NHL Rumors: Jets, Penguins, Lightning, More

NHL Rumors: Jets, Penguins, Lightning, More

August 7th, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, with the Winnipeg Jets now out of the playoff picture, the team is finally allowed to reveal the extent of the injuries to both Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine. The Pittsburgh Penguins are making a change in goal and the head coach explains why. Will Matt Murray's...
Devils' Trading Partners: The Lightning Have What They Need

Devils' Trading Partners: The Lightning Have What They Need

August 3rd, 2020 Weaponizing cap space is not a luxury many teams have. But it's something the New Jersey Devils have done to a great extent over the last few seasons. Whether it was acquiring Marcus Johansson in 2017 or Nikita Gusev almost a year ago, they've used their available cap space to their...

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July 21st, 2020
Lightning Prospects

Today’s Prospects News & Rumors column is all about defense. A former top-ten draft pick is turning heads and making his case to get a look during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Another defensive prospect has signed on with another National Hockey League club, who is hoping a change of scenery helps him take the next stop. Broberg Impressing in Camp Edmonton Oilers fans have been excited about defenseman Evan Bouchard ever since he was drafted with the 10th overall pick at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Bouchard had a nice rookie season with the Bakersfield Condors in the American Hockey League (AHL), but he may have been passed up on the organizational depth card. Broberg is turning heads in Edmonton.(Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers Philip Broberg, drafted ninth overall in 2019, was invited to the Oilers’ playoff training camp and he has been very impressive. The 19-year-old came over from Sweden with the idea of getting a couple of weeks of workouts with the NHL club under...
July 20th, 2020
Lightning History

July 20 has been an eventful date in National Hockey League history despite no games being played. A Hall of Fame goaltender finally lands in a spot where he can get a crack at the NHL. A two-time Stanley Cup winner retires. There was a historic hire among the scouting ranks and a very talented group of players were born. Bower Heads East On July 20, 1953, the New York Rangers acquired Hall of Fame goaltender Johnny Bower from the Cleveland Barons for goaltender Emile Francis, forward Neil Strain and cash. Bower starred with the Barons between 1945 and 1953. He won three Calder Cup championships and his 359 wins are still the most in American Hockey League (AHL) history. Bower finally made his NHL debut in 1953. He played in every minute of all 70 games for the Rangers during the 1953-54 season, going 29-31-10. He lost his starting job to Gump Worsley the following season and spent much of the next two seasons back in the...
July 16th, 2020
Lightning History

July 16 has not been the busiest day in National Hockey League history. However, a pair of Hockey Hall of Famers found new homes and two playoff heroes were born on this date, as well. Stevens Heads to St. Louis The St. Louis Blues signed free-agent defenseman and future Hockey Hall of Famer, Scott Stevens, on July 16, 1990. He had spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Washington Capitals, where he scored 98 goals and 429 points while racking up 1,628 penalty minutes, in 601 games. Stevens played just one season with the Blues. He had 44 assists to along with his five goals and a plus-23 rating. On Sept. 3, 1991, he was sent to the New Jersey Devils as compensation for the Blues signing free agent Brendan Shanahan. At first, it looked like the Blues won this trade-off with Shanahan scoring 156 goals and 306 points in four seasons for St. Louis. However, in the long run, the Devils...
July 12th, 2020
Tampa Bay Lightning

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 fanatical micromanagement of some of his peers, and the utter apathy of others. As a result, the Lightning have been consistently competitive on the ice, and are community fixtures off it. Their hockey operations are solid, too. Former general manager Steve Yzerman built a strong foundation which current general manager Julien BriseBois continued to build upon. By re-signing star players, making smart trades and finding success at the draft, the Lightning have been able to build one of the best rosters in the NHL. The fans, for their part, are absolutely fantastic, holding some of the best-looking watch parties in the league just outside Amalie Arena. Inside the building is no...
July 11th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

In today's NHL rumor rundown, the first NHL player has informed their team that they will not take part in the play-in round. Who else might be next? The Tampa Bay Lightning potentially got some bad news as Steve Stamkos suffered an injury. Finally, there could be some interest in Taylor Hall from the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames, plus trade talk out of Vancouver for Brock Boeser. Stamkos Injured During Phase 2 Tampa Bay Lightning insider Erik Erlendsson has revealed that Lightning star forward Steven Stamkos suffered an injury at some point during Phase 2 of the NHL's Return to Play. He is now expected to miss the start of training camp. Joe Smith of The Athletic added that Stamkos is getting treatment and doing land work right now. The injury is being described as a "lower-body injury" and there aren't additional details regarding severity of it. Lightning general...
July 10th, 2020
Lightning History

July 10 saw a big trade between two “Original Six” franchises that saw one of them obtain the greatest goal scorer in their team's history. Also, two current stars inked new contracts and one of the greatest goaltenders of all-time came out of retirement. A Legendary Swap On July 10, 1957, the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings made a one-for-one trade for two future Hall of Famers. The Bruins traded goaltender Terry Sawchuk back to the Red Wings, just over two years after acquiring him in a big nine-player trade. In return, they received Johnny Bucyk and cash. Sawchuk was traded to Boston in 1955 because the Red Wings had a young goaltender named Glenn Hall looking to get more playing time. The trade did not go over well with Sawchuk and it affected his play. He posted a 2.60 goals-against average (GAA) during the 1955-56 season, by far, the highest of his career. The 1956-57 season was a disaster. Sawchuk missed two...