEIGH, N.C. -- This time the Carolina Hurricanes turned a good situation into the best kind of result. It came with dramatics as Phillip Di Giuseppe's first goal of the season gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday at PNC Arena. "We've..." December 04

  • Lightning outlast Capitals, end 4-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Ben Bishop and Brian Boyle helped the Tampa Bay Lightning snap their longest losing streak in more than three years. Bishop finished with 34 saves and Boyle had the deciding goal in the shootout to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 victory on Saturday night at Amalie Arena and end a..." December 03

  • Lightning's slide worries Yzerman

    Tampa Bay Times "If you’re a concerned Lightning fan, you’ve got company. It’s frustrating to players and coaches that Tampa Bay, a preseason Stanley Cup favorite, is playing mediocre hockey as the calendar flips to December. So you can imagine how the struggles are sitting with the Hall of Fame player who..." December 03

  • NHLPA expected to reject offer to extend CBA for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL’s verbal offer of a three-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement in exchange for Olympic participation has been rejected by the NHLPA. If NHL players are going to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, it’s not likely to come by way of extending the collective..." December 02

  • NHL Eyeing Exhibition Game In China; Continues History Of International Play

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to TSN’s NHL Insider Darren Dreger, the NHL is expected to play an exhibition game in China next season. While the NHL is easily the most nationally diverse of the “Big Four” North American sports leagues and has a history of playing international games, this would be their first foray..." December 02

  • Tarasenko scores hat trick as Blues beat Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Anytime right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scores a couple of early goals, the excitement starts to build on the St. Louis Blues' bench. "We were kind of all licking our chops to see what he was going to do," defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. "He still had 50 minutes to work with...." December 01

  • Rangers remain NHL’s most valuable team, according to Forbes

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Rangers have widened the gap atop the annual list of the NHL’s most valuable teams. According to Forbes, the Rangers’ franchise value has risen four percent in the last year to $1.25 billion. Meanwhile, the NHL’s second-most valuable team, the Montreal Canadiens, fell five percent..." December 01

  • Blue Jackets blast Lighning 5-1

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Led by Josh Anderson's three-point night, the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 Tuesday at Nationwide Arena. A less-than capacity crowd of 10,366 witnessed the Blue Jackets establish franchise records for wins (nine) and points (21) for November...." November 29

  • Hayes ends goal drought in Bruins' 4-1 win

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- A beaming Jimmy Hayes took an imaginary monkey off his back and tossed it over the glass as he waited for teammates to congratulate him behind the net. As he skated past the bench, at least one teammate grabbed at the back of shirt. "(David) Backes tried to grab it. It was..." November 27

  • McDavid, Kucherov and Crosby only players on pace for 90 points so far

    Pro Hockey Talk "Let’s check in on the NHL scoring race and see where things are headed a quarter of the way through the 2016-17 season. At this point, the Art Ross Trophy still seems to be Connor McDavid‘s to lose as long as he stays in the lineup. Thanks to his 10th goal of the season on Friday night in..." November 27

  • Anton Stralman cleared for contact, getting closer to return

    Pro Hockey Talk "Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman is inching closer to a return to the lineup. Sidelined for a couple of weeks due to an upper body injury, Stralman was cleared for contact on Saturday and could return to game action during their upcoming three-game road trip. He is not likely to..." November 26

  • Blue Jackets get road win over Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella issued his team a directive heading into Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning to find the areas around the blue paint. The Blue Jackets responded and skated away with a 5-3 victory at Amalie Arena, handing the Lightning..." November 25

  • Matt Carle Retires from National Hockey League "Matt Carle and the Nashville Predators announced Friday that the defenseman is retiring from the National Hockey League after a successful, 12-season career. "It has been an honor to be a player in the National Hockey League and play for four great organizations over the past 12 seasons," Carle..." November 25

  • Predators fan to get phone, signed jersey after incident with Lightning's Brown

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning forward J.T. Brown had little to say about the incident near the end of Monday's game in Nashville when he broke the cellphone of a Predators fan while leaving the ice. "Just a heat-of-the-moment situation," Brown told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday. "We've reached out to the guy,..." November 25

  • Official NHL expansion draft exempt list contains surprises

    Sportsnet "The Vegas Golden Knights officially have a name and they’re starting to get a better sense of who will be off limits when the expansion draft is conducted in June. Sportsnet has obtained a memo distributed from the NHL to its 30 teams on Tuesday night, which outlines the 66 players currently..." November 24

  • Lightning score three in third to down Flyers

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. – Misfiring on three power play chances in the third generally leads to a letdown. But the Tampa Bay Lightning used the momentum from those opportunities with the man advantage before scoring three times in the third period to rally past the Philadelphia Flyers for a 4-2 victory..." November 23

