Lightning Rumors & News

  • Lightning's Bishop: Drouin 'carrying' team since recall

    The Score "Watching from the crease, Ben Bishop has a unique perspective on the game. As far as the Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender is concerned, Jonathan Drouin's impact in the playoffs can't be understated. "He's been carrying this team ever since he's come up here," Bishop told reporters after a Game..." May 01

  • Injuries mounting with loss of Condra

    Tampa Tribune "On paper, the Lightning appear banged up. RW Erik Condra was the most recent to join that list after his head struck the end boards following a hit from New York RW Casey Cizikis in the first period of Wednesday’s Game 1 loss. Condra appeared to be knocked briefly unconscious and needed help..." April 29

  • Steven Stamkos on recovery: ‘Could be weeks. Could be months’

    Sportsnet "Steven Stamkos sat down at his locker, put on a Tampa Bay Lightning hooded sweatshirt, leaned back on the wooden bench and sheepishly shook his head when the first question he jokingly faced was whether he was fit to play Saturday. “I wish,” Stamkos said, with a slight grin. It was the third..." April 28

  • Bolts sign six-year extension with AHL Syracuse

    Pro Hockey Talk "At a time where several NHL teams are moving their AHL affiliates closer to home, the Lightning took a different course of action on Thursday, inking a six-year extension with Syracuse. “We are pleased to be extending our affiliation with the Syracuse Crunch,” Bolts GM Steve Yzerman said in a..." April 28

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Isles take Game 1 in Tampa

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Two months ago, Shane Prince was a rookie in Ottawa, but on Wednesday night, he scored twice for the New York Islanders in the final three minutes of the first period, and New York held on for a 5-3 road win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, opening their second-round series Wednesday..." April 27

  • Lightning’s Kucherov takes game to another level in playoff lights’ glare

    Tampa Tribune "The playoff lights turn on. The ice gets brighter. The stage becomes bigger. And Nikita Kucherov shines. Welcome to the show. Kucherov, just 22 years old, has quickly established himself as a prime-time performer for the Lightning. With Tampa Bay set to open its second-round playoff..." April 27

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22 "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Will playoffs affect Steven Stamkos' contract situation?

    Tampa Bay Times "There was a Steven Stamkos sighting the other night. The Lightning captain and leading goal scorer was milling around the locker room after the team's series-ending Game 5 victory against the Red Wings. That could be the closest Stamkos gets to the ice again this season. Not that anyone..." April 26

  • Stamkos skates with teammates

    TSN "Captain Steven Stamkos skating with the team on Tuesday for the time since undergoing surgery. Stamkos had surgery to remove a blood clot from near his right collarbone." April 26

  • Bolts hoping Stralman ‘will make an appearance’ in Round 2

    Pro Hockey Talk "Weird dynamic at play ahead of the Lighting-Islanders second-round series. Back on Mar. 25, Bolts blueliner Anton Stralman suffered a broken fibula after getting tied up with Isles forward Anders Lee — an injury that forced Stralman to miss the end of the regular season and all of Tampa’s..." April 25

  • Vincent Lecavalier says he plans to retire

    Sportsnet "Vincent Lecavalier told reporters Sunday that he plans to retire this off-season. The 36-year-old said he has yet to file the paperwork as he’s still “decompressing” recent events that saw his Los Angeles Kings eliminated from the post-season at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. Lecavalier..." April 24

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Does Jonathan Drouin have a future in Tampa?

    Sportsnet "The story of Jonathan Drouin and the Tampa Bay Lightning, and whatever tension lies between player, coach and general manager, boils down to one thing. Opportunity. Look at some of the most intriguing figures in these playoffs. Ask Matt Murray or Reilly Smith or Thomas Greiss or John..." April 22

  • Lightning eliminate Red Wings in Game 5

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- For 58 minutes, a scoreless tie persisted at Amalie Arena, and then with 1:43 left, as Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek went behind the net to clear a puck, the Tampa Bay Lightning grabbed it from him and pounced on the opportunity. Ryan Callahan took the loose puck and..." April 21

