Lightning Rumors & News

  • Guy Boucher not seeking 'revenge' against Lightning

    Tampa Bay Times "Guy Boucher said he's asked often, both by media members and people in the street, whether he's circled Saturday's game against the Lightning on his calendar. Boucher, fired by Tampa Bay in 2013 after four seasons as head coach, is in his first year with Ottawa. The simple answer? Not at..." October 22

  • Varlamov, Avalanche blank Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Looking for a stronger effort after a lackluster showing in the previous game, the Colorado Avalanche responded with a 4-0 victory against the previously undefeated Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday at Amalie Arena. Colorado's Matt Duchene scored his first two goals of the..." October 20

  • Fast start indicates NHL game is slowing down for Jonathan Drouin

    Today's Slapshot "The added emphasis teams are placing on skating and passing has turned NHL rinks into super speedways, but for Lightning third-year winger Jonathan Drouin, the pace of play feels more each day like a casual drive than a drag race. That at least is how Drouin’s coach, Jon Cooper sees it. “I..." October 19

  • Stamkos saves Lightning late vs. Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Steven Stamkos has scored a lot of goals in the NHL, but few will rival his game-tying shot with 5.5 seconds left in regulation, finding the top corner of the net to set up the Tampa Bay Lightning's 4-3 shootout win over the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena on Tuesday night...." October 18

  • Lightning's Callahan cleared for contact after hip surgery

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning F Ryan Callahan blasted a puck past G Ben Bishop during Friday's practice, then raised his arms, skated to the bench and walked up the tunnel to the dressing room. A walkoff goal. "I got lucky," Callahan said. It was a feel-good day for Callahan, who finally shed the orange..." October 15

  • Filppula caps rally as Lightning edge Devils

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have not enjoyed the starts of their first two games of the season. But they are enjoying the endings. Tampa Bay overcame an early two-goal deficit before rallying for victory for the second straight contest, defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-2 at..." October 15

  • Lightning's Kucherov feeling 'rusty' after contract holdout

    Tampa Bay Times "Nikita Kucherov didn't know what to expect after missing training camp due to a contract holdout. While Kucherov, 23, played in the World Cup of Hockey, Thursday's season opener against Detroit was his first game in nearly three weeks. And to Kucherov, it showed. He was a plus-1 in 18:43 of..." October 15

  • McKenzie explains potential for NHL lockout in 2020

    Today's Slapshot "NHL Insider Bob McKenzie made an appearance on Toronto’s SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Friday afternoon. Having broken the news of Rickard Rakell’s six-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks a short time earlier, McKenzie was asked about the seeming wave of longer-length contracts across..." October 14

  • 10 surprises on opening night rosters "With the NHL season set to begin Wednesday, each of the 30 teams announced its 23-man roster. As expected, Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Patrik Laine, the No. 2 pick by the Winnipeg Jets, made their teams. But there were plenty of other young..." October 12

  • 31 bold predictions for 2016-17 season

    TSN "Go bold or go home. The task at hand on the eve of the 2016-17 season is to make one bold prediction for all 31 National Hockey League franchises. By nature, the end result is either all or nothing, spot on or utterly insane. There is no comfortable middle ground. Last year, it wasn’t so..." October 12

  • Nikita Kucherov returns from Russia as Lightning deal nears

    Tampa Bay Times "Turns out, wing Nikita Kucherov might be available for Thursday's Lightning season opener against the Red Wings after all. Kucherov, 23, a restricted free agent, flew from Russia to Tampa on Monday as he neared a deal with the Lightning. That contract could be finalized today. It would more..." October 11

  • Kucherov signs team-friendly bridge deal with Lightning

    Sportsnet "That breeze you just felt on the back of your neck was Steve Yzerman exhaling. After missing training camp due to ongoing contract negotiations, Nikita Kucherov signed a three-year, $14.3-million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday. The contract, which carries an annual cap hit of..." October 11

  • Ruslan Fedotenko retires after 12 NHL seasons "Ruslan Fedotenko has announced his retirement Tuesday from the National Hockey League (NHL), following 12 NHL seasons and a professional hockey playing career that spanned two decades. Fedotenko, a two-time Stanley Cup Champion, played in a total of 863 career NHL games with five teams: the..." October 11

  • Talks ‘intensifying’ between Bolts and Kucherov, likely a bridge deal coming

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nikita Kucherov hasn’t signed yet, but according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, he’s “likely” to suit up for the Lightning on Thursday when they open their regular season at home to Detroit. McKenzie reported this morning that negotiations between Kucherov and the Bolts have been “intensifying.” The..." October 10

  • Credit breakfast summit for cementing Drouin's choice to stay with Lightning

    Tampa Bay Times "The two sat down for breakfast at a downtown Montreal hotel, each not knowing what to expect. Before the Lightning's season finale April 9 in Montreal, wing Jonathan Drouin, 21, joined coach Jon Cooper for a brutally honest, clear-the-air conversation. It might have been a turning point in..." October 09