  • Vegas Golden Knights introduced as NHL's 31st franchise

    TSN "These Knights will be Golden. As gold confetti blasted into Sin City’s neon-drenched night sky, owner Bill Foley dubbed the NHL’s 31st franchise the Golden Knights, finally giving the first major professional sports team to call Las Vegas home a name and identity. The Vegas Golden Knights..." November 23

  • The Post-Burns Free Agent Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Unlike the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos saga of this past summer, the San Jose Sharks have spared hockey fans the drama and re-signed the top free agent on the market well before the trade rumors or free agency speculation could begin. Brent Burns inked an eight-year, $64MM extension..." November 22

  • J.T. Brown Fights Ryan Ellis, Gets Heckled, Punches Heckler's Phone

    Deadspin "J.T. Brown is here to fight, man. After getting blindsided to the ice by Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis, Brown rolled over on top of him and started pummeling him like he was finishing up an MMA knockout. Both men were sent to the penalty box to sit out the dregs of the Predators’ blowout win..." November 22

  • Vegas NHL team finally unveils name tonight

    TSN "The NHL’s 31st franchise will unveil its name tonight with all the glitz and glitter you’d expect in Sin City. Owner Bill Foley will pull back the curtain on a tightly-kept secret with help from Cirque Du Soleil performers in a posh party outside T-Mobile Arena, just steps off the famous Las..." November 22

  • NHL team nicknames explained "Five months after being awarded an expansion franchise, Las Vegas owner Bill Foley will announce the name of his team Tuesday. There has been plenty of speculation around what the team will be called, but that will end Tuesday when Foley not only reveals the team name, but likely explains what..." November 22

  • Subban, Ellis, Josi power Predators past Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Now that he's played about 5 1/2 weeks' worth of games with his new team, P.K. Subban has noticed something about his fellow Nashville Predators defensemen. "Our ability to generate offense as a group is pretty exceptional," he said. "We have guys who can skate the puck..." November 21

  • Vasilevskiy backstops Lightning to shutout over Flyers

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- As long as they keep getting the goaltending they have gotten the past two games The Tampa Bay Lightning may not miss star center Steven Stamkos as much as they think. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots he faced for his second straight shutout and Tampa Bay received..." November 19

  • Can the Lightning withstand a lengthy Stamkos absence?

    Puck Drunk Love "To start off with the obvious, it sucks for the Lightning to lose Steven Stamkos. There’s no doubt it hurts them. By any measure, he’s one of the league’s most prolific scorers. Since entering the NHL, he’s been second only to Alex Ovechkin in terms of scoring rate. Despite prior injuries, he..." November 19

  • McKenzie outlines critical issues in NHL-NHLPA escrow battle

    Fanrag Sports "Escrow. CBA. Lawyers. Ugh. No thanks. Anybody want to talk about politics instead? There may not be a more mind-numbingly awful subject to discuss for hockey fans than escrow. Truly. We’d generally rather devour a tasty dessert of trade rumors, but escrow and the CBA are the vegetables..." November 19

  • Yzerman: 'Not realistic' to replace Stamkos with high-priced player

    Tampa Bay Times "Losing captain Steven Stamkos for four months leaves a considerable void, taking one of the league's top scorers out of the lineup. But don't expect the Lightning to use the trade route to make up for the loss. Putting Stamkos on long-term injured reserve would create some salary cap..." November 18

  • Lightning begin life without Stamkos with victory

    The Sports Xchange "BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning know they have a difficult road ahead without captain Steven Stamkos. They got off to a good start on Thursday night. Four different players scored and Ben Bishop made 32 saves to lead Tampa Bay to a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The..." November 17

  • Stamkos to have surgery, could miss four months

    Tampa Bay Times "It looks like the Lightning might have to play without captain Steven Stamkos for most of this season. Stamkos is scheduled to undergo surgery in Vail, Col to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, with a four-month recovery period a safe estimate. TSN's Bob McKenzie was first to..." November 17

  • Steven Stamkos out indefinitely with a lateral meniscus tear

    Sportsnet "Tampa Bay Lightning‘s general manager Steve Yzerman has announced that captain Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely with a lateral meniscus tear. The 26-year-old left Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings." November 17

  • NHL, Stakeholders Discuss Possible Change To Draft Age

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Could the NHL change the draft age from 18 to 19? TSN’s Bob McKenzie spoke about the possibility on Tuesday night’s edition of Insider Trading. Former third-overall-pick Pat LaFontaine is leading a group of stakeholders that includes the NHL, NHLPA, CHL, USHL, Hockey Canada, USA Hockey, and..." November 16

  • Loss of captain Steven Stamkos huge blow to Tampa Bay Lightning, but they've dealt with it before

    ESPN "Losing Steven Stamkos for any length of time is a terrifying thought for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team's captain appeared to have injured his right leg during the first period of a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Lightning coach Jon Cooper did not give reporters an update..." November 16

  • NHL has new meetings to discuss participation in 2018 Olympics

    Chicago Tribune "NHL meetings are set for this week to discuss whether the league will participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. League officials will meet with the International Ice Hockey Federation in New York on Wednesday. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL hopes to learn if any traction has..." November 16

