LIGHTNING RUMORS & GOSSIP

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 usually goes hand-in-hand with occasional reports about the consideration of a contract in the KHL, Vasilevskiy has gotten way ahead...
Via The Hockey News
9 hours ago

Lightning’s Ben Bishop Set to Return to Ice on Tuesday

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is set to make his return to the ice on Tuesday for the first time this offseason since suffering an injury during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs reported ESPN’s Joe McDonald on Monday. MacDonald reported that Bishop spent the first half of the summer rehabilitating a high-ankle and shin sprain he suffered during the first period of Game...
Via The Hockey Writers
19 hours ago

Vasilevskiy’s Time as Lightning Starter?

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy turned 22 on Monday, but in hockey years he is far older. Despite backing up two-time Vezina trophy finalist Ben Bishop the past two seasons, Vasilevskiy has grown up quickly during deep playoff runs for the Lightning. After signing a three-year, $10.5 million extension on July 1 and with Bishop entering the last year of a contract...
Via The Hockey Writers
23 hours ago

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. Bishop’s mask was designed by DaveArt’s David Gunnarsson, and the idea behind the original mask was to make the design...
Via The Hockey News
1 day ago

Yanni Gourde Agrees to One-Year Deal with Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Yanni Gourde to a one-year, two-way contract the team announced on Monday. The deal pays Gourde $575,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level, with $125,000 guaranteed, reported Cap Friendly. Gourde, 24, made his NHL debut with the Lightning during the 2015-16 regular season when he appeared in two games and registered one...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Russia replaces Voynov with Nesterov on World Cup roster

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov has been added to Russia's World Cup of Hockey roster in place of Slava Voynov, who is ineligible to compete because he is suspended indefinitely by the NHL. In announcing the move Monday, the Russian Hockey Federation said it ran out of time in its bid to have the league lift Voynov's suspension stemming from his arrest on felony...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning sign Alex Killorn to $31.15 million, 7-year deal

Alex Killorn and the Lightning wanted to keep the team together, and Tampa Bay made sure he'd be part of its long-term future. The Lightning on Sunday signed Killorn to a $31.15 million, seven-year contract to avoid arbitration and lock up another important player. Earlier this offseason, Tampa Bay signed captain Steven Stamkos for eight years and $68 million, defenseman Victor...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Friendship with Hedman big reason why Stamkos chose Tampa Bay

Steven Stamkos signing an eight-year, $68 million contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning was a bit surprising. Stamkos was the top free agent on the market and several teams were willing to pay top dollar in order to secure his services. The star forward decided to stick with the Lightning, but one of the biggest reasons he chose to stay had nothing to do with money. As...
Via Puck Drunk Love
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Team Will Steven Stamkos Choose?

This week, Steven Stamkos will become the most sought-after free agent in the NHL. At 26 years old, Stamkos has played in 569 games and tallied 562 points, including 312 goals. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain has averaged 0.55 goals per regular-season game in his career; the only player with more goals since Stamkos entered the league in 2008-09 is Alex Ovechkin. Although it may...
Via The Sports Quotient
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Canucks fined $50,000 for tampering following GM’s comments on Stamkos

Jim Benning has paid the price for verbally crossing the line. The Vancouver Canucks have been fined $50,000 for tampering after Benning went on radio and openly discussed courting multiple players, which is a big no-no before free agency starts. Benning said that he was trying to be candid about free agency, but opened his mouth too far. “I was trying to be candid with...
Via Puck Drunk Love
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning: draft day recap

This is juicy. Might be Tampa's draft pick value/strategy that was found in Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/JHsaYw6gQc — m g (@kikkerlaika) June 24, 2016 Prior to the 2016 NHL entry draft, someone in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization misplaced or lost or forgot a copy of the team’s draft day manifesto in the lobby of their Buffalo hotel. The one-pager was found by a Buffalo Sabres...
Via isportsweb.com
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning 2016-17 Schedule Released

The NHL released the full 2016-17 season schedule today. Tampa Bay will start the season at Amalie Arena on October 13th as they host the division rival Detroit Red Wings. The Bolts will open with a four-game home stand before going on the road for six games. They will play their Atlantic Division opponents four times, twice at home and twice on the road, except for the Boston Bruins...
Via Lightning Shout
June 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Boucher: Vezina Should Belong To Bishop

The National Hockey League will recognize some of its best at the 2016 NHL Awards show in Las Vegas this week. As the Lightning continue to have success and gain prominence in the league it only makes sense that they would be represented at the awards. For the second time in three seasons goalie Ben Bishop is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to the...
Via Lightning Shout
June 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Photo: Ben Roethlisberger's newborn already decked out in Pittsburgh gear

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife Ashley welcomed their third child into the world Thursday morning, a healthy baby boy named Bodie.  Just in time for the Penguins’ Stanley Cup Playoffs game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the newest member of Steelers Nation is already decked out in Pittsburgh gear. Roethlisberger posted this fantastic photo to...
Via College Spun
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL misses the point by nixing Tampa Bay Lightning outdoor watch party

When you are a league like the NHL, growing the game is of paramount importance. Doing anything to take away from it can not only damage the brand but can make the league look petty in the process. So what do we think the league did when the Tampa Bay Lightning tried to organize an outdoor watch party? C’mon, you already know the answer. Response from NHL on TBL watch party...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Jonathan Drouin offsides on goal as Penguins win challenge

Is there anything more frustrating than scoring a goal in front of your home crowd to put your team up 1-0 in the playoffs and seeing it wiped off the board due to an offsides call? That’s what happened with Jonathan Drouin and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. During Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Drouin scored for what would have been the first goal of the game....
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Tampa radio show gives out free Lightning tattoos to fans

The NHL Eastern Conference Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins has gotten pretty serious. How serious? Controversies over rally towels, traitorous tourism bureaus, and mayoral candidates getting tattoos. How did this start? With Elliott Falcione, a Pittsburgh transplant living in Bradenton who heads up the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 18, 2016  |  Discuss
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