Lightning Rumors & News

  • Canadiens beat Lightning 4-2 for third win in a row

    Montreal Gazette "The skinny: Ben Scrivens turned in another impressive performance with 37 saves and Tomas Plekanec had two goals and an assist as the Canadiens ran their current win streak to three games with a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. The win gave the Canadiens a 2-0..." February 10

  • What if an NHL goalie has to go to the bathroom?

    SI "Unlike his fellow NHL players who tailor their game day meals with an eye on fuel and nutrition, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby follows his gut whenever he is scheduled to start. “It’s all based around what’s not going to make my stomach upset,” the current Vezina Trophy frontrunner says. “It’s..." February 10

  • Mark Stone stays hot in February, leads Senators over Lightning

    Ottawa Sun "Mark Stone is back and the Senators can only hope history repeats itself. Stone scored twice and added an assist in the Senators’ 5-1 romp past the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, continuing a hot streak which has now seen him notch five goals and three assists in four games in February. If..." February 09

  • Bolts win eighth straight home game, top Pittsburgh 6-3

    Tampa Tribune "Finally healthy and finally in synch, the Lightning finally look like the team they were expected to be. The defending Eastern Conference champions slowed down the march of the Penguins, ending Pittsburgh’s four-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory on Friday. Tampa Bay has won eight..." February 06

  • Bolts’ winning ways continue as season’s second half begins

    Tampa Tribune "The climb up the Eastern Conference ladder continued for the Lightning. And not even a week-long break in the action was enough to slow down the rise up the standings. Tampa Bay opened the post All-Star break scheduled with a 3-1 victory against Detroit in front of an announced sellout crowd..." February 04

  • Report: Majority of GMs would approve of play-in game for final playoff seeds

    The Score "First the coach's challenge, now a wild-card play-in game? Bob McKenzie reported Wednesday on NBC that 16-of-28 general managers polled would be in favor of the NHL borrowing another idea, and adopting an MLB-style single elimination play-in game to determine the final wild-card seed in each..." February 04

  • If Lightning try to deal Stamkos, which teams are likely suitors?

    Tampa Tribune "The countdown clock is officially ticking. The NHL trade deadline is four weeks from today, and the Lightning will be the league’s most-watched team between now and the 3 p.m. deadline on Feb. 29. General manager Steve Yzerman won’t necessarily be the busiest executive among his peers, but any..." February 01

  • John Scott, NHL All-Star Game set ratings record for NBCSN

    Yahoo! Sports "There was no doubt that the perfect storm of The John Scott Phenomenon and the NHL’s reinvigorated 3-on-3 All-Star Game format had provided an uptick in attention for the midseason classic. The only question was if that would actually translate into a spike in viewership as well, or if the..." February 01

  • MVP John Scott and new format win praise at NHL All-Star game

    Los Angeles Times "The least likely All-Star was voted the most valuable player of the NHL's first venture into three-on-three play at its midseason showcase, proving that the worst intentions can sometimes have an unimaginably good outcome. A ride that began when enforcer John Scott was jokingly promoted as the..." February 01

  • NHL players excited for 3-on-3 All-Star Game

    Tennessean "Few cities fully understand and embody the concept of entertainment like Nashville, which is evident by the flair that exudes from every event that it holds. That inherent flavor is why the Predators, who are hosting their first NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, wanted to make..." January 30

  • There are barely any good NHL teams and it sucks

    New York Post "Parity? Yes. Good hockey? No. The prevalent idea that permeates down from the NHL offices on Sixth Avenue states having so many teams so closely bunched makes for good entertainment. As the All-Star break has begun, let us clarify that idea: The more teams that have a chance to make the..." January 30

  • Self-taught Bishop helped carve his own path to All-Star Game

    Tampa Tribune "Like many high-school teenagers, Ben Bishop used to sit glued to a screen for hours. A decade before the age of abundant smart phones and tablets, he would put a tape into a VCR and watch hockey games. Well before Bishop was any sort of goaltending prospect, he spent time crafting his game with..." January 30

