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  • 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

  • Not ‘impossible’ for Lightning to add big piece after Kucherov extension

    Pro Hockey Talk "Now that Nikita Kucherov is locked up, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman wasn’t ready to rule out adding another big contract if the price is right. “I don’t think it’s impossible,” Yzerman said on a Wednesday conference call. “But..." July 11

  • Lightning re-sign Erne to 1-year deal

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Adam Erne to a one-year contract extension worth $800,000, the club announced Wednesday. Erne, drafted by the Lightning 33rd overall in 2013, has skated in 49 NHL games, recording seven points. " July 11

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • Nikita Kucherov gets 8-year to stay with Lightning

    ESPN "As they jockey for position in the Erik Karlsson derby, the Tampa Bay Lightningdidn't hesitate to lock up one of their own star players until 2027. Right wing Nikita Kucherov signed an eight-year extension that kicks in for the 2019-20 season, with an..." July 10

  • The Rangers and a potential reunion with Ryan Callahan

    SNY TV "Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are "maintaining a level of interest" in bringing Ryan Callahan back via trade if Tampa looks to clear the final two-years of his contract. (NY Post) Callahan has a cap hit of $5.8 million and a list of 16 teams that he can be traded..." July 10

  • Fortier looking to expand skill set with Lightning "Gabriel Fortier's first workout at the Tampa Bay Lightning developmental camp on June 27 capped off a whirlwind week and left the forward with some tired legs. "They are sore a little bit," Fortier said. "It's been a week since I've trained so it was pretty..." July 08

  • How Bolts could fit Erik Karlsson under cap

    Pro Hockey Talk "Over the last few hours, it’s been reported that the Tampa Bay Lightning were one of the favorites to land franchise defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators. For that to happen, Bolts GM Steve Yzerman would have to get creative because he has to find a way to create..." July 06

  • Tampa Bay, Ottawa Seeking Third Team To Facilitate Erik Karlsson Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The rumor mill has been working overtime this morning on a potential Ottawa Senators-Tampa Bay Lightning trade revolving around superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson, and now Travis Yost of TSN tweets that the teams are in the process of trying to find a third party to facilitate the deal, as..." July 05

  • Lightning re-sign forward Cedric Paquette "According to Steve Yzerman, the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team re-signed Cedric Paquette to a one year contract worth $1 million. He joined the team in the 2012 NHL Draft. The Tampa Bay Lightning selected Paquette in the fourth round as the 101st overall..." July 05

  • Is Erik Karlsson on his way to the Tampa Bay Lightning?

    Ottawa Sun "Expect Erik Karlsson to be traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. I was told this about 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning by a friend who has an impeccable record when it comes to knowing inside information with the Senators. He said he’s “very comfortable” with the source that..." July 05

  • Rangers, Capitals, Lightning among those interested in Senators star

    CBS Sports "As the first week of 2018 NHL free agency draws to a close, Erik Karlsson remains an Ottawa Senators defenseman, but at least a half-dozen teams, including the Atlantic Division champion Tampa Bay Lightning, could still be hard after the All-Star. After their..." July 05

  • Lightning’s summer might already be over, and that’s okay

    Tampa Bay Times "So here we are, right in the middle one of the most jittery offseasons in Lightning history. Bet the boys can hardly sit still waiting for the start of next season. That's what happens when you come this close to getting to the Stanley Cup final. That's what happens when..." July 04

  • Tampa Bay Signs Defenseman Cameron Gaunce

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Tampa Bay Lightning have added another option on the back end. The team has announced a one-year, two-way deal with defenseman Cameron Gaunce. Salary terms have not been disclosed. " July 01

  • McDonagh signs 7-year, $47.25 million extension with Lightning

    TSN "The Tampa Bay Lightning announced they have signed defenceman Ryan McDonagh to a seven-year, $47.25 million contract extension. The Lightning acquired McDonagh at the trade deadline last season and he finished with two goals and an assist in 14 games for the team down the..." July 01

  • Tavares still hasn't notified teams they're out of the running

    The Score "John Tavares apparently hasn't begun whittling down his list of potential destinations just yet. The superstar's camp has not notified any of the six teams in the hunt either way, and is still deliberating on the decision, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reports. Tavares..." June 30

  • Lightning’s best chance for Stanley Cup is now, with or without Tavares

    Pro Hockey Talk "Remember when the Washington Capitals viewed 2015-16 and 2016-17 as their “two-year window” to win a Stanley Cup, and then they ended up hoisting it one year after that window seemingly closed? A similar situation may be brewing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Now,..." June 29

  • Lightning GM: We'd have to clear space for Tavares, but it'd be worth it

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Lightning remain hopeful that John Tavares will elect to sign with them on July 1, but general manager Steve Yzerman is aware that the team would have to do some serious juggling to make things work. With roughly $5.3 million in cap space and Tavares likely to command at..." June 28

  • Tavares meetings conclude with Stars, Lightning "John Tavares and his representatives won't talk to any other teams after meeting in person with the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, The Athletic and Sportsnet reported. Tavares, a 27-year-old center who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, reportedly..." June 27

  • Lightning re-sign forward J.T. Miller to five-year contract "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward J.T. Miller to a five-year contract worth $5.25 million per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.  Miller, 25, skated in 82 games last season, splitting time between the New York Rangers and..." June 26

  • Lightning sign 2016 pick Ross Colton to 2-year, 2-way contract

    Fox Sports Florida "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Ross Colton to a two-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Tuesday. Colton, 21, appeared in 36 games with the University of Vermont last season, recording 16 goals and 23 points to go..." June 26

  • Report: John Tavares to meet with Sharks, Leafs, Bruins, Lightning, Stars

    The Score "The list of potential destinations for pending unrestricted free agent John Tavares is starting to grow. The New York Islanders captain's camp will meet with the San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins,..." June 25

  • Source: Penguins interested in potential Chris Kunitz return

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins do indeed have legitimate interest in bringing back former left wing Chris Kunitz, but anything they might do is contingent on creating additional salary-cap space, a source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday afternoon. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said..." June 25

  • Steve Yzerman: Lightning won’t re-sign forward Chris Kunitz

    Tampa Bay Times "As expected, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he does not intend to re-sign veteran forward Chris Kunitz, who will seek his fifth Stanley Cup with a different team next season. Kunitz, 38, brought much-needed playoff experience in his lone season with the Lightning,..." June 22

  • Lightning add former Tampa Bay player Jeff Halpern as assistant coach

    Fox Sports Florida "The Tampa Bay Lightning have named former Lightning forward Jeff Halpern to the position of assistant coach on Friday, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Halpern, 42, first joined the Lightning organization for the 2015-16 season as the team’s..." June 22

  • Lightning sign goaltender Louis Domingue to two-year contract

    TSN "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Louis Domingue to a two-year contract worth $1.15 million per season, General manager Steve Yzerman announced today.  Domingue won seven of his 11 starts for the Lightning after being acquired from the Arizona Coyotes in..." June 22

  • Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

    Tampa Bay Times "Victor Hedman, a relentless part of the Lightning's push to the Eastern Conference final last season, was honored Wednesday night with the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's top defenseman. "To the Lightning organization, Mr. Jeff Vinik, Steve Yzerman and the coaching..." June 21

  • NHL Announces 2017-18 First and Second All-Star Teams

    Hockey Fights "NHL MVP Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils, voted to his first career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players on the 2017-18 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Hall, who received the Hart Trophy as the League’s most valuable player at the 2018 NHL..." June 21