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Tampa Bay Lightning: One missing step remains

Nikita Kucherov is currently playing on the Russian team in the World Cup of Hockey, and he is preparing for a huge semifinals matchup against Canada on Saturday. The Tampa Bay Lightning has another issue to think about with training camp just around the corner. For those who forgot, Tampa Bay has yet to sign Kucherov to an extension. It has not been a serious elephant in the Tampa...
Via isportsweb.com
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Stamkos to Tavares: “Watch what you do on Twitter”

Steven Stamkos has some apt advice for upcoming free agent and Ontario native John Tavares. The Tampa Bay Lightning star was the subject of free agency rumors for all of last year, with Toronto media feasting on the idea the homegrown star would return to the Maple Leafs. Stamkos accidentally liked multiple tweets about a potential return to Toronto, which caused Leafs fans to speculate...
Via Puck Drunk Love
14 days ago  |  Discuss

2016-17 Season Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning

A season after making the Stanley Cup finals, the Tampa Bay Lightning put up a valiant effort in their attempt to return. Unfortunately, they ran into the buzzsaw that was the Pittsburgh Penguins and fell in the Conference Finals. Nevertheless, I think that last season was a rousing success for them. They didn't have Steven Stamkos throughout the playoffs due to a blood clot and...
Via Razzball Hockey
August 10, 2016  |  Discuss

In Steven Stamkos we trust

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Eastern Conference Final and reached the Stanley Cup Final in the 2014-15 NHL season. It reached almost the same mountaintop again in 2015-16, losing in seven games in the East Final to the eventual champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. This latter playoff run was made almost exclusively without the services of Tampa Bay’s best offensive player: center...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Russia replaces Voynov with Nesterov on World Cup roster

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov has been added to Russia's World Cup of Hockey roster in place of Slava Voynov, who is ineligible to compete because he is suspended indefinitely by the NHL. In announcing the move Monday, the Russian Hockey Federation said it ran out of time in its bid to have the league lift Voynov's suspension stemming from his arrest on felony...
Via Associated Press
July 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Lightning sign Alex Killorn to $31.15 million, 7-year deal

Alex Killorn and the Lightning wanted to keep the team together, and Tampa Bay made sure he'd be part of its long-term future. The Lightning on Sunday signed Killorn to a $31.15 million, seven-year contract to avoid arbitration and lock up another important player. Earlier this offseason, Tampa Bay signed captain Steven Stamkos for eight years and $68 million, defenseman Victor...
Via Associated Press
July 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Friendship with Hedman big reason why Stamkos chose Tampa Bay

Steven Stamkos signing an eight-year, $68 million contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning was a bit surprising. Stamkos was the top free agent on the market and several teams were willing to pay top dollar in order to secure his services. The star forward decided to stick with the Lightning, but one of the biggest reasons he chose to stay had nothing to do with money. As...
Via Puck Drunk Love
July 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning 2016-17 Schedule Released

The NHL released the full 2016-17 season schedule today. Tampa Bay will start the season at Amalie Arena on October 13th as they host the division rival Detroit Red Wings. The Bolts will open with a four-game home stand before going on the road for six games. They will play their Atlantic Division opponents four times, twice at home and twice on the road, except for the Boston Bruins...
Via Lightning Shout
June 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Boucher: Vezina Should Belong To Bishop

The National Hockey League will recognize some of its best at the 2016 NHL Awards show in Las Vegas this week. As the Lightning continue to have success and gain prominence in the league it only makes sense that they would be represented at the awards. For the second time in three seasons goalie Ben Bishop is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to the...
Via Lightning Shout
June 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Lightning Look To Continue Draft Success

The NHL announced the order of selection for the 2016 Entry Draft yesterday afternoon. It’s an event that may not seem all that important for fans of teams picking outside of the top 10 but the Tampa Bay Lightning are a great example of the importance of scouting and their current roster reflects that. They have a knack of finding hidden gems even in later rounds. Look no further...
Via Lightning Shout
June 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning: Keeping Vasilevskiy better than Bishop?

There is no denying that the Tampa Bay Lightning have been fortunate with Ben Bishop on their side. After finishing as one of the top goaltenders of the season, the thought of him changing teams is almost comical at first. Tampa Bay, however, is entering a serious dilemma this offseason. It is stressful enough that Steven Stamkos is looking for a new contract and every team wants...
Via isportsweb.com
June 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning: Kucherov, Johnson, Hedman, and Bishop/Vasilevskiy make up a solid core

The Tampa Bay Lightning will likely be at the center of attention this offseason because of Steven Stamkos. The former number one pick from Markham, Ontario is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and while he has stated that would like to remain with Tampa Bay, there is no guarantee that he will be back. Considering how the playoffs fared for the Lightning, there should not be...
Via isportsweb.com
June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Photo: Ben Roethlisberger's newborn already decked out in Pittsburgh gear

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife Ashley welcomed their third child into the world Thursday morning, a healthy baby boy named Bodie.  Just in time for the Penguins’ Stanley Cup Playoffs game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the newest member of Steelers Nation is already decked out in Pittsburgh gear. Roethlisberger posted this fantastic photo to...
Via College Spun
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL misses the point by nixing Tampa Bay Lightning outdoor watch party

When you are a league like the NHL, growing the game is of paramount importance. Doing anything to take away from it can not only damage the brand but can make the league look petty in the process. So what do we think the league did when the Tampa Bay Lightning tried to organize an outdoor watch party? C’mon, you already know the answer. Response from NHL on TBL watch party...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Jonathan Drouin offsides on goal as Penguins win challenge

Is there anything more frustrating than scoring a goal in front of your home crowd to put your team up 1-0 in the playoffs and seeing it wiped off the board due to an offsides call? That’s what happened with Jonathan Drouin and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. During Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Drouin scored for what would have been the first goal of the game....
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 24, 2016  |  Discuss
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