Lightning Rumors & News

  • Lightning cuts Mark Barberio loose

    Tampa Bay Times "In some ways, Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio saw the writing on the wall. Barberio, 25, was essentially the team's eighth defenseman down the stretch, appearing in just one game in the two-month Stanley Cup playoff run, especially with rookie Nikita Nesterov emerging. So when Barberio was..." June 29

  • Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger lead 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class

    CBS Sports "The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 2015 class of inductees and is it ever a good one. Former NHL defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were all elected this year, as was forward Sergei Fedorov. Angela Ruggiero, a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team and one of..." June 29

  • Mark Recchi misses out on Hall of Fame this year

    ESPN Boston "Mark Recchi is on the outside looking in. The former NHLer was not elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Monday. A three-time Stanley Cup champion, Recchi scored 577 goals and registered 1,633 points (12th all-time) in 1,652 games during his 22-year career." June 29

  • Tampa Bay Re-Signs Mike Blunden

    The Hockey Writers "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed 28-year-old forward Mike Blunden, who missed the last half of the season with injury. The deal is reported to be a one-year, two-way deal. Blunden got into just two games for Tampa Bay last season, his first season with the team, posting no points and an..." June 29

  • Lightning go heavy on forwards in NHL draft

    Tampa Tribune "A year ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning draft was top heavy with defensemen. This year, they reversed the trend, going with forwards in five of their first six picks Saturday. A day after trading out of the first round, the Lightning selected center Mitchell Stephens with the 33rd overall..." June 28

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    #tblightning Tyler Johnson will not need surgery on his broken right wrist. Johnson didn't think he would at end of season. Still good sign

  • Bolts move out of first round of draft for two more selections

    Tampa Tribune "For the first time since Steve Yzerman took over as general manager for Tampa Bay, the Lightning did not make a pick in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. Rather than utilizing the 28th overall pick, Yzerman picked up an additional second round pick after making a trade with the New York..." June 27

  • NHL to announce opening of formal expansion process

    CBS Sports "The NHL is expected to announce that the league's board of governors has approved the opening of a formal expansion process, barring something unforeseen, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. This does not necessarily mean the league will expand, but this will allow the league to gauge..." June 24

  • Report: 3-on-3 overtime coming to NHL, pending board approval

    CBS Sports "It appears the NHL will have a new overtime format for the 2015-16 regular season. That should be music to the ears of anyone that despises the shootout. The NHL GMs and NHLPA agreed Monday to recommend a five-minute three-on-three overtime period for regular season games not decided in..." June 24

  • 10 NHL players who could be traded

    CBC Sports "The NHL's free-agent signing period opens on Canada Day, but the wheeling and dealing could begin much earlier for teams willing to go the trade route to upgrade their rosters. Get the scoop on 10 players considered to be on the block in this interactive graphic from The Canadian Press:" June 23

  • NHL sets 2015-16 salary cap at $71.4 million

    CBS Sports "The NHL salary cap will see a nearly two-and-a-half million dollar increase for the 2015-16 season. The league and the NHLPA announced on Tuesday afternoon that the salary cap for next season has been set at $71.4 million, with a salary floor of $52.8 million. The cap this past season was..." June 23

  • Assistant George Gwozdecky leaving Lightning

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning assistant coach George Gwozdecky has left the team to pursue other opportunities. Gwozdecky, 61, said he's felt this decision coming for "a while," and that after his two-year deal expired, he and the team mutually agreed to part ways. "I have nothing but great memories, great..." June 22

  • Feds seize $180K in fake Blackhawks and Lightning gear during Stanley Cup Final, parade

    Chicago Sun-Times "While the Blackhawks were knocking out the Tampa Bay Lightning for their third Stanley Cup Final championship in six years, federal investigators were behind the scenes doing a similar number on counterfeiters trying to sell fake memorabilia to fans in both cities. During the Stanley Cup Final..." June 21

  • GM Steve Yzerman: Steven Stamkos 'did everything we asked of him'

    ESPN "After enduring a goalless Stanley Cup finals for the defeated Tampa Bay Lightning, Steven Stamkos received clear support from general manager Steve Yzerman. The GM did not take issue with his star's performance and called the two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner a "tremendous leader" and an..." June 18

  • Lightning delays Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup parade — no, really

    Sporting News "The Lightning have finally got their payback...sort of. Storms in the Chicago area delayed the beginning of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup parade Thursday morning. " June 18

