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  • Lightning’s Steven Stamkos ‘unfit to play’ in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final

    Sportsnet "After his incredible, yet brief, return to the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup in Game 3, Steven Stamkos has been deemed “unfit to play” in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Head coach Jon Cooper delivered the news Friday afternoon — however, Cooper..." September 25

  • Here Are The Top 10 NHL Buyout and Trade Candidates

    The Daily Goal Horn "The Daily Goal Horn took a look at the landscape to rank the Top 10 NHL trade and buyout candidates. 1. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (Trade/Buyout) The Rangers have to start thinking about the future and sadly, 38 year-old goalie Henrik Lundqvist represents the past. Jeff Gorton is..." September 25

  • 5 potential trade destinations for Patrik Laine

    The Score "Patrik Laine is one of the league's most intriguing young stars. He's still just 22 years old and has shown the potential to be one of the league's most dangerous goal-scorers, ranking seventh in the league with 138 tallies since his NHL debut in 2016. After signing a..." September 25

  • NHL Announces Offseason Training Protocols

    Pension Plan Puppets "Today the NHL announced their protocol for offseason training at team facilities. The rules draw heavily on the Phase 2 protocols that covered players returning to their facilities prior to the official start of training camp before the Return to Play. All protocols are subject..." September 25

  • Condensed Season Puts More Pressure On Goaltending

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One of the things most talked about in the hockey world as we approach the draft and free agency is the game of musical chairs that awaits many of the league’s goaltenders. Braden Holtby, Robin Lehner, Jacob Markstrom, Anton Khudobin, Cam Talbot, the list of..." September 25

  • Victor Hedman becomes 3rd blue-liner to score 10-plus goals in single postseason

    The Score "Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman entered rarified air Wednesday night. The 2018 Norris Trophy winner scored his 10th goal of the playoffs against the Dallas Stars to join Hall of Famers Paul Coffey and Brian Leetch as the only blue-liners in NHL history to..." September 24

  • Steven Stamkos uncertain about Game 4 status after exiting playoff debut

    The Score "Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos couldn't make it past the first period Wednesday in his return to the team's lineup during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Stamkos finished the game with just five shifts and 2:47 minutes of ice time after suffering an..." September 24

  • Steven Stamkos on Game 3 return: ‘It was a dream come true’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The cheer from the bench was just a little bit louder. The smile on Steven Stamkos‘ face was bigger than usual. After 211 days away, the Tampa Bay Lightning captain returned to the lineup for Game 3 and made an impact — albeit in a brief appearance. Stamkos..." September 24

  • Florida neighbor calls cops on Tampa Bay Lightning fan screaming ‘shoot!’

    New York Post "Oh, shoot. Cops rushed to a house in Florida after a neighbor reported someone screaming, “Shoot! Shoot!” — only to learn it was a die-hard hockey fan watching the Stanley Cup finals on TV, according to a report. Devon Garnett, 26, and some friends..." September 24

  • Nikita Kucherov’s postseason defined by redemption, consistency

    Pro Hockey Talk "Like pretty much every other player on the Lightning roster, the 2018-19 playoffs ended up being a very forgettable experience for Nikita Kucherov. During their four-game loss to the Blue Jackets, Kucherov managed just two points (both in their Game 4 loss), zero goals, and even..." September 24

  • The NHL's 31 teams fit neatly into three buckets this off-season

    TSN "After making his rounds on the phone, one NHL general manager said Wednesday he realized that most of the league’s 31 teams fit neatly into one of three buckets that will determine the cadence of this off-season. There are the teams with massive salary cap issues or financial..." September 24

  • 5 Potential Destinations for Marc-Andre Fleury

    The Hockey Writers "After an unsuspecting tweet by his agent shook the hockey world, Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights have become a talking point. Stemming from a lack of playing time during the playoffs, the tweet, although now deleted, seemed to accelerate the process of what was Vegas going to do..." September 24

  • Why the Lightning are in full control of the Stanley Cup Final

    The Score "The postseason is for cliches. Regardless of the level of competition, those well-worn hockey catchphrases take on practical meaning when everything is on the line. Play a full 60 minutes? You better, or your season will be over. Get pucks in deep? You must if you plan to wear down..." September 24

  • How Tampa unlocks its power play and why Steven Stamkos would be a game-changer

    Sportsnet "Heading into the playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning boasted one of the best power plays in the NHL, converting at a 23.1 per cent clip through 70 games. It was just another way they could beat you, among many. A success rate like that can create a fear of taking penalties against them..." September 23

  • Steven Stamkos 'inching closer' toward return

    Yardbarker "We still don't have a definitive answer for whether or not Steven Stamkos will play in the Stanley Cup Final for the Tampa Bay Lightning, but the forward is moving in the right direction.  According to The Athletic's Joe Smith, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper..." September 23

  • Steven Stamkos returns to lineup for Game 3 vs. Dallas Stars

    ESPN " Steven Stamkos is back in the Tampa Bay Lightninglineup for the first time in the bubble. The Lightning captain is making his postseason debut on Wednesday in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Dallas Stars. The series is tied, 1-1. Stamkos has..." September 23

