Lightning Rumors & News

  • Devils' Wood to have hearing for hit from behind on Namestnikov

    Newark Star-Ledger "Devils forward Miles Wood will have a hearing with NHL Player Safety on Sunday for boarding and charging Tampa Bay Lightning center Vladislav Namestnikov during Saturday's 4-3 Devils win at Amalie Arena. Wood hit Namestnikov from behind at the 4:54 mark of the second period, sending the front..." February 18

  • Lightning’s Yanni Gourde finding NHL success after a long road traveled

    Pro Hockey Talk "It hockey hadn’t worked out for Tampa Bay Lightning forward Yanni Gourde, he would have found himself in the world of civil engineering. “I like to understand how things work. I’m good at math, too, so it just interested me,” Gourde told Pro Hockey Talk on Friday. There were plenty of times..." February 16

  • Marian Gaborik to make Senators debut on top line vs. Sabres

    Sportsnet "In just a few days, Marian Gaborik has gone from being a healthy-scratch candidate for the Los Angeles Kings to a top-line winger on the Ottawa Senators. Gaborik and teammate Nick Shore were dealt to the Senators on Tuesday, with Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson sent to Los Angeles in..." February 15

  • Is Mikhail Sergachev the price for Ryan McDonagh?

    SNY TV "Renaud Lavoie cites several sources saying that Tampa Bay "would have a strong interest" in Ryan McDonagh but that the price would be 19-year old defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. (Journal de Montreal) Lavoie notes that the Lightning do have "several young players" that could be of interest to the..." February 12

  • How Canmore gave Brayden Point a chance to play with his brother

    Sportsnet "Canmore Eagles head coach and GM Andrew Milne was in his office when someone caught his eye. It was the 2011–12 season, and a boy of no more than 125 pounds had just walked into the dressing room of his Alberta Junior Hockey League club, which was otherwise full of 19-year-olds preparing for a..." February 11

  • Lightning players weigh in on Lecavalier's impact "Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Vincent Lecavalier will have his jersey number 4 retired in a pre-game ceremony prior to tonight's game against the Los Angeles Kings, Lecavalier becoming the second Tampa Bay to have his number retired, joining Martin St. Louis. Undoubtedly, Lecavalier has made an..." February 10

  • Lightning Acquire Eddie Pasquale from Oilers

    Hockey Fights "The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Edward Pasquale from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for future considerations, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Pasquale, 27, has appeared in 16 games with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League..." February 01

  • Hedman game-time decision for Lightning "Defenseman Victor Hedman will be a game-time decision when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, SUN, NHL.TV). Hedman has missed five games with a lower-body injury sustained during a 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Jan. 11. "He's..." January 30

  • John Tavares, Steven Stamkos and The Decision: ‘Talks are always open’

    Sportsnet "All of the other best players in the world had the day off. Not John Tavares. While the rest of the National Hockey League’s franchise faces were granted a travel day after a hectic All-Star Weekend in Tampa, Tavares made sure he was back on Long Island, punching the clock on Monday to shake..." January 30

  • Steven Stamkos praises John Tavares’ demeanor on brink of free agency

    Newsday "If anyone can identify with John Tavares situation, playing a season and leading a team while on the brink of free agency, it is his old friend from Ontario, Steven Stamkos. The latter heard the same speculation, answered the same questions, faced the same uncertainties that Tavares is facing when..." January 28

  • Hedman named to Atlantic Division All-Star equipment staff

    Sportsnet "Victor Hedman will take part in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game after all. Just, not in the way he was probably hoping to. The Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman was named to the Atlantic Division equipment staff on Saturday, and will perform the role of “assistant to the equipment manager” for the..." January 27

  • Lightning’s Brayden Point to replace Victor Hedman at 2018 NHL All-Star game

    Sportsnet "Brayden Point will replace Tampa Bay Lightning teammate Victor Hedman at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game. The move gives the Atlantic Division seven forwards and just two defencemen for the 3-on-3 competition. Point has 19 goals and 43 points in 48 games this season, his second in the NHL." January 24

