Lightning Rumors & News

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Lightning will play Bruins or Maple Leafs in Eastern Second Round "The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round and will play the Boston Bruins or Toronto Maple Leafs. Tampa Bay defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1 in Game 5 on Saturday to end that first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Bruins lead the Maple Leafs 3-2 in that..." April 22

  • Lightning led by Kucherov, defense in first round against Devils "The Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons. The Lightning, who scored 18 goals in their first-round series against the New Jersey Devils, advanced with a 3-1 win in Game 5 at Amalie Arena..." April 22

  • Lightning hope Callahan can play against Devils in Game 5 "Ryan Callahan will be a game-time decision when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the New Jersey Devils in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, NBCSN, SN360, TVAS2). The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 3-1. The 33-year-old forward has not..." April 20

  • NHL Announces Norris Trophy Finalists For 2017-18

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After announcing the Vezina and Selke finalists over the last two days, the NHL continued their award nominations with the Norris Trophy for best defenseman. Drew Doughty, Victor Hedman and P.K. Subban are the three finalists for the 2017-18 season. As always, the Norris brings with it heated..." April 20

  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov won't face discipline for hit on Devils' Sami Vatanen

    Newark Star-Ledger "Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov won't face a fine or suspension for his hit on Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen during Game 4 of the team's Stanley Cup Playoff series, NJ Advance Media confirmed. Vatanen was forced to leave the game after Kucherov delivered a booming check to the..." April 19

  • Devils coach not commenting on Nikita Kucherov hit on Sami Vatanen

    Larry Brown Sports "New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes did not offer a comment postgame about Nikita Kucherov’s big hit on Sami Vatanen during Game 4 of his team’s playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. Kucherov nailed Vatanen with a hit that had some debating its legality." April 19

  • No supplemental discipline for Lightning's Victor Hedman after spearing Devils' Nico Hischier

    Newark Star-Ledger "Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will not face supplemental discipline from the NHL for spearing Devils forward Nico Hischier late in the third period of the Devils' 5-2 Game 3 victory on Monday at Prudential Center in Newark. An NHL spokesperson said the incident, like all plays,..." April 17

  • Hellebuyck, Rinne, Vasilevskiy named Vezina finalists

    The Score "Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets, Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been named finalists for the 2017-18 Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender, the league announced Tuesday. " April 17

  • 'I'm going to kill you' | Brian Boyle reacts fights between Devils and Lightning to end Game 3

    Newark Star-Ledger "With Game 3 all but over in the final 30 seconds, the Devils and the Tampa Bay Lightning let their emotions turn into a 10-player melee. All 10 skaters on the ice received 10-minute misconduct penalties after the five from each team wrestled, punched and jawed at each other. The yelling..." April 17

  • Stamkos expected in Lightning lineup against Devils in Game 1 "Steven Stamkos was a full participant at Tampa Bay Lightning practice Wednesday and the center is expected to be in the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the New Jersey Devils at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS2, SUN, MSG+) Stamkos missed the..." April 11

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Steven Stamkos practices with Lightning, hopes to play Game 1 vs. Devils "Steven Stamkos was a full participant in practice with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday and said he hopes to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the New Jersey Devils at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NHL Network, SN, TVAS, SUN, MSG+). The 28-year-old center..." April 09

  • Stamkos out for Lightning's final two games, expected back for playoffs "Steven Stamkos will not play in the Tampa Bay Lightning's last two regular-season games because of a lower-body injury, but he is expected to be ready to practice before the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 28-year-old center, who sat out a 4-0 win against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, has 86 points..." April 06

  • Stamkos to remain sidelined Friday vs. Sabres

    The Score "Steven Stamkos needs a little more rest. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain won't play Friday versus the Buffalo Sabres, marking his second straight missed game due to a nagging lower-body injury, coach Jon Cooper confirmed to Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News. Counting this contest, Stamkos..." April 06

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Lightning’s Steven Stamkos officially out tonight vs. Bruins

    Tampa Tribune "As expected, C Steven Stamkos will not play tonight in the Lightning's showdown against the Bruins at Amalie Arena. Coach Jon Cooper said after the morning skate that the team has not made a decision yet on whether the lower body injury Stamkos suffered Sunday in the loss to Nashville will keep..." April 03

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Lightning coach Jon Cooper: Don’t be ‘concerned’ about Steven Stamkos

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning plays the Bruins on Tuesday night in a game that likely will decide the Atlantic Division race, and Tampa Bay likely will do it without captain Steven Stamkos. Coach Jon Cooper said after Monday's practice that Stamkos was "questionable" with a lower body injury suffered in the..." April 02

  • Stamkos day to day after leaving Sunday's game with injury

    The Score "Steven Stamkos is listed as day to day with what the Tampa Bay Lightning continue to refer to as a lower-body injury, the club revealed Monday. The Lightning captain left Sunday's game against the Nashville Predators and didn't return, after which the club announced the same general nature of..." April 02

  • Lightning prospect Foote signs ELC

    TSN "Tampa Bay Lighting first-round pick Cal Foote signed a three-year entry-level contract on Sunday and is expected to report to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League this week, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. The Bolts selected the 19-year-old defenceman 14th overall..." April 01

