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Lightning coach Cooper says sky’s the limit for Drouin after dr…

Lightning coach Cooper says sky’s the limit for Drouin after dramatic campaign

thehockeynews.com Updated Aug 16
Jonathan Drouin didn’t win any end-of-season awards, didn’t lead the Tampa Bay Lightning in scoring and he didn’t single handedly carry the club to the Stanley Cup. That said, it’d be hard to think of a player who had a more interesting or up-and-down s…
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  • Lightning take low-risk, high-reward chance by inking Wisniewsk…

    Lightning take low-risk, high-reward chance by inking Wisniewski to tryout deal

    James Wisniewski played one shift and threw one hit as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. The result was a torn ACL, 81 games on the sideline and a buyout that ended Wisniewski’s tenure as a Hurricane. That doesn’t appear it will be the end of his car…
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  • The next Johnny Gaudreau? Meet Kailer Yamamoto

    The next Johnny Gaudreau? Meet Kailer Yamamoto

    PLYMOUTH, MICH. – Kailer Yamamoto hasn’t made the U.S. world junior team yet, but if history is any indicator, he’ll bring a ton of offense if he does make the squad. Though he is only 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, Yamamoto has been lightning every time he h…
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  • The five players with the biggest buyout cap hits in 2016-17

    The five players with the biggest buyout cap hits in 2016-17

    Antoine Vermette has officially become an unrestricted free agent following an entirely unexpected buyout that saw the 34-year-old sent packing by the Arizona Coyotes. Vermette told RDS that he understands the reasoning behind the move from the Coyotes’…
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  • So why hasn’t your team done anything this off-season?

    So why hasn’t your team done anything this off-season?

    August marks hockey’s “silly season.” Very little happens. And idle hands are the devils’ playthings, right? Countless blog commenters and Twitter trolls dust off the “Slow news day?” insult whenever we find something to talk about. During the month bef…
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  • Ben Bishop expects to be ready for World Cup after post-season …

    Ben Bishop expects to be ready for World Cup after post-season injury

    The image of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop writhing in pain on the ice and clutching at his left leg before being stretchered off the ice was one of the worst of the post-season. The injury would knock Bishop out of the Eastern Conference fi…
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  • Rumour Roundup: Red Wings and Lightning may need to make trades…

    Rumour Roundup: Red Wings and Lightning may need to make trades to become cap compliant

    The Detroit Red Wings avoided arbitration this week with defenseman Danny DeKeyser and goaltender Petr Mrazek. DeKeyser, 26, inked a five-year, $30-million contract, while the 24-year-old Mrazek agreed to a two-year, $8-million deal. These deals, howeve…
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  • Five potentially cheap free agents who could be savvy pickups

    Five potentially cheap free agents who could be savvy pickups

    Matt Carle had the worst season of his career in 2015-16. Even he didn’t have high praise of his play with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who bought out the final two seasons of his six-year, $33-million contract. “I’ve never had a year like that,” Carle told…
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  • Lightning GM Yzerman not worried about getting deal done for Ku…

    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 surpris…
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  • Signing bonuses could become next CBA battleground

    Signing bonuses could become next CBA battleground

    When the NHL announced last fall its seven-year partnership that will see adidas become its official outfitter starting next season, your trusty correspondent asked commissioner Gary Bettman whether the deal would be extended by a year if there were ano…
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  • Lightning’s Vasilevskiy says he’d rather be NHL backup than KHL…

    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 usu…
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  • Ben Bishop updates his Tron-style design for awesome Team USA m…

    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. …
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  • Rumor Roundup: The latest on the remaining notable UFAs

    Rumor Roundup: The latest on the remaining notable UFAs

    The number of NHL unrestricted free agent signings slowed to a trickle since the opening-day frenzy on July 1. Over the weekend, defenseman Luke Schenn became the most recent notable player to ink a new contract, reaching an agreement with the Arizona C…
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  • Are Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier Hall of Famers?

