Lightning Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Lightning Sign Eddie Pasquale to One-Year Contract Extension

    Hockey Fights "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed goaltender Eddie Pasquale to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Pasquale, 27, appeared in 31 American Hockey League games last season, splitting the season..." June 18

  • Lightning optimistic about extending Yzerman beyond next season

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Lightning want the Steve Yzerman era to continue. The Lightning general manager is set to enter the ninth and final season of his contract in 2018-19, but team owner Jeff Vinik remains optimistic that he'll ink "Stevie Y" to an extension as soon..." June 14

  • Lightning Acquire Andy Andreoff from Kings for Peter Budaj

    Hockey Fights "The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Andy Andreoff from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Peter Budaj, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Andreoff, 27, appeared in 45 games with the Kings..." June 13

  • Tampa Bay Lightning inks Syracuse Crunch forward to a new deal "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Carter Verhaeghe to a one-year, two-way contract. Verhaeghe, 22, played in 58 games with the Syracuse Crunch last season, posting 17 goals and 48 points to go along with 30 penalty minutes. He ranked second on Syracuse for points and was..." June 12

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • Tampa Bay re-signs Syracuse Crunch defenseman Daniel Walcott "One of the most popular Syracuse Crunch players will be returning to the organization in 2018-19. The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Daniel Walcott to a one-year, two-way contract. Walcott had been a restricted free agent. " June 07

  • Lightning's Ryan Callahan out for five months following shoulder surgery

    Sporting News "The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Ryan Callahan will be out for approximately the next five months as he recovers from shoulder surgery.  Callahan's recovery period puts the start of the upcoming season in jeopardy. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman doesn't..." May 31

  • Lightning part ways with assistant coaches Rick Bowness, Brad Lauer

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning announced Thursday morning that it has parted ways with associate coach Rick Bowness and assistant coach Brad Lauer. Bowness, who coached the defense for the past five seasons, was relieved of his duties. The contract of Lauer, 51, was up after this season and..." May 31

  • What changes will Lightning consider making during offseason?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Tampa Bay Lightning were just one win away from making it back to the Stanley Cup Final, but a shutout loss on home ice prevented them from advancing to the next round. Making it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final shouldn’t be classified as a terrible year for the..." May 29

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • Nikita Kucherov Not Likely To Get Extension Immediately

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Tampa Bay Lightning’s season is over and now the team must shift its focus for next season. And while the Lightning have a t0-do list for the upcoming season, don’t expect Nikita Kucherov’s extension to be among the top priorities for the team, writes The Athletic’s..." May 26

  • Yzerman has high praise for Golden Knights ahead of Final "Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is a fan of the Vegas Golden Knights. During his end-of-season press conference, Yzerman said the success of the Golden Knights, who became the third team in NHL history to advance to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season..." May 25

  • Steven Stamkos: Game 7 loss 'disappointing, gut-wrenching'

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said the feeling usually sinks in the day after a team is eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. "That feeling when you wake up and you think you are just going to keep playing," he said, "and now it's..." May 24

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Caps, Lightning on Knights' story: 'Everyone is impressed'

    ESPN "The Washington Capitals are facing elimination, the Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from the Stanley Cup Final, and yet the talk leading up to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals was about a team thousands of miles away, in a different conference. "They're a..." May 21

  • Callahan puts Lightning one win from Stanley Cup Final with inspired play "Ryan Callahan went to the net knowing he'd end up getting crunched. As if that was going to stop the Tampa Bay Lightning right wing. Callahan did get crunched, hard and legally by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin. He still scored, the puck going off his right hand and..." May 21

  • How Andrei Vasilevskiy's worst moments helped him become Lightning's best

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy calls it the worst moment of his life, even if it was undeniably the catalyst for some of his best ones. It was 2016. Vasilevskiy was 22, in his third season as goalie Ben Bishop's understudy. He hadn't played more than 24 games in..." May 19

  • No surprise that Lightning rookie Point’s success is translating to playoffs

    Sportsnet "“Yes,” Steven Stamkos says, he absolutely expected this type of post-season from Brayden Point. What the Lightning captain is saying here is he anticipated that Point, the 22-year-old playing in his first-ever playoffs, would be producing like he has been during this most..." May 18

