Span says this is his best offseason since '14

Outfielder Denard Span had mixed emotions after the Giants traded him and three other players to the Rays for third baseman Evan Longoria in December. Tampa is Span’s home. He will be with his family more often, and closer to his foundation, which helps single-parent families. But Span felt he had unfinished business in San Francisco and was motivated to help the team rebound from its 98-loss 2017 season. Outfielder…

January 19, 2018

Syracuse Crunch Showcasing Lightning’s Bright Future

During the 2016-17 season, the Syracuse Crunch went on a deep playoff run, taking them all the way to the Calder Cup Final. Despite their success, however, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman had to retool nearly the entire Crunch roster due to an influx of drafted talent from juniors. Just a few weeks after falling to the Grand Rapid Griffins, Yzerman was clearing space on the Crunch’s roster to make room for…

January 18, 2018

Hedman’s Injury Stifling Lightning

A major part of why the Tampa Bay Lightning have played so well this season is their continuously improving defense. Heading into the 2017-18 season, the Lightning appeared to have a very average defensive corps, sans Norris Trophy candidate Victor Hedman and defensive stalwart Anton Stralman. While the Lightning could easily lean on those two players for 25 minutes a night, the drop off after them was precipitous. Between newbies…

January 14, 2018

Victor Hedman Sidelined for 3-6 Weeks

The Tampa Bay Lightning were dealt a devastating blow on Friday – one day after Victor Hedman left the team’s 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames with an apparent injury – announcing that the all-star defenceman will be sidelined three to six weeks with a lower body injury. The news comes just one day after the NHL named the rosters for the upcoming All-Star Game in Tampa Bay – a…

January 13, 2018

Tampa Bay Lightning’s New Secret Weapon

Once upon a time, a small, undrafted player signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning and went on to play in the NHL. Sound familiar? It’s happened a few times with the Lightning organization. See: Tyler Johnson, Cory Conacher, Jonathan Marchessault, and some guy named Martin St. Louis. Yanni Gourde is another one of those diamonds in the rough found by the Lightning. Hailing out of Saint-Narcisse-de-Beaurivage, Quebec, Gourde has been…

January 12, 2018

Lightning Viewership Reaches Historic Highs

It is no secret that this has been a big year for hockey in Tampa. Between the upcoming NHL All-Star game and the Lightning playing like one of the best teams in the NHL all season long, Tampa fans have had hockey on their minds. This hockey awareness is not only shown by the Lightning selling out Amalie Arena night in and night out, but by growing TV viewership as well….

January 10, 2018

Lightning Well-Represented at 2018 World Juniors

The Tampa Bay Lightning have yet another big showing at the World Juniors. This year, the Lightning are represented by five talented prospects. Four of them play for Canada (Cal Foote, Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk, and Brett Howden), more than any NHL team. Meanwhile, defenseman Libor Hajek was selected to play for his home country the Czech Republic. The Lightning are known for their quality drafting over the last several…

January 4, 2018

Budaj Injury Provides Opportunity for Lightning

With Peter Budaj’s rather serious injury incurred against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be forced to answer a looming question about the team. While starting goaltender Andrei Vasileveskiy is one of the best goaltenders in the league this year, Budaj has been a less-than-inspiring back-up. While he has done enough to keep his place with the team, there was a growing discontent that the Lightning would need to upgrade…

January 1, 2018

Rays' Lowe primed for breakout in '18

As we all prepare to turn the calendar from 2017 and look onward, we at MLB Pipeline are starting to wrap our head around who might be on our 2018 Top 100 Prospects list, due out in late January. We’re also working to figure out our team top 30 lists. As that effort continues, there are always players who jump out as breakout candidates. Some are coming off of injuries,…

December 29, 2017

Lightning’s Potent Power Play

At the end of the 2015-16 regular season, Tampa Bay Lightning fans had one question keeping them up at night… How did a team that featured star offensive players like Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, and Victor Hedman have the 28th ranked power play? The Lightning were ranked 12th in scoring, yet on the power play, they looked floundered. Knowing their morose power play was holding back the team, Lightning general manager Steve…

December 26, 2017