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Braydon Coburn Trade Revisited

Braydon Coburn Trade Revisited

February 18th, 2018 At 2:59 A.M. on March 1, 2015 the Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers. For Coburn, the Lightning sent Philadelphia a 1st and 3rd round pick in the 2015 draft along with defenseman Radko Gudas. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman made this late...
Maroon to the Lightning, What Dictates the Trade?

Maroon to the Lightning, What Dictates the Trade?

February 14th, 2018 With all the talk about the Tampa Bay Lightning shopping for defense at the NHL trade deadline, rumors are popping up that general manager Steve Yzerman is inquiring about forwards as well. While the Lightning have received consistent scoring throughout the lineup, it is not surprising that...

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January 30th, 2018
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With the All-Star Game in the rearview mirror, it is already time for the Tampa Bay Lightning to put the excitement of the weekend behind them and look to build upon their current high-level of play. Not only did the team string together three consecutive wins against strong opponents before the break, they looked like the Lightning of old in the process. It wasn't so long ago that things were looking a bit dire around the Lightning locker room. Prior to their current streak, they posted a three-game losing streak separated by their bye week. This was their longest losing streak of the season and was one of the few times that they simply weren't performing well on the ice. As Jon Cooper said in an interview with Fox Sports: "We’re out of sync," coach Jon Cooper put it. "The guys didn’t forget how to play hockey in the last week and a half... We didn’t get where we are today by fluke, but we’ve got better in us, we know that." Whether it was due to a missing Victor Hedman...
January 24th, 2018
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Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is known to be a shrewd businessman when it comes to making trades. Part of how he has turned Tampa Bay into a contender is by making smart trades that benefit the team in the long term rather than for short-term gain. Since taking over as GM in 2010, Yzerman has rarely parted with future assets for rentals at the trade deadline. Instead, he uses the fervor of the deadline to add high value picks and prospects. For example, during the 2014-15 season when Yzerman was needing an experienced defenseman to help guide his young team throughout the playoffs, he brought in veteran Braydon Coburn from Philadelphia. This was an expensive trade by Yzerman standards, costing a first and third-round pick in the 2015 draft along with defenseman Radko Gudas. However, this trade was made following two typical Yzerman conditions. First, the Lightning had an extra first and third-round pick in the 2015 draft, so the team had a surplus of picks...
January 23rd, 2018
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From time to time, THW translates Russian materials where the focus is less on great hockey players, but is rather on their family. We already published stories about Alexander Radulov and Artemi Panarin, and also a talk with Kirill Kaprizov's first coach. This time, Nikita Kucherov's mother, Svetlana, and first coach, Gennadi Kurdin, shed some lights on the Tampa Bay Lightning superstar. * You can enjoy the original article by Igor Rabiner and pictures of very young Nikita Kucherov and Nikita Gusev on the Russian website Sport-Express.ru * Nikita Kucherov Gifted his First Coach a Car "I remember that I was driving around in an old Zhiguli," Nikita Kucherov's first coach, Gennadi Kurdin, recalls. "I talk about cars, we were stuck in a traffic jam, and he, still a very young kid, listens to me. So at once I tell him - Once you'll play in the NHL, will you buy me a car? - Probably I was just worn out by the traffic jam when I told him so. And he even remembered about that! I did...
January 22nd, 2018
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It's nearly a month before the trade deadline and rumors are beginning to spread about certain players being available. The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to be buyers come February 26 as they sit at the top of the Eastern Conference. However, there have recently been rumors regarding the Lightning's defenseman Slater Koekkoek, who has drawn interest from around the league. On a recent segment of Sportsnet's Saturday Headlines, Nick Kypreos mentioned that many teams called Tampa Bay earlier in the season for Koekkoek, with the most interest coming from the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators. Kypreos also states that a potential Cody Ceci for Koekkoek deal was on the table, but general manager Steve Yzerman refused to deal his 2012 first-round pick in case of an injury to a top defenseman. With Victor Hedman out for roughly three-to-six weeks, it's unlikely Koekkoek is dealt before the Lightning get their best defenseman back. The 23-year-old is at the end of a one-year deal, so...

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Martin St. Louis, the Little Big Man

This article was originally written in August, 2010. Little Big Men have always been a staple in the NHL.  You know the type: fast as the wind, nimble on their feet, quick with their hands, tough to play against.  Henri Richard, Marcel Dionne, Brian Gionta. Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay... November 4th, 2017