  • Lightning's Sergachev a healthy scratch vs. Predators

    CBS Sports "Sergachev is a healthy scratch Tuesday against the Predators, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 19-year-old blueliner had an solid first 39 games, accruing eight goals, 25 points and a plus-17 rating. However, since then he's had just two assists and took a four-minute penalty --..." January 23

  • NHL announces details of 2018 All-Star Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "We know who’s going to Tampa this week for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, and now we know what events will make up this year’s Skills Competition. On Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN), there will be six events focusing on individuality, with the winning player taking home $25,000 for each victory...." January 23

  • Ondrej Palat Out Six To Eight Weeks With Lower-Body Injury

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning's telling trip just got tougher. Wing Ondrej Palat flew back to Tampa for more tests Monday and will be out indefinitely, a big blow to the Lightning's shutdown line. Palat suffered a lower-body injury getting speared by Minnesota's Jared Spurgeon in the third period of Saturday's..." January 22

  • Lightning recall forwards Matthew Peca & Michael Bournival from Syracuse "The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forwards Michael Bournival and Matthew Peca from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Bournival, 25, has appeared in 40 games with the Crunch this season, posting 13 goals and 27..." January 21

  • J.T. Brown put on waivers by Lightning

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning put veteran wing J.T. Brown on waivers Saturday with plans to send him to AHL Syracuse if he clears Sunday at noon. GM Steve Yzerman said the move was about creating roster flexibility, creating some room for a potential callup from the Crunch. "I wanted the flexibility within..." January 14

  • Lightning coach Jon Cooper: Nikita Kucherov has ‘it’ factor

    Sportsnet "Nikita Kucherov has been dazzling crowds in Tampa Bay for five seasons now, but he’s not often in the national spotlight. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper has been behind the bench for all five of those campaigns and gets to see first-hand what Kucherov is capable of on a daily basis. He shared..." January 13

  • Lightning lose All-Star Victor Hedman to leg injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "When you consider All-Star voting (in actual ballots and PHT ones) and midseason award picks, the Tampa Bay Lightning hold an almost unfair edge over the rest of the NHL halfway through 2017-18. Honestly, just the other day, I wondered if injuries might be their biggest hurdle right now. Well,..." January 12

  • Tyler Johnson’s revival is latest reason to fear the Lightning

    Pro Hockey Talk "Of all the things that were going right for the Tampa Bay Lightning to begin 2017-18, Tyler Johnson wasn’t exactly lighting the NHL on fire. Through the first 25 games of the season, Johnson managed a mere four goals and seven assists for 11 points. That’s not disastrous, but it didn’t exactly..." January 10

  • Dan Girardi leaves Lightning game after blocking slap shot with head

    Sporting News "One of the NHL's most prolific shot-blockers was injured Sunday during a scary looking sequence. Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi left during the second period of Tampa Bay's game against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday after taking a slap shot off the stick Martin Frk to the side of the..." January 08

  • Cooper, Trotz, Laviolette, Gallant to coach at NHL All-Star Game "The National Hockey League announced today that Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic), Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators (Central), Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan) and Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific) will serve as the head coaches for..." January 07

  • IIHF head will do 'everything in his power' to get NHL players in 2022 Olympics

    Sporting News "The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation is going to do all he can to get NHL players back into the Olympics in 2022. The NHL decided its players would not participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 for several reasons. For one, the 14-hour time..." January 05

  • Canadiens could use something special from Drouin vs. Lightning

    Sportsnet "Jonathan Drouin catches the pass in mid-flight and is off to the races. He’s all alone, with 60 feet of space in front of him to create something magical, and he does exactly that by shifting the puck from his forehand to his backhand and back to his forehand in the blink of an eye before he..." January 04

  • McDavid, Subban, Ovechkin, Stamkos named All-Star captains

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released its captains for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game after the results of a fan vote. The four captains for their respective divisions are Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan Division), Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (Pacific Division), P.K. Subban of the..." January 03

