Lightning Rumors & News

  • Flames get road win at Tampa Bay

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Down a goal early, the Calgary Flames got two goals in 81 seconds in the second period, then held on a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at Amalie Arena. "That's a big road win. They're a good hockey team that's playing really well right now," said Calgary..." February 23

  • Ben Bishop Has A Limited No-Trade Clause In His Current Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "During the blitz of this morning’s Ron Hainsey deal that saw the defenseman move to the Pittsburgh Penguins, CapFriendly tweeted out a bombshell about pending UFA Ben Bishop. Bishop has been long thought of to be on the move at the deadline if the Tampa Bay Lightning feel they’re out of the..." February 23

  • Ryan Callahan out indefinitely after follow-up procedure

    Tampa Bay Times "The veteran Lightning wing had a follow-up surgical procedure on his right hip Tuesday in New York, with GM Steve Yzerman saying Callahan is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. The good news is that doctors found out what had been causing discomfort in Callahan's hip since it was..." February 23

  • Tampa Bay's Triplets trip Oilers

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay's "Triplets" line of Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson scored the Lightning's first three goals Tuesday, staying hot in a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Amalie Arena. "They've had a couple of fantastic games, and the big thing is who they're..." February 21

  • Steven Stamkos skating, 'progressing well'

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is back on the ice. Stamkos, out since mid-November knee surgery, has been skating on his own, including before Tuesday's morning skate. Stamkos was in full gear Tuesday, working with assistant coach Brad Lauer. Stamkos did stickhandling, shooting, even taking..." February 21

  • Trade market, playoff push and pending free agents complicate Lightning's decisions

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning is rolling, picking up a point in six straight games, a season high. Tampa Bay entered Monday just five points out of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. And that certainly complicates things for Lightning GM Steve Yzerman heading into the March 1 trade..." February 21

  • Drouin's OT goal lifts Lightning over Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Jonathan Drouin was nearly out of gas, but he found enough in his tank to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a big win. Drouin scored unassisted at 2:27 of overtime, and the Lightning beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Sunday night. Ben Bishop made 27 saves, Brayden Point and..." February 20

  • Roussel gets hat trick in Stars' OT win

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Antoine Roussel had a hat trick and Jamie Benn scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Dallas Stars defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 at American Airlines Center on Saturday. "He was in the right place, right time," Dallas center Tyler Seguin said. "Always works hard...." February 19

  • Tough decisions loom for Lightning "After leading 2-0 and 3-2, the Lightning let a much-needed point slip away in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday, leaving them six out of the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. With four games left before March 1, including one at the Colorado..." February 19

  • With Tyler Johnson questionable, Lightning recall Conacher from AHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Tampa Bay Lightning are returning from their bye week on Saturday night when they visit the Dallas Stars in a game featuring two of the more disappointing teams in the NHL this season. Before their game they made a roster move on Saturday morning by recalling veteran forward Cory Conacher..." February 18

  • Oilers showing interest in Lightning’s Brian Boyle

    Sportsnet "It looks like Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle might be an increasingly popular option at this year’s NHL trade deadline. The 32-year-old pending UFA has all the makings of a solid depth rental for a team looking to make a playoff run. “Brian Boyle is a depth guy,” Sportsnet’s Nick..." February 12

  • Wild edge Lightning in shootout

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild are all but a lock for the playoffs, while the Tampa Bay Lightning are a long shot currently. So the point the Lightning earned in a shootout loss Friday may have been more important in the long run than the two points Minnesota got for winning. Wild..." February 11

  • Drouin, Bishop help Lightning keep Jets down

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Jonathan Drouin added another highlight-reel play to his growing collection -- and helped spark his teammates to an impressive 4-1 victory over the free-falling Winnipeg Jets. The Tampa Bay winger showed off the speed and skill that makes him one of the league's most..." February 11

  • Bowness breaks Bowman's record for games behind NHL bench "Rick Bowness' first foray into professional coaching didn't exactly foreshadow a career marked by longevity. Bowness was nearing the end of a lengthy playing career that began in the QMJHL in 1972 with the Quebec Remparts and included National Hockey League stops with the Atlanta Flames,..." February 11

  • Lightning eager to find out if they measure up against Wild

    Tampa Bay Times "Think the Lightning has turned the corner? Tampa Bay is feeling good after winning back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 20-22. But the real test may come Friday in St. Paul, Minn, where the Lightning faces the Western Conference-leading Wild. Tampa Bay hasn't won in Minnesota since..." February 10

  • Kucherov helps Lightning, Bishop blank Kings

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Ben Bishop posted his first shutout of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning won back-to-back games for the first time since before Christmas with a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay (24-24-6) opened the night tied for last..." February 07

  • NHL Players To Rate Ice Conditions

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL is finally doing something to remedy the increased complaints of bad ice surfaces around the league. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the NHL and NHLPA are creating a subcommittee to monitor and address poor ice issues. The subcommittee—called the Playing Environment..." February 07

