Lightning Rumors & News

  • 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

    NHL.com "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

  • Tampa Bay could host 2018 NHL All-Star Game

    Sportsnet "It looks like the NHL’s top players will be heading to Florida for next season’s All-Star Weekend. According to multiple reports, including Yahoo! Sports’ Puck Daddy blog, the Tampa Bay Lightning will host the 2018 festivities. The NHL has not made the official announcement, but Sportsnet’s..." May 18

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • Lightning sign Taylor Raddysh to three-year, entry-level contract

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Taylor Raddysh to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced on Monday. Raddysh, 6-foot-2, 209 pounds, played in 58 regular season games this season with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League,..." May 15

  • Shattered visor leads to scary cut under Victor Hedman’s eye

    Sportsnet "You should probably look away if you’d rather not see an open wound less than an inch from Victor Hedman’s left eye. In a fluke play during the IIHF World Championships, the Swedish defenceman’s visor split in half and sliced the area just below the eye. Luckily, it appears there was no..." May 12

  • Nikita Gusev Does Not Plan To Leave KHL For Lightning

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Amidst the signing of Vadim Shipachyov with the Vegas Golden Knights and rumors of Ilya Kovalchuk and Evgeni Dadonov hoping to make the move to the NHL as well, reigning KHL champion SKA St. Petersburg can at least take some solace in the fact that at least one of their star players would like to..." May 10

  • Lightning trading Drouin not a far-fetched notion

    Fanrag Sports "Steve Yzerman has some important decisions to make for the Tampa Bay Lightning this summer, and dealing Jonathan Drouin may well end up as his most viable option to accomplish his main goals. Aside from needing to get contracts done with key restricted agents Drouin, Tyler Johnson, and Ondrej..." May 04

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • Lightning Allow Assistant GM Pat Verbeek To Speak To Other Teams

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the Tampa Bay Lightning have given Assistant GM Pat Verbeek permission to talk with other clubs. Verbeek has been the Lightning’s AGM for six years now but faces little prospects of internal promotion working under the much-revered Steve Yzerman. Verbeek was..." May 02

  • 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC seeing ratings uptick from last year

    Awful Announcing "The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are doing well for NBC on its cable, broadcast and online platforms. NBC says through 49 games in the postseason, it’s averaging 829,000 viewers across broadcast and online and it adds that’s up three percent from 2016. Last year, the average was 808.000. And it..." May 02

  • League points finger at union in NHL concussion case

    TSN "The National Hockey League says the NHL Players’ Association has repeatedly interfered with its attempts to introduce rules over the past 50 years to limit staged fighting, better safeguard players and bolster penalties for dangerous head hits. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the..." May 02

  • Tampa Bay Wants To Move Drouin For A Top-4 Defenseman

    Pro Hockey Rumors "New York Post’s Larry Brooks reports that the Tampa Bay Lightning are focusing on moving forward Jonathan Drouin this offseason for a top-four defenseman. He continues to say that the Anaheim Ducks is the likely trade partner for the Lightning. The 22-year-old Drouin is coming off a breakout..." April 30

  • Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery

    NHL.com "New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has been steadfast in his approach to acquire assets in an attempt to turn them into legitimate Stanley Cup Playoff contenders again. He gained a significant piece Saturday by winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft,..." April 30

  • Steven Stamkos will return for start of next season

    NHL.com "Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos is expected to return for the start of next season, general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday. Yzerman said Stamkos, who had surgery Nov. 17 to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and was expected to need 4-6 months..." April 28

  • Kucherov: Some Bolts got paid, quit working

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning star wing Nikita Kucherov delivered some pointed and strong criticism on his teammates and coaches Wednesday. Kucherov, preparing to play for Russia at the World Championships, told Sovietsky Sport that some teammates "overstayed" with team, "got their money and stopped working."..." April 26

  • Agent says Kucherov blasted Bolts out of frustration from missing playoffs

    Pro Hockey Talk "Quite the situation developing in Tampa Bay. Earlier today, the translation of Nikita Kucherov‘s interview with Sovietsky Sport hit social media and caught a number of people by surprise. In it, Kucherov said some of his Lightning teammates “got their money and stopped working” this season,..." April 26

  • Burns, Hedman, Karlsson named Norris Trophy finalists

    Sportsnet "The NHL announced the three finalists for the Norris Trophy Friday, awarded to the defenceman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. This year’s finalists are: San Jose’s Brent Burns, Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman, and Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson. Burns..." April 22

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Jon Cooper to coach Canada at World Hockey Championship

    Sportsnet "Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper will lead Team Canada at the world hockey championship in Paris next month. Cooper heads up a coaching staff that also includes Gerard Gallant, Dave Hakstol and Dave King. Ron Hextall was named the team’s general manager last week. "Canada has..." April 12

  • Patrick goes No. 1 in TSN's post-season mock draft

    TSN "Nolan Patrick is on pace to make history – twice. TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button projects the Brandon Wheat Kings’ centre going first overall to the last place Colorado Avalanche – provided it wins the draft lottery scheduled to take place April 29 – in the TSN post-season mock..." April 11

  • Point leads Lightning to season-closing win vs. Sabres

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Brayden Point ended an impressive rookie with his second multi-goal game of the week to lift the Tampa Bay Lighting to a season-closing 4-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Andrei Vasilevskiy closed out the season by picking up his 23rd victory while making 26..." April 09

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Bolts farmhand Taormina wins AHL d-man of the year

    Pro Hockey Talk "Matt Taormina, the 30-year-old journeyman that’s spent the last two seasons with the Lightning organization, scored a nice accolade on Friday by capturing the Eddie Shore Award, given annually to the AHL’s most outstanding defenseman. More, from the AHL: [Taormina] established career highs..." April 07

  • Bolts farmhand Taormina wins AHL d-man of the year

    Pro Hockey Talk "Matt Taormina, the 30-year-old journeyman that’s spent the last two seasons with the Lightning organization, scored a nice accolade on Friday by capturing the Eddie Shore Award, given annually to the AHL’s most outstanding defenseman. More, from the AHL: [Taormina] established career highs..." April 07