Lightning Rumors & News

  • Yzerman expects to get Nikita Kucherov signed

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman's offseason couldn't have gone much better so far, especially with the re-signing of captain Steven Stamkos and locking up cornerstone defenseman Victor Hedman long-term. But after avoiding arbitration with center Vladislav Namestnikov Tuesday - signing..." July 28

  • Predators sign Matt Carle to 1-year contract

    Tennessean "The Predators added veteran depth to their defense Wednesday, signing Matt Carle to a one-year, $700,000 contract. Carle, 31, had been with the Lightning for the past four seasons, but Tampa Bay bought out the final two years of his six-year, $33 million contract last month. He was the..." July 28

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Lightning, Namestnikov agree to 2-year contract worth $3.875M

    ESPN "The Tampa Bay Lightning and forward Vladislav Namestnikov have agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.9375 million per season, according to an NHL source. Namestnikov, 23, was a restricted free agent, and the two sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday." July 27

  • Lightning’s Ben Bishop Set to Return to Ice on Tuesday

    The Hockey Writers "Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is set to make his return to the ice on Tuesday for the first time this offseason since suffering an injury during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs reported ESPN’s Joe McDonald on Monday. MacDonald reported that Bishop spent the first half of the summer..." July 26

  • Lightning's Bishop unveils World Cup mask

    The Score "Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is gearing up for the World Cup of Hockey." July 23

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Brad Richards Retires After 15 Seasons

    NHL.com "Brad Richards is announcing his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following a decorated career that spanned 15 seasons. Richards played a total of 1,126 career NHL games with five different teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and..." July 20

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Lightning GM needs to work more magic with roster, salary cap

    SI "Steve Yzerman has already worked some magic this summer. Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Lightning's GM waved a wand and convinced his top two players, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, to sign team-friendly contracts that gave him the best chance to keep the core of his Stanley Cup-contending..." July 19

  • Lightning re-sign Killorn to 7-year, $31.15M deal

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Alex Killorn to a seven-year, $31.15-million contact, according to a report. The cap hit is $4.45 million over the seven years." July 17

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • Lightning sign forward Cory Conacher to one-year contract

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Cory Conacher to a one-year, one-way contract worth $575,000, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Conacher, 26, has skated in 141 career NHL games with three different teams over three seasons, posting 19 goals and 58..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Lightning sign Mike Halmo to two-way deal

    Sportsnet " The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Mike Halmo to a one-year, two-way contract. Halmo had spent his entire professional career with the New York Islanders organization after signing with them as an undrafted free agent in 2012." July 09

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Stamkos didn't talk to Red Wings before re-signing with Lightning

    The Score "Ken Holland wasn't given an opportunity to lure Steven Stamkos away from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Detroit Red Wings general manager said Stamkos and his representatives never met with them during the negotiating window before he re-signed. "Through the interview process, we never talked..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Darren Dreger: ‘Price for Ben Bishop has to be significantly high’

    Today's Slapshot "Darren Dreger was on Toronto’s TSN 1050 on Monday morning: On how Andrei Vasilevskiy has signed a three-year contract extension, and on how the Dallas Stars might be a logical choice for the Tampa Bay Lightning when the time comes to trade Ben Bishop: “That would be the target for me too, is..." July 05

  • Lightning turn attention to Kucherov after Stamkos, Hedman extensions

    Tampa Bay Times "With captain Steven Stamkos and defenseman Victor Hedman both locked up for eight more years, the attention turns to another foundation-type player, wing Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov, 23, is a restricted free agent, due a big bump from the $700,000 he made last season, when he racked up 30 goals...." July 04

  • Lightning re-sign goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Gudlevskis, 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, played in 41 games with the Syracuse Crunch last season, posting a 16-12-8 record with a..." July 03

  • Yzerman: Stamkos, Hedman are franchise 'cornerstones'

    The Score "In a matter of days, the Tampa Bay Lightning managed to lock up captain Steven Stamkos and defenseman Victor Hedman to eight-year extensions that were well below market value, and general manager Steve Yzerman credits his stars' desire to win as the reason the deals got done. "With Stamkos and..." July 02

  • Lightning sign Victor Hedman to eight-year contract extension

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Victor Hedman to an eight-year contract extension worth $7.875-milion per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Hedman, 25, played in 78 games with the Lightning last season, collecting 10 goals and 47 points to..." July 01

  • Lightning sign goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to three-year contract extension

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to a three-year contract extension worth $3.5-million per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Vasilevskiy, 21, appeared in 24 games with the Lightning last season, posting a record of 11-10-0..." July 01

  • Florida Panthers Sign Forwards Colton Sceviour & Jonathan Marchessault

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers General Manager Tom Rowe announced today that the Panthers have signed forwards Colton Sceviour (SEE-vee-yuhr) and Jonathan Marchessault (mahr-SHUH-soh) to two-year contracts. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 27-year old Sceviour recorded 23 points..." July 01

  • Tampa Bay Lightning place Matt Carle on waivers with intentions to buy him out

    Raw Charge "The NHL free agent market has just picked up a defensive product, though Tampa Bay Lightning fans warn you to be leery about the product that has just joined the free-agent shelves. News is breaking that the Bolts have placed defenseman Matthew Carle on unconditional waivers, an invocation of the..." June 30

  • Lightning for life? Stamkos explains why he re-signed with Tampa Bay

    Pro Hockey Talk "After a brief free agent flirtation and at least a year of conjecture from the general Toronto area, Steven Stamkos decided to stick with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He raised some eyebrows in doing so for what many believed to be the Bolts’ standing offer: an eight-year deal with a relatively..." June 30