  • Stamkos won’t deny it — contract situation’s ‘in your head, for sure’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Steve Stamkos knew the questions about his contract situation were coming. So rather than dance around them, he attacked ’em straight on. “You’re human — it’s in your head, for sure,” Stamkos said during Friday’s All-Star Media Day. “You try not to let it affect your play on the ice. You..." January 29

  • Stamkos not open to being traded before deadline: 'I want to win with Tampa'

    ESPN "It was on this very stage a year ago when Steven Stamkos seemingly closed the door on testing the free-agent market. Speaking to a big media throng at the All-Star weekend in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 23, 2015, Stamkos made it clear he thought he'd sign a contract extension that summer -- one..." January 29

  • Vasilevskiy makes parents proud, anchors Bolts’ shutout of Toronto

    Tampa Tribune "Andrei Vasilevskiy flashed a shy smile, shrugged his shoulder slightly in a sheepish manner. The 21-year-old Lightning netminder with an outgoing personality rarely opens up much about himself while still trying to get comfortable with a new language. But after the former first-round pick..." January 28

  • Self-aware NHL all-star John Scott has many in his corner

    Toronto Sun "Midway through the second period, John Scott began to grow antsy. The hulking enforcer, who had been sitting for nearly 15 minutes in a 2-2 game, stood up, shook loose his legs, and looked pleadingly in the direction of the head coach. But it was no use. It was clear Scott’s place was on the..." January 28

  • Majority of coaches remain in favour of challenge concept

    TSN "It's not that NHL coaches don't appreciate having the coach's challenge at their disposal this season for the first time ever... Well, actually, that's not entirely true as six of 27 NHL head coaches polled by TSN don't like the coach's challenge at all and would just as soon see it..." January 27

  • Lightning fans are proof that Southern hockey is all grown up

    SB Nation "Lexi LaFleur Brown and I stood in the quiet shelter of Amalie Arena's bleachers while the ice filled with fans. Brown, a PhD student, goaltender and wife of Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown, was there to help support the Lightning's community outreach program during the Lightning Family..." January 26

  • Steven Stamkos responds to contract offer report

    Sportsnet "Steven Stamkos is staying quiet in the face of a leak. The Tampa Bay Lighting captain is neither confirming nor denying a report by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman that the Tampa Bay Lightning tabled an offer with an average annual salary of $8.5 million. “I’m not going to comment on that,”..." January 25

  • How to Fix the NHL’s Coach’s Challenge

    The Hockey Writers "It’s no secret. The NHL’s coach’s challenge has not gone as smoothly as hoped in its inaugural season. It was put into place in order to give teams an option to challenge goals which they thought were not ‘good goals’ as deemed by the NHL rulebook. However, the two times when a coach can..." January 25

  • Canada’s falling dollar could be raising hopes for a Seattle NHL expansion team

    Seattle Times "It turns out the prediction of a January vote by Seattle City Council on a Sodo District arena was not only optimistic, but downright delusional. City Hall sources now indicate a vote to cede Occidental Avenue South for Chris Hansen’s project won’t happen before late March, early April at best...." January 25

  • Escrow went up…again

    Pro Hockey Talk "Escrow has risen from 16 percent to 18 percent, according to multiple reports. No surprise there, given the Canadian dollar’s plunge. With seven of the NHL’s 30 teams in Canada, there was no way league revenues weren’t going to be affected. Some had predicted escrow would go up even..." January 25

  • Lightning's Stamkos mum on reported contract offer

    Tampa Bay Times "C Steven Stamkos would neither confirm nor deny a report by Canada's Sportsnet TV network that the Lightning has offered him an eight-year, $68 million contract extension in recent weeks. "I'm not going to comment on that," Stamkos said Sunday at the Lightning's family carnival at Amalie Arena...." January 25

  • Panthers knock off Lightning 5-2

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "f this weekend's back-to-back games against last season's Stanley Cup finalists served as a barometer for the Panthers' playoff chances then cue the flying rats. A night after dominating the weary-looking Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, the Panthers erupted for four second-period goals..." January 24