  • Steven Stamkos leaves game with lower-body injury "Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of the Bolts' road game at Detroit and will not return to the game, the team announced. While on the penalty kill near the midpoint of the opening period, Stamkos got up off the ice and skated gingerly..." November 16

  • Kucherov, Lightning top Red Wings but lose Stamkos

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- The Tampa Bay Lightning got a big win on Tuesday night but may have suffered an even bigger loss. Nikita Kucherov's second goal of the game, with 1:10 left, gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena. It was the..." November 15

  • NHL Will Not Market Individual Rivalries or Players Because It's a Team Sport

    The Comeback "The NHL is done marketing individual rivalries. Speaking to Chris Johnston of, NHL Deputy Commissioner said the league is not marketing individual rivalries among players because “our sport is the ultimate team sport.” That’s a crock of BS for multiple reasons. First of all,..." November 15

  • Is NHL participation in 2018 Olympics really what’s best for hockey?

    Sportsnet "Wednesday’s meeting in New York City involving the NHL, its players and the IIHF to discuss involvement in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will resolve nothing. There will be no grandiose statements, fireworks and the singing of “We are the World”. What we will hear is that the nearly 20 million..." November 15

  • Lightning shut out Islanders

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Barring an unlikely meeting in the playoffs next spring, the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders aren't scheduled to play again until the 2017-18 season. Too bad, for the Lightning -- and too soon, for the Islanders. J.T. Brown and Ryan Callahan scored during a..." November 14

  • Fast start carries Sharks over Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- The San Jose Sharks have won three straight games, all on the road, and Saturday was much of the same, with two early goals setting the tone for a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday at Amalie Arena. Sharks goalie Martin Jones made 25 saves and took a shutout into..." November 12

  • NHL, PA among groups meeting about Olympics

    TSN "The NHL and NHLPA are just two of the groups set to meet next week to discuss the NHL's involvement at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. THe IIHF as well as USA Hockey and Hockey Canada will also meet in New York City next week. The..." November 10

  • Smith, Luongo fuel Panthers past Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- The beard was gone ... and so was the losing streak. Call it a coincidence, but clean-shaven Roberto Luongo was clearly pleased after his Florida Panthers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Monday night at the BB&T Center. "I wanted to look like a 25-year-old so I..." November 07

  • Problem isn't with NHL DoPS, it's the rulebook

    TSN "The tin foil hats are on in Vancouver, chin straps done up nice and tight. Canuck fans are thoroughly convinced the NHL Department of Player Safety has it in for Daniel Sedin and the Canucks; that Nazem Kadri and the Toronto Maple Leafs are, as usual, benefitting from the league's Eastern bias..." November 07

  • Bolts' Kucherov headlines NHL 3 stars

    TSN "Tampa Bay right-wing Nikita Kucherov, Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford and New York Rangers centre Kevin Hayes have been named the NHL's three stars of the week. Kucherov took first-star honours with three goals and four assists in three games to guide the Lightning to five out of a possible..." November 07

  • Lightning power play goes from sore spot to savior

    Tampa Bay Times "There is inconsistency during even-strength play, which is a little odd since that has been a staple of the Lightning since Jon Cooper took over as coach. The result has been the dreaded slow start the team talked about avoiding before the season. What is keeping the Lightning (6-4-1) afloat..." November 05

  • Lightning pull away to defeat Devils

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Eight times in 12 games, the Tampa Bay Lightning allowed the first goal. Nearly as often, though, the Lightning are rallying back as they did in a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at Amalie Arena. "It's an issue. There's no question," Lightning..." November 05

  • Bruins outlast Lightning in shootout

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- When it gets 10 rounds deep into a shootout, the unlikeliest of heroes tend to emerge. For Boston, that was Jimmy Hayes who converted his shootout attempt in the 10th round to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday at Amalie Arena...." November 04

  • Report: NHL may restrict All-Star Game to only ‘bona fide players

    The Hockey News "It looks as though the NHL is going to restrict the likes of John Scott from the All-Star Game by placing parameters around the definition of NHL player. Even though the NHL plans to continue to have populist voting for the All-Star Game, it’s still unclear whether or not the John Scott..." November 02

  • Jonathan Drouin Leaves Game With Upper Body Injury

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Tampa Bay Lightning tweeted that Jonathan Drouin would not return to the game after taking a hit to the head from Calvin de Haan in the first period. Video of the hit was here via SBNation, and both Erik Eriendsson and Renaud Lavoie confirmed Drouin’s inability to return. From video, it..." November 02

  • Lightning crush Islanders with early barrage

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Lightning had what captain Steven Stamkos called a "response game" Tuesday night. The New York Islanders fans among the announced crowd of 10,822 at Barclays Center had a response, too, during the worst game the team has played at its new home. The Lightning..." November 01