  • Kucherov, Lightning haven't discussed new contract

    Tampa Bay Times "Craig Button doesn't get it. The NHL Network analyst and former Flames general manager will be talking hockey or listening to a broadcast and hear someone say that Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov is a good player, as if they're surprised. "I want to say, 'No (kidding),' " Button said. "I..." April 21

  • Lightning top Wings to put stranglehold on series

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Special teams were the difference for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Ondrej Palat's power-play goal with 2:59 left gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena and a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern..." April 19

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • After Boyle’s chicken dance, Abdelkader admits he ‘would have liked to fight him’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Brian Boyle wanted to fight Justin Abdelkader at the end of Tampa Bay’s 2-0 loss in Detroit on Sunday. That much was clear. But Abdelkader wasn’t willing to go — for reasons unclear at the time — which led to Boyle busting out this chicken dance in Abdelkader’s direction:" April 18

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Mrazek, Wings blank Lightning, cut series deficit

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings turned up their intensity and got back into their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Petr Mrazek made 16 saves for his third career playoff shutout in Detroit's 2-0 win over Tampa Bay in Game 3 of the series Sunday..." April 17

  • Lightning's Stralman progressing, but won't play in 1st round

    The Score "Injured Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman is with his teammates in Detroit and took part in an off-ice workout Sunday - but don't get too excited. The defender, out with a fractured leg, won't play in the first-round series against the Red Wings, head coach Jon Cooper confirmed,..." April 17

  • Lightning's Brown out indefinitely with upper-body injury

    The Score "Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown is out indefinitely after suffering an upper-body injury in Game 2 against the Detroit Red Wings, the team announced Saturday. Brown exited Friday's game in the first period after blocking a shot, and didn't return." April 16

  • Lightning's Paquette: 'Probably' payback coming after Abdelkader attack

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Lightning can see the effects of Justin Abdelkader's handiwork. The Detroit Red Wings' super agitator left forward Mike Blunden with nine stitches during a brawl - which Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper called "mild" - and up 2-0 in the series, the Lightning may think they have..." April 16

  • Lightning jump out to 2-0 series lead on Wings

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- If the Tampa Bay Lightning had concerns about a playoff run without Steven Stamkos, they found a resounding answer in their first two games from the prolific line of Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov. For the second game in a row, Johnson and Killorn combined on..." April 15

  • Lightning's Drouin: 'I want to go to those dirty areas'

    Tampa Bay Times "RW Jonathan Drouin has been labeled many things. Skilled. Dynamic. Fast. But nasty? Drouin, 21, brought a previously unseen edge to his game in the Lightning's 3-2 win Wednesday in Game 1 against the Red Wings. He amassed four penalty minutes. He got in shoving matches. He took cross..." April 15

  • Zetterberg warns Filppula: Don’t slash me again

    Detroit News "Valtteri Filppula and Henrik Zetterberg are good friends. But even good friends can scuffle a bit sometimes. Zetterberg was annoyed for getting slashed by Filppula, a former Red Wing, in the final minutes of Wednesday night’s Game 1 between Detroit and Tampa Bay. “I think I slashed him a..." April 15

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

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    Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL

    Victor Hedman said he's good to go for Wednesday's Game 1 vs. Detroit. #TBLightning

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Official update today on Tyler Johnson is he is day to day with an upper body injury, we'll see if he practices tomorrow#TBLightning

  • Canadiens knock off Lightning for .500 season

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- A season that started off with so much promise but ultimately went awry, ended on a positive note for the Montreal Canadiens. Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty each scored a pair of goals to reach 30 goals, and each added an assist to lift the Canadiens to a 5-2 win over the..." April 10

  • Canadiens' Pateryn avoids hearing for hit on Lightning's Johnson

    The Score "Montreal Canadiens defenseman Greg Pateryn won't face a hearing from the NHL following an injurious hit levied against the Tampa Bay Lightning's Tyler Johnson on Saturday." April 10

  • Jimmy Howard: 'Let's go have some fun down in Tampa'

    The Score "For the 25th consecutive season, the Detroit Red Wings secured a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and for the second season in a row, the Wings will square off with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round. Detroit locked up the third spot in the Atlantic Division thanks to the Bruins..." April 09

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Both Kucherov and Hedman out tonight, Hedman said he could play but no sense risking anything, Cooper said he's not worried about Kucherov

