Countdown to Puck Drop - Day 81 - Cernak's Importance to the Lightning

Countdown to Puck Drop - Day 81 - Cernak's Importance to the Lightning

July 13th, 2019 Introducing The Hockey Writers' Countdown to Puck Drop series. From now until the puck drops on the 2019-20 NHL's regular season on Oct. 2 when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators, we'll be producing content that's connected to the number of days remaining on that particular day. Some...
Tampa Bay Lightning Jersey History

Tampa Bay Lightning Jersey History

July 12th, 2019 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 organization from the inside out. A former investment wizard, Vinik managed to strike the optimal balance between the...

Lightning Contributors

Eugene Helfrick

Read More Lightning News

June 26th, 2019
Tampa Bay Lightning

The 2019 NHL Draft represented a true changing of the guard for the Tampa Bay Lightning. For the first time in close to a decade, the Lightning had a new general manager, Julien BriseBois, calling the shots. With six picks, a looming cap crunch, and a number of big-name free-agents needing to be signed, BriseBois had a lot on his plate heading into his first draft. If handled properly, the team could bring in a fresh batch of needed talent while clearing out some contracts. If mishandled, though, Tampa Bay could end up giving away key assets for little to no return. With the dust now settled, how did BriseBois fare after his first draft at the helm of the Lightning? How the Lightning Drafted It's impossible to know how a drafted player will affect an organization on the day of the draft. As the Lightning have shown over the years, there's no such thing as a guaranteed first-round pick or a throwaway seventh-rounder. However, judging on face value alone, BriseBois and...
June 22nd, 2019
Lightning Transactions

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired forward J.T. Miller from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goaltender Marek Mazanec, a 2019 third-round pick, and a conditional first. The 26-year-old Miller is coming off a season in which he had 13 goals and 47 points in 75 games while playing on all four lines. He also had two assists in four postseason games. The 2018-19 season was his second in Tampa Bay after the Lightning acquired him from the New York Rangers at the 2018 Trade Deadline. In 94 regular-season games with the Lightning, he had 23 goals and 65 points. He also contributed two goals and 10 points in 21 playoff games with them. For his career, he's appeared in 435 regular-season games and has totaled 95 goals and 237 points. He has four years left on his deal with a $5.25 million cap hit and a modified no-trade clause. He will provide depth offense for a Canucks team looking to get back into the...
June 19th, 2019
Lightning History

Throughout his tenure with the Tampa Bay Lightning, general manager Steve Yzerman found great success at the draft. Even if he struggled at times with first-round picks, his team of scouts consistently pulled top-talent out of all rounds of the draft. With 2019 representing the first draft for the Lightning without Yzerman in close to a decade, this represents a good time to look back at some of the most successful picks made during his time in Tampa Bay. #5: Anthony Cirelli As the 72nd pick in the 2015 draft, it would have been easy to write off Anthony Cirelli as a longshot to reach the NHL, let alone excel once he made it there. Despite this, Cirelli quickly established himself as one of the Lightning's top prospects in his first season playing for their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. In fact, before the end of his AHL rookie season, Cirelli received a call-up, scoring two goals in his very first game. After that debut, he locked down a third-line role with the...
June 18th, 2019
Lightning Transactions

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenceman Braydon Coburn to a $3.4 million, two-year deal. Coburn will count $1.7 million against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons. General manager Julien BriseBois announced the contr...