Joseph's Proving to the Lightning That He's Here to Stay

Joseph's Proving to the Lightning That He's Here to Stay

January 23rd, 2021 As a fourth-round pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, there was little hype for Mathieu Joseph's selection by the Tampa Bay Lightning. While it was clear that he was a talented forward, it's impossible to project a mid-round pick becoming a nightly NHL starter. Yet, after his selection, Joseph built a...
The Lightning & Pat Maroon Are a Really Good Fit...For Now

The Lightning & Pat Maroon Are a Really Good Fit...For Now

January 21st, 2021 During the summer of the infamous 2019-20 Tampa Bay lightning season, one thing was clear, the team needed more grit, and they needed it fast. Coach Jon Cooper thought of one player, in particular, a player fresh off a Stanley Cup win with the St. Louis Blues. That player was Patrick...
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January 11th, 2021
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Some would say that he is irreplaceable. Those who say that would be absolutely right. Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov is one of the most lethal players in the NHL. He is the ultimate playmaker. Not only is he a wicked sniper, capable of putting the puck in the net from almost any angle, he is an incredible setup man, making passes that other players can only dream of making, setting up goal after goal. Those incredible skills led Kucherov to be named the 2018-19 Hart Trophy winner, given to the MVP of the league. Those skills also led to a very productive playoff run for the 27-year-old Russian in 2019-20. He put up 34 points in 25 games, helping the Lightning to their second Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. But unfortunately, the Lightning will be without Kucherov, and his incredible playmaking skills, for the 2020-21 regular season, as he recently had surgery on an injured hip. However, there is hope that he will return to the playoffs if Tampa...
January 10th, 2021
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For the Tampa Bay Lightning, there was only one acceptable outcome for the 2019-20 NHL season: win the Stanley Cup. After experiencing one of the greatest postseason collapses in sports history along with a cap crunch barring down in 2020, it appeared that this would be the franchise's last chance to win with the core group of players that brought Tampa Bay back from irrelevance over the last decade. After hardships, injuries, and a long pause due to a global pandemic, the Lightning ultimately reached their goal. In the waning days of September, they hoisted the 2020 Stanley Cup in a bubble in Edmonton, an end no one could have predicted when the season started. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, there was only one acceptable outcome to the 2019-20 NHL season: win the Stanley Cup. Despite everything that happened, they managed to pull off this seemingly impossible feat. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) After reaching the pinnacle of the sport, Tampa Bay then looked forward at...
January 9th, 2021
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With the start of training camp officially underway, the Tampa Bay Lightning begin their quest to become the second team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions in the salary cap era. Winning back-to-back Cups is already considered one of the hardest feats in all professional sports and, combined with this year’s shortened season and likely more upcoming COVID-19 scheduling complications, the 2020-21 season looks to be no different. The Lightning spent the bulk of their offseason clearing up cap space so they could sign their top free agents — Anthony Cirelli, Erik Cernak, and Mikhail Sergachev — putting together the pieces to make another deep playoff run. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, it will take more than free agent signings if the Lightning want to become the first team in NHL history to raise two Stanley Cup banners in the same calendar year. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman presents the Tampa Bay Lightning with the Stanley Cup following their...
January 3rd, 2021
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Whenever a franchise wins the Stanley Cup in the salary cap era, you know that change will soon follow. It's hard enough to keep great teams together, but with the threat of a cap crunch always looming, it makes retaining a complete team with those talented players borderline impossible. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, this talent bleed occurred throughout the offseason after they won the 2020 Stanley Cup. It started with the departure of veteran players who signed low-cost, one-year deals last season, and seemingly ended with a trade to clear some much-needed cap space. Related: Paquette’s Legacy as the Lightning’s Big Man Due to these moves and injuries, the Lightning's forward corps will look significantly different than the group that won the Stanley Cup. Nowhere will these changes be more apparent than in Tampa Bay's bottom six, where the franchise will be seeing some turnover after a busy offseason. Lightning's Third-Line Should Remain Together At the 2020...
December 31st, 2020
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He’s back, and most would say it’s very unexpected. Heading into the offseason, it was almost a forgone conclusion that Tyler Johnson's time with the Tampa Bay Lightning was up. But after being dangled in front of other teams to be traded, to no avail, and then later waived, Johnson has somehow remained on the team's roster as the 2020-21 regular season inches closer. Now cap compliant after a series of moves, it would appear that Johnson will begin the season with the Lightning, but that doesn’t mean the Lightning won’t try to get rid of him again. Getting Cap Compliant The Lightning came into the offseason with serious salary cap issues. Coming off the franchise’s second Stanley Cup championship, the Bolts had very little money to spend, and big free agents to re-sign. After extending the contract of defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, the Lightning were actually about $2 million above the cap. However, a hip injury to Nikita Kucherov that will force him to miss...
December 31st, 2020
Lightning Prospects

With as deep of a roster as the Tampa Bay Lightning have had for at least the past few years, their prospect pool is also pretty stacked with talent as well. One of the players leading all potential future Bolts right now is defenseman Callan Foote, or Cal for short. The defensive ranks for the Lightning right now include the likes of Victor Hedman and Ryan McDonagh. The organization also made some moves at the position by re-signing Mikhail Sergachev, Erik Cernak, and Luke Schenn to their respective deals. Foote has a lot of potential to become another complementary piece to that blueline, and it might not be long before he becomes an NHL regular himself. Family Ties Foote was born in Denver, Colorado on Dec. 13, 1998. He had hockey in his blood from the start, with his dad Adam being a defenseman for the Colorado Avalanche. What his father was able to accomplish in his career proved that he would be a good mentor for his son Cal to learn from. Adam Foote started with...