  • Rare good news as Hedman expected back Saturday

    Tampa Tribune "With the way injuries have befallen the Lightning lately, seeing D Victor Hedman on the ice for Thursday’s morning skate drew a sigh of relief. Hedman participated fully in the pregame practice at Prudential Center, though he was not in the lineup against the Devils. “I felt better and it’s..." April 08

  • Drouin makes triumphant return to Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "NEWARK, N.J. -- It is not a secret that the Tampa Bay Lightning has lost significant pieces on the eve of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They may have added one, too. Jonathan Drouin scored his first NHL goal in 127 days to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey..." April 07

  • Jonathan Drouin recalled by Tampa Bay Lightning

    Raw Charge "It happened, it finally happened: Jonathan Drouin is returning to the NHL, being recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning this morning along with defenseman Matt Taormina. Drouin has played 17 total games with the Syracuse Crunch since he was sent to the club in January. Those 17 games were divided..." April 07

  • Wayne Gretzky Laments Decline of Scoring (and Creativity) in N.H.L.

    New York Times "With 102 points in 80 games, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is poised to win the Art Ross Trophy as the N.H.L.’s top point scorer. His superlative season has evoked achievements from an earlier era. He is the first American-born player with a 100-point season in 20 years. His 26-game point..." April 06

  • Tampa Bay Lightning change policy, will allow out-of-state fans to buy playoff tickets

    SB Nation "This season, tickets to Tampa Bay Lightning home playoff games will be sold on Ticketmaster without geographical restrictions on sales. Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning organization garnered ire from four Original Six fanbases as well as Lightning fans from outside Florida when they..." April 06

  • Lundqvist comes up big, Rangers rally against Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Down two goals midway through the second period, the New York Rangers were drowning. The Tampa Bay Lightning ran the show in the first period and were looking for the dagger third goal with the game half-over. That's when goaltender Henrik Lundqvist tossed his team a..." April 05

  • Concussion case will get worse before better

    Sportsnet "A few of you have wondered (via Twitter) why I haven’t commented on the NHL email dump. It’s pretty simple: some of mine are included. I don’t have access to my old CBC correspondence. Tough to comment when you don’t know what’s there. The fight to unseal the documents is Lawyering 101, an..." April 05

  • Islanders respond to coach's critique with a win

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- To borrow from an old advertising slogan: When Jack Capuano scolds someone publicly, the New York Islanders listen. The Islanders moved to the edge of the playoffs on Monday night, when they responded to a rare rebuking from their head coach by scoring three times in a span of..." April 04

  • Steven Stamkos will likely have rib removed in blood clot surgery

    Yahoo! Sports "Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos could be out of action up to three months with a blood clot near his right collarbone, for which he’s having surgery on Monday. To put it technically, he has Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome; and more specifically, he has Effort Thrombosis. According..." April 04

  • Jonathan Drouin scratched from AHL game due to lower-body injury

    The Score "With Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos sidelined for up to three months due to a blood clot in his arm, general manager Steve Yzerman said recalling Jonathan Drouin would be "something we have to consider," but now it appears the young forward is dealing with an injury of his own in the..." April 03

  • Steven Stamkos out 1-3 Months With Blood Clot

    The Hockey Writers "Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced tonight that Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will miss one-to-three months due to a blood clot in his arm. Tampa Bay announced the news via their official Twitter account. Stamkos missed practice on Friday, as well as the team’s..." April 03

  • Yzerman: Recalling Drouin 'something we have to consider' with Stamkos hurt

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Lightning cannot catch a break. A season full of adversity was dealt its biggest blow Saturday, when general manager Steve Yzerman announced that captain Steven Stamkos will have surgery Monday for a blood clot in his arm and miss one-to-three months. The timing, of course, is..." April 03

  • Lightning lose Stamkos but knock off Devils

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- On a night in which the Tampa Bay Lightning learned they would be without leading scorer Steven Stamkos for between one and three months, his teammates pulled out a much-needed win, getting a power-play goal from Brian Boyle for the lead with 8:28 left in what would end up a 3-1..." April 02

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Team saying that Stamkos is out tonight with an upper-body injury#TBLightning