Lightning Rumors & News

  • Report: NHL might scrap All-Star Game in favor of international event

    CBS Sports "The NHL All-Star Game has been somewhat of a shapeshifting beast over the years. A lot about the annual midseason event has changed, from the game's format to the way teams are picked and how players are voted in. But soon the league's All-Star Game may cease to exist altogether. According to a..." October 17

  • Lightning's Steven Stamkos scores first goal in nearly a year

    Sporting News "It took almost 11 months, but Steven Stamkos is back to scoring goals. The Tampa Bay Lightning star tallied in the second-period of a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday to add to his goal total for the first time since Nov. 15, 2016. Stamkos received a pass from Vladislav..." October 13

  • Lightning teammates on J.T. Brown: 'We've got his back'

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning wing J.T. Brown didn't address the media today, deciding to stick to his lengthy Twitter statement from Sunday on his silent protest from Saturday. But Brown, 27, received support from players around the league and, more importantly, in the Lightning dressing room. Veteran wing Ryan..." October 09

  • Lightning's Brown: 'I have received death threats' after protest

    Sporting News "A day after becoming the first NHL player to protest during the playing of the national anthem, Lightning forward J.T. Brown revealed Sunday via Twitter that he has received death threats. Brown began his post with a quote from a speech Martin Luther King Jr. recited in Selma, Ala. Brown..." October 09

  • Lightning forward J.T. Brown raises fist during national anthem

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown raised his right fist during the playing of the national anthem before the team's first road game of the season. It is the first known demonstration of any kind during the anthem in an NHL regular-season game. The NHL has no rules governing what players..." October 08

  • Can Steven Stamkos make it all the way back?

    Tampa Bay Times "Someone joked with Steven Stamkos that they knew his right knee was ready when they saw a clip of him dancing at his June wedding. "They didn't see me ice it after," said Stamkos, smiling. Whether Stamkos, 27, can return to his elite form is the No. 1 burning question in the NHL, as The..." October 04

  • NHL Board of Governors discuss place of anthems before games

    Sportsnet "“It” wasn’t supposed to even be on the agenda at Wednesday’s NHL Board of Governors meeting. This was supposed to be a regular, run-of-the-mill meeting in New York City to rubber stamp a rule change, and get regular updates from various league departments. “It” was a discussion about..." September 29

  • Olympic roster decisions starting to take shape

    Sportsnet "As the parent of a five-year-old, my interest in minor hockey has grown exponentially the last few years. He’s a decent skater, but isn’t sure he wants to play. Despite that, you’re trying to learn everything you can. Toronto is a funny place for minor hockey. A friend of mine who used to coach..." September 28

  • NHLPA issues statement in support of players’ peaceful protests

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association officially joined the political conversation on Wednesday. In an email sent to players by executive director Donald Fehr, the NHLPA stated that any players who would like to participate in peaceful protests of their own “would of course have the full support of the..." September 28

  • Huge step? Doctors may find a way to identify CTE in living NHL players

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and TSN’s Rick Westhead pass along what could be a breakthrough Boston University study – or at least the early stages of a breakthrough – in how concussions/CTE are handled in sports. The key: after only being able to study brains of deceased athletes, there’s a..." September 27

  • A new No. 1: McDavid edges Crosby in TSN's Top 50 player poll

    TSN "Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year. For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22..." September 26

  • NHL’s Bettman says he respects players’ views on political issues

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman says he respects players’ views on political and social issues and "people are going to have to decide what makes them comfortable." Several pro hockey players have commented President Donald Trump’s call for protesting NFL players to be fired...." September 26

  • IIHF release Olympic hockey schedule

    TSN "Canada opens defence of its Olympic men's hockey gold Feb. 15 versus Switzerland and women's gold Feb. 11 against Russia. The International Ice Hockey Federation released the ice hockey schedules and matchups Monday for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada's women, who are..." September 25

  • Lightning will retire Vincent Lecavalier’s number on February 10

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Monday morning that they will be retiring Vincent Lecavalier’s No. 4 this season, making sure that no other player will ever wear it for the franchise. His jersey will be lifted to the rafters on Feb. 10 when the Lightning host the Los Angeles Kings. The..." September 25

  • Steven Stamkos making exhibition debut for Lightning

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is curious how he'll feel - and play - in tonight's exhibition game against Nashville. "I think everybody is," assistant coach Todd Richards said. Stamkos, 27, hasn't played in a game since tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee Nov. 15 against..." September 22

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Stamkos, Kucherov look to be lethal combination again for Lightning "Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov expressed a desire during the offseason to continue to play on the same line after enjoying success together early last season. They were on the top line when the Lightning opened training camp Friday and were joined by forward..." September 17

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • Panthers, Lightning pitch in on NHL's $2.7M donation to Hurricane Irma relief

    Sporting News "With displaced players doing their part to fund hurricane relief efforts from afar, the Panthers and Lightning teamed up with the NHL and its union to aid in Florida's recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The NHL and NHLPA on Tuesday announced a joint donation of $2.7 million to be..." September 12

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Stamkos: 'I haven't looked this forward to a training camp in a long time'

    Sportsnet "Over the past few years, Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos has dealt with more than his fair share of injuries. In 2014, a broken leg kept him from representing Canada at the Olympics and shortened his NHL season to 37 games. In 2016, the Lightning reached the Eastern Conference final, which..." September 05

  • Tyler Johnson says revamped summer routine paying off

    Tampa Bay Times "There's no question Lightning center Tyler Johnson can be a dynamic player. He's a former All-Star and a clutch playoff performer, reasons why Tampa Bay signed him to a seven-year, $35 million extension in July. "He's in the prime of his career," GM Steve Yzerman said. The only question..." September 02

  • J.T. Brown not afraid of backlash after donating money to have Confederate statue moved

    ESPN "Last year around this time, J.T. Brown went viral. As San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest began reverberating, Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella -- preparing for a stint coaching Team USA in the World Cup of Hockey -- said he would bench any player..." August 28

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • 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