Lightning Rumors & News

  • LIGHTNING RE-SIGN DEFENSEMAN LUKE WITKOWSKI

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Luke Witkowski to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Witkowski, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, appeared in four games with the Lightning in 2015-16. He also made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut,..." June 24

  • LIGHTNING RE-SIGN FORWARD J.T. BROWN TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward J.T. Brown to a two-year, one-way NHL contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Brown, 25, skated in 78 games with the Lightning during the 2015-16 season, notching eight goals and 22 points to go along with 59..." June 24

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Yzerman says door hasn’t ‘closed’ on Lightning signing Stamkos

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman indicated Thursday he's gotten the clarity he needs regarding captain Steven Stamkos' contract situation. "For the time being," he said. Yzerman is just not ready to reveal it. "I think between myself, (agent Don Meehan) and (Stamkos), we know where..." June 24

  • Canucks GM in trouble for tampering for Stamkos comments?

    Puck Drunk Love "Jim Benning needs to learn that it’s not always appropriate to talk. The Vancouver Canucks GM appeared on TSN Radio Vancouver 1040 today to discuss the upcoming draft and free agency. When discussing the topic of Steven Stamkos, Benning said “He’s gonna have lots of interest across the league...." June 23

  • Dreger: Stamkos free agency scene will be ‘insanity’

    Today's Slapshot "Darren Dreger was on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 on Wednesday morning. On the NHL’s negotiating window quickly approaching, and how crazy the Steven Stamkos story will be next week: “Yeah, it’s going to be insanity. I’m looking forward to it, but sort of not. The reason I say that is in our..." June 23

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • Amid trade rumors, Ben Bishop awaits Vezina Trophy vote

    Tampa Bay Times "The Capitals' Braden Holtby is a 1-to-30 favorite, per Bovada, to take the honor as the league's top goaltender, voted on by general managers. The Kings' Jonathan Quick is the other finalist. "I would be pleasantly surprised if I won," Bishop, 29, said. "You hear that Holtby has kind of got it..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • All 'quiet' on Ben Bishop front — so far

    Tampa Bay Times "The NHL's silly season continues, with the draft this weekend and free agency opening July 1. Beware of fake Twitter accounts and false rumors. There were some reports on social media - from fake accounts like one misrepresenting respected ESPN writer Pierre LeBrun - that Lightning goalie..." June 21

  • Dreger on speculation Sabres ‘going absolutely all-in’ on Stamkos

    Today's Slapshot "On if the Sabres will be able to change Jimmy Vesey’s mind, of if he’ll hit free agency when he becomes eligible in mid-August: “Well, according to the agent, that’s what he’s going to do. He’s going to wait until the middle of August, and they’ll make their final decisions at that point. “I..." June 21

  • Lightning's Steve Yzerman seeks clarity on Steven Stamkos situation by weekend

    Tampa Bay Times "The first domino in what promises to be a busy — and potentially defining — Lightning offseason is the future of captain Steven Stamkos. "Obviously Stammer's situation has a significant impact on what we do moving forward, and what we can do," general manager Steve Yzerman said. And that's..." June 21

  • Marc-Andre Fleury price too high, Flames turn to Ben Bishop?

    Yahoo! Sports "The trade negotiations between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Calgary Flames for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury appear to have become a “who’s more screwed?” competition. The Penguins seemed pretty screwed. Fleury makes $5.75 million against the cap through 2019, and his no-move clause necessitates..." June 21

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • Vincent Lecavalier Officially Announces His Retirement

    NHL.com "Vincent Lecavalier, a 17-year veteran of the National Hockey League and a Stanley Cup Champion, officially announced his retirement from the game today. Lecavalier’s announcement: As I publicly announced at the time I was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, the 2015/16 season would be my last in..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Agent confirms Drouin's trade request withdrawn

    The Score "Jonathan Drouin has already stated that he wants to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and his agent confirmed Friday that his client's previous desire to be dealt has been officially rescinded. Drouin's trade demand was withdrawn during a conversation between Lightning general manager Steve..." June 17

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Assistant coach Rick Bowness signing extension to stay with Tampa Bay Lightning

    Raw Charge "There had also been recent reports that Bowness was interviewed for the head coaching position with the Anaheim Ducks. Instead, it appears that Bowness will remain in his position as head coach Jon Cooper's right hand man. Bowness was a veteran of 173 NHL games as a right winger playing with..." June 14

  • Tampa Bay assistant coach Rick Bowness a rumored coaching candidate in Anaheim

    Raw Charge "It's Saturday, it's just a few days away from the official summer equinox, the Stanley Cup Finals are still at go as of this writing, but 28 NHL franchises are largely idle. Some have business to attend to such as Anaheim Ducks, who bounced head coach Bruce Boudreau after the conclusion of their..." June 12

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • Lightning hire former Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards as assistant

    The Score "Former Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards has been hired as an assistant for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the club announced Tuesday. Richards coached Columbus for five seasons, leading the franchise to its first-ever playoff wins in 2014 and finishing as the team's all-time leader in..." June 07

  • Wings shopping Datsyuk's contract, interested in Stamkos

    The Score "The Detroit Red Wings are reportedly keen on taking a run at Steven Stamkos this summer, and general manager Ken Holland is apparently already trying to clear cap space to do it. "(They're) most definitely looking at Steven Stamkos as an unrestricted free agent option, but in order for the Red..." June 04

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Should Lightning trade Bishop and hand the torch to Vasilevskiy?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Erik Erlendsson poses what may seem like a bold question on Hockey Buzz: should the Tampa Bay Lightning hand the reins to Andrei Vasilevskiy by trading Ben Bishop? Erlendsson points to these comments made by Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, with the last sentence likely being most pertinent: “I..." May 29

