Lightning Rumors & News

  • On Ben Bishop, and his uncertain future in Tampa Bay

    Pro Hockey Talk "On the surface, the whole thing just doesn’t seem fair. In this corner we have Ben Bishop — at 6-foot-7, the tallest netminder in NHL history — coming off a banner campaign in which he cemented himself as one of the game’s elite. Those covering Bolts almost unanimously agreed Bishop was the..." August 30

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Cooper: The sky's the limit for Drouin

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Lightning never gave up on Jonathan Drouin. Following a leaked trade request and an initial refusal to report to the club's minor-league affiliate, it appeared that Drouin's time in Tampa had all but evaporated. Yet, the tide turned in the playoffs, when a recalled Drouin..." August 19

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Ducks, Lightning model expansion teams for Las Vegas

    The Score "Few teams have navigated the NHL expansion waters like the Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning. Winning is crucial in non-traditional markets, and the Ducks and Lightning have done just that, capturing Stanley Cups and establishing winning cultures. Today, both franchises are seen as..." August 14

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • Wisniewski To Try Out For Tampa

    Pro Hockey Rumors "A difficult NHL off-season has claimed yet another victim. With many veteran players being forced into cheap contracts or overseas ventures, James Wisniewski was unable to even land a guaranteed contract. Once considered a top puck-moving defenseman, the 32-year-old is now in PTO territory,..." August 10

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Slater Koekkoek turning up heat for Lightning

    NHL.com "Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek is beginning to get used to the Florida lifestyle. If things go well, he'll be playing in the Sunshine State for years to come. Koekkoek, 22, from North Dundas, Ontario, played in nine games for the Lightning last season, and spent the entire..." August 04

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Yzerman expects to get Nikita Kucherov signed

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman's offseason couldn't have gone much better so far, especially with the re-signing of captain Steven Stamkos and locking up cornerstone defenseman Victor Hedman long-term. But after avoiding arbitration with center Vladislav Namestnikov Tuesday - signing..." July 28

  • Predators sign Matt Carle to 1-year contract

    Tennessean "The Predators added veteran depth to their defense Wednesday, signing Matt Carle to a one-year, $700,000 contract. Carle, 31, had been with the Lightning for the past four seasons, but Tampa Bay bought out the final two years of his six-year, $33 million contract last month. He was the..." July 28

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Lightning, Namestnikov agree to 2-year contract worth $3.875M

    ESPN "The Tampa Bay Lightning and forward Vladislav Namestnikov have agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.9375 million per season, according to an NHL source. Namestnikov, 23, was a restricted free agent, and the two sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday." July 27

  • Lightning’s Ben Bishop Set to Return to Ice on Tuesday

    The Hockey Writers "Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is set to make his return to the ice on Tuesday for the first time this offseason since suffering an injury during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs reported ESPN’s Joe McDonald on Monday. MacDonald reported that Bishop spent the first half of the summer..." July 26

  • Lightning's Bishop unveils World Cup mask

    The Score "Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is gearing up for the World Cup of Hockey." July 23

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Brad Richards Retires After 15 Seasons

    NHL.com "Brad Richards is announcing his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following a decorated career that spanned 15 seasons. Richards played a total of 1,126 career NHL games with five different teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and..." July 20

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Lightning GM needs to work more magic with roster, salary cap

    SI "Steve Yzerman has already worked some magic this summer. Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Lightning's GM waved a wand and convinced his top two players, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, to sign team-friendly contracts that gave him the best chance to keep the core of his Stanley Cup-contending..." July 19

  • Lightning re-sign Killorn to 7-year, $31.15M deal

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Alex Killorn to a seven-year, $31.15-million contact, according to a report. The cap hit is $4.45 million over the seven years." July 17

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • Lightning sign forward Cory Conacher to one-year contract

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Cory Conacher to a one-year, one-way contract worth $575,000, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Conacher, 26, has skated in 141 career NHL games with three different teams over three seasons, posting 19 goals and 58..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Lightning sign Mike Halmo to two-way deal

    Sportsnet " The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Mike Halmo to a one-year, two-way contract. Halmo had spent his entire professional career with the New York Islanders organization after signing with them as an undrafted free agent in 2012." July 09

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Stamkos didn't talk to Red Wings before re-signing with Lightning

    The Score "Ken Holland wasn't given an opportunity to lure Steven Stamkos away from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Detroit Red Wings general manager said Stamkos and his representatives never met with them during the negotiating window before he re-signed. "Through the interview process, we never talked..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Darren Dreger: ‘Price for Ben Bishop has to be significantly high’

    Today's Slapshot "Darren Dreger was on Toronto’s TSN 1050 on Monday morning: On how Andrei Vasilevskiy has signed a three-year contract extension, and on how the Dallas Stars might be a logical choice for the Tampa Bay Lightning when the time comes to trade Ben Bishop: “That would be the target for me too, is..." July 05

