LIGHTNING RUMORS & GOSSIP

Steven Stamkos 'felt in his heart' he wanted to stay with Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Loyalty, respect and the potential to win for years to come kept Steven Stamkos in Tampa Bay.The Lightning captain said Thursday that he followed his heart in re-signing with the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2008 rather than testing free agency, where he likely would have commanded much more than the $68 million he's due to earn over the next eight seasons...
Via Associated Press
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Steven Stamkos decides to re-sign with Lightning

Steven Stamkos is staying put in Tampa Bay. The two-time Maurice ''Rocket'' Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal scorer re-signed with the Lightning for eight years Wednesday, foregoing an opportunity to test free agency. The team announced the deal, which The Associated Press learned is worth $68 million, an average of $8.5 million per season. The agreement was reached two...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Canucks fined $50,000 for tampering following GM’s comments on Stamkos

Jim Benning has paid the price for verbally crossing the line. The Vancouver Canucks have been fined $50,000 for tampering after Benning went on radio and openly discussed courting multiple players, which is a big no-no before free agency starts. Benning said that he was trying to be candid about free agency, but opened his mouth too far. “I was trying to be candid with...
Via Puck Drunk Love
2 days ago  |  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
4 days ago  |  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
5 days ago  |  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
9 days ago  |  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
10 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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
25 days ago  |  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

The Renaissance Of Jonathan Drouin

In the midst of the Jonathan Drouin drama, I wrote an article stating why he would never be a great fit for the Lightning and concluded that a mutual split would be best for both parties. After two rounds in the postseason, I am ready to admit my conclusion was hasty. Perhaps if everything went according to the Bolts’ plans, my conclusion may have held true. But there was one thing...
Via The Sports Quotient
May 15, 2016  |  Discuss
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