Lightning Rumors & News

  • Jonathan Drouin adjusts to drop in playing time, different line

    Tampa Bay Times "Touted Lightning wing prospect Jonathan Drouin got off to a fast start in his NHL career, often playing on the top line - and up to 20 minutes - during his first four games. But on Tuesday, Drouin, 19, was placed on the fourth line with fellow rookies Cedric Paquette and Vladislav Namestnikov,..." October 30

  • Odds are Lecavalier won't play against Lightning

    CSN Philly "If it weren’t for the fact that he spent 14 years -- the bulk of his career -- in this one city, it would not mean so much for Vinny Lecavalier to lace up the skates tonight against the Lightning. Yet barring a significant change of heart from coach Craig Berube, the Flyers' 34-year-old center..." October 30

  • Lightning finds spark with creative line combo

    Tampa Tribune "The line blender turns on for many reasons during the course of an NHL season. Impatience by the coach, bad chemistry among linemates, stagnant offense or defensive responsibility are among the many of the reasons line combinations get mixed. But sometimes, necessity is the mother of..." October 30

  • Kucherov gets 1st hat trick in Bolts’ 7-3 win over Coyotes

    Tampa Tribune "Nikita Kucherov burst onto the NHL scene as a rookie last season, scoring his first career goal on his first ever shot on goal, coming on his very first shift. By the end of the season and into the playoffs, the former second-round pick in 2011 was a healthy scratch, forced to watch games from..." October 29

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Cooper says Callahan has been upgraded to day-to-day status after being labeled week-to-week, may be looking at possible Saturday return

  • Wild all over Tampa Bay in blowout victory

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "On blaze orange hunting hat night, the Wild’s aim was precise and deadly. At one point in the second period of Saturday’s 7-2 shellacking of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Wild had six goals on 12 shots. The Wild’s flirtation with 50 percent shooting of course didn’t last, but the Wild..." October 26

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    #tblightning Cooper said Brown day to day. Connolly week to week. Killorn won't play tonight. So expect Blunden, Marchessault and Paquette

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    #TBLightning have recalled Mike Blunden and Jonathan Marchesseault from @SyracuseCrunch

  • Drouin scores first career goal in Bolts win over Winnipeg

    Tampa Tribune "Amidst some of the ugliness and disarray on display Friday was beauty and grace. In a game with little flow due to parades toward the penalty box, some chippy play and the loss of two more Lightning players to injury, Tampa Bay rookie Jonathan Drouin stamped his arrival to the NHL with his..." October 25

  • Stamkos: Banged-up Bolts ‘know how to respond’ to injuries

    Pro Hockey Talk "Given how well the team fared without him last season, Tampa Bay captain Steve Stamkos is more than equipped to discuss his club’s resiliency in the face of adversity. “This team has gone through injuries before,” Stamkos said, per “We know how to respond. For the guys who were here..." October 24

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Callahan said today's skate felt good, feels he's progressing, but didn't do any starts/stops, just some strides up and down the ice

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    Ken Wiebe @WiebeSunSports

    Ben Bishop will start in goal for #TBLightning vs #NHLJets

  • Bolts steal victory over Calgary in OT

    Tampa Tribune "The two-step across Alberta will likely be a successful dance through Western Canada for many a team this season. But for the Tampa Bay Lightning, facing two of the perceived lesser teams in the Western Conference, it was like doing the cha-cha with two left feet. Tampa Bay stumbled in the..." October 22

  • Lightining rookie Drouin’s debut impressive

    Tampa Tribune "After being told his NHL debut would have to wait, Jonathan Drouin instead was put on call to prepare to play his first game on Monday in Edmonton. By all accounts, the debut of Drouin proved to be a unanimous success, even if the No. 3 overall draft pick failed to record a point in his first..." October 22

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    Ryan Rishaug @TSNRyanRishaug

    Hedman to have surgery tomorrow. 4-6 weeks. Fractured finger.

