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Steven Stamkos and the importance of playing other sports

Steven Stamkos and the importance of playing other sports

thehockeynews.com Updated 1 hour ago
The Toronto Blue Jays are putting up enough offense to win the Rocket Richard Trophy (they have that in baseball too, right?), so it’s no surprise local boy Steven Stamkos – a two-time winner of that accolade himself – dropped by to shag a few pitches h…
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  • Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Tampa Bay Lightning from A to Z

    Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Tampa Bay Lightning from A to Z

    yahoo.com Aug 26 (5 days ago)
    (Ed. Note: August is known to be a very quiet month in the hockey world. As we wait for September to arrive and training camps to begin, let’s learn a little history about all 30 teams. Behold, our summer A-Z series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams…
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  • Rumor Roundup: What’s the future for top free agents-to-be Stam…

    Rumor Roundup: What’s the future for top free agents-to-be Stamkos and Kopitar?

    With less than a month remaining until NHL training camps open, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos and Los Angeles Kings pivot Anze Kopitar remain unsigned. The duo are eligible for unrestricted free agency next July. ESPN.com’s Craig Custance re…
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  • Signing Steven Stamkos isn’t that simple

    Signing Steven Stamkos isn’t that simple

    yahoo.com Aug 20
    Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune had a message for the Tampa Bay Lightning this week regarding Steven Stamkos. To quote one of our culture’s greatest rhymesters: ‘Git’er done.’ Fennelly rehashes all the reasons why signing Stamkos is essential. The …
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  • Lightning hire Brad Lauer as assistant coach

    Lightning hire Brad Lauer as assistant coach

    NHL.com Aug 18
    TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Brad Lauer as assistant coach today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. "I'm really excited to join the coaching staff in Tampa Bay," Lauer said. "It is an outstanding opp...
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  • ‘Battling’ Ben Bishop took long and winding road to NHL success

    ‘Battling’ Ben Bishop took long and winding road to NHL success

    When the Montreal Canadiens chased Ben Bishop from the net in the second round of the playoffs, Habs defenseman P.K. Subban couldn’t resist taking a shot at the Tampa Bay Lightning goalie, saying Bishop had been “sitting on a horseshoe” to that point in…
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  • How George Gwozdecky went from Lightning bench to high school c…

    How George Gwozdecky went from Lightning bench to high school coach

    yahoo.com Aug 13
    The career trajectory for George Gwozdecky is, shall we say, a little peculiar. Gwozdecky coached the Miami (OH) Redhawks from 1989-94 before taking over the University of Denver Pioneers from 1994-2013. He won two national championships with the latter…
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  • Sami Salo finally retires, citing chronic wrist injury

    Sami Salo finally retires, citing chronic wrist injury

    The last time Sami Salo stepped on NHL ice for the Tampa Bay Lightning was on April 18, 2014, in a playoff loss to the Montreal Canadiens. He skated 11 minutes and 19 seconds, to a minus-1. Turns out, was a reticent conclusion to a notable career. Salo …
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  • Lightning's Johnson recovering from broken wrist

    Lightning's Johnson recovering from broken wrist

    NHL.com Aug 12
    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson no longer needs to wear a brace on his right wrist that was fractured in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks in June. "It's recovering, and I can't wait for camp," Johnson tol...
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  • Rumor Roundup: Big names set to hit open market next season

    Rumor Roundup: Big names set to hit open market next season

    This summer’s pool of unrestricted free agent talent was the shallowest in recent memory, but next summer’s crop promises to be considerably deeper. Here’s a look at several NHL stars who could be available by July 1, 2016. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lig…
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  • Engblom to join Lightning broadcast team

    Engblom to join Lightning broadcast team

    NHL.com Aug 11
    FOX's Sun Sports, the regional television home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, today announced Brian Engblom has joined its roster of Lightning on-air talent for the 2015-16 season. In his new role, Engblom will serve as color analyst for all Lightnin...
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  • AHL Logo Ranking: No. 29 – Syracuse Crunch

    AHL Logo Ranking: No. 29 – Syracuse Crunch

    (The AHL has undergone a season of change and one third of the league has changed locations or logos for the 2015-16 season. Leading up to the new season, The Hockey News will be ranking the logos of the league’s teams and offering a brief look at the h…
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  • Meet the NHL’s burgeoning blueline beast