  • Lightning not looking to shop either of its goalies

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning is in an enviable position when it comes to goaltending. It has a proven No. 1 in Ben Bishop, 28, a former Vezina Trophy finalist who was tremendous in his first postseason, racking up two Game 7 shutouts. It also boasts a future No. 1 in touted prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy, 20,..." June 18

  • Steven Stamkos contract is top priority for Lightning this offseason

    CBS Sports "Even though they came up short in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, losing the series in six games, the Tampa Bay Lightning established themselves as one of the top teams in the NHL this past season. And they are not going away. With a roster in the playoffs that..." June 17

  • Bolts return home to adoring, grateful fans

    Tampa Tribune "Nearly 16 hours after absorbing the feelings associated with a season-ending defeat in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final – heartbreak, anguish, despair, emptiness – Lightning players and coaches experienced a different emotion on Tuesday afternoon. It was love. Pure love. Approximately 500..." June 17

  • Blackhawks beat Lightning 2-0 to win Stanley Cup

    Chicago Sun-Times "It was just another game, they all said. Treat it like any other. Ridiculous to say, of course. The countless ex-players roaming the hallways and the press box all day laughed at the idea, telling yarns of getting sick on roadsides after Final games and shaking violently in the dressing room..." June 16

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Lightning head coach Jon Cooper on Kucherov: ''Probable.'' for tonight

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Nikita Kucherov is traveling with #TBLightning to Chicago today. Was scheduled to be re evaluated. Suffered undisclosed injury Saturday

  • Coach’s Corner: Kucherov injury was preventable

    Sportsnet "Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov was forced to leave Game 5 after crashing into the Chicago Blackhawks net early in the first period and it’s an injury Don Cherry thinks could have been avoided. Cherry said on Coach’s Corner Saturday that he believes the post was frozen into the ice..." June 14

  • Blackhawks on brink of Stanley Cup after Game 5 victory over Tampa Bay

    Chicago Sun-Times "Niklas Hjalmarsson thinks it’s worse for the fans, for the friends, for the family back home in Sweden. He imagines them living and dying with every shot, every save, every rush in every direction. Five games, 15 periods, 300 minutes of exhilarating action, and neither team has led by more than..." June 14

  • Ben Bishop takes part in morning skate, status for Game 5 unknown

    CBS Sports "Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper didn't have much to say on Saturday morning following his team's morning skate, continuing to keep the status of his goaltenders for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final a secret. In his 30-second meeting with the media, Cooper would only say that he hopes he has..." June 13

  • Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy fully prepared to be starter

    USA Today "Before Tampa Bay Lightning Russian goalie Andre Vasilevskiy starts talking to the media around his dressing room stall Friday after practice, he scans the area to make sure no television cameras are aiming in his direction. His English, he insists, is not ready for television viewing. “For..." June 13

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Cooper indicated there's a chance Bishop plays tomorrow. Will know more at morning skate.

  • Blackhawks earn 2-1 Game 4 win, even series with Lightning

    CSN Chicago "Corey Crawford wasn’t thrilled with his last two games. The Blackhawks goaltender wanted to be better, needed to be better, especially with each of these games against the Tampa Bay Lightning coming down to one goal. So with the Blackhawks getting off to an incredibly slow start and then..." June 11

  • Lightning say goalie Bishop will play again in Final "Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will play again in the Stanley Cup Final, coach Jon Cooper said Wednesday after Bishop was scratched from Game 4. Bishop, who has an undisclosed injury, was replaced by rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who made 17 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at..." June 11

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Bowness said Bishop realized he wasn't healthy enough to play last night and made "the right call."

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    NHL @NHL

    The @TBLightning starter: Andrei Vasilevskiy #StanleyCup

  • Lightning take series lead with 3-2 win over Blackhawks

    Tampa Tribune "Maybe there is just something about this Lightning team. No matter the circumstances, no matter the challenge, they just seem to find a way. Armed with a strong sense of self confidence up and down the lineup, the Lighting find themselves two victories away from a Stanley Cup title following..." June 09

  • NBC Sports chairman wants NHL players to cut their beards

    Sporting News "The NHL playoff beard has become a tradition for hockey players. It's more superstition than anything else, but it's something fun the players take part in. It's a perk of making the playoffs. Most fans see no problem with hockey stars growing out their facial hair, but NBC Sports chairman..." June 09

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Jonathan Drouin scratched again for #TBLightning. Nikita Nesterov returns as they go 11F/7D.

