Lightning Rumors & News

  • Steven Stamkos will return for start of next season "Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos is expected to return for the start of next season, general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday. Yzerman said Stamkos, who had surgery Nov. 17 to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and was expected to need 4-6 months..." April 28

  • Kucherov: Some Bolts got paid, quit working

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning star wing Nikita Kucherov delivered some pointed and strong criticism on his teammates and coaches Wednesday. Kucherov, preparing to play for Russia at the World Championships, told Sovietsky Sport that some teammates "overstayed" with team, "got their money and stopped working."..." April 26

  • Agent says Kucherov blasted Bolts out of frustration from missing playoffs

    Pro Hockey Talk "Quite the situation developing in Tampa Bay. Earlier today, the translation of Nikita Kucherov‘s interview with Sovietsky Sport hit social media and caught a number of people by surprise. In it, Kucherov said some of his Lightning teammates “got their money and stopped working” this season,..." April 26

  • Burns, Hedman, Karlsson named Norris Trophy finalists

    Sportsnet "The NHL announced the three finalists for the Norris Trophy Friday, awarded to the defenceman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. This year’s finalists are: San Jose’s Brent Burns, Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman, and Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson. Burns..." April 22

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Jon Cooper to coach Canada at World Hockey Championship

    Sportsnet "Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper will lead Team Canada at the world hockey championship in Paris next month. Cooper heads up a coaching staff that also includes Gerard Gallant, Dave Hakstol and Dave King. Ron Hextall was named the team’s general manager last week. "Canada has..." April 12

  • Patrick goes No. 1 in TSN's post-season mock draft

    TSN "Nolan Patrick is on pace to make history – twice. TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button projects the Brandon Wheat Kings’ centre going first overall to the last place Colorado Avalanche – provided it wins the draft lottery scheduled to take place April 29 – in the TSN post-season mock..." April 11

  • Point leads Lightning to season-closing win vs. Sabres

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Brayden Point ended an impressive rookie with his second multi-goal game of the week to lift the Tampa Bay Lighting to a season-closing 4-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Andrei Vasilevskiy closed out the season by picking up his 23rd victory while making 26..." April 09

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Bolts farmhand Taormina wins AHL d-man of the year

    Pro Hockey Talk "Matt Taormina, the 30-year-old journeyman that’s spent the last two seasons with the Lightning organization, scored a nice accolade on Friday by capturing the Eddie Shore Award, given annually to the AHL’s most outstanding defenseman. More, from the AHL: [Taormina] established career highs..." April 07

  • Bolts farmhand Taormina wins AHL d-man of the year

    Pro Hockey Talk "Matt Taormina, the 30-year-old journeyman that’s spent the last two seasons with the Lightning organization, scored a nice accolade on Friday by capturing the Eddie Shore Award, given annually to the AHL’s most outstanding defenseman. More, from the AHL: [Taormina] established career highs..." April 07

  • Lightning stay within striking distance of playoff berth

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't dead yet. With his team's playoff hopes hanging by a thread, Yanni Gourde scored twice to help the Lightning stay alive with a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night at the Bell Centre. Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn also..." April 07

  • Why won’t the Tampa Bay Lightning just die already?

    Sportsnet "The 2016-17 Tampa Bay Lightning might just be the happiest collection of overachieving underachievers the sport has seen. Wherever or whomever these guys are supposed to be, it’s not here or this: barely alive and furiously kicking heading into the final weekend of the NHL season. Yes, this..." April 07

  • Lightning beat Maple Leafs to avoid elimination

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Teams like to talk about taking it one game at a time. The Tampa Bay Lightning reheated that old chestnut and refined it as they try to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive. They talk about taking it one period at a time, one shift at a time. That was the essence..." April 06

  • Steven Stamkos may miss rest of season for Lightning "Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos likely won't return this season, he said Thursday. Stamkos will not play against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, TSN4, FS-F, NHL.TV) and will miss his 62nd game because of a knee injury. "Yeah, it's probably..." April 06

  • Bruins shut out Lightning, clinch playoff berth

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- David Pastrnak didn't seem to care about the ugly stitched cut under his left eye after Tuesday night's game. He was going to the NHL playoffs for the first time. "It's a new feeling. I'm enjoying it a lot," the third-year winger said after his 33rd and 34th goals of the..." April 05

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • Pyeongchang holding out hope to see NHLers

