Unpacking the Lightning Trade Rumors

It should come as no surprise that the NHL is currently abuzz with rumors and speculation with the entry draft looming large. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, these rumors have varied from somewhat practical trades for a defenseman to completely impossible ideas around shipping out a star forward. Similar to any trade deadline, all rumors should be assumed without merit until they actually happen. Even with this in mind, though,…

June 22, 2018

Tampa Bay Lightning 2018 NHL Draft Profile

For the first time since taking over as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Steve Yzerman will be entering the NHL Entry Draft without a first-round pick. While there was a year when the Lightning did not make a pick in round one, that was due to Yzerman trading his first rounder during the draft for an additional pick in the second and third round. With this in mind,…

June 20, 2018

Could Lightning Consider Trading Kucherov?

In the weeks between the end of the Stanley Cup Final and the NHL entry-level draft, rumors abound about seemingly every player in the league. Oftentimes, these are nothing more than idle speculation that never becomes reality. Even on the rare occasion when a rumored trade occurs, there is usually a caveat attached, with a part of the deal being missed. All this preface is just to reiterate: don’t trust rumors. However,…

June 17, 2018

Stamkos Legacy Rests in the Cup

In the NHL, legacies are determined by championships. Elite talents are expected to lead their respective teams to glory at some point in their career to be considered legendary. Two names that stick out are Canadian golden boy Sidney Crosby and Russian scoring machine Alexander Ovechkin. Drafted one year apart, both made their rookie debuts in the 2005-06 season. While it took time, they each captained at least one championship…

June 16, 2018

Lightning Larceny: Revisiting Sergachev for Drouin Trade

On June 15, 2017, the Tampa Bay Lightning traded Jonathan Drouin to the Montreal Canadians for Mikhail Sergachev. While trade received somewhat mixed reactions when it first happened, the reasoning behind Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman’s decision made logical sense. Not only did Sergachev fill an organizational need, he was safe from the upcoming expansion draft, affording the franchise a little more room to work with their roster. One year…

June 15, 2018

Does Lightning Future Include Koekkoek?

For years, the future of defenseman Slater Koekkoek has been a hot topic in Tampa Bay Lightning land. This year, that chatter has gone from a whisper to a roar heard all across Tampa. Since being drafted 10th overall in 2012, Koekkoek has struggled to make a name for himself at the NHL level. It probably doesn’t help that he was the second-highest defenseman taken, behind elite stalwart Victor Hedman,…

June 9, 2018

Does Callahan Have a Future With the Lightning?

Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final was arguably the best game Ryan Callahan played in the 2017-18 season for the Tampa Bay Lightning. That night, he acted as the primary offensive driver in the team’s 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals, scoring the game-winning goal and posting an assist in a dominating performance. However, this scoring outburst was a surprise to everyone, as Callahan has largely been an afterthought…

June 8, 2018

Should Lightning Trade Tyler Johnson?

For many Lightning fans, Tyler Johnson has become a face of the franchise since his breakout rookie year in the 2013-14 season. His success in the first five years of his NHL career has directly correlated with the success of the Lightning, who have become one of the top teams in the league on the back of hard work by undersized forwards like Johnson. However, there is never a sure…

June 4, 2018

Lightning’s Stamkos Deserves a Cup

With the Stanley Cup playoffs nearing their end, it’s safe to say there will be a new champion sooner rather than later. There has been plenty of talk leading up to the Stanley Cup Final regarding who might finally hoist hockey’s most coveted trophy. Is it going to be Alexander Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals, or a bunch of former castoffs, forming arguably the NHL’s greatest inaugural team in the Vegas Golden…

June 2, 2018

Cooper Next Unemployed Lightning Coach?

After the Tampa Bay Lightning’s sudden and disappointing end to another deep playoff run, there was an instantaneous reaction from a contingency of the fanbase that it was time for the team to move on from head coach Jon Cooper. While this was largely a guttural reaction to a crushing playoff meltdown, it is worth asking the question, is Cooper still the coach of the future for the Lightning? The…

May 31, 2018