  • Six goaltenders Flames could consider adding this off-season

    Sportsnet "It has been seven years since the Calgary Flames had the type of goaltending star the team could hang its hat on. Since Miikka Kiprusoff left for the Finnish hinterlands in 2013 the club has been piecemealing its goalie tandems together, year after year. Heck, one year they..." September 23

  • Nikita Kucherov sets Tampa Bay Lightning's single-playoffs points record

    ESPN "With a pair of first-period assists in Game 2, Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov matched -- then surpassed -- Tampa Bay's record for most points in a single postseason. With 28 points (six goals, 22 assists), Kucherov bettered Brad Richards'..." September 22

  • How the Lightning built a dominant line at the trade deadline

    Pro Hockey Talk "After their shockingly disappointing playoff loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets a year ago, it would have been easy for the Tampa Bay Lightning to conclude that they needed to do something drastic to a team that kept falling short in the most frustrating ways come playoff time. They..." September 22

  • Five power forwards the Canadiens would love to acquire through trade

    Sportsnet " Let’s qualify this: There are no guarantees any of the following players are available, and none that the Montreal Canadiens are pursuing them through trade. But our editor asked for a list of players the Canadiens might consider in order to fill the most..." September 22

  • NHL bubble confidential: Go inside the Toronto and Edmonton playoff hubs

    ESPN "For nearly two months, the National Hockey League has kept the teams in its postseason tournament inside "bubbles" that it helped construct with the NHL Players' Association in an effort to safely finish the 2019-20 season after it was paused because of the COVID-19..." September 22

  • NHL Announces First And Second All-Star Teams, All-Rookie Team

    Yardbarker "Following the announcements of the final five NHL regular-season awards, the league also revealed its three all-league rosters: The First-Team All-Stars, the Second-Team All-Stars, and the All-Rookie Team. Below are the 2019-20 honorees: First All-Star..." September 22

  • Lightning’s Steven Stamkos ‘inching his way closer’ to returning to play

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jon Cooper has added “Stanley Cup playoff game” promoter to his job title with each injury update he provides the media. Asked whether Steven Stamkos could return to the Lightning for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN; livestream), the head..." September 21

  • Otto Somppi, Oskari Laaksonen Loaned To Lahti

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Two more young players will spend the next several months playing overseas, as Otto Somppi of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Oskari Laaksonen of the Buffalo Sabres have been loaned to the Lahti Pelicans in Finland. Both players can be recalled when NHL training camps..." September 21

  • NHL records no positive COVID-19 tests for 9th straight week

    The Score "The bubble remains effective, as the NHL did not record a single positive COVID-19 test for the eighth consecutive week since resuming play. It's the ninth straight week overall for the league without any new cases.  " September 21

  • Bill Daly: NHL will do its best to have fans at games in 2020-21

    Sportsnet "Once either the Dallas Stars or Tampa Bay Lightning hoist the Stanley Cup later this month, the NHL will turn its full attention to the off-season and the 2020-21 calendar. A major question the league faces is whether or not its 31 teams will be able to travel next season, or will the..." September 21

  • Examining the NHL’s top 14 buyout candidates of 2020

    Sportsnet "Is there anything more wonderful than a mulligan? Believe us, NHL GMs will be clamouring for them this fall as they try to solve their financial puzzles around overpaid players. Problem is, those do-overs won’t come cheap. With the 2020-21 salary cap flattening in..." September 21

  • Steven Stamkos 'inching his way closer' to Cup Final return for Lightning "Steven Stamkos is "inching his way closer" to returning but probably won't play for the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC SN, TVAS), coach Jon Cooper said. The Lightning trail the best-of-7 series after losing..." September 20

  • Lightning must learn from mistakes to avoid repeat loss to Stars in Game 2

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning showed up late for work in Game 1. Then, when they did find their legs in a 22-shot third period, they got “Dallas-ed” by the Stars. Define “Dallas-ed?” It is the combined effect of a team that thinks its creating..." September 20

  • Pat Maroon gets misconduct for shooting puck into Stars' bench

    Tampa Bay Times "Pat Maroon’s frustration had finally reached a boiling point. Or he had just made an untimely and careless decision in the Lightning’s 4-1 loss Saturday night in Edmonton. Trailing 3-1 in the second period — Dallas scoring its third goal just 27.4 seconds from..." September 20

  • Steven Stamkos could return for Lightning during Stanley Cup Final against Stars "Steven Stamkos could return for the Tampa Bay Lightning at some point during the Stanley Cup Final against the Dallas Stars but will not play in Game 1 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). "He's still rehabbing," Lightning..." September 19

  • Gary Bettman says 2020-21 NHL season could start in December or January

    Sportsnet "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said on Saturday he wouldn’t be surprised if next season starts later in December or in January 2021. Speaking at his annual state of the league address ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Bettman said the league had begun informally thinking..." September 19

  • Best of 7: Seven Things to Watch in the Stanley Cup Final

    SI "HOME NEWS Volume 0% This ad will end in 6   Best of 7: Seven Things to Watch in the Stanley Cup Final From Steven Stamkos to Jamie Benn, Miro Heiskanen to Victor Hedman, there is no shortage of interesting storylines in a Cup..." September 19

