Lightning Rumors & News

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Lightning Hire Brad Lauer as Assistant Coach "The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Brad Lauer as assistant coach today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. “I’m really excited to join the coaching staff in Tampa Bay,” Lauer said. “It is an outstanding opportunity for me to join a great organization with top-notch..." August 18

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Lightning's Tyler Johnson on schedule in recovering from broken wrist

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning center Tyler Johnson interrupted his shortened offseason in Spokane, Wash., to make a quick trip to Tampa on Wednesday. But it was for good reason. Johnson, 25, had a checkup with doctors for his broken right wrist and got to finally remove his brace. "It's recovering on the time..." August 13

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • NHL unveils ‘historic’ digital media rights deal with MLBAM

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a way, baseball will power the way hockey fans consume a ton of digital NHL-related media going forward. More specifically, MLBAM will be doing the heavy lifting, as the NHL announced a “historic” six-year deal with the service, which also apparently powers streaming services for companies..." August 04

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Leiweke leaves Bolts to become NFL’s chief operating officer

    Tampa Tribune "Now Jeff Vinik knows how billionaire Paul Allen feels. Shortly after purchasing the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010, Vinik lured Tod Leiweke away from Seattle, where he had been CEO of the NFL’s Seahawks for seven years under Allen. On Friday, the Lightning announced Leiweke’s departure as CEO..." July 25

  • Post expansion, could NHL realign with eight divisions?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Lightning sign forward McGinn to one-year contract "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. McGinn, 24, skated in 51 games in the NHL last season, splitting time between the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes, posting two goals and..." July 21

  • Quebecor submits expansion bid for NHL franchise in Quebec City

    The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Carter Ashton informed the #tblightning he plans to play in Europe next season. Was an RFA, given qualifying offer by Tampa Bay.

  • Lack of cap room has made for ‘really difficult’ summer for some free agents

    Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20

  • Toews says Ducks, not Lightning, were Blackhawks' toughest opponent

    Pro Hockey Talk "There’s a scene in “Talladega Nights” where Will Ferrell’s character deeply insults someone, but feels like he can get away with it by saying “with all due respect.” It was hard not to think of that moment when Jonathan Toews praised the Anaheim Ducks’ efforts just a little bit more than the..." July 19

  • Top 15 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14

  • Drouin: ‘Nobody wants to go to the AHL’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jonathan Drouin admits he has “a little chip” on his shoulder. The 20-year-old Tampa Bay forward — a healthy scratch for most of the Lightning’s run to the Stanley Cup Final — told on Tuesday that he’s determined not to spend any time in the AHL next season. Drouin was not eligible..." July 14

  • Ducks, Capitals stand out as teams with best salary cap situations

    CBS Sports "When you're a good team in the NHL over an extended period of time it is inevitable that the salary cap is going to become an issue. The Chicago Blackhawks are still experiencing that this offseason (again), whiles teams like Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Jose..." July 09

  • Agent on Stamkos’ contract talks: ‘I don’t think we have any criteria on timing at this point’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The window for the Tampa Bay Lightning to begin contract extension talks with captain Steven Stamkos opened on July 1; however, the two sides have yet to start negotiations. As it stands, Stamkos has one year remaining on his five-year, $37.5 million deal, which will pay him $5.5 million next..." July 09

  • Top 14 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped up...." July 07

  • 23 Players Elect Salary Arbitration "Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration: Arizona Coyotes Mikkel Boedker Phil Samuelsson Brendan Shinnimin Buffalo Sabres Phil Varone Calgary Flames Lance Bouma Paul Byron Josh Jooris Colorado Avalanche Andrew Agozzino Mathew Clark Detroit Red..." July 06

  • Bolts’ prospect Peca starting down a new path

    Tampa Tribune "At the conclusion of the Lightning’s 3-on-3 tournament to cap off development camp, a championship cup is carried onto the ice. The winning players pose for a picture, then lift it up in triumph, and a couple of players often give the trophy a gentle kiss of appreciation. Eventually, the..." July 05

  • Lightning Sign Jeff Tambellini to One-Year Contract

    Hockey Fights "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Jeff Tambellini to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Tambellini, 31, has skated in 242 career NHL games over six seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders and Vancouver..." July 05

  • All eyes will be on Stamkos’ contract talks with Lightning

    Tampa Tribune "An underwhelming free-agent crop leaves little for the Lightning, or any of the other 29 teams for that matter, to eye any sort of big prize. So while Tampa Bay did re-sign pending free agents Andrej Sustr and Mike Angelidis to new deals on Tuesday, when the free-agency window opens, all eyes..." July 02

  • Canadiens sign Mark Barberio to a one-year, two-way contract

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Canadiens made a low-key free agent signing late on the opening day of free agency, signing left-handling defenceman Mark Barberio to a one-year, two-way contract. Barberio's contract is for slightly more than the league minimum NHL salary, coming in with an NHL portion $600 000, with a..." July 02

  • Lightning sign ex-Senators forward Condra to three-year deal

    Tampa Tribune "A decade ago, Erik Condra stood as an usher at Lightning head coach Jon Cooper’s wedding. Now, Condra will sit in front of Cooper on the Tampa Bay bench after the 28-year-old forward signed a three-year contract on the first day of free agency. Condra’s deal is for $3.75 million and carries..." July 02

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Yzerman confirms they will not bring back Brenden Morrow after signing Condra to a 3-year deal

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Erik Condra to the #TBLighting. He was an usher at coach Jon Cooper's wedding.

  • 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