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  • Where Jan Rutta fits for the Tampa Bay Lightning now and in the future

    Raw Charge "When a trade or a free agent signing happens, there’s often not much time to digest the news and think through everything before putting some thoughts to computer screen. I did just that Friday evening when news came down that the Tampa Bay Lightning had traded Slater..." January 15

  • Schedule For Upcoming NHL “Bye Weeks”

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For the third year in a row, the NHL has scheduled a mandated multi-day break for each team in the middle part of the season. Meant to give each team a rest, much like the bye week in the National Football League, this break also includes limits on practice, including several days in..." January 15

  • Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy subs in during play

    Tampa Bay Times "There was some craziness happening between the Lightning's crease and bench on Sunday. Jon Cooper pulled Andrei Vasilevkiy with about 10 minutes to play, put him back in on the fly, and proceeded to pull him twice more. It wasn't as random as that sounds though. On..." January 14

  • Sergachev fined for cross-checking

    TSN "Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Mikhail Sergachev has been fined $2,403.67 for cross-checking Johan Larsson of the Buffalo Sabres, NHL Player Safety announced.  The fine is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.   " January 13

  • Blackhawks trade Jan Rutta to Lightning for Slater Koekkoek

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenceman Slater Koekkoek and a 2019 fifth-round pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenceman Jan Rutta and a 2019 seventh-round pick, the Blackhawks announced. " January 11

  • Lightning's Kucherov becomes fastest player to 70 points in nearly 2 decades

    The Score "Nikita Kucherov is a man among boys this season. The Tampa Bay Lightning superstar racked up his 70th point of the season on a first-period assist Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In doing so, Kucherov became the fastest player (43 games) to reach 70 points..." January 09

  • Lightning trying to trade Slater Koekkoek, according to Friedman

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning are trying to trade defender Slater Koekkoek, according to Elliotte Friedman in his 31 thoughts article today. The twenty-four year old defender is currently on a conditioning stint with the Syracuse Crunch. That will end this weekend and he’ll..." January 09

  • Tampa Bay Lightning Andrei Vasilevskiy To Replace Price At 2019 NHL All-Star Game

    Last Word On Hockey "It was announced today that Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will replace Carey Price at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in a few weeks. Price announced that he will not be attending a few days ago. However, Vasilevskiy will now join Lightning..." January 08

  • NHL announces coaches for All-Star Game

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League announced today that Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic), Paul Maurice of the Winnipeg Jets (Central), Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan) and Bill Peters of the Calgary Flames (Pacific) will serve as the head coaches for the 2019 Honda..." January 05

  • Looking at Nikita Kucherov’s rapid climb to the NHL’s scoring lead

    Pro Hockey Talk "Let’s go back to the start of December and take a quick look at the NHL’s scoring race. On December 1, Tampa Bay Lighting forward Nikita Kucherov was sitting in fourth place with 35 points in his first 26 games. It was an incredible start to the season and..." January 04

  • Lightning assign Slater Koekkoek to Syracuse Crunch for conditioning

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning announced this morning that they have assigned Slater Koekkoek to the Syracuse Crunch for a conditioning assignment. Koekkoek has only played in nine games this season and hasn’t been in the lineup since November 19th. He played less..." December 31

  • Who needs a fresh start in 2019?

    Pro Hockey Talk "New Year’s Day is right around the corner, so naturally many of us have already started thinking about our resolutions. Maybe you want to get into better shape, eat better, expand your knowledge on a certain topic, spend less time on your phone, or something totally..." December 31

  • Lightning could be nearing extension with head coach Jon Cooper

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning have been the envy of the league when it comes to locking up their biggest stars with deals that benefit both team and player. Their next big free agent-to-be, however, doesn’t sit on the bench but rather stands behind it. Almost halfway through..." December 30

  • Lightning GM not concerned about Point getting offer sheets

    The Score "Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois is confident that he'll be able to work out a contract this summer with star forward Brayden Point. Point, who has recorded 22 goals and 49 points so far in his third NHL season, will be one of over a dozen premium pending..." December 29

  • Leafs' Babcock praises Lightning: 'They're better than everybody'

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said Thursday that chasing down the Tampa Bay Lightning, who lead the NHL with a 26-7-2 record, will be extremely difficult. "It looks to me like Tampa's better than us," Babcock told Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. "It..." December 20

  • Tampa Bay Lightning sign Gabriel Fortier to entry level contract

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced that they have signed forward Gabriel Fortier to a three-year entry level contract. A left winger from LaSalle, Quebec, Fortier has put up 14 goals and 42 points through 34 games in the QMJHL for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar this year. He was the..." December 19

  • No hearing for Bolts' Martel after Stecher hit

    TSN "Tampa Bay Lightning forward Danick Martel will not face supplemental discipline for his high hit on Vancouver Canucks defenceman Troy Stecher Tuesday night.  Martel's shoulder appeared to make contact with the head of Stecher, who was bent over attempting..." December 19