  • Key summer approaches for Lightning

    Tampa Bay Times "For Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, this summer promises to be a complicated one. Not to mention critical to the future of his franchise. There's the (10?) million-dollar question of whether Yzerman can re-sign captain Steven Stamkos to a long-term deal before or after he reaches..." May 28

  • Jonathan Drouin 'definitely' wants to stay with Lightning

    Tampa Bay Times "The relationship between RW Jonathan Drouin and the Lightning has seemingly been salvaged. Drouin, 21, who requested a trade in November before a six-week holdout in January, indicated Friday that demand is off the table and he expects to be back in Tampa Bay next season and beyond. "I..." May 28

  • Steven Stamkos says he’d like to remain with Lightning

    ESPN "Steven Stamkos hopes he hasn't played his last game for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal scorer can become an unrestricted free agent July 1; however, he reiterated Friday that he'd like to stay with the team that drafted him No. 1..." May 28

  • ‘I felt a huge pop’: Bishop suffered an ankle/shin injury in Eastern Conference Final

    Pro Hockey Talk "Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop revealed he had strained ligaments in his ankle/shin area, which ultimately put him on the sidelines for the Eastern Conference Final. Bishop was stretchered off the ice after suffering the injury in the first period of Game 1 versus the Pittsburgh..." May 28

  • Rust scores 2 as Pens beat Lightning in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Sure, Sid and Geno still are around. Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang, too. But these Pittsburgh Penguins aren't just a team of big names, but one of guys still trying to make a name in the NHL, too. Bryan Rust, a rookie forward who was in the minors for half the season, scored..." May 27

  • Yzerman: No reason to believe Drouin won't return next season

    The Score "After a roller coaster of a season, it appears Jonathan Drouin is part of the Tampa Bay Lightning's long-term plans after all. Speaking with the media Friday following his team's Game 7 loss, general manager Steve Yzerman said there was "no reason to believe" the 21-year-old forward would not..." May 27

  • Focus on Stamkos now shifts to the offseason

    TSN "All the news surrounding Steven Stamkos over the last few weeks focused solely on whether he was healthy enough to return to the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup for the Stanley Cup playoffs. And now that their run is over, The Stamkos Watch takes on a whole different meaning. With the Lightning..." May 27

  • Steven Stamkos returns to Lightning lineup for Game 7 vs. Penguins

    SI "The Tampa Bay Lightning got an unexpected surprise when captain Steve Stamkos was declared fit to play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. Stamkos, one of the NHL’s elite goal scorers, hasn’t played since March 31, having missed Tampa Bay’s final five regular-season games and all 16..." May 26

  • Lightning Game 7 public viewing party canceled amid declining NHL playoff TV ratings

    SB Nation "Low ratings might be at the heart of Tampa Bay's decision to cancel the party before the biggest game of their season. Public viewing parties are one of the best ways to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs. Should you not be able to snag a ticket to a game, it's very likely your team of choice is..." May 26

  • No Steven Stamkos, Ben Bishop for Game 7

    Tampa Bay Times "With the Lightning's season on the line in tonight's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, it needs all the help it can get. "You want to be part of it," captain Steven Stamkos said. But Stamkos (blood clot) and goalie Ben Bishop (lower left leg) aren't expected to be available for..." May 26

  • Penguins ground Lightning to force Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- On the road, facing elimination and with a 21-year-old goalie in net, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Matthew Murray stayed alive to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals with a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena. "Matt was huge tonight..." May 25

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Would Steven Stamkos Make Sense for the Rangers?

    The Hockey Writers "With the New York Rangers now in the middle of their offseason, rumors are starting to swirl about potential moves that the team could make. Steven Stamkos is one of the marquee players in the NHL right now, and he’s due to be an Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) this summer, and as is with every free..." May 24

  • Lightning take control with Game 5 win in Pittsburgh

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Marc-Andre Fleury's comeback was the story before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Tampa Bay Lightning's comeback might be the story of the series. Tyler Johnson deflected Jason Garrison's wrist shot from the left circle into the net only 53 seconds into overtime..." May 23

  • Evgeni Malkin says Penguins 'for sure' playing in a Game 7

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Penguins assistant captain Evgeni Malkin channeled his inner Mark Messier and all but guaranteed a victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at Amalie Arena. The Lightning hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. "I believe..." May 23

  • Lightning's Ben Bishop won't rush to return to playoffs

    Tampa Bay Times "G Ben Bishop is still hopeful he can play in the Eastern Conference final. "Absolutely," he said. But Bishop insisted he won't rush his return — no matter the stakes — if his lower-left leg injury suffered in Game 1 against the Penguins is limiting him too much." May 23

  • Lightning re-sign Richard, Vermin to one-year, two-way deals

    Pro Hockey Talk "On an off day from the Eastern Conference Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning got some work done away from the ice. The Bolts re-signed forwards Tanner Richard and Joel Vermin to one-year, two-way contracts, the team announced Saturday. In 71 games this season, the 23-year-old Richard led the..." May 22

  • Steven Stamkos says no change in status, despite speculation

    Yahoo! Sports "It was an optional skate for the Tampa Bay Lightning, so Steven Stamkos took the option. Almost an hour later, as one of the last players on the ice, he returned to the Lightning dressing room, and announced … nothing had changed. “No update,” said Stamkos, who remains out for the Lightning..." May 22

  • Lightning's Ben Bishop: Still out for Game 5

    CBS Sports "Bishop (leg) is not yet ready to rejoin the lineup for Game 5. Bishop's leg injury has held him out since Game 1 of this series, and while he was expected to play at some point in this series, his chances are thinning." May 22