    TSN "South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful..." April 04

  • NHLPA disagrees with NHL’s ‘shortsighted decision’ to skip Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association voiced displeasure on Monday after learning of the NHL’s decision to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a statement, the NHLPA said that it’s disappointed and disagrees with the NHL’s “shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the..." April 04

  • Stamkos out for crucial game vs. Bruins

    TSN "Playing for their postseason lives, the Tampa Bay Lightning will not have Steven Stamkos in the lineup on Tuesday night. Coach Jon Cooper confirmed that the 27-year-old franchise centre will not dress for the team’s matchup with the Boston Bruins at TD Gardens. The Lightning sit four points..." April 04

  • NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

    TSN "For the first time since 1994, NHL players will not attend the Winter Olympics. The league released a statement Monday saying it "considers the matter officially closed" and that it won't participate in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Negotiations between the league, the NHL..." April 03

  • Friedman predicts ‘wild trade market after this season’

    Fanrag Sports "Trades. If you ask fans across the spectrum what excites them the most about the NHL, the answer will generally revolve around either trades or the possibility of them. Needless to say, the in-season trend in this league in recent campaigns has seen a dearth of meaningful swaps, with most of..." April 03

  • Lightning bury Stars with four-goal 3rd period

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Getting three goals from rookies in a must-win game, the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied back from a deficit late in the second period with four straight goals in a 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars at Amalie Arena on Sunday. "It's just a matter of going out there with the confidence..." April 02

  • NHLPA May Bar Agents From Contacting Players Under 16

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Rick Westhead reported last week that the NHLPA is considering a new regulation prohibiting any certified agent from contacting an under-16 player or player’s family. The NHLPA controls agents through a certification process, and only certified agents may represent NHL players. The rule’s..." April 02

  • Steven Stamkos remains out for Lightning "Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos will not play against the Dallas Stars at Amalie Arena on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-SW+, NHL.TV), coach Jon Cooper said. Though Stamkos participated in an optional morning skate, he will miss his 61st consecutive game because of a knee injury. The..." April 02

  • Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson out for Lightning "Tampa Bay Lightning centers Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson will not play against the Montreal Canadiens at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CITY, TVA Sports, SUN), but might return Sunday, when Tampa Bay is home against the Dallas Stars. The Lightning enter the game against the Canadiens..." April 01

  • Radulov's OT goal lifts Canadiens over Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- The Montreal Canadiens took one step closer to clinching another division title. The Lightning took a minor step back in their pursuit of a playoff spot. Alexander Radulov scored the overtime winner with a one-timer from the right circle 51 seconds into the extra period to..." April 01

  • Stamkos still day-to-day, not ready to return tonight

    Tampa Bay Times "It certainly looked like there could be some significantly good news on the Steven Stamkos injury front, with wing Joel Vermin reassigned to AHL Syracuse in the morning. And while it was not an April Fool's joke, Vermin is sticking around with Tampa Bay as Stamkos is not ready to return to the..." April 01

  • Lightning rally again, defeat Red Wings

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Already short-handed on the offensive end of the ice, the Tampa Bay Lightning learned 90 minutes before Thursday's game that they would be without leading scorer Nikita Kucherov, who was sidelined due to an illness. As they have throughout the second half of the season, the..." March 30

  • NHL to unveil protected and available player lists for expansion draft

    Sportsnet "Call it a victory for the people. The NHL has decided to change course and publicly release the list of protected and available players during the June expansion draft. The decision was made after "further consideration of views and feedback we received on the subject," NHL deputy..." March 29

  • Cooper: Stamkos now day-to-day

    TSN "Steven Stamkos is inching closer to joining the Tampa Bay Lightning for their playoff push. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said Wednesday that he doesn't expect Stamkos to play Thursday against the the Detroit Red Wings, but now considers the team's captain day-to-day. "I think we can start..." March 29

  • IOC email links NHL South Korea participation to Beijing 2022

    Sportsnet "Last week, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said his organization needed to know by the end of April whether or not NHL players would be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Afterwards, I reached out to the International Olympic Committee to see if its..." March 29

  • If NHL decides to skip 2018 Olympics, fallout will ‘last for a very long time’: NHLPA chief Don Fehr

    National Post "Don Fehr is not making any promises. But he’s also not making any threats. With, presumably, one month to go until a decision has to be made about NHL participation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, the head of the NHL Players’ Association sounds hopeful that a deal can be worked out in..." March 28

