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  • 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

  • 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