Lightning Rumors & News

  • Rust scores 2 as Pens beat Lightning in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Sure, Sid and Geno still are around. Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang, too. But these Pittsburgh Penguins aren't just a team of big names, but one of guys still trying to make a name in the NHL, too. Bryan Rust, a rookie forward who was in the minors for half the season, scored..." May 27

  • Focus on Stamkos now shifts to the offseason

    TSN "All the news surrounding Steven Stamkos over the last few weeks focused solely on whether he was healthy enough to return to the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup for the Stanley Cup playoffs. And now that their run is over, The Stamkos Watch takes on a whole different meaning. With the Lightning..." May 27

  • Steven Stamkos returns to Lightning lineup for Game 7 vs. Penguins

    SI "The Tampa Bay Lightning got an unexpected surprise when captain Steve Stamkos was declared fit to play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. Stamkos, one of the NHL’s elite goal scorers, hasn’t played since March 31, having missed Tampa Bay’s final five regular-season games and all 16..." May 26

  • Lightning Game 7 public viewing party canceled amid declining NHL playoff TV ratings

    SB Nation "Low ratings might be at the heart of Tampa Bay's decision to cancel the party before the biggest game of their season. Public viewing parties are one of the best ways to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs. Should you not be able to snag a ticket to a game, it's very likely your team of choice is..." May 26

  • No Steven Stamkos, Ben Bishop for Game 7

    Tampa Bay Times "With the Lightning's season on the line in tonight's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, it needs all the help it can get. "You want to be part of it," captain Steven Stamkos said. But Stamkos (blood clot) and goalie Ben Bishop (lower left leg) aren't expected to be available for..." May 26

  • Penguins ground Lightning to force Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- On the road, facing elimination and with a 21-year-old goalie in net, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Matthew Murray stayed alive to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals with a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena. "Matt was huge tonight..." May 25

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Would Steven Stamkos Make Sense for the Rangers?

    The Hockey Writers "With the New York Rangers now in the middle of their offseason, rumors are starting to swirl about potential moves that the team could make. Steven Stamkos is one of the marquee players in the NHL right now, and he’s due to be an Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) this summer, and as is with every free..." May 24

  • Lightning take control with Game 5 win in Pittsburgh

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Marc-Andre Fleury's comeback was the story before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Tampa Bay Lightning's comeback might be the story of the series. Tyler Johnson deflected Jason Garrison's wrist shot from the left circle into the net only 53 seconds into overtime..." May 23

  • Evgeni Malkin says Penguins 'for sure' playing in a Game 7

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Penguins assistant captain Evgeni Malkin channeled his inner Mark Messier and all but guaranteed a victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at Amalie Arena. The Lightning hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. "I believe..." May 23

  • Lightning's Ben Bishop won't rush to return to playoffs

    Tampa Bay Times "G Ben Bishop is still hopeful he can play in the Eastern Conference final. "Absolutely," he said. But Bishop insisted he won't rush his return — no matter the stakes — if his lower-left leg injury suffered in Game 1 against the Penguins is limiting him too much." May 23

  • Lightning re-sign Richard, Vermin to one-year, two-way deals

    Pro Hockey Talk "On an off day from the Eastern Conference Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning got some work done away from the ice. The Bolts re-signed forwards Tanner Richard and Joel Vermin to one-year, two-way contracts, the team announced Saturday. In 71 games this season, the 23-year-old Richard led the..." May 22

  • Steven Stamkos says no change in status, despite speculation

    Yahoo! Sports "It was an optional skate for the Tampa Bay Lightning, so Steven Stamkos took the option. Almost an hour later, as one of the last players on the ice, he returned to the Lightning dressing room, and announced … nothing had changed. “No update,” said Stamkos, who remains out for the Lightning..." May 22

  • Lightning's Ben Bishop: Still out for Game 5

    CBS Sports "Bishop (leg) is not yet ready to rejoin the lineup for Game 5. Bishop's leg injury has held him out since Game 1 of this series, and while he was expected to play at some point in this series, his chances are thinning." May 22

  • Lightning even series, hang on to defeat Penguins

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- What was an easy 4-0 Lightning lead in the third period quickly turned to 4-3, leading to a furious final 90 seconds after Pittsburgh pulled its goalie, but Tampa Bay held on for a 4-3 win Friday at Amalie Arena, evening up the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. "I didn't think..." May 21

  • Sullivan: Letang can't be fazed by Lightning irritants

    The Score "nside the Pittsburgh Penguins room after Game 4, most would rue at least one decision, play, or moment after the club narrowly fell short in their crusade to erase a four-goal third-period deficit. Of course, this task wouldn't have been a challenge for Kris Letang. The premier defender, and..." May 21

  • Lightning coach Jon Cooper: Drouin has ‘earned trust’