  • Lightning turn attention to Kucherov after Stamkos, Hedman extensions

    Tampa Bay Times "With captain Steven Stamkos and defenseman Victor Hedman both locked up for eight more years, the attention turns to another foundation-type player, wing Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov, 23, is a restricted free agent, due a big bump from the $700,000 he made last season, when he racked up 30 goals...." July 04

  • Lightning re-sign goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Gudlevskis, 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, played in 41 games with the Syracuse Crunch last season, posting a 16-12-8 record with a..." July 03

  • Yzerman: Stamkos, Hedman are franchise 'cornerstones'

    The Score "In a matter of days, the Tampa Bay Lightning managed to lock up captain Steven Stamkos and defenseman Victor Hedman to eight-year extensions that were well below market value, and general manager Steve Yzerman credits his stars' desire to win as the reason the deals got done. "With Stamkos and..." July 02

  • Lightning sign Victor Hedman to eight-year contract extension

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Victor Hedman to an eight-year contract extension worth $7.875-milion per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Hedman, 25, played in 78 games with the Lightning last season, collecting 10 goals and 47 points to..." July 01

  • Lightning sign goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to three-year contract extension

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to a three-year contract extension worth $3.5-million per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Vasilevskiy, 21, appeared in 24 games with the Lightning last season, posting a record of 11-10-0..." July 01

  • Florida Panthers Sign Forwards Colton Sceviour & Jonathan Marchessault

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers General Manager Tom Rowe announced today that the Panthers have signed forwards Colton Sceviour (SEE-vee-yuhr) and Jonathan Marchessault (mahr-SHUH-soh) to two-year contracts. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 27-year old Sceviour recorded 23 points..." July 01

  • Tampa Bay Lightning place Matt Carle on waivers with intentions to buy him out

    Raw Charge "The NHL free agent market has just picked up a defensive product, though Tampa Bay Lightning fans warn you to be leery about the product that has just joined the free-agent shelves. News is breaking that the Bolts have placed defenseman Matthew Carle on unconditional waivers, an invocation of the..." June 30

  • Lightning for life? Stamkos explains why he re-signed with Tampa Bay

    Pro Hockey Talk "After a brief free agent flirtation and at least a year of conjecture from the general Toronto area, Steven Stamkos decided to stick with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He raised some eyebrows in doing so for what many believed to be the Bolts’ standing offer: an eight-year deal with a relatively..." June 30

  • Sign and trade also makes sense for Lightning, Steven Stamkos

    Tampa Bay Times "The Steven Stamkos Sweepstakes could be over before Friday's noon opening of unrestricted free agency, whether he re-signs with the Lightning or not. There might be motivation, from both Tampa Bay and Stamkos, to orchestrate a sign-and-trade deal if it becomes clear the captain isn't returning..." June 29

  • Report: Stamkos to remain with Lightning

    The Score "Steven Stamkos isn't going anywhere. The face of the franchise has reportedly decided to remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN." June 29

  • Signing with Leafs would mean big endorsement payday for Stamkos, marketers say

    TSN "If the Toronto Maple Leafs win the race to sign Steven Stamkos, expect another competition to heat up – the battle by corporate Canada to sign him to endorsement deals. At 26, Stamkos has been a high-profile hockey star for close to a decade. He has 50- and 60-goal seasons to his credit,..." June 29

  • Why the Boston Bruins should (and shouldn't) sign Steven Stamkos

    Stanley Cup Of Chowder "During a conference call after the NHL draft with Boston media, Don Sweeney dropped a subtle bombshell. Today, the Lightning GM responded. The Bruins are rarely huge players at the start of the free agency period -- usually because they've spent or will eventually spend close to the cap...." June 29

  • Bruins High On List Of Favorites To Sign Steven Stamkos

    NESN "The most common assumption is that Steven Stamkos will either re-up with the Tampa Bay Lightning or sign with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs once NHL free agency opens Friday. A former Lightning executive, however, believes Stamkos also might be considering a third team: the Boston Bruins. Brian..." June 27

  • Steven Stamkos stakes heating up as NHL suitors begin feeling-out process

    Buffalo News "All season, NHL observers waited for Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning to come to terms on a new contract. It never happened and it might be too late for a reunion now between the Bolts and their captain. The NHL’s free agency interview period opened Saturday and players can sign new..." June 27

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Day two results for the Tampa Bay Lightning

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning hit a 10 at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, and it remains to be seen if that's a quality thing... We'll find out with player development over the years. Right now that's simply a numerical object. The Lightning selected 10 times total after acquiring another draft selection this..." June 26

  • Tampa Bay selects Brett Howden, C, with the #27 overall pick

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning's long day, immersed in speculation and chatter, ends with the #27 overall selection of the 1st round in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft being Brett Howden, a 6'2", left handed center who plays for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. Through the day, the Bolts had been tied to..." June 26