  • Sign and trade also makes sense for Lightning, Steven Stamkos

    Tampa Bay Times "The Steven Stamkos Sweepstakes could be over before Friday's noon opening of unrestricted free agency, whether he re-signs with the Lightning or not. There might be motivation, from both Tampa Bay and Stamkos, to orchestrate a sign-and-trade deal if it becomes clear the captain isn't returning..." June 29

  • Report: Stamkos to remain with Lightning

    The Score "Steven Stamkos isn't going anywhere. The face of the franchise has reportedly decided to remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN." June 29

  • Signing with Leafs would mean big endorsement payday for Stamkos, marketers say

    TSN "If the Toronto Maple Leafs win the race to sign Steven Stamkos, expect another competition to heat up – the battle by corporate Canada to sign him to endorsement deals. At 26, Stamkos has been a high-profile hockey star for close to a decade. He has 50- and 60-goal seasons to his credit,..." June 29

  • Why the Boston Bruins should (and shouldn't) sign Steven Stamkos

    Stanley Cup Of Chowder "During a conference call after the NHL draft with Boston media, Don Sweeney dropped a subtle bombshell. Today, the Lightning GM responded. The Bruins are rarely huge players at the start of the free agency period -- usually because they've spent or will eventually spend close to the cap...." June 29

  • Bruins High On List Of Favorites To Sign Steven Stamkos

    NESN "The most common assumption is that Steven Stamkos will either re-up with the Tampa Bay Lightning or sign with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs once NHL free agency opens Friday. A former Lightning executive, however, believes Stamkos also might be considering a third team: the Boston Bruins. Brian..." June 27

  • Steven Stamkos stakes heating up as NHL suitors begin feeling-out process

    Buffalo News "All season, NHL observers waited for Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning to come to terms on a new contract. It never happened and it might be too late for a reunion now between the Bolts and their captain. The NHL’s free agency interview period opened Saturday and players can sign new..." June 27

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Day two results for the Tampa Bay Lightning

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning hit a 10 at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, and it remains to be seen if that's a quality thing... We'll find out with player development over the years. Right now that's simply a numerical object. The Lightning selected 10 times total after acquiring another draft selection this..." June 26

  • Tampa Bay selects Brett Howden, C, with the #27 overall pick

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning's long day, immersed in speculation and chatter, ends with the #27 overall selection of the 1st round in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft being Brett Howden, a 6'2", left handed center who plays for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. Through the day, the Bolts had been tied to..." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Red Wings clear a path to enter Stamkos Sweepstakes

    TSN "Ken Holland did not mention Steven Stamkos by name, but that wasn’t exactly necessary anyway. The Detroit Red Wings will unequivocally be among the handful of teams making a significant play for hockey’s youngest superstar ever to hit the market, if he makes it there on July 1. Holland..." June 25

  • Rangers To Go After Steven Stamkos

    Blue Seat Blogs "Per John Shannon and Elliotte Friedman on the NHL Network broadcast, the Rangers will be heavy players for Steven Stamkos. The salary cap is going to be a problem, and even with the summer cap the Rangers will need to clear space. But both Shannon and Friedman said that Stamkos will be presented..." June 25

  • Yzerman says he’d consider sign-and-trade for Stamkos

    Sportsnet "Steve Yzerman said earlier in the week he’s doing all he can to sign pending unrestricted free agent Steven Stamkos, but the Tampa Bay Lightning general manager is weighing all his options. Following the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft Friday, Yzerman met with reporters in Buffalo and said he..." June 25

  • LIGHTNING RE-SIGN DEFENSEMAN LUKE WITKOWSKI

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Luke Witkowski to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Witkowski, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, appeared in four games with the Lightning in 2015-16. He also made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut,..." June 24

  • LIGHTNING RE-SIGN FORWARD J.T. BROWN TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward J.T. Brown to a two-year, one-way NHL contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Brown, 25, skated in 78 games with the Lightning during the 2015-16 season, notching eight goals and 22 points to go along with 59..." June 24

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Yzerman says door hasn’t ‘closed’ on Lightning signing Stamkos

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman indicated Thursday he's gotten the clarity he needs regarding captain Steven Stamkos' contract situation. "For the time being," he said. Yzerman is just not ready to reveal it. "I think between myself, (agent Don Meehan) and (Stamkos), we know where..." June 24

  • Canucks GM in trouble for tampering for Stamkos comments?

    Puck Drunk Love "Jim Benning needs to learn that it’s not always appropriate to talk. The Vancouver Canucks GM appeared on TSN Radio Vancouver 1040 today to discuss the upcoming draft and free agency. When discussing the topic of Steven Stamkos, Benning said “He’s gonna have lots of interest across the league...." June 23

  • Dreger: Stamkos free agency scene will be ‘insanity’

    Today's Slapshot "Darren Dreger was on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 on Wednesday morning. On the NHL’s negotiating window quickly approaching, and how crazy the Steven Stamkos story will be next week: “Yeah, it’s going to be insanity. I’m looking forward to it, but sort of not. The reason I say that is in our..." June 23

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • Amid trade rumors, Ben Bishop awaits Vezina Trophy vote

    Tampa Bay Times "The Capitals' Braden Holtby is a 1-to-30 favorite, per Bovada, to take the honor as the league's top goaltender, voted on by general managers. The Kings' Jonathan Quick is the other finalist. "I would be pleasantly surprised if I won," Bishop, 29, said. "You hear that Holtby has kind of got it..." June 22

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