  • Victor Hedman breaks finger vs. Canucks, will miss 4-6 weeks

    Yahoo! Sports "Victor Hedman has been playing at an elite level for several years now. The Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman has played his way from being known as “the guy drafted after John Tavares” into a legitimate Norris Trophy contender in 2015. Well, that Norris talk will have to be put on hold for a bit..." October 20

  • Rookie race heats up with Drouin's Lightning debut "The race for NHL rookie of the year just got more interesting. Now, this is precisely the type of hype the Tampa Bay Lightning will be trying to avoid at all costs for a 19-year-old who has yet to play a single regular season game in the NHL. But then that's the kind of the point here:..." October 20

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Update on Hedman, upper body injury and will not return tonight

  • Stamkos scores twice as Bolts beat Vancouver

    Tampa Tribune "With a Saturday night spotlight shining bright on Hockey Night, Steven Stamkos stole the show. Stamkos scored twice and added an assist in helping lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 victory against Vancouver in front of an announced crowd of 18,647 at Rogers Arena. Ryan Callahan had a..." October 19

  • Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin headed to Syracuse for rehab games

    Tampa Bay Times "Jonathan Drouin’s NHL debut will have to wait. After Drouin was derailed during training camp with a fractured right thumb, the Lightning assigned their 2013 first-round pick to Syracuse on Thursday to begin a rehab assignment. “It’s not really sending me down,” Drouin said after Thursday..." October 16

  • Devils edge Lightning, 2-1, on Mike Cammalleri power play goal

    Newark Star-Ledger "Mike Cammalleri scored a power play goal at 11:19 of the third period and Cory Schneider stopped 26 shots as the Devils edged the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, Tuesday night at Amalie Arena. The Devils have started the season 3-0-0. HIGHLIGHTS Cammalleri continued his strong start with his..." October 15

  • Bolts Drouin still not ready to play

    Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin is ready for something new, because staying out for extended practices is getting old. “It’s been a while, three and a half weeks now,” Drouin said. “I’m excited for that to be over soon.” Drouin is still awaiting word on he can make his NHL debut...." October 15

  • Brewer in lineup after being healthy scratch

    Tampa Tribune "After sitting out the first two games of the season as a healthy scratch, Tampa Bay Lightning D Eric Brewer is set to make his season debut Monday against the Montreal Canadiens. The decision to sit Brewer, the most experienced defenseman on the team with 965 career NHL games, did not sit well..." October 13

  • Ottawa Senators knock off Tampa Bay in shootout

    Ottawa Sun "The Swedes were sweet Saturday night for the Senators. Goaltender Robin Lehner kept them in the game, captain Erik Karlsson got them back in it and then with a Hockey Night in Canada audience watching Mika Zibanejad scored the shootout winner. The Senators are on the board for 2014-15..." October 12

  • Bolts off to fast start with 3-2 OT win over Panthers

    Tampa Tribune "All the preseason hype, all the lofty expectations of a potentially prolonged season finally hit the on switch Thursday as the Lightning turned the lights on for the regular-season opener. It all started with a bang as defenseman Victor Hedman scored a power play goal 1:11 into overtime to give..." October 10

  • Radko Gudas avoids suspension after hit on Scottie Upshall "Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas will not miss any time after decking Florida Panthers forward Scottie Upshall with an elbow to the head. Gudas received a warning for the hit, but not a suspension. The NHL Department of Player Safety explained the decision in a series of tweets Friday." October 10

  • NHL's fighters finding themselves unemployed

    USA Today "Unemployed NHL tough guy Krys Barch fondly recalls a few seasons ago when he was considered essential to the Dallas Stars, especially against a fighting team like the Boston Bruins. "We had Sean Avery and we had a bunch of line brawls," he said. "I've probably fought Shawn Thornton 10 or 12..." October 09

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Toronto claims Panik off waivers from TBay.

  • Top 10 NHL breakout candidates for the 2014-15 season

    Sports-Kings "Every year, there’s a crop of new faces that make their mark on the NHL landscape. In the upcoming season, these 10 players should breakout and put their name on the hockey map. Honorable mentions: LW Sam Bennett, Calgary Flames; C Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; D Jamie Oleksiak, Dallas..." October 08

  • Report: Drouin could start season on IR

    Pro Hockey Talk "Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin could start the season on injured reserve. According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Drouin skated on his own Saturday, but did not participate in the morning skate group. Tampa Bay plays its’ final preseason game tonight against the Florida..." October 05

  • Drouin aims for Lightning opening night lineup: report "Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin is aiming to be in the lineup for the start of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday. Drouin sustained a slight fracture in his right thumb in a training camp practice on Sept. 18 and was projected to miss 3-4 weeks. The Lightning..." September 30

  • Stronger Stamkos to make preseason debut

    Tampa Tribune "The summer of strengthening for Steven Stamkos gets put to the test on Friday. Stamkos will make his preseason debut when Tampa Bay takes on the Dallas Stars at Amalie Arena. After utilizing the past five months to regain strength in his right leg, which was broken on Nov. 11 and required..." September 27

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    TSN Hockey @TSNHockey

    Lightning announce Jonathan Drouin out 3-4 weeks with a slight fracture of his right thumb. #TSN #NHL