  • Lightning rally, defeat Blackhawks in OT

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Yanni Gourde's second NHL goal was a huge one, as the 25-year-old rookie stole the puck and scored a breakaway game-winner with 35 seconds left in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied for a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night at Amalie Arena. "It's a..." March 27

  • Nikita Kucherov leads 3 Stars of the Week "Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen and Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 26. FIRST STAR - NIKITA KUCHEROV, RW, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING Kucherov posted 5-2-7 in three games,..." March 27

  • Bolts recall Koekkoek, putting Garrison’s status into doubt

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Tampa Bay Lightning, after earning a big win last night in Boston, may not have defenseman Jason Garrison tonight in Detroit. The Bolts recalled d-man Slater Koekkoek from AHL Syracuse this morning — a move that would seem to put Garrison’s status into doubt against the Red..." March 24

  • Kucherov nets OT winner to lift Lightning past Red Wings

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Before Friday's game, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was asked if he planned to take away any mementos from his last game at Joe Louis Arena. "Two points would be nice," said Yzerman, who captained the Detroit Red Wings from 1986 to 2006. Consider it done,..." March 24

  • Steven Stamkos: Time might be running out for Lightning return this season

    Tampa Bay Times "You can see how much captain Steven Stamkos desperately wants to get back in the Lightning lineup. But even Stamkos admitted Thursday that time might be running out. Stamkos, 27, said progress has been slow in his recovery from mid-November knee surgery. He has been skating for a month; last..." March 24

  • Lightning rally multiple times to dump Bruins

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- They lost their best player way back in November. They were sellers at the trade deadline. Injuries have meant they don't have a single player who has played in all 72 games. But the Tampa Bay Lightning, given up for dead more than once during this season, are still alive in the..." March 23

  • Lightning's Steven Stamkos won't return until he's 100 percent

    Sporting News "Steven Stamkos doesn't know when he'll be back on the ice. With only 10 regular-season games remaining for Tampa Bay, the Lightning center and captain knows his window of opportunity to return is beginning to close. Despite his ambition, he stands firm that he won't push himself to play until..." March 23

  • Donald Fehr: Players won't concede in Olympic stalemate

    ESPN "The NHL should not be waiting for the players to give up something in return for Olympic participation, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN on Thursday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that if things stayed status quo,..." March 23

  • Lightning suffer crushing loss to Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Every advantage was there for the Tampa Bay Lightning. They were at home against a lesser opponent playing a backup goalie on the tail end of a back-to-back. Up 3-2 in the third period, the Lightning let two points slip away in the wild-card chase when the Arizona Coyotes..." March 21

  • Bettman: 'Assume' NHL not going to Olympics

    TSN "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman is advising fans to brace for the 2018 Winter Olympics to take place without NHL players in Pyeongchang. Speaking to Reuters in New York on Tuesday at the Sports Business Summit, Bettman said “people should assume” the NHL is not going to play in..." March 21

  • Oshie's hat trick helps Capitals secure playoff spot

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- The Washington Capitals became the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season. Justin Williams and John Carlson scored third-period goals to break a tie and lift the Capitals to a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night at Amalie Arena. T.J. Oshie..." March 19

  • Stamkos practices with Lightning; still unsure if he'll return this season

    TSN "The Tampa Bay Lightning fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night with three of their regular centres out of the lineup, not including . Stamkos, who underwent meniscus surgery on Nov. 16, has been skating with the Lightning for close to a month, but his return appears far from..." March 17

  • Maple Leafs destroy Lightning, 5-0

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Toronto had 13 different players record a point and routed the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-0 in an important late-season meeting. The victory vaults the Maple Leafs into the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference standings, leaping over both Tampa Bay and the New York..." March 16

  • Lightning edge Sens in OT

    The Sports Xchange "OTTAWA -- Victor Hedman was a sheepish hero. The Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman said all the credit for his winner, with 53.9 seconds left in overtime, belonged to teammate Ondrej Palat. It was Palat's pass off a 2-on-1 that Hedman redirected into an open side to give the surging Tampa..." March 14

  • Point scores twice as Lightning edge Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Brayden Point had a 21st birthday to remember Monday night and it ended with a face full of shaving cream. The rookie scored two goals -- including the game winner with 6:39 to play in the third period -- as the Tampa Bay Lightning continued their late-season playoff surge with a..." March 13