  • NHL trade deadline 2017: Top 10 players who could be on the move

    USA Today "The most talked-about player in the NHL trade market isn’t the most likely to be dealt before the March 1 deadline. Several teams want Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, but piecing together an in-season deal could be too complicated. Some Duchene suitors are playoff teams, and meeting the..." February 07

  • Lightning outlast Ducks in shootout

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up a much-needed win in dramatic fashion. Brian Boyle had the deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night at Amalie Arena. Nikita Kucherov, who finished with two..." February 04

  • Lightning’s Yzerman not biting on low offers for Bishop

    Sportsnet "It didn’t get a ton of play during All-Star Weekend, but there’s bad news for your favourite NHL team. The cap will be flat for next year. “Oh yeah, really looking forward to it,” one GM said Tuesday. Commissioner Gary Bettman discussed it after his formal media conference, saying there are..." February 04

  • Yzerman: Stamkos' recovery 'right on course'

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said while there's still no definite return date for captain Steven Stamkos, he's "right on course" in his recovery from knee surgery. Yzerman, speaking Thursday on the team's online morning skate show, said Stamkos visited with his surgeon last week and..." February 03

  • Tampa Bay Lightning: The most interesting team at trade deadline

    Sportsnet "Here’s a sentence we never thought we’d write in February: The Tampa Bay Lightning are a long shot to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and must adjust their trade deadline approach accordingly. Exiting the all-star break the same way it entered (with a one-goal loss), Tampa has dropped..." February 02

  • Senators prevail in Boucher's return to Tampa

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Mark Stone helped ensure his coach's return to his first NHL home ended in success. Stone scored twice and added an assist as Ottawa defeated Tampa Bay 5-2 at Amalie Arena on Thursday in the first game for Senators coach Guy Boucher in Tampa since he was fired toward the end..." February 02

  • NHL players called ‘puppets’ in major lawsuit

    Detroit News "Court documents unsealed in Minnesota reveal the NHL calling former players who filed a lawsuit over concussion claims “mere puppets” of a public-relations company when they provided statements to the media about the case, TSN reported Tuesday. In seeking access to correspondence between the..." February 01

  • Bruins pull away from Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- After a scoreless first period with only four shots and an early second-period deficit, the Boston Bruins took over, coming out of the All-Star break with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena. "To be honest, I really felt our will to win..." January 31

  • Time to be sellers? Lightning have some big decisions to make over next month

    Pro Hockey Talk "1Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)1 Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window) Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window) Click to email (Opens in new window) This is not the..." January 30

  • 2017 All Star Game earns highest overnight rating since 2004

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL All Star Game is a constant source of debate. Some fans love it, others hate it – and yet more think it’s a dying source of entertainment. If the NBC overnight ratings hold any weight, though, it’s possible that the declining interest may not be as true as fans think: According to..." January 30

  • NHL Stars Support Going To Olympics In 2018

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Alexander Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Jonathan Toews, and Sidney Crosby all agree. The NHL should go to the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2018. Now it’s just up to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and IOC President Rene Fasel to hammer out a deal. Toews told TSN’s Frank Seravalli “quite frankly, to..." January 30

  • Bettman argues that Olympic participation hurts NHL product

    Pro Hockey Talk "Gary Bettman reiterated his criticism of the International Olympic Committee today, as prospects of a deal to send NHLers to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea remain in doubt. In an interview with Sportsnet’s Ron MacLean, the commissioner also said that the NHL owes it to the fans to..." January 30

  • NHL appears unlikely to participate in 2018 Olympics

    Chicago Sun-Times "It’s looking increasingly unlikely that the NHL will participate in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the topic was discussed for “about 10 seconds” at the Board of Governors meeting Saturday, and deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters, “As of..." January 29

  • NHL All-Star Skills competition breakdown: Who’s competing in each event

    Sportsnet "The NHL has announced the all-star assignments for Saturday’s 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ in Los Angeles. The all-stars from the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions will compete against the Pacific and Central Divisions throughout the night for points in the overall..." January 28

  • In support of Mr. 101, who just missed the NHL’s all-time list

    Sportsnet "The 101st greatest NHL player to ever live got shafted Friday night in Los Angeles. Not only did he miss out on an opportunity to swap war stories with Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr and Red Kelly, mingle with Jaromir Jagr in a black-tie setting, and consume what we can only assume was some epic..." January 28

  • Gretzky, Orr and Lemieux agree that Gordie Howe was the best NHL player ever

    Fox Sports "On Friday night in Los Angeles, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux sat on a platform just prior to the NHL100 presentation at All-Star Weekend — an event aiming to identify the best 100 players in the league’s 100-year history. While some may try to argue that any one of the three..." January 28

