Lightning Rumors & News

  • Lightning re-sign forward Tye McGinn to one-year, two-way contract "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. McGinn, 27, skated in 21 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League last season, posting 10 goals and 19 points to go..." August 18

  • Lightning not among early suitors for Will Butcher

    Tampa Bay Times "Hobey Baker-winning defenseman Will Butcher is now an unrestricted free agent, and is likely to draw his share of suitors. So far, however, the Lightning isn't among them. Butcher, 22, drafted by the Avalanche in 2013, is expected to chat with several teams, reportedly including the Sabres,..." August 17

  • Oilers’ Yamamoto learning from Tyler Johnson in quest to reach NHL

    Sportsnet "Though he checks in at just five-foot-eight and 153 pounds, Edmonton Oilers prospect Kailer Yamamoto is thinking big. The Spokane, Wash., native is fresh off of signing his first NHL contract after being selected 22nd overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, and while Yamamoto has been dominating at the..." August 12

  • Howden focused on future with Lightning "What a difference a year makes. Tampa Bay Lightning center prospect Brett Howden can attest to that. Consider the way Howden, the No. 27 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, approached his second development camp with the Lightning in July. Buoyed by a strong showing last season with Moose Jaw of the..." August 07

  • Raddysh hoping to channel Point for Lightning "Tampa Bay Lightning forward prospect Taylor Raddysh is hoping to build on a breakout 2016-17 season in the Ontario Hockey League with a strong NHL training camp in September. Raddysh, selected by the Lightning in the second round (No. 58) of the 2016 NHL Draft, had 109 points (42 goals, 67..." August 03

  • Agent: Kucherov cleared air with Yzerman, focused on Cup run

    Tampa Bay Times "There hasn't been much rest in Nikita Kucherov's extended offseason. After helping lead Russia to a bronze medal at the World Championships in mid-May, Kucherov, 24, returned to Tampa in early June. He's been skating locally five-to-six days a week for more than a month, including Tuesday's..." August 02

  • Stamkos expected to be ready by Lightning training camp

    Pro Hockey Talk "Injuries from last season make for cloudy projections regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2017-18 expectations, and that especially applies to a situation likely to spill over with Steven Stamkos. Back in November, he underwent surgery on his knee, which essentially derailed his 2016-17..." August 01

  • Lightning's Ondrej Palat happy with new deal, new talent

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning forward Ondrej Palat, he of the newly signed five-year, $26.5 million deal, is back home in his native Czech Republic participating in his summer workout routine and eager for the start of training camp. Seems the Lightning players are not too keen on this long offseason, made..." July 21

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Bolts' Sergachev: I think I'm ready for NHL

    TSN "Mikhail Sergachev, acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Montreal Canadiens for Jonathan Drouin a month ago, believes he's ready to crack Lightning lineup this season. Sergachev was drafted ninth overall in the 2016 draft by the Canadiens and appeared in four games with Montreal before..." July 18

  • Could Tampa Bay Package Johnson, Palat For Tavares?

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Don’t be surprised if the Tampa Bay Lightning attempt to flip their recently signed restricted free agents within the next year. At least that’s what the New York Post’s Larry Brooks believes will happen. He writes the long-term signings of Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are likely going to be..." July 16

  • Mikhail Sergachev: Canadiens ‘needed’ francophone Jonathan Drouin

    Sportsnet "Prospect Mikhail Sergachev has no hard feelings towards the Montreal Canadiens for the trade that sent him to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The defenceman was shipped south for forward Jonathan Drouin, less than a year after being drafted ninth overall by general manager Marc Bergevin. He gave an..." July 15

  • Yzerman kept the gang together; Now Lightning must deliver

    Pro Hockey Talk "Over and over again, it seemed like there would be a salary-cap challenge that would derail the Tampa Bay Lightning. Each time, GM Steve Yzerman seemed to pull a rabbit out of his hat. Splendid summer of 2016 Instead of heading to, say, Toronto, Steven Stamkos signed with the Lightning. Not..." July 15

  • Lightning re-sign forward Ondrej Palat to five-year contract worth $5.3-million AAV "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Ondrej Palat to a five-year contract worth $5.3-million AAV, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Friday. Palat, 26, skated in 75 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, posting 17 goals and 52 points to go along..." July 14

  • Lightning re-sign forward Tyler Johnson to seven-year extension "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Tyler Johnson a seven-year contract worth $5-million AAV, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Johnson, 26, skated in 66 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, recording 19 goals and 45 points to go along..." July 11

  • Dan Girardi opens up about leaving Rangers, starting new chapter with Lightning

