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  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Stamkos ties Lecavalier atop Lightning goals list, wants Stanley Cup most "Steven Stamkos looked forward as much as he looked back after he scored the 383rd goal of his NHL career, tying Vincent Lecavalier for first in Tampa Bay Lightning history. "Hopefully a lot more to come," Stamkos said after a 5-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings at..." March 15

  • Where Kucherov hitting 115 points fits in recent NHL history

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nikita Kucherov isn’t merely content to shred defenses and poor, helpless opposing goalies. He’s like a hot knife going through butter when it comes to the best seasons in recent NHL history, too. With an impressive two-goal, two-assist night in the Lightning’s..." March 15

  • Zuccarello, Point Will Wait Until Season’s End To Negotiate Next Contracts

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Dallas Stars went out and acquired Mats Zuccarello at the deadline in order to give them some extra secondary scoring, but lost him almost immediately to a broken arm. While he should be back in time to contribute during the playoffs (should Dallas get there), the former New York Rangers..." March 13

  • NHL investigating alleged homophobic slur used in Leafs-Lightning game

    The Score "The league is investigating the alleged usage of a homophobic slur during Monday night's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL Public Relations announced. Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly could be the suspect, as he may..." March 12

  • How the Tampa Bay Lightning can be defeated

    ESPN "Like the rest of us, Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was in awe of the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team that has already clinched a playoff spot and continues to threaten the NHL's all-time record for most points by a team in an 82-game season, with 108 in 69 games. The Lightning..." March 11

  • Lightning’s Kucherov sets franchise point record

    Pro Hockey Talk "It took Vincent Lecavalier a full 82 games to hit 108 points, which was a Tampa Bay Lightning record heading into Saturday night. Nikita Kucherov needed just 68 games to match that earlier this week, and on Saturday night in game No. 69, Kucherov passed the man whose number is retired..." March 10

  • Lightning recalls defenseman Jan Rutta

    Tampa Bay Times "With defenseman Anton Stralman day to day with a lower-body injury, the Lightning on Friday recalled Jan Rutta from AHL Syracuse. Rutta has been called up twice before since Tampa Bay...To continue reading, subscribe to The Tampa Bay Times.   " March 09

  • Red Wings hopeful Filip Zadina can pattern game after Tampa Bay star Nikita Kucherov

    Detroit News "ikita Kucherov is leading the NHL in scoring, is a top candidate to win the league’s most valuable player award, and is considered a player you can build a franchise around. So, if Filip Zadina becomes half the player the Kucherov is, the Red Wings will be more than..." March 09

  • Lightning first team to clinch Stanley Cup Playoff berth "The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team to clinch a berth in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Montreal Canadiens lost 8-2 to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. The Lightning (51-13-4) can finish no worse than third in the Atlantic Division. They lead the Boston Bruins by 15..." March 09

  • Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

    ESPN "Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he'll meet a few teammates at a local restaurant for a late dinner. He likes to order steak after games -- medium rare, with a side salad and mashed potatoes. Then he'll go home. Player X sometimes has a..." March 07

  • Tampa Bay Not Concerned With Potential Offer Sheets

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Whenever the idea of an offer sheet is brought up, the two teams used most as potential targets are the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets. That’s mostly because they have several pending restricted free agents and will be facing almost insurmountable cap issues this summer, making..." March 07

  • Yzerman heavily involved in present, but future uncertain with Lightning "Steve Yzerman remains heavily involved with the Tampa Bay Lightning in his role as senior adviser to general manager Julien BriseBois, but it remains to be seen what he will do when his contract expires after this season. "I talked to him midyear to see where his head was..." March 06

  • Nikita Kucherov ties Lightning points record with 15 games remaining

    Pro Hockey Talk "Barring an injury or some sort of unforeseen scoring slump Nikita Kucherov is going to absolutely shatter the Tampa Bay Lightning’s single season points record. With his two assists in the team’s 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night, he matched the..." March 06

  • NHL GMs propose new rule for players who lose helmet in game

    Sportsnet "NHL players minus their helmets, hair flapping in the breeze as they attempt to rejoin the action, could soon be a thing of the past. The league’s general managers announced Tuesday at their meetings in Florida that a new rule has been drafted that would force skaters to..." March 05

  • Lightning match record for fewest games to 50 wins

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to etch their names into the annals of National Hockey League history. The Lightning matched an NHL record for fewest games needed to reach 50 wins, reach the half-century mark in just 66 games with a 5-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on..." March 03

  • Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Jimmy Huntington

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Now that the calendar has turned over to March, we’ll see plenty of teams reaching out to junior and college free agents with contract offers. Entry-level contracts can now be signed that start next season. That’s exactly what happened with undrafted free agent Jimmy..." March 01