  • Los Angeles Kings Sign Oscar Fantenberg To One-Year Extension

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Los Angeles Kings have decided that Oscar Fantenberg has done enough to remain with the organization for another year, announcing a one-year extension today. The deal carries a $650K cap hit at the NHL level, though it’s not clear yet if it is a two-way contract. Fantenberg was..." May 17

  • Steven Stamkos returns to ice after taking puck to face in practice

    Larry Brown Sports "Steven Stamkos is doing fine despite a scare at Thursday’s Tampa Bay Lightning practice. Stamkos took a puck to the face during the Lightning’s morning skate on Thursday and left the ice. May 17

  • Shutting down Tampa's power play is now priority No. 1 for the Caps

    NBC Sports Washington "Three games into the Eastern Conference Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning has scored eight goals. Five of those goals have come on the power play. Tampa took control of Game 3, their lone win of the series, thanks to goals on each of their first two power play opportunities giving them a..." May 16

  • Report: Anton Stralman won't be suspended for hit on Wilson

    The Score "It appears Anton Stralman dodged a bullet. The Tampa Bay Lightning blue-liner won't be suspended for his hit on Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson on Tuesday night, a source told Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post. " May 16

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Stamkos, Hedman must shake off ugly starts for Lightning

    Pro Hockey Talk "The emergence of players such as Brayden Point and Yanni Gourde make the Tampa Bay Lightning the sort of varied, versatile team that can be downright intimidating. Still, to some extent, the buck stops with your biggest stars. Unfortunately for the Lightning,..." May 15

  • Capitals’ Michal Kempny fined for cross-checking Lightning’s Cedric Paquette

    Sportsnet "Washington Capitals defenceman Michal Kempny has been fined $2,419.35 for cross-checking Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette. Kempny cross-checked Paquette at 6:55 of the third period and received a minor penalty for his actions. " May 14

  • After chance meeting, Charles Barkley, Lightning coach Jon Cooper become good friends

    USA Today "Former NBA star Charles Barkley was passionately rooting for Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin to reach the NHL conference final “because he’s on that list that I’m on.” Ovechkin is one of the greatest NHL players to never win a championship. Barkley has a similar status in the NBA...." May 13

  • Lightning ready to bounce back in Game 2 vs. Capitals

    Sportsnet "Steven Stamkos is sitting in his practice stall, and the Tampa Bay Lightning captain is thinking: Was there anything he liked about his team’s Game 1 loss a night earlier against the visiting Washing Capitals? “Hmm,” Stamkos says, after a Saturday afternoon off-day practice, “to be honest, it..." May 12

  • Stralman, Paquette will play for Lightning against Capitals in Game 2 "Defenseman Anton Stralman and forward Cedric Paquette did not practice Saturday but are expected to be in the lineup for the Tampa Bay Lightning when they host the Washington Capitals in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). Stralman missed the..." May 12

  • Cooper: They were playing the conference final, we were playing Game 38

    The Score "Jon Cooper likened his team's performance Friday night to one he might see in midseason. "They were playing in the Eastern Conference Final, and we were playing in Game 38," the Tampa Bay Lightning head coach told reporters, including Sportsnet's Arash Madani, after a 4-2 loss to the Washington..." May 12

  • Lightning enforcing dress code for Capitals fans

    Sporting News "Ticket restrictions in the NHL, especially during playoff games, aren't unheard of. What is odd is enforcing a dress code. Ticket restrictions in the NHL, especially during playoff games, aren't unheard of. What is odd is enforcing a dress code. That's exactly what the Lightning are doing..." May 10

  • Lightning coach Cooper on Miller: ‘He’s what we’ve been lacking’

    Sportsnet "There’s something a little different about this year’s edition of the Tampa Bay Lightning. They still score in bunches, as they’re known to do, and they still play the same style of fast-paced hockey to which the Eastern Conference has been accustomed. There’s no shortage of big stars on this..." May 09

  • Steven Stamkos: Winning four straight against Bruins was a surprise

    Larry Brown Sports "The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Sunday to become the first team to advance to the conference finals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year. After dropping Game 1 of the series, the Lightning won four straight to seal the series. Winning four in a row against Boston came as a..." May 06

  • Lightning’s Stamkos finally breaks out of playoff rut with big goal

    Sportsnet "Steven Stamkos scores. One hundred goals in 124 games in junior. An incredibly rare 60-goal season in the NHL. In all, there’s been 366 pucks sent into the net off his stick or body since joining the Tampa Bay Lightning. Now, occasionally a stretch arrives where the goals disappear. The..." May 05