    Sportsnet "Jonathan Drouin didn’t have his best game on Wednesday, but he made up for it on Friday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning tied the Eastern Conference Final with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Head coach Jon Cooper took notice, and praised the young forward’s play following the Game 4..." May 21

  • Stamkos won't play in Game 4

    The Score "Steven Stamkos' chances of suiting up in Friday's game have gone from slim to none. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain told reporters he won't play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. "I think there's a big..." May 20

  • Stamkos leads top 30 potential NHL free agents

    TSN "Steven Stamkos and his potential return from a blood clot are the focal point of the Eastern Conference final. But the attention on Stamkos pales in comparison to what will be centered on him whenever Tampa Bay’s season ends if he decides to hit the open market. July 1 is barely 40 days..." May 20

  • Shawn Michaels is heading to Pittsburgh to attend Game 5 of Lightning-Penguins

    Fox Sports "Shawn Michaels, aka HBK, will be present Sunday to watch the HBK line and their Pittsburgh Penguins teammates play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference final. Wrestling is a surreal world and sometimes its connections to other sports and pop culture create..." May 20

  • Penguins overwhelm Lightning to take 2-1 series lead

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Two nights earlier, Pittsburgh was in overtime and a goal away from a 2-0 series deficit. On Wednesday night, the Penguins pulled away to a 4-2 road win in Game 3 over the Tampa Bay Lightning, taking a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference final. "It's first to four. We..." May 19

  • 'Real possibility' Stamkos doesn't see any playoff action

    The Score "Steven Stamkos was back on the ice with teammates Thursday after a couple days off, but the Tampa Bay Lightning captain couldn't say he was any closer to a return when asked whether he'd play in the postseason. "I'm hoping to, but there's still a real possibility I may not play at all in the..." May 19

  • Lightning’s Bishop out for Game 3, but coach Cooper ‘optimistic’ goaltender will return this round

    The Hockey News "It was hard not to think the worst when Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was writhing in pain on the ice during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final. However, it turns out Bishop could be back before anyone expected. After informing media that x-rays and MRIs came back negative, Bishop..." May 18

  • Crosby ends slump in OT as Pens even East finals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan shortened his bench late in the game to get star Sidney Crosby going, and he might have lengthened the Eastern Conference finals because of it. Sidney Crosby ended an eight-game streak without a goal only 40 seconds into overtime, and the..." May 17

  • Lightning optimistic Bishop will return during East final

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Lightning remain confident that starter Ben Bishop will be at their disposal during the Eastern Conference Final versu the Pittsburgh Penguins. Coach Jon Cooper relayed that message to the media Tuesday, a day after backup Andrei Vasilevskiy was solid in relief of Bishop, posting..." May 17

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Tampa Bay Lightning dress code policy could curb Penguins jerseys in stands

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Planning to travel to Tampa, Fla., to see the Penguins in the Stanley Cup playoffs? Leave that Sidney Crosby jersey at home. At least if you have seats along the glass. The Tampa Bay Lightning has barred fans from wearing visiting team gear in select areas of Amalie Arena during the 2015-16..." May 16

  • Stamkos switches to medication that could speed up return

    Sportsnet "Steven Stamkos is now taking an injectable form of blood-thinning medication that could expedite his return to game action. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain skated in a normal practice sweater at Consol Energy Center on Sunday afternoon and said afterwards that he had started experimenting with..." May 16

  • Bishop not ruled out for Game 2, thought his leg was broken

    Yahoo! Sports "Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop thought he suffered a serious leg injury in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins when he fell in the first period of Tampa’s 3-1 victory. “It was a feeling that I'd never felt, and then all of a sudden kind of..." May 15

  • Lightning's Stralman listed as day to day, could play in Game 2

    The Hockey Writers "Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper announced Sunday that defenseman Anton Stralman is a possibility for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He’s officially being considered day-to-day, which Cooper says is “great news.” Stralman, a key player on the..." May 15

  • Lightning ground Pens in Game 1

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Tampa Bay Lightning keep losing all their best players to injury, with star goalie Ben Bishop is the latest to go down. What they're not losing are playoff games. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 24 shots after Bishop, the Vezina Trophy finalist, left with a possible serious..." May 14

  • Ben Bishop considered 'day-to-day' with lower body injury

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning got some extremely encouraging news Saturday, with goalie Ben Bishop considered just "day-to-day" with a lower body injury, GM Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times. It's uncertain Bishop's availability for Monday's Game 2, but this news certainly could have been a lot worse...." May 14

  • Ryan Callahan won't be suspended for hit on Kris Letang

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan will not be suspended for his dangerous hit on Kris Letang in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals Friday night, NHL officials confirmed Saturday. Callahan drove the star Pittsburgh defenseman head-first into the boards with a hit from behind just..." May 14

