LIGHTNING RUMORS & GOSSIP

Report: Nikita Kucherov blasts Lightning teammates

Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning finished their season almost three weeks ago, missing out on a spot in the playoffs by a narrow margin. With the year in the books, now is the time where players typically take time off and recover before preparing for the next challenge in 2017-18. That’s not the case for Kucherov.While preparing in Russia for the World Championship...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning’s Kucherov Frustrated. Can You Blame Him?

When news surfaced on Wednesday about comments Nikita Kucherov reportedly made to Pavel Lysenkov, a reporter at Russia’s Sovietsky Sport, the internet exploded with reaction and speculation. Nikita Kucherov (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) While some were disappointed with certain comments, others praised Kucherov for speaking his mind. If you aren’t familiar with the situation...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Tampa Bay Lightning: Victor Hedman's Case for the 2017 Norris Trophy

Via FOX Sports
3 days ago

Kucherov in His Own Words: Translated

Nikita Kucherov had a great season for the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring 85 points in the regular season. However, it has also been a rocky year for the team, who missed the playoffs also because of a serious injury to one of their key players, Steven Stamkos. In this translated interview, originally appearing on the popular Russian site Sovsport.ru, the Russian forward openly talked...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Former Men’s Hockey Player Killorn to Play for Team Canada at IIHF World Championships

Alex Killorn ’12, a former four-year letterwinner and assistant captain of the Harvard men’s hockey team, has been named to the roster for the 2017 IIHF World Championships for Team Canada.

Does Drouin Fit Into Lightning’s Future?

For the second straight offseason, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman’s biggest question revolves around who he will be able to re-sign ahead of free agency. Steve Yzerman (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) Last summer’s list included captain Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn, among a handful of others. This offseason, Yzerman’s biggest decisions...
Via The Hockey Writers
12 days ago

Nikita Kucherov scores goal No. 40, Bolts top Canadiens to remain in playoff hunt

Via Associated Press
22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blues and Lightning are still closely scouting each other

The St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning have been closely connected in various trade rumors over the past couple years, but nothing significant has come to fruition. There were a ton of rumors involving Kevin Shattenkirk and Jonathan Drouin, but when the dust settled, Shattenkirk headed to the Washington Capitals and Drouin is still with the Lightning. End of story, right? Maybe...
Via Frozen Notes
March 25, 2017  |  Discuss

The Tampa Bay Lightning are running out of time

Things were looking good for the Tampa Bay Lightning until the last two games. They had gone 7-2-1 and threw themselves back into the playoff mix. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had performed lights-out and the forward core was dominant. Nikita Kucherov was playing especially well with eight goals and seven assists in those ten games. Unfortunately after such a great streak the Lightning...
Via isportsweb.com
March 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Ondrej Palat scores late in 3rd, Lightning beat Panthers 3-2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Ondrej Palat scored with 2:23 left to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Palat redirected Andrej Sustr's shot to complete Tampa Bay's comeback from a two-goal deficit. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves, and Nikita Kucherov and Yanni Gourde also scored for the Lightning. They are 10-2-3 in their last 15 games...
Via Associated Press
March 11, 2017  |  Discuss

Fan offers NHL ref glasses to make sure video review done properly

Referees are often tasked with making tough decisions and are easily scrutinized immediately by fans when things don’t go their team’s way. In Tampa Bay, one Lightning fan offered some help – we think.In this case, a coach's challenge was called after the Carolina Hurricanes disputed whether or not Tyler Johnson was offside before he scored. Forced to review the play, a referee...
Via The Comeback
March 02, 2017  |  Discuss

Recent deals have already provided a trade deadline preview

Each year the trade deadline in the NHL comes and goes, there aren’t a lot of changes and people are left scratching their heads. Are these general managers so risk averse that they don’t want to make major trades?A few trades involving Patrick Eaves, Tomas Jurco, Martin Hanzal and Ben Bishop have taken place already, but they don’t inspire much drama.Let’s diagnose what...
Via Puck Drunk Love
February 27, 2017  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning trade star goaltender Ben Bishop to the LA Kings in surprise deal

The NHL trade deadline has been pretty dull the past few seasons with many deals being finalized well before the actual deadline. This may once again be the case as the Tampa Bay Lighting have traded Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings in an interesting deal occurring a few days before the March 1st deadline. It wasn’t particularly surprising that Bishop was traded, but it was...
Via The Comeback
February 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Steven Stamkos inches closer to return for Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been missing one big piece of their team almost the entire season. Fortunately for them, that piece is forward Steven Stamkos and he seems to be progressing well from the injury he suffered on November 15. Recently he was able to resume skating drills and stickhandling practices and remains steadily on the timetable he was given for his injury. Unfortunately...
Via isportsweb.com
February 25, 2017  |  Discuss

Big decisions ahead for Tampa Bay Lightning at trade deadline

For a team expected to be atop the Atlantic division, this season has been a disappointing one for the Tampa Bay Lightning. With his team outside the playoffs looking in, the General Manager of the Lightning Steve Yzerman needs to take a good look at his team and decide what moves need to be made so his team is back in the hunt next season. The most prevalent issue for Yzerman to...
Via isportsweb.com
February 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Box Score 2/7: Still working off our Super Bowl hangover

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Happy birthday to Kristin Otto, Peter Bondra, Juwan Howard, Steve Nash, Matt Stafford, Steven Stamkos and Isaiah Thomas. On this date in 1998, the Winter Olympics kicked off in Nagano, Japan. It was the first Games that saw women's hockey and snowboarding as medal sports, and curling returned...
Via Yardbarker
February 07, 2017  |  Discuss
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