  • Why the Winter Classic is still an NHL home run

    New York Post "The Winter Classic no longer creates the national footprint it did when the NHL’s outdoor extravaganza was created 10 years ago. It no longer makes for appointment viewing. Fact is, the national TV audience that peaked at 2.5 million for the 2009 game at Wrigley Field between the Blackhawks and..." January 02

  • Lightning backup goalie Peter Budaj exits with apparent leg injury

    ESPN "The Tampa Bay Lightning expect to call up a goalie to fill in for backup Peter Budaj, who suffered an apparent left leg injury in Friday night's 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Lightning, who lead the league at 27-8-2, don't have any other goalies on the roster behind Andrei..." December 30

  • Drouin says he has no regrets from time with Lightning ahead of return

    Tampa Bay Times "When it comes to homecoming, you knew this was going to be a complicated one. Wing Jonathan Drouin is back, set to face the Lightning Thursday for the first time since getting sent to his hometown Canadiens in the June blockbuster deal that landed defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. Here's our story..." December 28

  • Should Erik Johnson be suspended for ugly play on Namestnikov?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Vladislav Namestnikov has been the Mikael Renberg equivalent on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Legion of Doom with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov for much of this season, complimenting those two scorers with strong work of his own. The Lightning were lighting up the Colorado Avalanche on..." December 17

  • Lightning's Ryan Callahan: Out indefinitely

    CBS Sports "Callahan is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. He'll be reevaluated in 3-to-4 weeks. This is a big blow to Tampa Bay's depth up front, as Callahan is an important member of the team's bottom-six forward group and penalty-killing unit. However, the veteran winger's absence won't impact..." December 15

  • 2018-19 Salary Cap Projected At $78-82MM

    Pro Hockey Rumors "At the board of governors meeting today, the league shared projections for next season’s salary cap. According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, that number is set to fall between $78-82MM depending on how the NHLPA uses their escalators. That’s an increase from this year’s $75MM ceiling, giving..." December 09

  • The NHL is political, whether you like it or not

    Sporting News "In the immediate aftermath of raising his fist, Lightning forward J.T. Brown received death threats. Brown, in the eyes of some hockey fans, had broken the cardinal rule of combining sports and the vague concept of politics. For, in the NHL, the best player is a quiet player who keeps his head..." December 08

  • Hold on to your Bolts: Lightning in talks to stay in Tampa through 2037

    Tampa Bay Times "The Tampa Bay Lightning and Hillsborough County are narrowing in on a deal that would keep the hockey team here until at least 2037. The two sides hope to have an agreement in place by January, according to county officials. Under discussion is a proposal for the Lightning to exercise two..." December 06

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams "NHL team values are up 15% over last year to an average of $594 million, the biggest increase in three years. Deal-making in and out of hockey has been a boon to the NHL, most notably the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets (NBA), the $1.2 billion price for the Miami Marlins (MLB) and the..." December 05

  • Lightning’s Jake Dotchin takes a step toward returning

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin took another step towards his return Monday with his first full practice in a couple weeks. Dotchin was still in a red non-contact jersey, so he’s not expected to play Tuesday against the Islanders. "He was zipping around there in his red jersey," coach Jon..." December 04

  • Lightning split up Stamkos-Kucherov duo to spark offence

    Sportsnet "After a dominant start that has seen Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov amass an absurd 73 combined points through 25 games, the potent duo will be split up for the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s Saturday night meeting with the San Jose Sharks. Despite still ranking as the top two scorers in the league,..." December 02

  • Senators claim Chris DiDomenico off of waivers

    Sportsnet "Chris DiDomenico is an Ottawa Senator again. The forward was claimed off of waivers on Saturday from the Tampa Bay Lightning, just eight days after being taken off waivers from the Senators. DiDomenico never appeared in a game for the Lightning, and has three goals and six points in 12 games..." December 02