  • Good, bad, strange of NHL Stanley Cup Final matchup between Lightning and Stars

    USA Today "The Tampa Bay Lightning are exactly where everyone expected them to be, just a year late. Last year's team finished with a record-tying 62 victories then was unceremoniously swept in the first round by the Columbus Blue Jackets. This year, the Lightning avenged..." September 19

  • Stars give Rick Bowness another chance at Stanley Cup glory

    Pro Hockey Talk "As Ryan Callahan made his way back into the Tampa Bay Lightning locker room after the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, he caught a glimpse inside the Tampa coaches room. There his eyes were drawn to assistant coach Rick Bowness, and it was clear how much the series loss to Chicago was..." September 19

  • Scott Mayfield has made big strides this postseason for the Islanders

    Empire Sports Media "There’s been a lot to be excited about as the New York Islanders during their run in the playoffs. That includes the progression from one player who has been a big part of the steadfast defensive core they’ve built in recent years, Scott Mayfield. Mayfield,..." September 19

  • NHL releases Stanley Cup Final schedule

    The Score "The NHL released the full schedule for the 2020 Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars moments after the Bolts punched their ticket to the series with a Game 6 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night. The battle begins Saturday..." September 19

  • Stanley Cup Final Tale of The Tape: Lightning vs. Stars

    SI "It’s not a massive surprise to see the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup final. They tied an NHL record with 62 wins a season ago and were determined to avenge last season’s humiliating first-round defeat. The fire burned so intensely that GM Julien BriseBois surrendered..." September 18

  • Potential Steven Stamkos return would increase Lightning’s emotional drive

    Sportsnet "We can only imagine what this has been like for Steven Stamkos. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain hasn’t spoken to reporters since before the playoffs started. But he’s spent 55 days living behind the fences inside the NHL bubble, away from his wife and son,..." September 18

  • How Tampa Bay Lightning put together a Stanley Cup contender

    Pro Hockey Talk "As we await Game 1 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final (Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC: livestream), let’s reflect on how the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning put together playoff rosters. Earlier on Friday, we broke down how the Dallas Stars were..." September 18

  • What the Islanders need to win the Stanley Cup

    Empire Sports Media "The New York Islanders had their run ended just short of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Islanders are in a great spot for the future. The UBS arena is ready in 2021. Ilya Sorokin is an Islander. The Isles made a deep run and proved the whole league wrong. Lou Lamoriello still needs to..." September 18

  • NHL buyout window opens on September 25

    Blue Seat Blogs "The NHL buyout window will open on September 25. This date was set following the conclusion of the Conference Final last night. The buyout window will run through October 8, which is the day before free agency begins. Rangers Plans Rumors..." September 18

  • Top Trade Packages, Landing Spots for Jack Eichel

    Bleacher Report "The Buffalo Sabres' surprising front-office shakeup on June 16 raised questions about center Jack Eichel's future with the franchise. Two weeks before the Sabres' front-office purge, the 23-year-old Sabres captain expressed his frustration over the years of constant..." September 18

  • Lightning wanted Steven Stamkos included in celebration

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Lightning said it was a no-brainer to involve Steven Stamkos in the trophy presentation and team photo after advancing to the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night. "Even though Stammer's not playing, he's still the leader of this team and..." September 18

  • Stanley Cup's traveling status up in air once Final completed

    ESPN " The Stanley Cup will fly back from Edmonton with the winning team to its playing city. But after that, nobody knows how hockey's most famous trophy will celebrate. The NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame are weighing options on what to do next with the Cup. Typically, each..." September 18

  • Brayden Point’s Game 6 status looms large for Lightning

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the last seven games Brayden Point played. So it’s notable that he’s considered a “game-time decision,” according to head coach Jon Cooper, with Tampa trying to book a spot in the Stanley Cup Final on..." September 17

  • Meet the Only Teenager Left in the Bubble

    SI "For a young prospect trying to find his way to the NHL, experience is everything. And Thomas Harley is getting one of the most unique experiences ever thanks to his time in the NHL bubble with Dallas. The Stars defenseman and 2019 first-round draft pick is officially the youngest..." September 17

  • IIHF announces 2021 world juniors will be played in Edmonton bubble

    Sportsnet "After the success of the NHL’s return in Toronto and Edmonton bubbles, the International Ice Hockey Federation will be using a similar format for the upcoming under-20 World Junior Hockey Championships. The IIHF announced Thursday that the 2021 edition of the tournament will be..." September 17

  • Islanders showing Lightning closing out series won’t be easy

    New York Post "The Islanders would have played all night and all morning if that’s what it took, but they were not going to go away. They were not going to take the skate of shame out of the Edmonton bubble. Not after this night. Not after this game. Not yet. So yes, there will be a..." September 16

  • Get ready for a wild offseason as the market is expected to be flooded with both UFAs and RFAs

    The Daily Goal Horn "“The market will be flooded with players,” was how one team executive framed the NHL offseason landscape to me. “There is nothing normal about this year,” and it seems like most teams are figuring it out as it develops. That’s because of many factors..." September 16