    Are Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier Hall of Famers?

    From their days together as roommates at boarding school in Saskatchewan to winning a Memorial Cup together in Rimouski to a Stanley Cup in Tampa and signing contracts later in their careers that didn’t quite work out as well as everyone had hoped, Brad…
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  • Rumor Roundup: Bishop could be trade candidate as Lightning sea…

    Rumor Roundup: Bishop could be trade candidate as Lightning search for cap space

    The Tampa Bay Lightning avoided arbitration with winger Alex Killorn by re-signing him Sunday to a seven-year, $31.25-million contract. The annual cap hit ($4.45 million), however, leaves the Lightning with just over $8.5 million of cap room and restric…
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  • Russia accepts Voynov can’t play at World Cup, Nesterov named a…

    Russia accepts Voynov can’t play at World Cup, Nesterov named as replacement

    Defenseman Slava Voynov won’t be suiting up for Russia at the World Cup of Hockey. The Russian Hockey Federation released a statement Monday acknowledging that Voynov will not participate in the tournament, and named Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikit…
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  • Lightning agree to $31.15M, 7-year deal with Alex Killorn

    Lightning agree to $31.15M, 7-year deal with Alex Killorn

    The Tampa Bay Lightning avoided arbitration with forward Alex Killorn, agreeing to terms on a $31.15 million, seven-year contract. He'll count $4.45 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23 season. Killorn, who turns 27 in Septem...
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  • Rapid Fire: with Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman

    Rapid Fire: with Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman

    With Ryan Kennedy Who was your role model growing up? Nick Lidstrom was a big role model, but I wouldn’t say we play the same game. I like the way Ray Bourque played. I liked guys who skated with the puck, like Paul Coffey. Why do you wear No. 77? That …
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  • Bond with 'Heddy' one reason Stamkos stayed with Lightning

    Bond with 'Heddy' one reason Stamkos stayed with Lightning

    ESPN.com Jul 5
    Bond with 'Heddy' one reason Stamkos stayed with Lightning
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  • Ten unheralded depth signings from July 1 that could exceed exp…

    Ten unheralded depth signings from July 1 that could exceed expectations

    On the opening day of NHL free agency, 131 players signed contracts worth a combined total of more than $650 million, according to capfriendly.com. While Milan Lucic, Kyle Okposo, David Backes and Andrew Ladd dominated headlines, signing big-money deals…
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  • Patience continues to pay off for Steve Yzerman and the Lightni…

    Patience continues to pay off for Steve Yzerman and the Lightning

    While other NHL GMs overspent to plug holes in their lineup, Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman locked up his top two stars on bargain deals. How did he do it? By being patient. In fact patience just might be Yzerman’s calling card as one of the NHL’s best exec…
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  • Lightning, Sharks earn high grades; Isles get an incomplete

    Lightning, Sharks earn high grades; Isles get an incomplete

    ESPN.com Jul 2
    Lightning, Sharks earn high grades; Isles get an incomplete
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  • Video - Lightning Strike Red Wings 00:52

    Lightning Strike Red Wings

    Mar 20
    The Lighting topped the Red Wings 3-1 for their second straight win.
  • Video - 'SportsCenter's' Inside The NHL 16:06

    'SportsCenter's' Inside The NHL

    Mar 17
    John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Scott Burnside kick around the rule changes proposed by the general managers, look at the turmoil in San Jose and make their picks at the tight race for the Presidents' Trophy.
  • Video - Stamkos, Bolts Muscle Past Habs 01:22

    Stamkos, Bolts Muscle Past Habs

    Mar 16
    Steven Stamkos scored two goals in the Lightning's 4-2 win over the Canadiens.
  • Video - Bruins Stay Hot, Beat Lightning In Shootout 00:50

    Bruins Stay Hot, Beat Lightning In Shootout

    Mar 12
    Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each scored in the shootout as Boston beat Tampa Bay 3-2 to extend its points streak to seven straight games.