  • Lightning’s Cedric Paquette suspended one game for boarding

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning center Cedric Paquette was suspended one game Thursday for boarding Bruins defenseman Torey Krug. With Paquette out for Saturday’s game against the Sharks at Amalie Arena, the Lightning could decide to call up a forward from AHL Syracuse (such as Cory Conacher) or go 11 forwards and..." December 01

  • IIHF backs Russia’s participation in Pyeongchang Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "The International Ice Hockey Federation doesn’t want to see hockey suffer at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. With the International Olympic Committee set to rule on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games next week, the IIHF threw its support behind Russia’s..." November 28

  • Bolts claim DiDomenico after losing Dumont

    TSN "The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed forward Chris DiDomenico off waivers from the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, two days after losing Gabriel Dumont to Ottawa on waivers. DiDomenico. 28, played in 12 games this season for the Senators, notching three goals and three assists. He has also played four..." November 24

  • Sens claim F Dumont on waivers

    TSN "The Ottawa Senators claimed forward Gabriel Dumont off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. Dumont, 27, was held without a point in seven games with the Lightning this season. The Senators announced Dumont will not play Wednesday night, but is expected to join the team before..." November 22

  • Lightning acquire goaltender Louis Domingue from Coyotes

    Fox Sports Florida "The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Louis Domingue (doh-MING, LOO-ee) from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goaltender Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Domingue, 25, has appeared in seven games with the Coyotes..." November 14

  • Jonathan Drouin, Lightning settle on performance bonus issue

    Sportsnet "It’s been nearly five months since Jonathan Drouin was traded away by the Tampa Bay Lightning. But the forward only recently completed his final piece of business with the organization after going to arbitration with the Lightning over the payment of a performance bonus, Sportsnet has..." November 12

  • Notable slow starts aiding Stamkos, Kucherov scoring title bids

    Sportsnet "While the first month of the 2017-18 season has gone swimmingly for the expansion darlings in Vegas, it’s been a few other clubs enjoying the most riches from their off-season gambles so far. In St. Louis, taking a flyer on Brayden Schenn spun into a dominant top line that’s outscored even the..." November 11

  • How many goals will Nikita Kucherov score this season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Tampa Bay Lightning continued to roll on Thursday night with a dominating 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Leading the way was Nikita Kucherov with another three-point effort including his league-leading 16th goal of the season. He enters play on Friday with a three-goal lead over Alex..." November 10

  • Peter Budaj excited to face former team, the Kings

    Tampa Bay Times "For Lightning veteran backup Peter Budaj, tonight's expected start in Los Angeles is something special. Had it not been for the Kings, Budaj, 35, may not still be in the league. Two years ago, Budaj thought his pro career might have been over, having lost all 15 starts for Winnipeg's AHL..." November 09

  • Tampa’s top line chasing NHL history

    TSN "Steven Stamkos paused. The spotlight has been shining on Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov – No. 1 and 2 in scoring – since they sprinted out of the gate as the fifth duo in the last 25 years to each net at least 20 points in the opening month of the season. The Tampa Bay Lightning teammates’..." November 09

  • Best NHL trade targets with Duchene off the market

    Pro Hockey Talk "Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, and other teams must feel a little left out after this weekend. While those GMs either were afraid to pay the sticker price or weren’t in the conversation, the bottom line is that the Ottawa Senators got Matt Duchene,..." November 07

  • NHL fines Stamkos, Hayes and Killorn after Rangers and Lightning water squirt battle

    Sporting News "New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault laughed and said "boys will be boys" Thursday after his Blueshirts skated to a 2-1 overtime victory over the Lightning down in Tampa. His quip was in reply to a question about an early third-period sequence in which a squirt of water led to a response..." November 03

  • Former Ranger Dan Girardi ready for ‘weird’ game against old team

    Pro Hockey Talk "Dan Girardi spent the first 11 years of his NHL career with the New York Rangers, but that all changed this summer when the team decided to buy out his contract. For those of us on the outside, the decision was a lot less surprising. Stay-at-home defensemen with big contracts are becoming more..." November 02