  • Lightning made Stamkos an offer at an average of $8.5M a season

    The Score "Steve Yzerman's got a lot of work to do in Tampa Bay, but he knows his priorities. The Lightning general manager recently made a contract offer to pending unrestricted free agent Steven Stamkos that averaged $8.5 million per season, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, speaking on..." January 24

  • Senators won’t part with Cody Ceci in deal for Jonathan Drouin

    Sportsnet "While Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman continues to pursue a trade for disgruntled forward Jonathan Drouin, you can cross at least one name off the list of potential pieces coming back in a deal. The Ottawa Senators will not part with 22-year-old defenceman Cody Ceci as part of a package in..." January 24

  • Jonathan Drouin’s trade stock ‘dropping by the minute’

    The Hockey News "We know that Tampa Bay left winger Jonathan Drouin wants a trade – that has been made abundantly clear in recent days. But what is the value of the 20-year-old on the market? I surveyed a handful of NHL execs and posed this question: If Lightning GM Steve Yzerman called up and asked what he could..." January 24

  • Tampa Bay Lightning want Ottawa Senators prospect Thomas Chabot in any trade for Jonathan Drouin

    Ottawa Sun "The asking price will be high if the Senators want disgruntled Tampa Bay Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin. While the 20-year-old forward’s holdout hit day three as he waits for the Bolts to satisfy his demand for a trade, a league source told Postmedia Friday if the Senators want to acquire..." January 23

  • Lightning dominate Blackhawks to extend winning streak to seven

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Lightning are unable to swap out what happened Thursday night for what happened in June. So they will just have to take some solace in snapping the Chicago Blackhawks’ 12-game winning streak while extending their own streak to a season-high seven games with a 2-1 victory. The..." January 22

  • How we’ll remember Jonathan Drouin — Crybaby, quitter, disaster

    Tampa Tribune "Here at the corner of Jungle and Madness, The Drouin Disaster nears conclusion. Any moment now, we expect a trade that will allow the indefinitely suspended Jonathan Drouin, former prized Lightning draft pick, to pack his skates, sticks and teething ring and go elsewhere. Or maybe it won’t be..." January 22

  • Yzerman ‘aggressively’ hunting a Drouin trade; 7-12 teams want him

    Sportsnet "Amid the most dramatic holdout in recent NHL history, general manager Steve Yzerman is trying to find a solution. In a bold and costly effort to hasten a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning, forward Jonathan Drouin has decided not to report to the AHL-affiliate Syracuse Crunch, to which he was..." January 21

  • Yzerman: Never said Drouin trade was imminent

    TSN "The gloves are off. An ugly situation in Tampa Bay has devolved into a he-said, he-said battle. Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman responded publicly to the Jonathan Drouin saga on Thursday, saying that the team never indicated to Drouin’s agent a trade was close. Drouin’s agent, Allan..." January 21

  • Jonathan Drouin’s refusal to play ups the ante with Tampa Bay Lighting in bid to be traded

    National Post "A messy situation just got a whole lot messier. Two weeks after it became public that Jonathan Drouin had requested to be traded by the Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL team suspended the 20-year-old forward without pay Wednesday night for refusing play in a minor-league game. Drouin, who was..." January 21

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Lightning announce Drouin has been suspended without pay for not showing up to the AHL game tonight

  • Lightning topple Oilers 6-4 to win sixth straight

    Tampa Tribune "The Lightning were far from perfect on Tuesday. But the formula for a 6-4 victory against Edmonton might have been the perfect recipe. Tampa Bay found contributions all over the ice in various different forms. Twelve different players registered at least a point. Fifteen different skaters..." January 20

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Statement from Drouin's agent Allan Walsh:

  • Bolts suspend Drouin after failing to report for AHL game

    Pro Hockey Talk "From the Lightning: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin has been suspended indefinitely without pay by the team after his failure to report for tonight’s game between the Syracuse Crunch and the Toronto Marlies, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced this..." January 20

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    The NHL executive committee meeting on expansion is today in NY. No announcement should be made after. #tvasports

  • Trade Talk: Habs moving for Drouin?

