August 10th, 2016 In Lightning Management, Tampa Bay Lightning 0 comments

The Tampa Bay Lightning have approximately $6.59 million in cap space as of today, and if I'm Steve Yzerman I'm sitting in my office every day contemplating giving Kucherov $6-6.5 million of that hit before the season begins. In fact, as the days get closer and closer to the start of the 2016-17 season the more Yzerman's hand is forced to offer...

August 3rd, 2016 In Lightning Management, Tampa Bay Lightning 0 comments

The buzz created when the Tampa Bay Lightning signed free agent forward Cory Conacher to a one-year contract earlier this summer has been hard to ignore, but a look at his life on and off the ice makes it easy to understand. The 26-year-old played just 35 games in a Lightning uniform during the 2012-13 season before being part of arguably the...

July 28th, 2016 In Tampa Bay Lightning 0 comments

With Wednesday's announcement that the Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov to a two-year contract, general manager Steve Yzerman's immediate focus now turns to forward Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov and defenseman Nikita Nesterov are the team's only restricted free agents that remain unsigned heading into the 2016-17 season....

July 26th, 2016 In News, Tampa Bay Lightning 0 comments

According to Craig Custance of ESPN, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vladislav Namestnikov have agreed to terms on a two-year contract that will pay the 23-year-old $1.9375 million per season. The Lightning and Namestnikov were previously slated to negotiate through the NHL's arbitration process, but both sides were able to reach a deal that...

July 25th, 2016 In Lightning Goaltending, News, Top Stories 0 comments

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. McDonald reported that Bishop spent the first half of the summer rehabilitating a high-ankle and shin sprain he...

July 25th, 2016 In Editor's Choice, Lightning Goaltending, Tampa Bay Lightning 0 comments

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...

July 24th, 2016 In International Hockey, News, Tampa Bay Lightning, World Cup 0 comments

When Ben Bishop suits up for the Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey in September, he will be doing so in style. The veteran goaltender revealed the mask that he will wear for the tournament on Twitter, and it's definitely one of the more interesting masks out there. https://twitter.com/Benbishop30/status/756887001249361920 When Bishop laces...

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