  • The Lightning did nothing at the trade deadline and that’s ok

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t do anything at the trade deadline this year, which makes sense because they have been one of the best teams in the NHL all season. They have unique depth. They have too many NHL forwards to get everyone minutes. They have the same problem but to a..." February 26

  • Gudas suspended 2 games for high stick to Kucherov's head

    Courier-Post "Come on down, Phil Myers. The Flyers suddenly need some help on the back line.  Radko Gudas, arguably the Flyers' steadiest defenseman over the course of the entire season, was suspended two games Wednesday for high-sticking Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov in..." February 20

  • Gudas to have hearing for slash on Kucherov

    TSN "Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Radko Gudas will have a hearing Wednesday for high-sticking/ slashing NHL leading scorer Nikita Kucherov. Philadelphia’s Radko Gudas will have a hearing..." February 20

  • Hedman out for Lightning with lower-body injury against Flyers "Victor Hedman has a lower-body injury and will not play for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, SUN, NHL.TV). Hedman was injured during the first period of the Lightning's 5-1 win against the Columbus Blue..." February 19

  • Nikita Kucherov is chasing NHL scoring history

    Raw Charge "Nikita Kucherov is a good hockey player. Like, really good. Like, really really good. So good that he’s scoring at an historic rate so far this season. And considering the season is 58 games old, that’s quite something. Every year, we see players go on ten or twenty game hot..." February 15

  • The NHL trade deadline could use a little drama

    New York Post "Every time someone wants to talk about the NBA, I have the same response. “I don’t really watch the games until about the conference finals, but I closely follow the league. I love the drama.” Conversely, when discussing the NHL, it’s the exact..." February 15

  • What should Lightning add before deadline?

    Pro Hockey Talk "There’s no such thing as a perfect team in the NHL, but the Tampa Bay Lightning are as close as it gets. The Bolts are blessed with names like Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Tyler Johnson, Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh, Anton Stralman, Andrei Vasilevskiy and many others...." February 13

  • Senators’ Zack Smith, Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov fined by NHL

    Sportsnet "Ottawa Senators forward Zack Smith was fined $5,000 for an elbow to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defender Marcus Pettersson, the league announced Saturday. The incident occurred during the two teams’ Friday night meeting, which saw Smith earn an elbowing minor for the..." February 02

  • NHL to mark Black History Month for first time with special initiatives, museum tour

    Sporting News "The NHL and NHLPA this year will celebrate Black History Month for the first time, marking February as part of the league and union's "Hockey Is For Everyone" initiative, they announced Friday. “The players are committed to inclusion in the sport and..." February 01

  • What the 2018 NHL trade deadline shows us about first-round pick values

    Sportsnet "The Jake Muzzin trade got the ball rolling in a couple of respects. First, it opened the trade market with a month to go until the deadline and, second, it gave us an idea of what a first-round pick might get you in the lead up to Feb. 25. Trying to pin down exactly what a..." January 31

  • Is Nikita Kucherov the best player in the NHL this season?

    Tampa Bay Times "Nikita Kucherov sits at the top of the NHL in points and he’s been there since December. But is he the best player in the league this season? One does not necessarily mean the other, nor does either translate to the Hart Trophy, annually given to the league’s most valuable..." January 28

  • The blockbuster Rangers-Oilers McDonagh trade that never was

    New York Post "The estimable Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet’s 31 Thoughts column referred this week to an unidentified blockbuster trade then-but-not-now Edmonton general manager Peter Chiarelli had been working on, but did not complete, at the 2016 entry draft. The blockbuster, Slap Shots has..." January 27

  • Lightning legend Lecavalier 'OK' after hospitalization following bus crash

    The Score "Former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier was one of three people sent to a Tampa Bay hospital following an accident that involved three buses Saturday. The accident occurred around 1:40 p.m. on the Selmon Expressway when the lead bus was hit as it slowed down to exit the..." January 27

  • Would moving J.T. Miller to the Oilers work?

    Raw Charge "The best bet for the Tampa Bay Lightning at the trade deadline this season is to make zero moves. But one idea has persisted in my head since the end of last season, and I can’t get it to go away so I might as well write about it. Let me explain. The..." January 18

  • Where Jan Rutta fits for the Tampa Bay Lightning now and in the future

    Raw Charge "When a trade or a free agent signing happens, there’s often not much time to digest the news and think through everything before putting some thoughts to computer screen. I did just that Friday evening when news came down that the Tampa Bay Lightning had traded Slater..." January 15

  • Schedule For Upcoming NHL “Bye Weeks”

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For the third year in a row, the NHL has scheduled a mandated multi-day break for each team in the middle part of the season. Meant to give each team a rest, much like the bye week in the National Football League, this break also includes limits on practice, including several days in..." January 15

  • Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy subs in during play

    Tampa Bay Times "There was some craziness happening between the Lightning's crease and bench on Sunday. Jon Cooper pulled Andrei Vasilevkiy with about 10 minutes to play, put him back in on the fly, and proceeded to pull him twice more. It wasn't as random as that sounds though. On..." January 14

