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Lightning Send J.T. Miller To Canucks For Draft Picks

Jun 22, 2019 4:15 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning earned a little breathing room under the NHL salary cap by shipping forward J.T. Miller to the Canucks on Saturday.

Miller was moved for goalie Marek Mazanec, a third-round pick in the 2019 draft and a conditional first-round pick in either 2020 or 2021. Tampa Bay used the third-rounder on Swedish goaltender Hugo Alnefelt.


Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, Draft, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vassilevskiy Win NHLs Top Awards

Jun 20, 2019 1:09 AM

Nikita Kucherov gratefully accepted the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award on Wednesday night in recognition of his spectacular 128-point regular season playing for Tampa Bay.

Kucherov won the NHL's highest honors Wednesday night, receiving the Hart as the league MVP and the Lindsay Award as the best player according to a vote of his fellow pros.

The Russian right wing also formally picked up the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top scorer at the hockey world's annual Vegas ceremony at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

"It's a huge night for me and my family,'' said Kucherov, who turned 26 on Monday. "But the main thing is Stanley Cup. We want to make sure we work harder than we thought we did [last season]. All these individual [awards], it's obviously nice, but the main thing is Stanley Cup for me.''

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Kucherov's Russian teammate, won his first Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie in another bittersweet recognition for the Lightning.


Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Lightning Re-Sign Braydon Coburn To Two-Year, $3.4M Deal

Jun 18, 2019 1:04 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Braydon Coburn to a two-year, $3.4 million contract, general manager Julien BriseBois announced Tuesday.


Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Misc Rumor, Signing

Las Vegas Picks Lightning To Win 2020 Stanley Cup

Jun 12, 2019 11:43 PM

Oddsmakers are not allowing a historic payout and overall financial loss to influence their bookmaking protocol.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the favorites with 5-1 odds, fresh off capturing the Presidents' Trophy with the league's best regular-season record, though they were upset in the first round.

"There's no reason to think they're not going to be a buzzsaw again," Davis said. "They have a top-three goalie. All lines can score. They have to be the favorite and they have to be a sizable favorite."

Vegas (9-1), St. Louis (10-1), the Boston Bruins (12-1) and Toronto Maple Leafs (12-1) are next in line. The Ottawa Senators (400-1), Los Angeles Kings (150-1) and Detroit Red Wings (100-1) represent the long shots with triple-digit odds.


Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, St Louis Blues, Misc Rumor

Tampa Bay Named Early Favorites To Win 2020 Stanley Cup

May 6, 2019 7:14 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but have already been named the early favorites to win the 2020 Stanley Cup.

Last summer, the Lightning were a 7-1 favorite to win the Cup, the shortest odds in the NHL.

Columbus swept Tampa Bay in the first round.

Greg Wyshynski/ESPN

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Cooper: Lightning Victims Of Their Own Success

Apr 17, 2019 4:01 PM

Here's the spin the Lightning had after Tuesday night's stunning 7-3 defeat in Game 4 of the first round: They were victims of their own success.

"When you have the amount of points we had, it's a blessing and a curse, in a way. You don't play any meaningful hockey for a long time. Then all of a sudden, you have to ramp it up. It's not an excuse. It's reality," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after Game 4. "That's how it goes: You have a historic regular season, and we had a historic playoff."

Indeed, the Lightning made history in the 2019 playoffs -- just not the kind any coach would want. For the first time in league history, a team with the most points in the regular season failed to win a game in an opening-round, seven-game series.



Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Misc Rumor

NHL Suspends Nikita Kucherov One Game

Apr 13, 2019 5:20 PM

Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov has been suspended one game after boarding Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara on Friday night during Game 2 of the teams' first-round series.

Game 3 is Sunday in Columbus.


Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Columbus Blue Jackets, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Lightning Heavy Favorites To Win Stanley Cup

Apr 8, 2019 12:55 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the odds-on favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to pre-playoff odds from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Lightning enter the postseason at 2-1 after finishing the regular season 21 points ahead of the next closest team in the league's final standings.


Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Lightning Win NHL Record-Tying 62nd Game

Apr 6, 2019 5:13 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning won their NHL record-tying 62nd game, getting a shorthanded goal by Steven Stamkos during a three-goal second period in their 6-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday in the teams' regular-season finale.


Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Lightning Give Coach Jon Cooper Multi-Year Deal

Mar 26, 2019 2:21 PM

The Lightning have signed head coach Jon Cooper to a multi-year contract extension today, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced. Cooper was named the eighth head coach in franchise history on March 25, 2013 (six years ago yesterday) and is currently the NHL’s longest tenured coach. He is the franchise’s all-time leader for wins with 301.

“I am very pleased to announce Jon’s extension today,” BriseBois said. “His ability to forge impactful relationships with everyone from players to staff has been a trademark of his tenure with the organization and he is the absolute best coach for our hockey team. Coop’s ability to develop a strong culture while continually adapting has been a big part of the team’s success. He has helped set high standards for our organization with his unrelenting drive for excellence. I would like to thank Coop and his family for their continuous commitment to the organization, as well as to the Tampa Bay community, and I look forward to working in partnership with Jon for years to come.”

Press Release

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Lightning' Dan Girardi Out Indefinitely
Dan Girardi has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury.


Lightning Acquire Jan Rutta From Blackhawks
Jan Rutta had 2 goals and 4 assists in 23 games with the Blackhawks this season.


Maurice, Reirden, Cooper, Peters Named All-Star Game Coaches
The NHL All-Star Weekend is January 25-26 in San Jose.


Lightning Re-Sign Yanni Gourde To Six-Year Deal
Forward Yanni Gourde will make an average of $5.17M under the new deal with Tampa Bay.


Lightning Set NHL Record With 33 Second Period Shots
The Lightning took 33 second period shots in a 6-3 win over the Blackhawks on Sunday.


Lightning Sign Nikita Kucherov To Eight-Year, $76M Extension
Nikita Kucherov hit 100 points for the first time last season in 80 games, with 39 goals and 61 assists.


Kings Acquire Peter Budaj From Lightning For Andy Andreoff
Peter Budaj played in eight games for the Lightning last season, posting a 3-3-1 record as goaltender.

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Ryan Callahan Undergoes Shoulder Surgery
Lightning forward Ryan Callahan is expected to miss about five months after shoulder surgery on Thursday.


Ducks Claim J.T. Brown Off Waivers From Lightning
J.T. Brown staged a protest during the national anthem on October 7, raising his right fist during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.


NHL Announces All-Star Game Rosters
The host Lightning receive four All-Star selections for the game on on January 28 in Tampa.


NHL Names All-Star Captains
All-Star Weekend will be held January 27-28 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.


Lightning Lose Ryan Callahan Indefinitely
Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan has an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks.


Lightning Acquire Louis Domingue From Coyotes
The Lightning have sent Michael Leighton and Tye McGinn to the Coyotes.

J.T Brown Raises Fist During National Anthem
J.T. Brown's raised fist is the first known demonstration of any kind during the anthem in an NHL game regular-season game.


Lightning Re-Sign Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson has signed a seven-year, $35M deal with Tampa Bay.


Chris Kunitz Signs One-Year, $2M Deal With Lightning
Free-agent Chris Kunitz has been part of four Stanley Cup-winning teams.


Lightning Trade Jonathan Drouin To Habs For Mikhail Sergachev
The Lightning and the Canadiens announced the deal about 48 hours before the NHL's trade freeze prior to the expansion draft.


Stamkos: 'When I'm 100 Percent, I'll Be Back'
Steven Stamkos has been out since having right knee surgery on November 17.


Capitals First To Clinch Playoff Spot
The Capitals beat the Lightning 5-3 on Saturday, and have their third consecutive 100-point season.


Leafs Trade Froese, Draft Pick To Lightning For Brian Boyle
Brian Boyle has skated in 54 games with the Lightning this season, scoring 13 goals.

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