    Meet the NHL’s burgeoning blueline beast

    When Victor Hedman was 17, he was playing in the Swedish League and living in an apartment with his girlfriend in Ornskoldsvik, in northern Sweden, cooking his own meals, paying bills – on time – and doing laundry. Colors didn’t bleed, either. He didn’t…
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  • The five best goaltending prospects in the world

    The five best goaltending prospects in the world

    Championships can be won and lost between the pipes, and every season it seems a new goaltender emerges to take a top job or push a longtime starter for the No. 1 role. It has been more than a decade since the Pittsburgh Penguins made Marc-Andre Fleury …
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  • Lightning coach Jon Cooper is a man with a plan

    Lightning coach Jon Cooper is a man with a plan

    There are no crazy outfits here, no marriage proposals, no millionaire anti-heroes repeating they just showed up so they won’t get fined. The NHL’s media day for the Stanley Cup final is not the exercise in excess and the sublime that is the Super Bowl’…
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  • Lightning’s success starts at the very top, where money isn’t p…

    Lightning’s success starts at the very top, where money isn’t priority No. 1

    With two days between Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup final and temperatures hovering in the 90s with the humidity, it’s difficult to escape that feeling of being sticky and fat. It can be tough to get a hockey vibe, but Tampa is getting there. Even th…
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  • The Top 10 moments for 2014-15

    The Top 10 moments for 2014-15

    1. Hawks win the Stanley Cup – June 15, 2015 Thanks to the (literally) tireless efforts of Conn Smythe winner Duncan Keith, the Chicago Blackhawks claimed their third Stanley Cup in six seasons, dusting off the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. Keith, w…
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  • Leiweke resigns from Lightning, Griggs named CEO

    Leiweke resigns from Lightning, Griggs named CEO

    NHL.com Jul 24
    TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning Chief Executive Officer Tod Leiweke resigned today to become Chief Operating Officer of the National Football League, Lightning Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik announced this morning. Vinik also announced that, eff...
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  • Anze Kopitar and the elite center mega-contract

    Anze Kopitar and the elite center mega-contract

    yahoo.com Jul 22
    This is the summer of the Steven Stamkos rumor mill. We listen to his words. We parse through them. We then ultimately surmise he won’t sign a long-term extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning now and will go to Toronto in unrestricted free agency next s…
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  • Martin St-Louis says teams were interested, but his heart wasn’…

    Martin St-Louis says teams were interested, but his heart wasn’t in it anymore

    No one expected Martin St-Louis to play forever and coming off of a season in which he scored 21 goals and 52 points in 74 games, he likely could have played one more season. Even St-Louis, at his retirement press conference, admitted that much. But the…
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  • Carter Ashton signs in KHL following 2014-15 season that saw tr…

    Carter Ashton signs in KHL following 2014-15 season that saw trade, suspension

    When he looks back on his career, Carter Ashton will probably consider the 2014-15 campaign one of the most difficult of his career, but he’s ready to start a new chapter in the KHL. The KHL’s Torpedo Nizhy Novgorod announced Tuesday they have signed th…
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  • Why hasn’t your team done anything this off-season?

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

    We’ve seen plenty of turnover on NHL rosters so far this summer, setting up what appears to be even crazier parity than normal in each division. The Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks made major moves in the Pacific. The Washington Capi…
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  • Grueling season was well worth it for Lightning's Brian Bo…

    Grueling season was well worth it for Lightning's Brian Boyle

    ESPN.com Jul 14
    Grueling season was well worth it for Lightning's Brian Boyle
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  • World Junior Championship in Florida? Tampa Bay puts in officia…

    World Junior Championship in Florida? Tampa Bay puts in official bid for tournament

    While it’s not considered a traditional hockey market, Tampa Bay has shown they’ve got love for the game. Now, in an attempt to showcase their incredible fan support on the international stage, the city has put in an official bid for the 2018 World Juni…
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  • Report: Sami Salo set to officially retire after 15-year career

    Report: Sami Salo set to officially retire after 15-year career

    While it’s far from surprising, it appears that Sami Salo, who hasn’t suited up since the 2013-14 campaign, could be close to officially announcing his retirement. According to a report from Iltalehti.fi, the 40-year-old Salo will likely be forced to ca…
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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.

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