  • Report: 2016-17 trade deadline will be on March 1

    Pro Hockey Talk "TVA’s Renaud Lavoie tweeted out two important deadlines for NHL teams to consider on Friday. NHL teams must finalize their rosters by Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET. The trade deadline is set for March 1 at 3 p.m. ET. This conflicts with earlier word that it would be on Feb. 28. Both are..." October 08

  • The case for who takes Ryan Callahan's spot

    Tampa Bay Times "With just one exhibition remaining Saturday, the Lightning has a few more days to make a decision on one of its main camp questions. Who temporarily takes Ryan Callahan's roster spot? Callahan continues to practice in a red non-contact jersey, and is expected to be out until mid-November as..." October 07

  • NWHL player Harrison Browne comes out as a transgender man

    ESPN "Before Harrison Browne could walk, he could skate. Last season the 23-year-old forward nicknamed "Brownie" helped his pro hockey team in Buffalo to the championship series, and with the season opener Friday, Buffalo aims for more than just a shot at a title in 2016-17. "It's the first game..." October 07

  • NHL has mid-January deadline for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL has until Jan. 15 to come to an agreement with the IOC, but whether the NHL decides to go or not, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says he'll support Alexander Ovechkin. While there’s been some negativity on the side of both the NHL and the International Olympic Committee about the..." October 07

  • Offer Sheets Could Be Coming Kucherov’s Way

    The Hockey Writers "When we look at the history of teams offering restricted free agents (RFAs) offer sheets, in hopes of plucking players from another team, we can see that the practice is a rarity in today’s NHL. Whether it’s because of the compensation a team must pay for essentially stealing a player, or because..." October 07

  • Offer sheet for Lightning's Kucherov unlikely

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning, still trying to sign restricted free agent wing Nikita Kucherov, is in a salary cap crunch, with between $5 million and $5.5 million of room left, cap website says. Kucherov could warrant $6 million or more annually. Does that make it a perfect storm for another..." October 06

  • Tampa Bay Lightning to retire St. Louis number

    Today's Slapshot "Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, will be hosting a press conference this morning at Amalie Arena that the club is going to retire the jersey number of retired Lightning great, Martin St. Louis. Marking the first time in the franchises history that they have retired a players..." October 06

  • McKenzie: Lightning’s Kucherov ‘won’t be available’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "NHL Insider Bob McKenzie outlined the dynamics of a potential offer sheet for restricted free agent Nikita Kucherov this week, but what if a general manager simply wanted to trade for the talented Tampa Bay Lightning forward? Are other general managers kicking the tires on his potential..." October 05

  • NHL point projections: How we see 2016-17 season unfolding

    USA Today "The only guarantee about the NHL standings in 2016-17 is that they won’t look like the 2015-16 standings. Historically, there’s usually a significant change in who makes the playoffs and who doesn’t. This past season, the NHL had five new playoff qualifiers. In 2014-15, seven playoff teams..." October 04

  • Bob McKenzie outlines dynamics of potential Kucherov offer sheet scenario

    Today's Slapshot "Tampa Bay Lightning talent Nikita Kucherov is still without a contract, and the threat of an offer sheet for the restricted free agent – however unlikely – looms. “If anybody’s going to get offer-sheeted, you would think this would be the guy,” said NHL Insider Bob McKenzie during a Monday..." October 04

  • Why the Lightning cut James Wisniewski

    Tampa Bay Times "Defenseman James Wisniewski was the biggest name of the Lightning's 24 cuts Sunday, the veteran released from his training camp tryout after playing in three exhibitions. The Lightning saw some positives in Wisniewski, 32, from his his vision and passing, which is why it was intrigued he could..." October 03

  • Lightning release Wisniewski from professional tryout

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their training camp roster by making 24 cuts on Sunday, with the most notable name on the list being veteran defenseman James Wisniewski. Wisniewski was in Lightning camp on a professional tryout contract, but was not able to earn a spot on the roster. He was..." October 03

  • Kucherov won’t report to Bolts until he’s signed

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nikita Kucherov will not report to Tampa Bay Lightning training camp until he’s signed. The 23-year-old winger is not currently under contract, though as a restricted free agent he is partially under club control. From the Tampa Bay Times, which confirmed through GM Steve Yzerman that Kucherov..." September 29

  • Kucherov could present ‘golden opportunity’ for offer sheet

    Today's Slapshot "Fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning are still anxiously waiting for the team to announce a new contract for star restricted free agent Nikita Kucherov. NHL Insider Bob McKenzie addressed the issue Wednesday morning while on Montreal’s TSN 690. “If you’re going to give Nikita Kucherov a long-term..." September 29

