In today’s rumor rundown Nikita Kucherov extends in Tampa and that may have some connection to the rumors of Erik Karlsson being moved to the Lightning. There are rumors about Nick Bjugstad being traded out of Florida and his agent weighs in, Lou Lamoriello is hot about the NHL free agent interview process and there’s
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension, the team announced Tuesday. The deal carries an annual cap hit of $9.5 million and will kick in during the 2019-20 season following the last year of his current three-year, $14.3 million contract that’s set to expire next July.
With a successful NHL Draft now behind him, it is time for Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman to prepare for free agency. With the team already in a cap crunch, it was expected that the Lightning would be relatively quiet this year, maybe only looking for a depth forward to fill out the
For years, the future of defenseman Slater Koekkoek has been a hot topic in Tampa Bay Lightning land. This year, that chatter has gone from a whisper to a roar heard all across the Tampa Bay area. Since being drafted 10th overall in 2012, Koekkoek has struggled to make a name for himself at the
Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final was arguably the best game Ryan Callahan played in the 2017-18 season for the Tampa Bay Lightning. That night, he acted as the primary offensive driver in the team’s 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals, scoring the game-winning goal and posting an assist in a dominating performance. However,
It’s difficult to discuss the end of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s season right now. Even with some time to process their shut-out in Game 7, it seems like an impossible outcome for the Bolts. Not only were they outplayed by the Washington Capitals, they were completely shut down, held without a point in close to eight periods.
When the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs began, the Tampa Bay Lightning were getting contributions from pretty much everyone. Whether it be the Brayden Point line against the Boston Bruins, or the two big guns to close out the New Jersey Devils in Round 1, there wasn’t anything going wrong. In the Eastern Conference Final, however,
When general manager Steve Yzerman gambled by selecting a young Czech winger 208th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, nobody batted an eye. There wasn’t any second guessing by other teams because few late round picks turn into difference-makers for their team. Ondrej Palat is an exception. One that the Tampa Bay Lightning are glad
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the envy of the National Hockey League. They’ve got a phenomenal owner in Jeff Vinik, who put the brakes on disaster and painstakingly rebuilt the organisation from the inside out. A former investment wizard, Vinik has managed to strike the optimal balance between the fanatical micromanagement of some of his
There are a lot of positives to take out of the Tampa Bay Lightning winning both games against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden. For Tampa, this was a true breakthrough moment after they have struggled to find competent play (let alone victories) while playing in Boston. As noted by Roger Mooney of the
When general manager Steve Yzerman announced the Tampa Bay Lightning’s third-round pick in 2014, no one expected much. Knee deep at the center position as it was, there weren’t many who predicted Brayden Point would be in the Lightning lineup at all for years. If he did manage to crack the lineup, nobody thought he’d
With the Tampa Bay Lightning now seven games into the postseason, it is clear that the team is experiencing an odd scoring anomaly. Despite being the fifth-highest scoring team in the playoffs, their Norris Trophy candidate defenseman Victor Hedman has only registered two points. Under normal circumstances, two assists might be acceptable production for a
With the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs wrapping up after an epic Game 7 on Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally know who their opponent will be in Round 2. They will be facing off against the Boston Bruins in a matchup of two of the best regular season teams this year.
Two nights after scoring five goals in a Game 3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning the New Jersey Devils only managed to get one goal and were pushed to the brink of elimination following a 3-1 loss in Game 4. They had scored first to take the early lead, but that only lasted for
For the Tampa Bay Lightning, there were consistently two teams in the Eastern Conference that they just could not figure out during the 2017-18 season. The first team was the Boston Bruins, who, despite a decisive victory in their final match-up, still flummoxed the Lightning at all turns this season. The other team was the New Jersey
With the close of the 2017-18 regular season marking the end of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 25th regular campaign, this makes for a perfect time to look back at the best goaltenders for the franchise over the last quarter-century. Throughout their history, the Lightning have been a proverbial revolving door for goaltenders, with only two playing
With Steven Stamkos suffering a lower-body injury that will likely keep him sidelined until the end of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be forced to face meaningful games at the end of the year without their captain. With a playoff spot already secured, it is important for Stamkos to be in full form if
For the diehard Rangers fan, this recent audition for the future has been fun. Neal Pionk, Rob O’Gara, John Gilmour and Ryan Sproul had their struggles, then showed enough progress to suggest a keeper or two just might come out of this revamped defense corps. Highly touted forwards Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil have shown
There’s no doubt that the Tampa Bay Lightning have been an offensive juggernaut throughout the 2017-18 season. With a team that features scoring superstars like Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, it felt like they could score at will. Not only are the Lightning ranked first overall in goals for per game and goals scored, they have
For many Tampa Bay Lightning fans, the 2015 entry level draft will be forever etched into their memory because it occurred just a few short weeks after the Lightning’s lengthy run to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. Besides general manager Steve Yzerman’s decision to trade his first-round pick to the New York Islanders for a second and
With the Tampa Bay Lightning officially clinching a playoff spot, it is time to start looking forward to the looming postseason. While the Lightning have been able to accrue points at a steady pace all season long, both the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs have stayed close to them in the standings, meaning they
The battle for the Stanley Cup kicks off in less than a month, on Wednesday, April 11. While there are still several teams battling to secure a playoff spot in the Western Conference, teams in the East are fairly well decided. Best Odds to Win the Stanley Cup This season, three of the four 2016-17
There are few things as uncertain in the NHL than overtime. Between the nonstop action of three on three hockey to the coinflip that is a shootout, one can never predict what will happen. Sometimes, however, a player can rise above the insanity and find consistent success where others struggle. For the Tampa Bay Lightning,
If you only look at the Tampa Bay Lightning’s record as of late, you would think that the team has been on a roll. In their last seven games, they have gone 6-0-1 against a mix of playoff and rivalry teams that tend to play them hard. More importantly, the offense is firing on all
It wasn’t long ago that Ben Bishop donned the Ottawa Senators’ logo on the front of his jersey. But with Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner in the mix, the Senators had a decision to make – which goaltender would be the odd man out? Eventually, the Sens’ brass decided that Lehner would be their goalie
With all the speculation about which players the Tampa Bay Lightning are looking to add at the trade deadline, it is easy to forget that Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman would have to make a few moves himself to fit a new player into the roster. Much like how he mitigated the cost of Braydon
In their recent letter to fans, the New York Rangers discussed how they are ready to start the rebuilding process at this trade deadline. With this declaration, recent trade rumors linking the Tampa Bay Lightning to Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh suddenly seem more plausible. …Both teams appear to looking at the usual (trade bait) suspects.
On Feb. 10, the Tampa Bay Lightning are scheduled to retire former captain and longtime face of the franchise Vincent Lecavalier’s No. 4 jersey. Lecavalier will join his friend and former teammate Martin St. Louis as the second player to have his number retired by the franchise. It is fitting for these two to have
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is known to be a shrewd businessman when it comes to making trades. Part of how he has turned Tampa Bay into a contender is by making smart trades that benefit the team in the long term rather than for short-term gain. Since taking over as GM in 2010, Yzerman
From time to time, THW translates Russian materials where the focus is less on great hockey players, but is rather on their family. We already published stories about Alexander Radulov and Artemi Panarin, and also a talk with Kirill Kaprizov’s first coach. This time, Nikita Kucherov’s mother, Svetlana, and first coach, Gennadi Kurdin, shed some lights on