    TSN "The NHL's Feb. 29 Trade Deadline is approaching and teams are making decisions on whether to buy or sell and decide which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value. Check out today's trade rumours and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow TradeCentre on TSN and..." January 19

  • Kucherov’s two goals lift Lightning to win over Panthers

    Tampa Tribune "Ever since the Lightning and Panthers joined the NHL within a year of each other in the early 1990s, the in-state rivalry between the franchises has primarily been manufactured. Not anymore. The streaking Lightning closed within five points of the Panthers atop the Atlantic Division on..." January 18

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    BrianWilde @BWildeCTV

    BREAKING NEWS Strong source confirms Habs making a huge push today putting a more significant package on table to acquire Drouin.

  • Ducks not done dealing, GM acknowledges interest in Drouin

    L.A. Daily News "The Ducks began to show distinct signs of life this month after a rocky three-month start to a season in which so much was expected of them and so little was delivered. Good wasn’t good enough, as far as Ducks general manager Bob Murray was concerned. So, hours after watching the Ducks take an..." January 17

  • Namestnikov scores first hat trick against Penguins, leads Bolts to 4th straight win

    Tampa Tribune "Somewhere Vladislav Namestnikov holds a small collection of momentos of his brief NHL career. There’s the puck from his first career goal. The stick he used to score that goal rests nearby. His collection grew by three on Friday. Namestnikov recorded his first career hat trick, capping..." January 16

  • Drouin awaits potential trade from Lightning "Jonathan Drouin continues to wait for a possible trade two weeks after the Tampa Bay Lightning forward was demoted to the American Hockey League and a request made in November became public. "I don't really decide. It's up to them (Tampa Bay)," Drouin told after playing his fifth..." January 16

  • NHL instates mandatory domestic violence and sexual assault prevention training for teams and players

    SB Nation "The NHL has finally begun to implement domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention training for its players and teams, per a report from the Associated Press. The NHL and NHL Players' Association partnered to ensure all 30 teams would go through "hour-long educational..." January 16

  • Drouin rumors heating up with Blues, Ducks, Predators reportedly the contenders

    The Score "A Jonathan Drouin trade could be imminent. Or not. Much has been speculated about the future of the Tampa Bay Lightning forward over the past 12 hours. TVA's Renaud Lavoie reported Thursday night that a trade for Drouin could happen in the next 24 hours, though he backed off that Friday..." January 15

  • Stamkos scores twice; Lightning dominate Avs to win third straight, 4-0

    Tampa Tribune "Don’t look now, but the Lightning might finally — finally — be feeling it. Tampa Bay turned a good road trip into a great one by beating Colorado 4-0 on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center, picking up six of eight points on a four-game trip. The Lightning won the final three games of the trip,..." January 13

  • Rams fan Ben Bishop happily shuts out Stan Kroenke's hockey team

    CBS Sports "Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop grew up in Missouri and was a fan of the NFL's St. Louis Rams. Like any Rams fan on Tuesday he was probably feeling a little down in the dumps with the news that the Rams, under the ownership of Stan Kroenke, are relocating back to Los Angeles after..." January 13

  • Blues, Predators Among Teams Seeking Drouin

    Today's Slapshot "“I think there’s some kind of smaller moves that could be coming. Colorado is at 50 contracts. So they’re going to want to try to get down from there, if they can. You never want to be at the maximum. So that’s one issue. “Columbus has nine defensemen now, I think, since they traded for Jones...." January 12

  • Avalanche's MacKinnon scoffs at reported trade offers for Lightning's Drouin

    The Score "If anyone knows what Jonathan Drouin is capable of, it's Nathan MacKinnon. The pair of 20-year-old forwards spent two years together as members of the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads, lighting the league on fire during the 2012-13 season leading up to the NHL draft, where MacKinnon was selected..." January 12