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  • 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 "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 "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 "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 "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

  • Marijuana use in the NHL: The times they are a changin'

    Sportsnet "Fairly or not, we have an image of the GMs who sit in the executive boxes at NHL games. They’re Old School, as their average age (53.9 years) would suggest. At the high end, there’s the Islanders’ 75-year-old Lou Lamoriello. Almost to a one, they’re defined by their..." October 17

  • Jake Dotchin reportedly on waivers by...the Anaheim Ducks?

    Raw Charge "An interesting thing occurred today at noon eastern time. Pierre LeBrun reported the waiver news of the day, which included Cory Conacher being placed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The other interesting bit was that Jake Dotchin was also placed on waivers, but..." October 17

  • Report: Tampa Bay Lightning expected to extend Jon Cooper

    Yardbarker "Despite the fact that Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper is in the final year of his contract, often a bad sign if a team hasn’t extended him, that isn’t the case here. Cooper and new general manager Julien BriseBois have a long history together, as BriseBois was..." October 07

  • Tampa Bay Lightning Get Good News as Nikita Kucherov Injury Not Serious

    Last Word On Hockey "The Tampa Bay Lightning breathed a sigh of relief with the news that the injury suffered by star winger Nikita Kucherov is not serious. Kucherov left last night’s pre-season game, but he is expected to be ready to play on opening night of the NHL..." September 27

  • Tampa Bay Claims Danick Martel Off Waivers From Philadelphia

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The first waiver claim of 2018-19 has been made as the Lightning have claimed forward Danick Martel off waivers from Philadelphia, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman (Twitter link). Martel was a prolific scorer at the junior level, recording 102 points in 64 games in his..." September 22

  • NHL not tough enough with preseason suspensions

    Pro Hockey Talk "When it comes to the court of public opinion the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is always going to be a no-win position. Their job is a brutally difficult, thankless one that by its very nature is going to anger almost everyone watching the NHL. No player receiving a..." September 21

  • Jake Dotchin Reported “Extremely Out Of Shape”

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Just last night, it was reported that Jake Dotchin’s recent termination by the Tampa Bay Lightning for a material breach of contract due to poor conditioning had caught the attention of the NHLPA and players across the league. Many felt that if the Lightning did not have..." September 19

  • Jake Dotchin Situation Could Set A Dangerous Precedent

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The situation this past week with former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin is unique unto itself. Rarely, if ever, has a player been released due to conditioning issues. Yet, that is what happened to the 24-year-old Dotchin when he showed up to camp and was deemed so out of..." September 18

  • Lightning’s Jake Dotchin clears waivers after ‘breach of contract’

    Sportsnet "Defenceman Jake Dotchin has cleared waivers one day after the Tampa Bay Lightning placed him on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract. The Lightning said the move was due to a “material breach of contract” and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman..." September 15

  • Lightning’s Dotchin on waivers due to ‘material breach of contract’

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning have placed defenceman Jake Dotchin on unconditional waivers in order to terminate his contract, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The Lightning are saying the move is due to a “material breach of..." September 14

  • Lightning, AHL’s Crunch extend affiliation through 2023

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning has already completed a contract extension less than 24 hours into Julien BriseBois' tenure as general manager. The Lightning has extended its affiliation with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch through the 2022-23 season, the Lightning and Crunch announced in a joint..." September 12

  • How Steve Yzerman built the Tampa Bay Lightning into a powerhouse

    Sportsnet "Steve Yzerman stepped down as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shocking development on Tuesday, a team he had been at the helm of for eight seasons since being hired on May 25, 2010. The former Red Wing great and Hockey Hall of Famer built up a powerhouse over that time, reaching..." September 11

  • Yzerman cites family reasons for stepping aside as GM

    The Score "Family comes first for Steve Yzerman. "This change is important for me, (and it) will allow me to spend more time with my family," the former Tampa Bay Lightning general manager and new senior adviser told reporters, including FOX Sports Sun's Caley Chelios, at a Tuesday..." September 11

  • Steve Yzerman to step down as Lightning GM

    Sportsnet "Steve Yzerman is stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. September 11

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07

  • Lightning's Brayden Point looks to take game to yet another level

    Yardbarker "With his entry-level contract set to expire at the end of this season, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point may only get better as he looks toward a bigger contract next season. In only his second season, the 22-year-old quickly and quietly moved into the No. 2 center position last season..." August 27

  • Lightning's Vasilevskiy changed workout routines for season workload

    Yardbarker "Despite an impressive season in the net, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy learned one valuable lesson by the end of the year: Rest is a good thing. The 24-year-old netminder put up amazing numbers, including playing in a career-high 65 games and posting a .920 save..." August 26

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • Maple Leafs, Lightning tied atop Stanley Cup odds as camps approach

    Sportsnet "With the opening of NHL training camps less than a month away the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to lead the way on the Stanley Cup odds, but are joined by the Tampa Bay Lightning as +750 co-favourites on those NHL futures at sportsbooks monitored by Toronto made the..." August 16

  • Ryan Callahan Resumes Skating, On Track For November

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Tampa Bay Lightning once again found enough cap space this summer to retain some of their most impressive talent, signing restricted free agent J.T. Miller to a five-year contract and getting Nikita Kucherov and Ryan McDonagh under long-term extensions. The team incredibly is still..." August 15

  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • Tampa Bay Lightning Enter Partnership With Orlando Solar Bears

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After the Toronto Maple Leafs had changed their ECHL affiliation to the Newfoundland Growlers for the upcoming season, the Orlando Solar Bears were without an NHL partner. No more, as the Tampa Bay Lightning have announced a three-year affiliation agreement with the ECHL club that..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Foote ready for training camp with Lightning "Callan Foote never has to go far for advice on how to prepare for a career in the NHL. The 19-year-old defenseman, who was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the No. 14 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, just turns to his father, Adam, who played 19 NHL seasons and won the Stanley Cup..." August 01

  • McDonagh happy Lightning kept core group intact "Ryan McDonagh will be happy to see a lot of familiar faces when he reports to training camp for the Tampa Bay Lightning in September. "You see a lot of times when teams go on deeper runs, sometimes roles on the team get switched around," the defenseman said. "But for..." July 29

  • Tampa Bay may still be looking for more defense

    Yardbarker "With the current high demands from Ottawa in a possible Erik Karlsson trade making it less and less likely that anything will happen, the Tampa Bay Lightning must choose whether they should be content with their defense or need to find another fit. On paper, the team seems more..." July 29

  • Tampa Bay Still Has Several Other Extension Candidates

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The offseason has been busy for the Tampa Bay Lightning, despite never completing a rumored Erik Karlsson deal. The team has already re-signed restricted free agent J.T. Miller to a long-term deal and negotiated huge extensions for Ryan McDonagh and Nikita..." July 27

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18