  • Daly: NHL could skip 2018 Olympics and return in 2022

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics is in Pyeongchang, South Korea is still undetermined, and on Tuesday deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn’t sound overly optimistic about the chances of their players taking part. At a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday before the first game of the..." September 27

  • Lightning re-sign Nestorov to 1-year, $725K contract

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Tampa Bay Lightning signed their second-most important Nikita on Monday, inking Nikita Nesterov to a one-year, $725K contract. The 23-year-old defenseman has to appreciate the fact that this is a one-way deal, as the Lightning blueline isn’t the easiest group to crack. (That will be..." September 26

  • Lightning pushes pace early in camp

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning center Brian Boyle's practice ended a little early Saturday after the heel of defenseman Braydon Coburn's stick blade caught him in the nose during a 1-on-1 drill. Boyle was fine - no hard feelings - just some pain and blood on his jersey. "It's going to happen sometimes," Boyle..." September 25

  • With 'fire in the belly,' Cory Conacher returns to Lightning

    Tampa Bay Times "Cory Conacher was all smiles Friday morning, back in Lightning blue for the first practice of training camp. He zipped around the ice with former AHL teammates Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn. "The fire is in the belly," Conacher said. "This is my last chance, I think." Conacher, 26, didn't..." September 24

  • 'I wish I could have played' in World Cup, says American Tyler Johnson

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning center Tyler Johnson didn't take to Twitter - like the Penguins Phil Kessel famously did - to express his disappointment in Team USA's performance in the World Cup. But after the Americans wrapped up an 0-for-3 tournament Thursday in a loss to the Czech Republic, Johnson said he..." September 24

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • The intersecting paths of USA goalies Quick, Schneider and Bishop to World Cup Hockey

    SI "A collective revelation was recently had by the three goaltenders on Team U.S.A., and those sensitive to spoilers should know that fate will ensure this particular matter occurs sometime soon. Bear with us, though, because the parameters take time to explain. Start in March 2004, at an ice rink..." September 14

  • Ben Bishop happy, relieved to play in World Cup "The scene at Consol Energy Center on May 13 was frightening. There was Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, competing in the Eastern Conference Final for a second straight season, writhing in agony less than 13 minutes into Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. While scrambling to get..." September 13

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Still unsigned, Nikita Kucherov is Lightning's offseason enigma

    Tampa Bay Times "On July 1, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he was confident he would re-sign wing Nikita Kucherov, hopefully sooner than later. A month later, Yzerman maintained he expected to get a deal done with the restricted free agent, noting it may take until the start of the season. Late..." September 12

  • Yzerman coy on keeping both Bishop and Vasilevskiy: 'Maybe, maybe not'

    Tampa Bay Times "With an expansion draft looming, the prevailing assumption is that the Lightning will have to move either goalie Ben Bishop or backup Andrei Vasilevskiy by February's trade deadline. Not so fast. "Maybe, maybe not," Lightning GM Steve Yzerman told the Times Thursday. Yzerman said not only..." September 09

  • Lightning's J.T. Brown speaks out on life 'as a black athlete in the NHL'

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning wing J.T. Brown wants to make one thing clear. "I have no ill will towards John Tortorella," he said. That doesn't mean Brown, 26, agrees with everything the Team USA coach says. And Brown, 26, an African American, took to Twitter this week to let his voice be heard on Tortorella's..." September 08

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • Stamkos really cares about playing in World Cup: 'It's huge'

    Sportsnet "It’s natural to approach the reborn World Cup with some level of skepticism. What, observers wonder, will this thing look, feel and be like when the lights go up at the Air Canada Centre? Landing at a time on the calendar usually reserved for NHL exhibition games and using a somewhat..." September 06

  • For Tavares and Stamkos, a chance to complete some unfinished business

    Toronto Sun "Come Sept. 17, two of the Greater Toronto Area's most gifted hockey-playing native sons will step onto the Air Canada Centre ice, beaming with pride at being able to wear that beloved maple leaf on their chests. Sorry, Toronto, but not THAT maple leaf. The logo in question here is red and..." September 06

  • Bishop: Trade to Flames was 'close,' discussed extension

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning goalie Ben Bishop thought he was headed to Calgary. Bishop, 29, the two-time Vezina Trophy finalist, was one of the league's most sought-after trade targets during the June NHL Draft in Buffalo. The Flames, in need of a No. 1 goalie, were hot on his trail and received permission from..." September 02

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • On Ben Bishop, and his uncertain future in Tampa Bay

    Pro Hockey Talk "On the surface, the whole thing just doesn’t seem fair. In this corner we have Ben Bishop — at 6-foot-7, the tallest netminder in NHL history — coming off a banner campaign in which he cemented himself as one of the game’s elite. Those covering Bolts almost unanimously agreed Bishop was the..." August 30

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23