  • Lightning won't 'rush' Stamkos "Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos did not play in a scrimmage Sunday and is questionable to participate Monday, according to Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the plan is to take it easy with Stamkos, who broke his leg in a game against the Boston..." September 22

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Caught up briefly w Sami Salo recently. Says he would like to play this season but is still recovering from a wrist injury. Not healthy yet

  • NHL training camp: Jonathan Drouin leads prospects to watch "In a matter of days, NHL teams will open their camps with all the familiar faces of regular roster players and established veterans that signed as free agents. Those will be all the names most NHL fans know, but perhaps the most interesting players to watch during training camps are the prospects..." September 15

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    #tblightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek was excited for this weekend's tournament, his surgically-repaired shoulders finally both healthy

  • Irving picks KHL over Lightning camp invite

    Pro Hockey Talk "Leland Irving won’t be attending the Tampa Bay Lightning’s training camp after all. Although he was invited, Irving has instead opted to sign a one-year contract with the KHL’s Salavat Yulaev Ufa, per the Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson. Irving was selected by the Calgary Flames with the 26th..." September 13

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Agent for Leland Irving, Ritch Winter, now confirms his client has signed a deal with Salavat, will not be attending #tblightning camp

  • Bolts’ Drouin is eager to make leap

    Tampa Tribune "Expectations of greatness swirl all around Jonathan Drouin. In just the past month, the 19-year-old has been called the top prospect not in the NHL by and most recently by, which ranked the 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward at the top of the list of top-60 prospects heading into the..." September 11

  • Lightning's Drouin highlights Top 60 prospects "The star power in the League today is obvious, from Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers to Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. But that's the present. What about the stars of the future? To answer..." September 10

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Leland Irving is coming on a training camp invite with #tblightning, per rosters put up for physicals

  • Twitter slip aside, Bolts' Stamkos has strong summer

    Tampa Tribune "As Steven Stamkos went about his business this summer, strengthening his surgically repaired broken leg, he sent the hockey world abuzz with the slip of a finger. While scrolling through his Twitter feed, the Lightning captain came across a story in The Hockey News about the possibility of..." September 05

  • Deal gives Tampa's Forum a new name: Amalie Arena

    Tampa Tribune "The “Tampa Bay Times” name will soon come down from the Forum in downtown Tampa, replaced by a new name “Amalie Arena,” named for the as-yet little-known oil and lubricants company based at Port Tampa Bay. The transition thus ends a 12-year run when the St. Petersburg-based paper held the..." September 04

  • Former Avs defenseman Cory Sarich details horrific bike accident

    Denver Post "Hockey-tough Cory Sarich is living proof that you can get run over by the wheel of a three-quarter ton truck and walk away. But the former Avalanche defenseman, will never bike again. He has kept his splintered cycling helmet for teaching purposes, but ordered officials to get rid of the the rest..." August 30

  • Lightning’s Vinik plans downtown office building

    Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik plans a major new office building downtown, revealing yet one more piece of a larger vision for remaking the area around the Forum with new buildings, restaurants, shops and hotels. Last week, a company controlled by Vinik filed a rezoning request with the..." August 27

  • Lightning's Bishop hoping wrist is close to 100 percent before season starts "Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop recently offered insight into the wrist injury that hindered him for much of last season. The Vezina Trophy finalist told Dan Rosen of he suffered the injury in January, and dealt with lingering effects throughout the remainder of the..." August 26

  • Ex-Bolt Ryan Malone pleads no contest to DUI

    Tampa Tribune "Former Tampa Bay Lightning player Ryan Malone pleaded no contest Tuesday to driving under the influence and agreed to enter pretrial intervention program on a cocaine possession charge. Malone was adjudicated guilty for DUI and then sentenced to 12 months probation, a Hillsborough County court..." August 20

  • Lightning strike twice with Yzerman, Cooper combo

    Pro Hockey Talk "They don’t have the hardware of, say, Dean Lombardi + Darryl Sutter or Stan Bowman + Joel Quenneville, yet the Tampa Bay Lightning’s front office duo of GM Steve Yzerman and head coach Jon Cooper seem like they have the potential to do something special. Sure, they both took very different..." August 16

  • Lightning Malone told police he didn't know where cocaine came from

    Tampa Bay Times "When a Tampa police officer pulled out a zip-lock bag of cocaine out of Ryan Malone's back pocket during an April 11 DUI arrest, the former Lightning wing was stunned. "Oh my God," he told officer Andrew Visser. Malone, 34, waived his Miranda rights and told Visser he didn't know where the..." August 13