  • Tampa Bay Lightning Juggles Roster To Keep Erik Cernak With Team

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It looks like the Tampa Bay Lightning are about to get back defenseman Anton Stralman, as the team activated him off of injured reserve for tonight’s game with Winnipeg, but rather than assign impressive rookie Erik Cernak to the AHL, the team instead opted to place forward Mathieu Joseph..." December 16

  • Stamkos: Playoff format 'a little imperfect,' old system more logical

    The Score "Count Steven Stamkos among NHL players not quite sold on the league's divisional postseason format. "It's a little imperfect," the Tampa Bay Lightning captain told Sportsnet's Chris Johnston on Thursday. "I've always thought when you go to the 1 (seed..." December 13

  • Lightning hold no grudge towards John Tavares for choosing Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "John Tavares could have joined the Tampa Bay Lighting last summer. Just imagine how that would have shifted the balance of power in the Atlantic Division. What made his decision to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs sting even more for Lightning head coach Jon Cooper was how..." December 13

  • Vasilevskiy practices fully, could start for Lightning vs. Maple Leafs

    NHL.com "Andrei Vasilevskiy was a full participant at practice Wednesday and could start for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; TVAS, SUN, SNO). The 24-year-old goalie has missed 14 games after breaking his left foot in practice..." December 12

  • Tampa Bay Sends Eddie Pasquale Back To AHL As Andrei Vasilevskiy Nears Return

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Tampa Bay Lightning have sent goaltender Eddie Pasquale to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. While that regularly may not be a very newsworthy transaction, this time might be different. The Lightning did not recall another goaltender in his stead, likely indicating that Andrei Vasilevskiy..." December 11

  • Vasilevskiy weeks away from return to Lightning

    NHL.com "Andrei Vasilevskiy is still a few weeks from returning to the lineup with the Tampa Bay Lightning after fracturing his left foot during practice on Nov. 14, coach Jon Cooper said Thursday. Vasilevskiy, a 2018 Vezina Trophy finalist, has missed Tampa Bay's past 11 games. The..." December 06

  • William Nylander contract a starting point for Brayden Point negotiations

    Raw Charge "One of the Julien Breisbois’ first big challenges as the General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning will be taking care of Brayden Point. Point is in the last year of his entry level contract and needs a new deal. Nothing has to be done right away, but eventually..." December 04

  • No captain, my captain: Tradition-rich NHL teams are no longer giving players the ‘C’

    Washington Post "Henrik and Daniel Sedin were Vancouver mainstays for 18 years, and while it was Henrik who formally wore the ‘C' on his chest as the team captain for eight seasons, the two shared the privilege and the burden of being the twin faces of the Canucks. In a first season without them,..." November 27

  • Brayden Point is Lightning’s latest steal

    Pro Hockey Talk "Even though it has not yet resulted in a championship for this current core, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been one of the NHL’s elite teams for more than four years now. Since the start of the 2014-15 season only the Washington Capitals have won more regular season games, while..." November 26

  • Palat considered "day-to-day"

    TSN "Head coach Jon Cooper said forward Ondrej Palat, who has missed the 14 games with a lower-body injury, will not play Sunday against the New Jersey Devils, but is "getting close" and will considered day-to-day going forward. The 27-year-old has recorded five assists over nine games..." November 25

  • Brayden Point emerging as Tampa Bay's most valuable player

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper called his young center Brayden Point into his office. It was Game 1 of the 2018 Eastern Conference playoff semifinals in April, and Point was in the midst of being absolutely embarrassed by the Boston Bruins' top line. Cooper had entrusted his..." November 25

  • Kucherov says he'd do same thing as Nylander if faced with contract dispute again

    The Score "William Nylander can count Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Nikita Kucherov as a supporter amid his contract impasse with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kucherov faced a similar situation to Nylander's prior to the 2016-17 campaign, as he was a restricted free..." November 21

  • Concussion suits against NHL face headwinds

    Detroit News "The legal strategy of the NHL to defeat a class-action suit by players concerned about brain injuries might prove successful, but the issue of legal responsibility for potential long-term effects of brain trauma remains at issue, according to legal experts. In attempting to settle..." November 20

  • The NHL is doing everything it can to avoid another lockout

    New York Post "The Canceler-in-Chief’s collective bargaining history precedes him, so buyer beware, but it is a fact that all precincts are reporting reason for optimism as the NHL and the NHLPA continue a series of preliminary talks aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its..." November 19

  • Michael Bournival, Filip Sandberg Placed On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Tampa Bay Lightning have placed Michael Bournival on waivers according to CapFriendly, meaning the forward is likely healthy enough to resume playing after starting the year on season-opening injured reserve.  " November 15

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy out indefinitely for Lightning

    NHL.com "Andrei Vasilevskiy is out indefinitely for the Tampa Bay Lightning and is being sent home for further evaluation after sustaining an undisclosed injury during practice Wednesday. The 24-year-old goalie will not play when the Lightning visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints..." November 15