  • Bruce Cassidy rips officials after another no-call costs Bruins

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Bruins can once again point to poor officiating as one of the reasons they lost a playoff game to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and head coach Bruce Cassidy has no problem calling attention to how lopsided things have been. Boston was leading Tampa 3-2 midway through the third period in..." May 05

  • Marchand won't have hearing for hit on Callahan that preceded lick

    The Score "Brad Marchand's tongue tactics are reportedly being addressed, but the hit that led to Friday's saliva sequel will apparently go unpunished. No hearing is scheduled regarding the Boston Bruins forward's low check on Ryan Callahan of the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to The Athletic's Joe..." May 05

  • Brad Marchand’s licking overshadowing Bruins-Lightning series

    Sportsnet "We should be talking about hockey. About the unlikely overtime heroics of defensive defenceman Dan Girardi, who not only planted himself at the top of the crease on Friday night but tipped home a pass with one hand on his stick. About the end of a scoring slump for Steven Stamkos, who tied this..." May 05

  • Lightning’s Hedman was always prepared for shifts like Game 3’s marathon

    Sportsnet "It’s the legs that go first, according to Victor Hedman. The Tampa Bay Lightning workhorse typically doesn’t start gasping for air until a shift extends well beyond a minute. So you might expect that the Swede found himself in a led-legged fog when he got trapped on the ice for a stretch of..." May 04

  • Bolts lead series despite getting minimal production from Stamkos, Kucherov

    Pro Hockey Talk "Despite getting minimal offensive production from their top two forwards, the Tampa Bay Lightning still have a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series against the Boston Bruins. Both Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov have been quiet in the second round. Stamkos got his first point of the series..." May 04

  • Lightning focused on Game 3, not concerned with history in Boston "The Tampa Bay Lighting have played 50 games against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden since it opened in 1995 and have won seven of them. The Lighting are 6-31-4 with five ties in 46 regular-season games and 1-3 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Boston's home rink, the site of Games 3 and 4 of the..." May 01

  • Reminder: Steven Stamkos, NHL's forgotten superstar, is still among elite

    Sporting News "In three of the past four seasons, the Lightning have been one of the top teams in the NHL. Three years ago they were in the Stanley Cup Final, just two games away from winning the whole thing. They followed that up the next season by going all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference..." April 28

  • Brad Marchand, Lightning coach Jon Cooper form mutual admiration society

    Boston Herald "Lightning coach Jon Cooper met with the media after practice yesterday and the topic du jour was Bruins winger Brad Marchand. “To be honest, what I have seen of him and what goes on on the ice he is a competitive you know what, you’ve got to love that,” Cooper said. “Some of the greatest..." April 28

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Lightning will play Bruins or Maple Leafs in Eastern Second Round "The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round and will play the Boston Bruins or Toronto Maple Leafs. Tampa Bay defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1 in Game 5 on Saturday to end that first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Bruins lead the Maple Leafs 3-2 in that..." April 22

  • Lightning led by Kucherov, defense in first round against Devils "The Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons. The Lightning, who scored 18 goals in their first-round series against the New Jersey Devils, advanced with a 3-1 win in Game 5 at Amalie Arena..." April 22

  • Lightning hope Callahan can play against Devils in Game 5 "Ryan Callahan will be a game-time decision when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the New Jersey Devils in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, NBCSN, SN360, TVAS2). The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 3-1. The 33-year-old forward has not..." April 20

  • NHL Announces Norris Trophy Finalists For 2017-18

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After announcing the Vezina and Selke finalists over the last two days, the NHL continued their award nominations with the Norris Trophy for best defenseman. Drew Doughty, Victor Hedman and P.K. Subban are the three finalists for the 2017-18 season. As always, the Norris brings with it heated..." April 20

  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov won't face discipline for hit on Devils' Sami Vatanen

    Newark Star-Ledger "Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov won't face a fine or suspension for his hit on Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen during Game 4 of the team's Stanley Cup Playoff series, NJ Advance Media confirmed. Vatanen was forced to leave the game after Kucherov delivered a booming check to the..." April 19

  • Devils coach not commenting on Nikita Kucherov hit on Sami Vatanen

    Larry Brown Sports "New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes did not offer a comment postgame about Nikita Kucherov’s big hit on Sami Vatanen during Game 4 of his team’s playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. Kucherov nailed Vatanen with a hit that had some debating its legality." April 19