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Clock Closing in on Ben Bishop’s Time in Tampa

Larger goalies are becoming evidently more prominent in today’s NHL and people have unsurprisingly taken notice. This group of people includes hockey legend Scotty Bowman, who views the transition as a problem in regard to league scoring, stating, “the goal is too small, and the goalies are too big”. Well, I think it’s safe to say that they don’t come much bigger than Tampa...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Cooper on Drouin: ‘He’s Just Going to Get Better From Here’

If you ask Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, the best is yet to come for Jonathan Drouin. “Jonathan Drouin always had the talent, he just had to find his way through the mental aspect of the game. When he figured that, the sky became the limit for this kid,” Cooper told NHL.com’s Dan Rosen. “I think if this was a situation where we were giving up on Jonathan Drouin...
Via The Hockey Writers
4 days ago

Lightning coach Cooper says sky’s the limit for Drouin after dramatic campaign

Jonathan Drouin didn’t win any end-of-season awards, didn’t lead the Tampa Bay Lightning in scoring and he didn’t single handedly carry the club to the Stanley Cup. That said, it’d be hard to think of a player who had a more interesting or up-and-down season than the 21-year-old winger. Drouin’s season took a turn early in the campaign when injury struck, which led to time...
Via The Hockey News
6 days ago

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
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning re-sign Namestnikov to 2-year, $3.875 million deal

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov to a two-year, $3.875 million contract Wednesday. The 23-year-old appeared in 80 games last season, finishing with 14 goals and 35 points. He had one goal and four points while skating in 17 games during the playoffs. In 127 career NHL games, the Russian has 23 goals and 51 points. Lightning general...
Via Associated Press
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Yzerman makes first offseason misstep with seven-year Alex Killorn deal

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Sunday that they avoided arbitration with forward Alex Killorn and signed him to an eight-year deal, worth $31.5 million. Get ready! Killer’s back for seven more years as a Bolt ⚡️ : https://t.co/9UoTZZvkh6 pic.twitter.com/fBOF890h2J — Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) July 17, 2016 The signing was the latest transaction general manager...
Via Puck Drunk Love
July 19, 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: draft day recap

This is juicy. Might be Tampa's draft pick value/strategy that was found in Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/JHsaYw6gQc — m g (@kikkerlaika) June 24, 2016 Prior to the 2016 NHL entry draft, someone in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization misplaced or lost or forgot a copy of the team’s draft day manifesto in the lobby of their Buffalo hotel. The one-pager was found by a Buffalo Sabres...
Via isportsweb.com
June 27, 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

Tampa Bay Lightning turn rink into one big Mario Kart game

We’ve seen the innovations that go into on floor/ice projections in NBA and NHL arenas. We’ve gone from spotlights that might glide across the arena, to full blown graphics that create illusions and other spectacles on the surface. The Tampa Bay Lightning showed that innovation Wednesday night during intermission at Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh...
Via The Comeback
May 19, 2016  |  Discuss
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