    Sporting News "Dan Girardi had just brought the garbage cans in and was about to pick up his 7-year-old son Landon from school when his cell phone rang. On the other end of the call was Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton, who had "some tough news" for the veteran defenseman. After 11 years with the..." July 07

  • Bolts re-sign Peca after breakthrough campaign

    Pro Hockey Talk "On Wednesday, Tampa Bay re-upped with one of its feel-good stories from last season. Matthew Peca, the undersized forward and former seventh-round pick, has signed a one-year, two-way extension with the club worth $650,000 at the NHL level. Peca, 24, had a really nice ’16-17 campaign,..." July 05

  • Bolts extend d-man Koekkoek — one year, $800,000

    Pro Hockey Talk "Looks like Slater Koekkoek could be a full-time member of the Bolts next season. On Monday, Tampa Bay extended Koekkoek with a one-year, one-way deal worth $800,000, suggesting the 10th overall pick in 2012 will have a larger role in ’17-18. Previously, Koekkoek split his time between Tampa..." July 03

  • Ryan Callahan believes hip issues are completely behind him

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2016-17 season was a pretty miserable one for Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan. One of the many forwards on the team to miss significant time due to injury, the veteran was limited to just 18 games due to a hip injury. He scored only two goals on the season and was only able to..." July 02

  • Lightning sign Chris Kunitz to one-year, $2 million deal

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning filled its need for another top-nine wing, signing veteran Chris Kunitz to a one-year, $2 million deal Saturday. Kunitz, 37, is a four-time Stanley Cup winner with the Penguins, providing some experience and grit up front. After averaging 23 goals per season from 2010-2016, Kunitz..." July 01

  • Lightning acquire forward Carter Verhaeghe from Islanders for goalie Kristers Gudlevskis "The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Carter Verhaeghe from the New York Islanders in exchange for goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Verhaeghe, 21, skated in 45 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey..." July 01

  • Lightning sign Jamie McBain to a two-way deal

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Jamie McBain to a two-way deal." July 01

  • Lightning sign goalie Michael Leighton to one-year, two-way contract "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Leighton, 36, appeared in four games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, compiling a record of 2-2-0 to go along with a 3.43..." July 01

  • Lightning reportedly close on deal with Dan Girardi

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning and veteran defenseman Dan Girardi are in talks, with it appearing likely he'll sign when free agency opens Saturday at noon, the Times has confirmed. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Thursday that a deal between Tampa Bay and Girardi, 33, "seems close, if not done." Agent..." June 30

  • Adam Brooks, Alex Volkov Sign Entry-Level Contracts

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While many eyes are watching the upcoming free agent class to see who will go where, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs have signed a couple of their prospects to entry-level contracts. Tampa Bay has inked Alex Volkov (48th overall pick in 2017) while Toronto has signed Adam Brooks..." June 29

  • Yzerman tempering expectations for Lightning following disappointing year

    Tampa Bay Times "Seems like forever since the Lightning played a game. That's what happens when you miss the playoffs. Here's what else happens when you miss the playoffs: You can't help but wonder when you're going to get back to them again. For the first time in a long time, serious questions surround..." June 29

  • Lightning re-sign journeyman forward Conacher

    Pro Hockey Talk "Cory Conacher has turned an impressive Calder Cup Playoffs run into a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Per the club, it’s a one-way deal in the first season and a two-way deal in the second, paying $650,000 annually at the NHL level. Conacher, 27, had 12 goals and 16 assists..." June 28

  • Lightning re-sign Yanni Gourde to two-year, one-way deal

    Tampa Bay Times "Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fightning to stay in pro hockey. Having been demoted from the AHL to ECHL, he took up civil engineering as a fallback. That's what makes Gourde's two-year, one-way deal with the Lightning Monday such a gratifying, meaningful moment for the undrafted,..." June 26

  • Bolts re-sign Sustr — one year, $1.95 million

    Pro Hockey Talk "Tampa Bay shored up some blueline depth on Monday, agreeing to terms with Andrej Sustr on a one-year, $1.95 million extension. Sustr, 26, appeared in 80 games for the Bolts last season, matching Braydon Coburn for most played among defensemen. Prior to the campaign, he represented the Czechs at..." June 26

  • Brian Boyle says returning to Lightning a 'huge option'

    Tampa Bay Times "As former Lightning forward Brian Boyle approaches free agency this week, he said he's trying to stay busy. That's easy to do for Boyle, whose wife, Lauren, gave birth to their second child, daughter Isabella, on May 24. On Sunday, Boyle, 32, played in the backyard of his Hingham, Mass home..." June 26

