Lightning Rumors & News

  • Lightning start season with 3-2 OT thriller win over Flyers

    Tampa Tribune "The energy created on opening night burned bright at Amalie Arena. The buzz was strong. The cheers matching near playoff level. And to honor the Lightning’s Eastern Conference championship from last season, up went a banner. The puck dropped and it was game on for Tampa Bay as the chase..." October 09

  • NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

    Yardbarker "After handing down one of the longest suspensions in league history, it looked as though the NHL's Department of Player Safety was really throwing down the hammer when comes to late hits and checks to the head. Just two days into the season, this appears to not be the case, as a handful of..." October 09

  • NHL, union set escrow for first quarter of season at 16 per cent

    TSN "With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday. That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this..." October 09

  • 'Aspiring actress' claims fling with Bolts' Johnson on Kimmel show

    Tampa Tribune "A woman interviewed on the street for a bit on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show let it slip that the “most impressive thing” she’s even done is cheat on an ex-boyfriend. Apparently, with Tampa Bay Lightning star Tyler Johnson. And that would be news to the 25-year-old hockey heartthrob,..." October 07

  • NHL acknowledges more players using cocaine

    TSN "The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors. "The number of..." October 06

  • NHL odds: Blackhawks open season as Stanley Cup favorites

    CBS Sports "The NHL hasn't had a repeat Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back titles in the late 1990s. Even though it's an incredibly difficult trophy to win once, and even harder to win twice, and even though the Chicago Blackhawks have undergone significant roster changes over..." October 05

  • Drouin looks poised for breakout season with Bolts

    Tampa Tribune "Individual success in the preseason often means little. Teams rarely field regular lineups during the preseason, so teammates and opposing players are not the same as they will be once the regular season starts. What it can do, however, is serve as a confidence boost and a launching pad..." October 03

  • Commissioner: No timetable for NHL expansion "The NHL continues to explore the possibility of expansion but no firm timetable has been set for the process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the fall Board of Governors meeting. Earlier Tuesday, the Board's executive committee heard presentations from representatives from the Quebec..." September 30

  • Lightning cut Ray Emery from PTO, claim Kevin Poulin off waivers

    CBS Sports "Ray Emery's attempt to extend his NHL career with the Tampa Bay Lightning has come to an unceremonious end. The veteran goaltender was released from his professional tryout agreement by the club Sunday. The Lightning had been in need of backup goaltending help after Andrei Vasilevskiy required..." September 28

  • Lightning Reduce Roster by 23 "The Tampa Bay Lightning have reduced their training camp roster by 23 today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. All players will report to training camp with Tampa Bay’s top minor league affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. The Crunch’s camp will..." September 27

  • Lightning goalie Bishop looks sharp in first preseason action

    Tampa Bay Times "Though Lightning goalie Ben Bishop has played in 170 games and has 95 wins in his NHL career, he said he still gets excited before his first game of the season. And though Friday's was just a preseason game, Bishop was ready to get back on the ice. His team was ready to see him back on the..." September 26

  • Lightning’s Drouin-Stamkos combo could form a dynamic 1-2 punch

    Tampa Tribune "Oh, such wondrous possibilities. The play-maker and the finisher. The passer and the sniper. Jonathan Drouin and Steven Stamkos. On paper, it’s a match made in hockey heaven. But the game is played on the ice, and that’s where the match has to be made. If it works, the duo can be..." September 26

  • Lightning reduce camp roster by 10

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday reduced their training camp roster by 10 players. Released were G Philippe Cadorette and D Kevin Gibson. " September 24

  • Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally). Brovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights. Here..." September 23

  • Stamkos to Toronto? It’s not crazy talk

    Tampa Tribune "It’s crazy, but not that crazy. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos often finds himself smiling at the commotion that his contract status is causing in his home and native land. Oh, Canada. Relax. “You’ve just got to have fun with it,” Stamkos said Tuesday morning, before the Bolts’..." September 23

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Good news on the injury front, Kristers Gudlevskis was a full participant in the first practice session this morning #TBLightning

