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LIGHTNING RUMORS & GOSSIP

The Best Of The 2014-15 Lightning Season

The Lightning did not win the Stanley Cup, but looking back, they did have one incredible year. With that, let’s take a look at the high points of the 2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning season.5. Beating The Montreal Canadiens: Regular season games, in most cases, do not carry major significance. But this game was different. After getting swept and embarrassed by Montreal in the first...
Via The Sports Quotient
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Eight Lightning Games Featured On NBCSN Schedule

NBCSN has released their broadcasting schedule for the upcoming 2015-16. Riding a trip to the Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning will have eight games shown on national television. The Bolts will get reacquainted with some of their foes from this year’s playoffs in these contests as well. Two of their games against the Detroit Red Wings made the cut. The February 3rd meeting...
Via Lightning Shout
3 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Tampa Bay Lightning name Steve Griggs new CEO

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steve Griggs is the Tampa Bay Lightning's new chief executive officer, replacing Tod Leiweke. The Eastern Conference champions announced the move Friday, when Leiweke left the team to become the NFL's chief operating officer. Griggs has served as team president since April 2014.
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

If The NHL Expansion Draft Was Today, Who Would The Bolts Protect?

The NHL is expanding from 30 to 32 teams in the near future. This creates the need for an expansion draft to make the new teams competitive and financially viable in their infancy. The Tampa Bay Lightning, like every current NHL team will have to create a protection list that would safeguard their core players. The specifics of the NHL expansion draft are not yet clear, but if the...
Via Lightning Shout
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Steven Stamkos leave Tampa Bay?

With the NHL Draft behind us and the doldrums of summer laying ahead, this is about the time everyone in the hockey world starts looking around for something to talk about. But with nothing actually happening, what is there to discuss? One can only discuss the upcoming season so much without it being pure speculation, ...
Via Sports-Glory
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Haas: Lightning Cap Casualties Crossroad

In the salary cap era, successful NHL teams have a small window of opportunity to win the Stanley Cup. The window has opened for the Tampa Bay Lightning, but starting next season, as fast as that window opened, it may begin to close. General Manager Steve Yzerman will face some tough decisions. Will he sacrifice his forward depth or potentially trade a goalie? Will he depend on the...
Via Lightning Shout
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning re-sign Vladislav Namestnikov, Luke Witkowski to one-year deals

TAMPA BAY -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov and defenseman Luke Witkowski to a one-year, two-way contracts, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Namestnikov, 22, skated in 43 games with the Lightning during the 2014-15 regular season, posting nine goals and 16 points to go along with 13 penalty minutes. The 6-foot...
Via Fox Sports Florida
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rough rookie season leaves Drouin with chip on his shoulder

After enduring several high-profile growing pains during his rookie season, Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin is fixated on making more of an impact in the 2015-16 campaign.The third overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft, Drouin collected four goals, 28 assists and 34 penalty minutes in 70 games during the 2014-15 season. But limited ice time was a significant hurdle for...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning re-sign Philippe Paradis to one-year contract

TAMPA BAY -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Philippe Paradis to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced on Wednesday. Paradis, 24, skated in 34 games with the Crunch during the 2014-15 season, posting eight goals and 15 points to go along with 49 penalty minutes. He ranked fifth on Syracuse with a +10 rating. Paradis...
Via Fox Sports Florida
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning re-sign defenseman Sustr to two-year contract

TAMPA BAY --€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a two-year, one-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Tuesday. Sustr, 24, played in 72 games with the Lightning this past season, recording 13 assists and 34 penalty minutes. The Plzen, Czech Republic native set career highs for games played, assists, plus/minus ...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Stanley Cup escort to arena reached 100 MPH

It’s never good when you’re late to your own party. The Stanley Cup was nowhere to be seen after the Chicago Blackhawks topped the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 to claim their third title in the last six seasons on Monday night. The silver chalice was noticeably absent from the festivities on the ice immediately following the final horn, as severe weather and road closures postponed...
Via NESN.com
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Bishop had a torn groin during the Stanley Cup Final

Now that the Stanley Cup has been lifted by the Chicago Blackhawks, the details surrounding Ben Bishop’s injury have finally been released. It turns out the injury is much more cringeworthy than many expected as Bishop suffered a torn groin in Game 2. Bishop said he had a torn groin — Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) June 16, 2015 Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said he suffered right...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

The Stanley Cup trophy was late to Game 6

When the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 on Monday, there was only one thing missing: the actual trophy. Seriously. The actual Stanley Cup did not arrive at the United Center until after the end of the game, reportedly because of traffic and weather issues....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Stanley Cup goes through airport security

  Philip Pritchard checked his luggage at the airport Monday. But it wasn’t just any old suitcase.   Pritchard, better known as the “Keeper of the Cup,” is charged with caring for the Stanley Cup and making sure it’s present when an NHL team wins the iconic trophy. The Chicago Blackhawks have the chance to do that Monday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup...
Via NESN.com
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ben Bishop blunder leads to easy Blackhawks goal

Comedian Dane Cook has a skit where he describes watching a pedestrian get hit by a car. You see what’s coming the entire time and want to yell something like “You’re about to get struck by a vehicle,” he says, but can only utter some type of unintelligible gibberish that does nothing to warn the helpless victim-to-be.   That’s how we imagine Tampa Bay Lightning coach...
Via NESN.com
June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Can someone tell Stamkos the Stanley Cup Finals are on?

Tampa Bay's biggest star has been nowhere to be found in the Stanley Cup Finals. Can someone tell Steven Stamkos that the LIghtning need him? Like...now? The post Can Someone Tell Steven Stamkos That The Stanley Cup Finals Are On? appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the Chicago Blackhawks officially in trouble?

Facing a 2-1 deficit in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks are now forced to come up with a new gameplan versus Tampa Bay? They have no choice. The post Are The Chicago Blackhawks Officially In Trouble? appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Steve Simmons suggests Steven Stamkos may want out of Tampa Bay

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun penned a column this morning which suggested Steven Stamkos may have changed his mind about re-signing with Tampa Bay. He says Stamkos was once certain to re-sign with the club, but now may walk when he comes a free agent next year. Now there are at least rumblings. Now there is reason to wonder if Stamkos will want to stay in Tampa Bay on a team...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Lightning goalie feels like Marshawn Lynch with reporters

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who apparently sustained an injury in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, danced around questions at media availability on Monday. In fact, Bishop avoided giving a straight answer about his status so often that he compared himself to someone who routinely evades media questions: Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. Ben Bishop...
Via Sportsnaut
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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