  • Lightning falls out of first in division

    Tampa Bay Times "If the Lightning ends up going on a deep playoff run this summer, the image of goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy charging the length of the ice Thursday to challenge Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask will go down in franchise lore. There's still a long way to go before that. And for the first time since Oct...." March 30

  • Defining the McDonagh-Girardi Rangers era as they return

    New York Post "This is a night on which worlds collide, when Rangers Past confronts Rangers Present while Rangers Future remains an embryonic concept. And this 2017-18 Garden finale is a night for old times’ sake to merge with “Auld Lang Syne” because Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh are coming back..." March 30

  • Stamkos expects to play for Lightning against Bruins "Steven Stamkos will be a game-time decision but said he expects to play when the Tampa Bay Lightning begin a stretch of four games in six days facing the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, NESN, FS-F, NHL.TV). The center, who missed a 4-1 home loss to the Arizona..." March 28

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • Callahan to miss at least next two games for Lightning "Ryan Callahan will not accompany the Tampa Bay Lightning on their two-game road trip after the forward sustained an upper-body injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Callahan tangled with Toronto forward Josh Leivo with four minutes left in the first period. He went to the dressing..." March 21

  • Stamkos fined 5K for 'dangerous trip'

    TSN "Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos has been fined $5,000 for a "dangerous trip" on Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly during Tuesday's game, NHL Player Safety announced. The fine is the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. The incident happened when..." March 21

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Why Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov shouldn’t be in Hart Trophy conversation

    Sportsnet "Fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning weren’t very pleased when I broke down the chances Eric Staal has of winning the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in 2017-18, and concluded that, while examining some of the top contenders, Nikita Kucherov shouldn’t be in the..." March 17

  • McDonagh to make Lightning debut this afternoon

    Tampa Bay Times "D Ryan McDonagh will make his much-anticipated Lightning debut this afternoon against the visiting Canadians during a 1 p.m. start at Amalie Arena. Acquired on the Feb. 26 trade deadline from the Rangers along with C J.T. Miller, McDonagh missed the five games the Lightning played since he..." March 10

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • Lightning goalie Vasilevskiy admits he’s tired

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a tight-lipped league where you’re lucky to find out if an injury affects a player’s upper or lower-body, it’s refreshing when someone will simply acknowledge the truth. In noting that the Vezina race was going from “Andrei Vasilevskiy and everyone else” to an interesting battle that also..." March 07

  • Lightning get Kucherov back for matinee clash with Flyers

    CBS Sports "Kucherov (upper body) was on the ice for warmups ahead of Saturday's matinee against the Flyers, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. This means the star winger is likely to play. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times confirms that Kucherov should return following a two-game absence." March 03

  • Kucherov could return for Lightning vs. Flyers: report "Nikita Kucherov has made progress recovering from an upper-body injury, according to Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper, and he will be a game-time decision to play against the Philadelphia Flyers at Amalie Arena on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; SUN, NBCSP, NHL.TV). Kucherov, who leads the NHL with 82..." March 02

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Anthony Cirelli Recalled By Tampa Bay Lightning

    Yardbarker "One might think that after trading away so much young talent on Monday, that the Tampa Bay Lightning prospect cupboards could look a little bare. After all, they dealt both Brett Howden and Libor Hajek, two prospects who would be considered among the best of most teams around the league. Those..." March 01

  • Lightning sign QMJHL points leader Alex Barré-Boulet to entry-level deal

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Alex Barré-Boulet to a three-year, entry-level contract, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced in a press release Thursday. Barré-Boulet, an undrafted free agent, currently leads the QMJHL in both goals (49) and assists (55) through 57 games..." March 01

  • Kucherov unlikely for Lightning against Sabres "Nikita Kucherov is unlikely to play for Tampa Bay Lightning against the Buffalo Sabres at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, SUN, MSG-B, NHL.TV) because of an upper-body injury. The forward was not on the ice for the start of the morning skate but came out in a normal jersey near the..." February 28

  • Rangers reportedly deal captain McDonagh to Lightning

    Sporting News "For the second time in the last five NHL trade deadlines, the New York Rangers reportedly traded their captain to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Though neither team has made an official announcement, multiple outlets are reporting that the Rangers traded defenseman Ryan McDonagh to the Lightning..." February 26

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Report: Green gave Red Wings clearance for trade to Lightning, Capitals

    The Score "Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green has reportedly given the club clearance to potentially trade him to the Washington Capitals or Tampa Bay Lightning, an NHL source told The Athletic's Craig Custance. Green's current contract includes a full no-trade clause, meaning he has control of where..." February 26

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • Lightning GM not willing to deal young roster players

    Tampa Bay Times "The rumor was that Senators superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson jokingly faked like he was going into the Lightning dressing room upon arriving for Thursday's game at the Canadian Tire Center. You can bet there were many Lightning fans that hoped Karlsson, 27, would jump on Tampa Bay's bus after..." February 22

  • NHL Rumors: Lightning ‘Aggressively’ Pursuing Erik Karlsson Trade

    NESN "The Boston Bruins are the hottest team in hockey with an NHL-best 22-3-3 record since Dec. 18. The B’s have rocketed up the Eastern Conference standings as a result, so much so that they have a very real chance of overtaking the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top record and No. 1 seed in the East..." February 22