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Just as we all predicted ;-) Ben Bishop leads the #tblightning out for pregame warmups ahead of Game 3 of the #StanleyCupFinal

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    Michelle Gingras @michellegingras

    Tyler Johnson absent from the ice for today's #TBLightning morning skate

  • Lightning goalie feels like Marshawn Lynch with reporters

    Sportsnaut "Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who apparently sustained an injury in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, danced around questions at media availability on Monday. In fact, Bishop avoided giving a straight answer about his status so often that he compared himself to someone who routinely..." June 08

  • Cooper hints Drouin could play again this series

    Tampa Bay Times "Touted Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin made a turnover in the offensive zone during Saturday's Game 2, holding onto the puck for too long. After the giveaway led to a Blackhawks scoring chance, Drouin, 20, headed to the bench. Playing in just his fourth playoff game - first since the Montreal..." June 08

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    Greg Wyshynski @wyshynski

    Cooper on Bishop: How many more ways are we going to ask this? I don't know who's starting. One of them is playing.

  • Cooper had high praise for Drouin

    Pro Hockey Talk "Despite playing a team-low 7:52, Jonathan Drouin left his coach decidedly impressed after being inserted into the Lightning lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. “I thought Jo was great,” said Jon Cooper. “He did everything we wanted him to. He took some short shifts, which cut his ice..." June 07

  • Patrick Sharp's late penalties cost Blackhawks and he knows it

    CBS Sports "Patrick Sharp is one of the seven Chicago Blackhawks players that have been key members of each of the last two Stanley Cup titles. As such, he's expected to be among the more disciplined players in the high-pressure situations. However, shortly after the Blackhawks tied the Tampa Bay Lightning..." June 07

  • Lightning silent about Ben Bishop's exit in Game 2

    ESPN "Goaltender Ben Bishop twice left the ice during Tampa Bay's 4-3 Game 2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night, and the Lightning were mum afterward on exactly why. The Lightning's Jon Cooper, known for being one of the most forthcoming coaches in the league, was..." June 07

  • Bolts avoid a 2-0 deficit, beat Chicago 4-3

    Tampa Tribune "Welcome to the wild and wacky version of Stanley Cup Final. In a whirlwind back-and-forth affair that featured three lead changes and three goaltending changes in the third period, the Lightning found a way to hang on to 4-3 lead in Game 2 at Amalie Arena. Rookie goaltender Andrei..." June 07

  • Columnist suggests Stamkos has fallen out of favor with Cooper

    Pro Hockey Talk "With the Tampa Bay Lightning searching for the equalizer during the final minute of Game 1, captain Steven Stamkos was on the bench watching as the Chicago Blackhawks skated away with a 2-1 win. It’s a move Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons called odd in his piece on Friday. Simmons goes..." June 07

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    One of possible reasons why Jonathan Drouin may play for TB tonight is concern Tyler Johnson got banged up in G1. TJ expected to play...

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    More on #tblightning @jodrouin27 taking warmups tonight and possibly playing. "Pretty excited," he said.

  • Lightning's Jonathan Drouin a game time decision for Game 2

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Lightning top prospect Jonathan Drouin has been watching from the sidelines since the second round, but he may make his Stanley Cup Final debut Saturday night in Game 2. The 20-year-old Drouin, taken third overall in the 2013 draft, told reporters following the team's morning skate..." June 06

  • Victor Hedman, Andrew Shaw move on after alleged biting incident

    ESPN "Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw wouldn't say Friday whether he bit Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. And while both were talking, neither player seemed interested in carrying on about the alleged incident and instead preferred to focus on Game 2 on..." June 06

  • Blackhawks mum on alleged biting incident in Game 1

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Blackhawks pleaded the Fifth on Thursday when it came to whether forward Andrew Shaw bit Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. Hedman said he felt like Shaw bit him during a scuffle in the first period of Game 1 on Wednesday. Hedman..." June 06

  • Bolts ready to bounce back from loss — again

    Tampa Tribune "If the Tampa Bay Lightning have any inclination to adopt a theme song for the rest of this postseason, a 1971 hit for ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr might fit the bill: “It Don’t Come Easy.’’ After watching Tampa Bay’s 21 playoff games, any Lightning fan worth his or her Maalox can tell you..." June 05

  • Late goals fuel Blackhawks victory over Lightning in Game 1

    CSN Chicago "Patrick Sharp talked of trust, of just going with the ups and downs that come with every game. “I think it’s a credit to just trusting the process, staying with it,” Sharp said. “There are some stretches that don’t look so good. There are some stretches that look great. It’s all about that next..." June 04