July 31st, 2015 In Lightning History, NWHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, Women's Hockey 0 comments

Many of you know that the initial season of the National Women's Hockey League is this upcoming season. In the fall, there will be four teams battling it out in the new women's professional hockey league. This brought to mind an event that goes back over 20 years. Let me set the stage. The heart is beating just a little faster than normal. The...

July 29th, 2015 In Lightning History, Lightning Management, Tampa Bay Lightning 0 comments

Last month in Las Vegas, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager, Steve Yzerman was awarded the 2015 NHL GM of the Year. This announcement was thought to be well deserved, especially in the Tampa Bay area. Looking back at the incredibly productive year by Yzerman, he bolstered his roster through free agency with the likes of Brian Boyle, Anton...

July 23rd, 2015 In Lightning Management, Tampa Bay Lightning 0 comments

A recent news item suggests strongly that the NHL is about to expand. The only groups that submitted completed applications to join the NHL were a group from Las Vegas headed by Billionaire, Bill Foley and a group from Quebecor, a large Canadian media company for a franchise in Quebec City. The applications from these two groups/cities is the...

July 19th, 2015 In Lightning Prospects, Tampa Bay Lightning 0 comments

It has been said that youth will not endure. So, when talk arises about the Tampa Bay Lightning at the precipice of a Stanley Cup contending window, time is of the essence. Looking at the present off-season of the Chicago Blackhawks, it is inevitable that personnel changes are a challenge that must be met. Assuming the probable roster moves, it...

July 17th, 2015 In Lightning Transactions, News, Tampa Bay Lightning 0 comments

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov and defenseman Luke Witkowski to one-year, two-way contracts, the team announced on Friday evening. Both players were restricted free agents and will still be restricted free agents when their contracts expire. Namestnikov's contract is worth $874,125 at the NHL level and $70K...

July 17th, 2015 In Tampa Bay Lightning 0 comments

The Steven Stamkos contract saga seems to have taken on a life of it’s own recently and the Tampa Bay Lightning faithful are getting anxious. Especially considering the rumors that the Toronto Maple Leafs may be gearing up for a run at the super star. What’s the delay in getting a deal completed? Why aren’t both parties participating in more...

July 15th, 2015 In Lightning Management, Tampa Bay Lightning 0 comments

On February 5, 2010, the NHL approved the sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning from a partnership known as OK Hockey to a former hedge fund manager by the name of Jeffrey Vinik. The sale price was reported to be approximately $170 million. In his first press conference as new owner of the Lightning, Vinik said “I will do everything in my power...

July 13th, 2015 In Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 comments

Steve Stamkos was born in just outside of Toronto and so with his pending unrestricted free-agency, many have indulged in the fantasy of him coming home to play for the Leafs. The thinking, as outlined recently by The Hockey Writers' Jeff Langridge, is that with a rash of recent short-term deals, the Leafs could be preparing to take a run at...

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