Balancing Kucherov’s Contract with Lightning’s Salary Cap Concerns

With Wednesday’s announcement that the Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov to a two-year contract, general manager Steve Yzerman’s immediate focus now turns to forward Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov and defenseman Nikita Nesterov are the team’s only restricted free agents that remain unsigned heading into the 2016-17 season. Kucherov presents the biggest...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Lightning GM Yzerman not worried about getting deal done for Kucherov

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman isn’t worried about getting a deal done with restricted free agent Nikita Kucherov, even as he remains one of the final players the Lightning need to lock up as the off-season winds on. That should come as no surprise given Yzerman has taken care of every major situation the Lightning have had to deal with over the past season, including the...
Via The Hockey News
1 day ago

Bishop Should be Ready for Team USA’s World Cup Camp

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop should be ready for the start of Team USA’s 2016 World Cup of Hockey training camp, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith on Wednesday. #TBLightning Ben Bishop, who had been rehabbing ankle/shin injury from #ECF, expected to be ready for Team USA World Cup camp, per Yzerman — Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning Avoid Arbitration With Vladislav Namestnikov: Report

According to Craig Custance of ESPN, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vladislav Namestnikov have agreed to terms on a two-year contract that will pay the 23-year-old $1.9375 million per season. The Lightning and Namestnikov were previously slated to negotiate through the NHL’s arbitration process, but both sides were able to reach a deal that ultimately benefited both the team and player...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Lightning’s Vasilevskiy says he’d rather be NHL backup than KHL starter

Andrei Vasilevskiy is already among the best Russian netminders in the world, and it could be just a few short seasons before the Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender is the best option in goal for the Russian national team. And while being a Russian star usually goes hand-in-hand with occasional reports about the consideration of a contract in the KHL, Vasilevskiy has gotten way ahead...
Via The Hockey News
3 days ago

Ben Bishop updates his Tron-style design for awesome Team USA mask

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop’s mask is one of the most unique in the NHL. Using a technology called GLOW Tech FX, Bishop’s mask is as eye-popping as any in the league, lighting up when the arena goes dark and showing off the mask’s design. Bishop’s mask was designed by DaveArt’s David Gunnarsson, and the idea behind the original mask was to make the design...
Via The Hockey News
4 days ago

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 ⚡️ : — Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) July 17, 2016 The signing was the latest transaction general manager...
Via Puck Drunk Love
10 days ago  |  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
11 days ago  |  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
12 days ago  |  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
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Team Will Steven Stamkos Choose?

This week, Steven Stamkos will become the most sought-after free agent in the NHL. At 26 years old, Stamkos has played in 569 games and tallied 562 points, including 312 goals. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain has averaged 0.55 goals per regular-season game in his career; the only player with more goals since Stamkos entered the league in 2008-09 is Alex Ovechkin. Although it may...
Via The Sports Quotient
June 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning: draft day recap

This is juicy. Might be Tampa's draft pick value/strategy that was found in Buffalo. — 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...
June 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Bolts Busy Draft Saturday Nets Nine Prospects

After selecting center Brett Howden late last night, the Lightning had a busy Saturday at the draft, adding eight players. Maybe the biggest news of the day was that goalie Ben Bishop wasn’t dealt. Many teams were interested but none could give enough to satisfy GM Steve Yzerman. Hajek’s strength is his play though the neutral zone and taking the puck out of his own zone. This...
Via Lightning Shout
June 25, 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

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 radio show gives out free Lightning tattoos to fans

The NHL Eastern Conference Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins has gotten pretty serious. How serious? Controversies over rally towels, traitorous tourism bureaus, and mayoral candidates getting tattoos. How did this start? With Elliott Falcione, a Pittsburgh transplant living in Bradenton who heads up the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 18, 2016  |  Discuss

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