Lightning Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Palat nets winner as Lightning slip past Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Ondrej Palat scored in the final minutes and the Tampa Bay Lightning continued to charge up the Eastern Conference standings. Palat tipped in an Andrej Sustr shot with 2:23 left to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night to complete a comeback..." March 11

  • Lightning lose 3 centers in win over Wild

    Fox Sports "The Tampa Bay Lightning pulled out a big victory against the Wild on Thursday night, but it sure was a costly W. The Bolts lost three key players to injury during the contest, with all of them looking like they could be significant ailments. First came Vladislav Namestnikov, who appeared to..." March 10

  • Vasilevskiy, Lightning stymie Wild

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning, scrapping for every point in a wild-card logjam, picked up two points and perhaps some personnel losses Thursday night with one of their more impressive wins, surprising the Minnesota Wild in a 4-1 victory at Amalie Arena. Andrei Vasilevskiy won for..." March 09

  • Colin Campbell ‘nervous’ as unchanged offsides rule looms ahead of playoffs

    Sportsnet "Colin Campbell refers to it as Mike Murphy’s Law. A nod to his right-hand man, yes, but also the NHL’s penchant for finding itself in some kind of rules quagmire at the most important time of year. Consider it a by-product of a game played with a bouncing piece of rubber on ice. "We always..." March 08

  • Newly crowned Kings goalie Ben Bishop: Trade was a 'shock,' but he can 'feel the urgency' in L.A.

    ESPN "ESPN.com: How did you find out that you were headed to Los Angeles? Ben Bishop: I was just sitting there. I think it was six o'clock at night, and I got a call from [Tampa GM] Steve Yzerman. Obviously, I knew something had happened. And he called me and told me that he'd traded me to L.A. It..." March 08

  • NHL Will Not Change Definition Of Off-Side

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though it was discussed heavily at the GM Meetings this week in Boca Raton, Florida, the NHL will not change the off-side rule according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. The idea theorized was that the player wouldn’t need to have his skate blade on the ice to be considered on-side, just breaking the..." March 07

  • Rangers jolt Lightning 1-0 in OT

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- While the New York Rangers wanted to see their battle level pick up, the Tampa Bay Lightning continue to fight for a playoff spot and rise up the Eastern Conference standings. In a playoff-intense matchup, however, goaltenders Antti Raanta and Andrei Vasilevskiy proved to be..." March 06

  • Nikita Kucherov leads 3 Stars of the Week

    NHL.com "Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 5. FIRST STAR - NIKITA KUCHEROV, RW, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING Kucherov led the NHL..." March 06

  • Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy gets bittersweet 'dream come true'

    Tampa Bay Times "Andrei Vasilevskiy is naturally thrilled after getting his long-awaited chance to be the Lightning's No. 1 goalie. "A dream come true," Vasilevskiy said. It's bittersweet, however. For Vasilevskiy, 22, to step into the starting role, he had to watch his mentor, his "old brother," Ben..." March 05

  • Streit scores winner vs. Lightning in Penguins' debut

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Mark Streit got a quick lesson about his new team Friday night, when he scored the go-ahead goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at PPG Paints Arena. For instance, Sidney Crosby, who set up Streit's goal early in the third period, has "got..." March 03

  • Lightning, Panthers swap minor-league goalies

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded goaltender Adam Wilcox to the Florida Panthers in exchange for goaltender Mike McKenna. Wilcox, 24, has a 2.87 goals-against average and .895 save percentage in 34 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL this season." March 01

  • Lightning rally past Hurricanes in OT

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- It wasn't pretty by any means, but the Tampa Bay Lightning will take wins however they can come down the stretch. The Lightning rallied for the lead in the final five minutes, lost it in regulation, then got a goal from Victor Hedman 46 seconds into overtime for a 4-3 win over..." March 01

  • Lightning flip Mark Streit to Pittsburgh

    CBS Sports "After being traded to Tampa by the Flyers earlier Wednesday, Streit was flipped at the trade deadline to Pittsburgh, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports. After spending nearly four seasons with the Flyers, Streit's now been part of three organizations in the span of one day. " March 01

  • Flyers get Filppula, 4th round, and a conditional 7th round pick Tampa Bay in exchange for Mark Streit

    NHL.com "The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have acquired forward Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay's 4th round selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional 7th round selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft from Tampa Bay in exchange for defenseman, Mark Streit. Below are some news & notes..." March 01

  • Steven Stamkos joins Lightning teammates for morning skate

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning are more sellers than buyers this trade deadline, already moving Ben Bishop to Los Angeles and Brian Boyle to Toronto (and it’s reported Valtteri Filppula turned down a move to the Leafs). However, they may add a better player than any other team between now and the end..." March 01

  • Report: Bolts forward Filppula turned down trade to Toronto

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier this week, the Maple Leafs and Lightning completed a deal that sent Brian Boyle to Toronto for Byron Froese and a second round draft pick, but according to a report from TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie, the trade could have been a lot bigger. Lavoie reports that Bolts center Valtteri Filppula..." March 01

  • Kucherov's hat trick leads Lightning past Senators

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning refused to play like a team packing it in despite seeing two key players moved out before the trade deadline. In a playoff-intense showing, the Lightning ran roughshod over the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Monday night at Amalie Arena after seeing Ben Bishop..." February 27

  • Leafs acquire Boyle from Lightning for Froese, conditional pick

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Byron Froese and a 2017 conditional second round pick. Boyle, 32, has 13 goals and nine assists over 54 games with the Lightning this season. The centre will be an unrestricted free agent at..." February 27

  • Tampa Bay trades Ben Bishop to Los Angeles for Peter Budaj, prospect Erik Cernak and draft picks

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning traded goaltender Ben Bishop and a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday for goaltender Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in 2017 and a conditional pick in this year's draft. Bishop is in the final year of a..." February 27

  • Assessing trade deadline possibilities for Lightning

    Tampa Bay Times "When Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman brought the band back together last summer, he was celebrated. Tampa Bay kept its core together for the third straight year and was labeled a Stanley Cup favorite. But starting at Wednesday's trade deadline, you may begin seeing changes to a..." February 26

  • Lightning acquire winger Stefan Fournier from Coyotes for Jeremy Morin

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired winger Stefan Fournier from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Jeremy Morin. Fournier, 24, has split his entire professional career between the AHL and ECHL, with his latest stop being with the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL this season where he’s put up..." February 26

  • 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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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