  • Condra’s style plays well with Bolts

    Tampa Tribune "Imagine the first day of school in a new town and walking into your new classroom for the first time. Strange faces in new places make for an intimidating introduction. Now imagine everybody else seated in the class spent the previous year together, learning and growing. Welcome to Tampa..." September 20

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    #TBLightning owner Jeff Vinik said he's not worried about @RealStamkos91 contract, reiterates he's confident Yzerman can get it done

  • AHL's Syracuse Crunch wants Donald Trump to come coach for them

    CBS Sports "Donald Trump is currently trying to make America great again while running for president. That's what it says on the hat, at least. But one minor league hockey team would like to see Mr. Trump limit that focus a little bit and try to make the American Hockey League great again, instead. The..." September 19

  • No new contract, but Stamkos ‘still the captain’ as Bolts report

    Tampa Tribune "The summer of Stamkos officially ended on Thursday with the opening of Lightning training camp. Only the heat is about to get turned up a bit more. As the defending Eastern Conference champions reported to Amalie Arena to start preparation for the 2015-16 season, Stamkos arrived without a..." September 18

  • Stamkos is so much more than a sniper

    TSN "The fury of the NHL rumour mill knows no limits, and the longer Steven Stamkos remains unsigned in Tampa Bay, the more we will hear about a potential move out of the Sunshine State. I think it’s far more likely than not that Stamkos ends up staying in Tampa Bay. It’s the ideal situation for his..." September 17

  • Lightning's Johnson says injured wrist better: report "One week after Tyler Johnson said he was not quite 100 percent, the Tampa Bay Lightning forward said on the eve of training camp that his injured right wrist is much better. "Three weeks ago, I couldn't even shoot, and now I can do everything," Johnson told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday...." September 17

  • Quebec and Las Vegas to officially discuss expansion with NHL’s executive committee

    Puck Drunk Love "NHL expansion is getting a bit more official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote that while it’s unlikely a decision on expansion will come this month, two prospective NHL expansion locations, Quebec and Las Vegas, will officially present to the league’s board executive committee later this..." September 17

  • Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that. In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in..." September 16

  • NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate

    USA Today "The NHL never has had an openly gay player, but if a player does come out, he will be accepted, according to results of an anonymous survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports at the NHL/NHL Players' Association Media tour Sept. 8-9, 2015, in Toronto. Thirty-five NHL players were asked whether they..." September 16

  • NHL has instructed teams to play 3-on-3 hockey in preseason even if games aren't tied

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format begins this season and the league wants to make sure teams are ready for the change. In order to make sure teams have a chance to practice the concept in a competitive setting, the NHL has instructed all of their teams to play 3-on-3 hockey at least three times..." September 15

  • Former Flyers forward Simon Gagne officially retires from NHL

    CBS Sports "Simon Gagne has officially announced his retirement from the NHL after a 14-year career that had its fair share of brilliant moments, mostly with the Philadelphia Flyers over 11 seasons. “Today, I want to thank my trainers and teammates,” said Gagne in a press release. “You inspired me to..." September 15

  • Bolts goalie Vasilevskiy won’t rush his return

    Tampa Tribune "Earlier this summer, Andrei Vasilevskiy looked down during workouts and noticed his left hand turning blue. No big deal, he thought, after it was gone the next morning. “I thought, ‘(Stuff) happens,’ ” Vasilevskiy said on Monday. But when the Lightning’s highly touted backup goaltender..." September 15

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    #tblightning Andrei Vasilevskiy skating for first time since vascular surgery. Out 2-3 months

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    NHL will make move to Adidas official tomorrow. Replaces Reebok as sweater supplier.

  • Vasilevskiy returns to ice, optimistic on quick recovery

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy did some light skating in full pads Monday for the first time since undergoing surgery to fix a blood clot Sept. 3. Vasilevskiy, 21, is expected to be out 2-3 months after a procedure that removed part of a rib, which was pinching a vein near his..." September 14

  • Report: NHL introducing spotters to look for signs of concussion during games

    The Score "The National Hockey League appears to be taking steps toward improving its concussion protocol. The league will reportedly introduce spotters for every game this season, whose role will be to determine visible signs of concussion among players, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA. The spotter..." September 14

  • Stamkos returns, says contract extension talks in 'middle stages'

