Yzerman Locking Up Lightning for Long-Term Success

In a week when all eyes were on the Tampa Bay Lightning and a potential trade for Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman still made headlines without making a move on that front. He unexpectedly extended star forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year, $76-million contract that will keep one of the NHL’s top offensive talents in Tampa Bay at a cap hit of $9.5 million a…

July 16, 2018
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NHL Rumors: Kucherov, Bjugstad, Lamoriello, More

In today’s rumor rundown Nikita Kucherov extends in Tampa and that may have some connection to the rumors of Erik Karlsson being moved to the Lightning. There are rumors about Nick Bjugstad being traded out of Florida and his agent weighs in, Lou Lamoriello is hot about the NHL free agent interview process and there’s more on the delay that is Patrick Maroon signing in St. Louis. What Does Kucherov…

July 10, 2018
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Lightning Sign Kucherov to Contract Extension

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension, the team announced Tuesday. The deal carries an annual cap hit of $9.5 million and will kick in during the 2019-20 season following the last year of his current three-year, $14.3 million contract that’s set to expire next July. KUUUUUUUUUCH!!! We have signed Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year contract extension worth an average of…

July 10, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lightning Jersey History

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the envy of the National Hockey League. They’ve got a phenomenal owner in Jeff Vinik, who put the brakes on disaster and painstakingly rebuilt the organisation from the inside out. A former investment wizard, Vinik has managed to strike the optimal balance between the fanatical micromanagement of some of his peers, and the utter apathy of others. As a result, the Lightning have been consistently…

July 8, 2018
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NHL Rumors: Karlsson, Weber, Parayko, More

In today’s rumor rundown, Erik Karlsson is going to Tampa… or wait, no he isn’t. Also, Shea Weber is out for six months which has stirred up an interesting name as a replacement, a Justin Faulk trade is likely imminent and St. Louis is looking at trading one of their best defensemen? Just when things seem to be quieting down on the free agent front, the NHL is getting extremely…

July 6, 2018
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Lightning Sign McDonagh to Extension

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Ryan McDonagh to a seven-year contract extension worth $47.25 million, the team announces Sunday. The deal will carry a $6.75 million cap hit and will kick in following the 2018-19 season as McDonagh still has one year left on his current deal set to cost the Lightning $4.7 million against the cap. MAC’S BACK! We have signed Ryan McDonagh to a seven-year contract extension…

July 1, 2018
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Tavares to Lightning Doesn’t Guarantee Anything

With the NHL draft in the books, all eyes have turned to the upcoming free agency period. The most coveted free agent is center John Tavares. A former first overall pick of the New York Islanders, Tavares has narrowed his list down to five teams, plus the Islanders. Those are the Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning. For Lightning fans, the mere…

June 28, 2018
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Tavares & the Lightning: The Improbability of a Superteam

With a successful NHL Draft now behind him, it is time for Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman to prepare for free agency. With the team already in a cap crunch, it was expected that the Lightning would be relatively quiet this year, maybe only looking for a depth forward to fill out the team’s fourth line or re-signing players like J.T. Miller. However, in recent days it has…

June 27, 2018
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Lightning Re-Sign Miller

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward J.T. Miller to a five-year contract worth $26.25 million, the team announced Tuesday. The deal comes with a cap hit of $5.25 million per season and will keep Miller under contract with the team through the 2022-23 season. We have re-signed J.T. Miller to a five-year contract worth $5.25 million per season. https://t.co/whbQTPT7GO — Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 26, 2018 Originally acquired as…

June 26, 2018
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Lightning Have Classic ‘Yzerman’ Era Draft

Even without a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning still had an incredibly busy weekend. While general manager Steve Yzerman chose to stand pat with his seven picks on Saturday, a rare instance where he didn’t trade for a roster player or more picks, the team was still active filling organizational needs. Steve Yzerman chose not to trade any of his picks at the 2018…

June 24, 2018
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