  • Sergachev fined for cross-checking

    TSN "Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Mikhail Sergachev has been fined $2,403.67 for cross-checking Johan Larsson of the Buffalo Sabres, NHL Player Safety announced.  The fine is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.   " January 13

  • Blackhawks trade Jan Rutta to Lightning for Slater Koekkoek

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenceman Slater Koekkoek and a 2019 fifth-round pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenceman Jan Rutta and a 2019 seventh-round pick, the Blackhawks announced. " January 11

  • Lightning's Kucherov becomes fastest player to 70 points in nearly 2 decades

    The Score "Nikita Kucherov is a man among boys this season. The Tampa Bay Lightning superstar racked up his 70th point of the season on a first-period assist Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In doing so, Kucherov became the fastest player (43 games) to reach 70 points..." January 09

  • Lightning trying to trade Slater Koekkoek, according to Friedman

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning are trying to trade defender Slater Koekkoek, according to Elliotte Friedman in his 31 thoughts article today. The twenty-four year old defender is currently on a conditioning stint with the Syracuse Crunch. That will end this weekend and he’ll..." January 09

  • Tampa Bay Lightning Andrei Vasilevskiy To Replace Price At 2019 NHL All-Star Game

    Last Word On Hockey "It was announced today that Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will replace Carey Price at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in a few weeks. Price announced that he will not be attending a few days ago. However, Vasilevskiy will now join Lightning..." January 08

  • NHL announces coaches for All-Star Game "The National Hockey League announced today that Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic), Paul Maurice of the Winnipeg Jets (Central), Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan) and Bill Peters of the Calgary Flames (Pacific) will serve as the head coaches for the 2019 Honda..." January 05

  • Looking at Nikita Kucherov’s rapid climb to the NHL’s scoring lead

    Pro Hockey Talk "Let’s go back to the start of December and take a quick look at the NHL’s scoring race. On December 1, Tampa Bay Lighting forward Nikita Kucherov was sitting in fourth place with 35 points in his first 26 games. It was an incredible start to the season and..." January 04

  • Lightning assign Slater Koekkoek to Syracuse Crunch for conditioning

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning announced this morning that they have assigned Slater Koekkoek to the Syracuse Crunch for a conditioning assignment. Koekkoek has only played in nine games this season and hasn’t been in the lineup since November 19th. He played less..." December 31

  • Who needs a fresh start in 2019?

    Pro Hockey Talk "New Year’s Day is right around the corner, so naturally many of us have already started thinking about our resolutions. Maybe you want to get into better shape, eat better, expand your knowledge on a certain topic, spend less time on your phone, or something totally..." December 31

  • Lightning could be nearing extension with head coach Jon Cooper

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning have been the envy of the league when it comes to locking up their biggest stars with deals that benefit both team and player. Their next big free agent-to-be, however, doesn’t sit on the bench but rather stands behind it. Almost halfway through..." December 30

  • Lightning GM not concerned about Point getting offer sheets

    The Score "Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois is confident that he'll be able to work out a contract this summer with star forward Brayden Point. Point, who has recorded 22 goals and 49 points so far in his third NHL season, will be one of over a dozen premium pending..." December 29

  • Leafs' Babcock praises Lightning: 'They're better than everybody'

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said Thursday that chasing down the Tampa Bay Lightning, who lead the NHL with a 26-7-2 record, will be extremely difficult. "It looks to me like Tampa's better than us," Babcock told Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. "It..." December 20

  • Tampa Bay Lightning sign Gabriel Fortier to entry level contract

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced that they have signed forward Gabriel Fortier to a three-year entry level contract. A left winger from LaSalle, Quebec, Fortier has put up 14 goals and 42 points through 34 games in the QMJHL for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar this year. He was the..." December 19

  • No hearing for Bolts' Martel after Stecher hit

    TSN "Tampa Bay Lightning forward Danick Martel will not face supplemental discipline for his high hit on Vancouver Canucks defenceman Troy Stecher Tuesday night.  Martel's shoulder appeared to make contact with the head of Stecher, who was bent over attempting..." December 19

  • Tampa Bay Lightning Juggles Roster To Keep Erik Cernak With Team

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It looks like the Tampa Bay Lightning are about to get back defenseman Anton Stralman, as the team activated him off of injured reserve for tonight’s game with Winnipeg, but rather than assign impressive rookie Erik Cernak to the AHL, the team instead opted to place forward Mathieu Joseph..." December 16

  • Stamkos: Playoff format 'a little imperfect,' old system more logical

    The Score "Count Steven Stamkos among NHL players not quite sold on the league's divisional postseason format. "It's a little imperfect," the Tampa Bay Lightning captain told Sportsnet's Chris Johnston on Thursday. "I've always thought when you go to the 1 (seed..." December 13