  • NHL brings hockey world together with top 100 players of all-time

    TSN "Jonathan Toews struggled to find the words. His search, moments after being named to the NHL’s list of 100 greatest players, was a genuine aw-shucks moment - not the humble hockey player shtick where he does anything to avoid talking about himself. Toews could not believe he was minted as..." January 28

  • Why the powerhouse Lightning have struggled so much this season

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning were one of the NHL’s great up-and-coming teams. Then they were a legitimate contender, going on deep playoff runs two years in a row. Now, in the midst of a disastrous 2016-17, it isn’t entirely clear what they are, though we’ll try to shed some light on that here. The..." January 27

  • Canadiens add defensive depth in trade for Nesterov "The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenseman Nikita Nesterov in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. The Lightning receive defenseman prospect Jonathan Racine and a sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Nesterov, 23, has three goals and nine assists in 35 games this season, and..." January 27

  • Marchessault's OT goal lifts Panthers over Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- In what might have been James Reimer's last game before becoming a father, the Florida Panthers goalie had a memorable night. Reimer made 31 saves and Jonathan Marchessault scored a power-play overtime goal to lead the Florida Panthers past the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on..." January 26

  • Clarification Please: The NHL's offsides review still a work in progress

    Yardbarker "Welcome to Clarification Please, an ongoing series in which Yardbarker will take a look at rulings that have players, coaches and fans a bit puzzled. Whether it is regarding old "unwritten rules" or a new subsection IV schedule, these are some rules in which we would like to get more..." January 26

  • Johnson's quick strikes lift Lightning past Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson never has had a 30-second scoring binge quite like the one he enjoyed against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Johnson, 26, scored two goals in the same shift to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-2 comeback win. "I don't think that has..." January 25

  • It’s crunch time for the Lightning

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Tampa Bay Lightning are desperate for wins. How desperate? Well, it’s estimated they’ll have to win around 21 of their final 34 games in order to make the playoffs. So, pretty darn desperate. It is shocking, frankly, that the Lightning have found themselves in this position. After..." January 24

  • Coyotes' Holland fined for sucker punch on Palat

    Fanrag Sports "Since arriving with the Arizona Coyotes earlier this season, center Peter Holland – dealt for a conditional draft pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs – has managed to put up a goal and five points in 18 regular season appearances. Now, though, he’s also managed to get himself slapped with a bit..." January 24

  • Vrbata ( four points) helps Coyotes past Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes made a free-agent splash this offseason by signing defenseman Alex Goligoski and forward Jamie McGinn, but their bargain shopping for a familiar face is paying the biggest dividends this season. Veteran right winger Radim Vrbata matched a career high..." January 22

  • For Wayne Gretzky, history is hockey's cornerstone "Wayne Gretzky is keenly aware there will be considerable debate Friday, and presumably for much longer, when the League unveils the rest of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. Given that pitched arguments break out whenever people compare hockey dynasties and eras, it is also a given that emotions..." January 22

  • Strange omissions reveal NHL’s real motive for Greatest 100 list

    New York Post "It is a marketing function, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but you should bear that in mind when the NHL unveils the post-Original Six Era portion of its Greatest 100 Players on Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the league’s All-Star weekend. And as such, I would expect current..." January 22

  • Some NHL stars are packing less punch this season; why?

    USA Today "Jamie Benn, a scoring champion in 2014-15 and 41-goal scorer last season, has 11 goals in 43 games this season. Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, averaging 28 goals per season in his career, has seven this season. Future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton has scored only three goals and each..." January 21

  • Sorting through NHL trade deadline silly season

    Tampa Bay Times "With the NHL trade deadline just over a month away, it can be silly season when it comes to speculation. At every press box, people take notice of what team's scouts are at what game. When it's a GM that attends, it can raise even more eyebrows. "Why was Steve Yzerman watching the..." January 21

  • Sharks' Couture bounces back to score winner vs. Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sick one night, Sharks' savior the next. An ill Logan Couture was left home when San Jose beat the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, but Thursday the alternate captain scored a tie-breaking goal early in the third period to lead the Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa..." January 20

  • Hedman still isn’t ready to return for ‘desperation mode’ Lightning

    Pro Hockey Talk "Whatever “illness” is bothering Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman must be pretty bad, as he’ll miss his third straight game as the Bolts visit the Sharks in San Jose tonight. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said the team (which he considers in “desperation mode”) will evaluate Hedman..." January 20

  • NHL announces details of the 2017 All-Star Skills Competition

    Sportsnet "The NHL All-Star skills competition is coming up in Los Angeles on Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET and on Thursday, the league announced details of the event. The following events will be part of this year’s skills competition: · Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay™ · Honda NHL Four Line..." January 19

  • Rakell's OT goal lifts Ducks over Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks relied on their leading goal scorer to win in overtime for only the second time this season. Rickard Rakell scored a power-play goal 54 seconds into the extra session to give the Ducks a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lighting on Tuesday night at the..." January 18