  • Lightning's Ben Bishop stretchered off ice in Game 1; X-rays come back negative

    USA Today "Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop’s injury Friday night was less serious than it originally appeared when he was stretchered off the ice with 7:35 left in the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. “He had X-rays done, and everything came..." May 14

  • Lightning goaltender stretchered off the ice after apparent knee injury

    SB Nation "The Lightning have lost their starting goaltender Ben Bishop to injury for what could be a significant amount of time. Trying to make a mad scramble back into his crease on a play late in the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, Bishop looked to have tweaked something in his..." May 13

  • No Stamkos, Stralman for Bolts in Game 1

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Tampa Bay Lightning will compete in their second consecutive Eastern Conference Final tonight, but will do it without the services of two vitally important members. Anton Stralman and captain Steve Stamkos, who have missed the entire playoffs thus far to a broken leg and blood clots..." May 13

  • J.T. Brown's imminent return pleases Lightning

    Tampa Bay Times "Much has been made about how much the Lightning misses injured top scorer C Steven Stamkos and top-pairing D Anton Stralman, and deservedly so. But wing J.T. Brown's injury absence, though under the radar, has left a noticeable void. That's what makes it so encouraging for the Lightning to see..." May 13

  • Will Steven Stamkos return? ‘I feel up to game shape’

    Sportsnet "Steven Stamkos will not play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final Friday night, but he believes he could make his playoff debut at some point in the series. “I feel up to game shape,” the Tampa Bay Lightning captain told reporters after participating in Friday’s optional skate. “There’s..." May 13

  • The Case Against the Case Against Signing Steven Stamkos

    Pension Plan Puppets "Imagine a romantic comedy in which the protagonist longs for someone for years, hoping that one day they can be with that person. There's just one hitch: that person is in a long-term relationship with someone else. Hope seems slim that it'll ever happen, until one seems a little more..." May 13

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Lightning shut out Islanders to win series

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop continues to save his best for the biggest games. And on Sunday, Bishop's best ended the New York Islanders' season. Bishop had 28 saves and recorded his fifth career shutout in the Stanley Cup playoffs as the Lightning earned a 4-0 win..." May 08

  • Stralman's injury baffles Cooper, considered doubtful through Game 5

    The Score "With an efficient first-round series victory over the Detroit Red Wings and two wins in three tries against the New York Islanders, the Tampa Bay Lightning have survived the absence of their stabilizing force on the back end, Anton Stralman. Thing is, Stralman's broken leg isn't healing as..." May 07

  • Steven Stamkos could return to Lightning in conference final

    Sportsnet "Steven Stamkos will not be shut down for the season, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos who spoke on Friday’s Headlines segment. “The sense is that Steven Stamkos, at this point, will not be shut down,” said Kypreos. “If the Tampa Bay Lightning are lucky enough to advance, that would put..." May 07

  • Lightning top Isles in OT to take command of series

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Lightning led for less than seven minutes combined in Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Islanders. But a "quality, not quantity" approach to hockey has the Lightning heading home with a chance to close the series out Sunday..." May 06

  • Jonathan Drouin recognizes flourish: 'Every day is better and better'

    Toronto Sun "If you caught the amusement on the faces of Lightning players and coaches on Thursday afternoon, as Jonathan Drouin zipped up down and all around the ice, there was no need for an injury update. The only lingering effect of the crushing hit by the Islanders’ Thomas Hickey on Monday was a..." May 06

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Lightning VP Andreychuk believes Stamkos will stay, unsure about Drouin

    Sportsnet "The former Tampa Bay Lightning captain sure sounds confident about the future of the current one. Despite the blood clot in Steven Stamkos’s shoulder keeping his health status at a vague weeks-to-months. Despite the expiring contract and reported turned-down contract offer that began with an..." May 04

  • Boyle's OT goal lifts Lightning past Islanders

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper and New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano were in agreement on one thing Tuesday night: Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Barclays Center was as entertaining as playoff hockey gets. As for how it ended, well, they'll..." May 03

  • Trade holdout was wakeup call for Lightning's Jonathan Drouin

    Tampa Bay Times "Watching Jonathan Drouin dazzle during this postseason, it's hard to believe he is the same player who walked away from the Lightning organization four months ago, potentially for good. Yet here is the touted 21-year-old wing, dangling the puck as if it's attached to his stick blade, dizzying..." May 03

  • Ryan Strome a healthy scratch for Islanders-Lightning Game 3

    Newsday "Ryan Pulock won’t be back for Game 3 on Tuesday night, but Josh Bailey will be, which means Ryan Strome is a healthy scratch again. He was a little frustrated with Jack Capuano’s decision. “I honestly don’t really have much to say,” Strome said after he came off the Barclays Center ice..." May 03