    Tampa Bay Times "After a couple of days of getting peppered with questions about his uncertain future, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had a blast staying in the present Thursday morning. Stamkos, 25, was in his sanctuary, back on the ice in his first day at Tampa Bay's informal skates at the Ice Sports Forum...." September 13

  • Goalie Gudlevskis could step for Bolts with Vasilevskiy out

    Tampa Tribune "Two years ago, Kristers Gudlevskis burst onto hockey’s stage. In one moment he was a 21-year-old rookie in the Lightning organization, and in an instant he was an international sensation. During the 2014 Olympics, the Latvian netminder had Canadians cursing his name as he turned aside shot..." September 12

  • Bettman: overwhelmingly players do the right thing

    Pro Hockey Talk "This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations. In the case of the players, stars like Tyler..." September 12

  • Tyler Johnson rounds into form for Lightning training camp

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning center Tyler Johnson joined "Triplets" linemates Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov for informal workouts Wednesday and looked like his old self. Johnson, 25, was buzzing around the ice, participating in all the drills, looking comfortable taking wrist shots. It was an encouraging sign..." September 10

  • World Cup of Hockey announces schedule, format

    Sportsnet "The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams and more than 150 NHL players, will progress from the preliminary round to the..." September 09

  • NHL players look ahead to World Cup – and, hopefully, future Olympics

    The Globe and Mail "Sidney Crosby is not certain if NHL players will be able to compete in future Olympics, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star would surely like to. The league has yet to decide if it will send players to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or to Beijing in 2022. Concerns include the vast..." September 09

  • Stamkos on Lightning contract talks: ‘Not necessarily all about money’

    Yahoo! Sports "It’s late in the afternoon, and Steven Stamkos has spent the day being asked in every way conceivable about his contract negotiations with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Which of course means we’ll ask him again. “And I’ll hit you with the same answer I’ve given everyone else,” he said, with a..." September 09

  • Bolts G Bishop set to return from torn groin

    Tampa Tribune "When training camp opens on Sept. 17, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop expects to be fully cleared and ready to play after tearing a torn groin muscle during the Stanley Cup Final. The injury occurred in Game 2 of the series, and forced Bishop to miss Game 4. " September 09

  • Steven Stamkos offers high praise for rookie Connor McDavid

    ESPN "Expectations are already high for Connor McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in June's draft and the consensus best prospect since Sidney Crosby. Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos just raised them. Stamkos, who scored 43 goals last season in leading the Lightning to an Eastern..." September 08

  • Ray Emery will attend Lightning camp on tryout contract

    CBS Sports "When it was revealed last week that Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy would be sidelined for a couple of months due to a blood clot issue it put the team in a tough spot. With Vasilevskiy expected to not only be the backup to starter Ben Bishop, but perhaps also take on a bigger..." September 08

  • Lightning preparing for all Stamkos possibilities

    Sportsnet "As the kids go back to school, the Toronto Blue Jays continue their David Price/Troy Tulowitzki joyride and hockey reporters shake off their summer hangovers, attention returns to some of the sport’s key storylines. And one of the biggest is Steven Stamkos. Tampa’s captain is an unrestricted..." September 08

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    In other news, Yzerman said @tjohnny09 (broken right wrist) is expected to be "ready to go" for training camp, which opens Sept. 17.

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy has vascular surgery to remove blood clot; out 2-3 months "Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had successful surgery on Thursday, September 3 to remove a blood clot from near his left collarbone and to treat a type of Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced this morning. The procedure..." September 04

  • How hockey analytics forecast future success and failure

    TSN "One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry. The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team..." September 03

  • 2015-16 NHL trade deadline set for February 29

    CBS Sports "Well, mark your calendars, folks. The National Hockey League has set its trade deadline for the 2015-16 hockey season and it falls on a rather odd day according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The last day NHL teams will be able to make trades in the upcoming season is February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m...." September 02

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Lightning Hire Brad Lauer as Assistant Coach "The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Brad Lauer as assistant coach today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. “I’m really excited to join the coaching staff in Tampa Bay,” Lauer said. “It is an outstanding opportunity for me to join a great organization with top-notch..." August 18