  • Lightning reach out to UFA Kevin Shattenkirk

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blueline and adding another wing or two. And it sounds like Tampa Bay is kicking the tires on the biggest fish in the free agent market, veteran defenseman Kevin..." June 25

  • Lightning shifts search for defense to free agency

    Tampa Bay Times "As much as he tried, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman left the weekend's draft without acquiring another top-four defenseman. You can see how expensive that type of player is. The Flames sent their 2018 first- and second-round picks plus another second-rounder to the Islanders for Travis..." June 25

  • Golden Knights' Nikita Gusev: Rights traded to Vegas

    CBS Sports "Gusev was traded by Tampa Bay to the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. This may very well end up being one of the expansion club's better moves of the evening. Gusev, still just 24 years old, posted 24 goals and 71 points in 57 KHL games this past season." June 22

  • Lightning appears to have side deal to protect young defensemen

    Tampa Bay Times "Hearing the Lightning has a side deal with the Vegas Golden Knights to protect one or more of its young defensemen. Those types of trades won't be announced until Wednesday, so details aren't available yet. GM Steve Yzerman neither confirmed nor denied whether he has a side deal. "It's not..." June 20

  • Bolts re-sign Budaj — two years, $2.05 million

    Pro Hockey Talk "Tampa Bay has a backup for Andrei Vasilevskiy for the foreseeable future — per TSN, goalie Peter Budaj has signed a two-year, $2.05 million extension with an average annual cap hit of $1.025M. A new deal was expected to be consummated. Last month, Bolts GM Steve Yzerman indicated the..." June 19

  • 'Shocked' Sergachev learned of trade to Lightning via text from fan "Mikhail Sergachev was on vacation with his family in Cyprus when he received a message on his cell phone that would change his life forever. "Some fan texted me and said, 'Good luck in Tampa,' and I was like, "What?" said the newest member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. "My phone doesn't work here..." June 17

  • Habs sign Jonathan Drouin: six years, $33M

    Pro Hockey Talk "A busy day continues for the Montreal Canadiens and Jonathan Drouin, as the two sides agreed to a six-year contract. The deal is worth $33 million overall, making for a $5.5 million cap hit, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie and TSN’s Bob McKenzie. This comes mere hours after the Habs landed..." June 16

  • Canadiens sign Jonathan Drouin to six-year contract extension

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens signed Jonathan Drouin to a six-year, $33-million contract extension several hours after acquiring the forward from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a deal that sent prospect Mikhail Sergachev the other way. Drouin’s deal comes with a cap hit of $5.5 million per season. The..." June 15

  • Canadiens acquire Drouin from Lightning for Sergachev

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Jonathan Drouin and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2018 from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenceman Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second-round pick in 2018. The 22-year-old restricted free agent is coming off the best season of..." June 15

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Devils, Bolts and Leafs could make play for Vatanen

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New Jersey Devils are in a good spot, for sort of a bad reason. With the expansion draft looming, and a player like Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen potentially available via trade, the Devils might be able to swoop in. Why? Well, just consider New Jersey’s defense, where only Damon..." June 13

  • It’s expected Lightning will protect Callahan from expansion draft

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning veteran wing Ryan Callahan hasn't been asked to waive his no-move clause for purposes of the expansion draft, an indication he'll be on the team's protected list June 17. Callahan, 32, must be protected due to his no-move clause. With a glut up front, the Lightning could ask Callahan..." June 10

  • Tampa hosting 2018 All-Star Game is ‘a little bittersweet’ for Steven Stamkos

    Pro Hockey Talk "For the second time in the their history, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be hosting an All-Star Game. That’s great news for a non-traditional hockey market that has come a long way, but the fact that there’s an All-Star Game at all in 2018 means that NHL players won’t be heading to the..." June 07

  • Yzerman remains confident Lightning can sign all of their RFA’s

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has maintained this summer he intends to sign his restricted free agents, most notably Tyler Johson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin. And it sounds like Yzerman is working on it. There have been regular talks with Johnson, 26, the former All-Star who..." June 02

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • Looking at the NHL’s top 12 buyout candidates in 2017

    Sportsnet "Under-performing players, albatross contracts and a relatively flat 2017-18 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon hand you a get-out-jail card. But it ain’t free. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to..." May 24

  • Lightning 'very interested' in re-signing Budaj

    Tampa Bay Times "There are certainly important tasks this summer for the Lightning in terms of keeping its own, with Jonathan Drouin, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat all restricted free agents. But one position Tampa Bay needs to fill is backup goaltender for No. 1 Andrei Vasilevskiy. And if everything works out..." May 19