  • Tampa Bay Lightning recall defenseman Erik Cernak

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they recalled defenseman Erik Cernak from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. Anton Stralman was ruled out for last Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators and will also miss tonight’s game. The..." November 13

  • Cameron Gaunce reassigned to Syracuse, opening roster spot for potential Victor Hedman return

    Tampa Bay Times "Defenseman Cameron Gaunce was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Friday, the Lightning announced. It's a move that bodes well for Victor Hedman's chances of returning to the lineup soon. Hedman, who has missed the past seven games with an upper-body injury, was a full..." November 10

  • Lightning get Hedman back after 7-game injury absence

    The Score "Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will make his return to the lineup against the Ottawa Senators, head coach Jon Cooper confirmed Saturday. Hedman missed seven games with what the club referred to as an upper-body injury that the blue-liner sustained in a collision with..." November 10

  • Lightning forward Ondrej Palat out 4 weeks with lower-body injury

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat will be shut down for four weeks as he recovers from a lower-body injury. He suffered the injury in late October. The 27-year-old has no goals and five assists in nine games this season.  " November 08

  • NHL goalies making adjustments to new controversial chest protector

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Over the course of a 12-year career as an NHL goalie, Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg said he only changed his chest protector twice.  “The one when I retired, there was nothing left,” Hedberg said in a phone interview with NBC Sports California. “[It..." November 05

  • Cooper, Lightning thriving under rookie GM BriseBois

    NHL.com "For the first time in his NHL career, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper is working under a general manager who isn't named Steve Yzerman. So Cooper wants to share two things that most don't know about Julien BriseBois, who was promoted to GM when Yzerman stepped down on..." November 04

  • Senators to host Lightning in 2,000th NHL game for each team

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators each will play their 2,000th NHL game when they face off at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS, SUN, NHL.TV). The Lightning and Senators joined the NHL as the 23rd and 24th teams when they began play in the 1992-93..." November 04

  • Yanni Gourde Signs Six-Year Extension With Tampa Bay Lightning

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Tampa Bay Lightning have done it again, signing one of their core players to a long-term extension to keep the group together. Yanni Gourde has inked a six-year extension that comes with a $5.166MM average annual value. Gourde was scheduled to become an unrestricted free..." November 02

  • Lightning owner: We're 'close' to being tabbed for game in Sweden

    The Score "Jeff Vinik believes his team has a chance to play in one of the NHL's international games next season. The Tampa Bay Lightning owner told The Athletic's Joe Smith that while nothing is finalized yet, they are "close" to landing a spot in Stockholm next..." November 02

  • What NHL goalies are saying about smaller equipment

    Sportsnet "Midway through last season the NHL began streamlining goalie equipment with a target on leg pads and pants. Rather than goalies being allowed to wear inflated equipment that had more to do with filling up the net than protecting the player, the NHL began to enforce “form-fitting”..." October 30

  • NHL, MGM Resorts form sports betting partnership

    NHL.com "The NHL has named MGM Resorts the first official sports betting partner of the League. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, joined by MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO Jim Murren, made the announcement Monday. "The new sports betting landscape presents a unique opportunity..." October 29

  • Injured Hedman to be re-evaluated in 1 week

    Last Word On Hockey "Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman is likely sidelined for Saturday night’s game with the Arizona Coyotes a with a head and neck injury. Fellow Tampa Bay player Ondrej Palat is uncertain after blocking a shot in Friday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights. October 27

  • Lightning defenceman Hedman suffers apparent injury vs. Golden Knights

    Tampa Bay Times "The feel-good start to the Lightning season took a definite dark and scary turn Friday in Las Vegas. Victor Hedman is injured. Those four words are about the worst four words the Lightning can hear. Hedman, the defending Norris Trophy winner as the league's top..." October 27

  • For NHL goalies, league’s new pad restrictions are a real pain

    Washington Post "Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has started to wear an extra undershirt to protect himself. Even with Braden Holtby’s Washington Capitals teammates toning down the power of their shots in practices, he’s started to feel the sting of pucks in ways he hasn’t..." October 24

  • Healy: If backed by science, NHL alumni association 'all-in' on cannabis

    The Score "The group representing ex-NHL players is "all-in" on endorsing cannabis as a pain relief option for its members. That is, if future research can prove the drug’s supposed healing capabilities. "I think science has to prove it first. If science proves it,..." October 23

  • NHLPA, Jake Dotchin file grievance against Bolts

    TSN "Jake Dotchin's time in Tampa Bay came to an ugly end in September when the Lightning waived him for a material breach of contract after showing up to training camp overweight.  Dotchin landed on his feet this week, signing a one-year, $800,000 contract with the..." October 19

  • Anaheim Ducks Trade Mitch Hults

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Anaheim Ducks were getting close to the 50-contract limit after signing Jake Dotchinrecently, so have decided to send Mitch Hultsto the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for future considerations. Hults was playing with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL, and will now..." October 18