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Unpacking the Lightning Trade Rumors

Unpacking the Lightning Trade Rumors

June 22nd, 2018 It should come as no surprise that the NHL is currently abuzz with rumors and speculation with the entry draft looming large. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, these rumors have varied from somewhat practical trades for a defenseman to completely impossible ideas around shipping out a star forward....
Tampa Bay Lightning 2018 NHL Draft Profile

Tampa Bay Lightning 2018 NHL Draft Profile

June 20th, 2018 For the first time since taking over as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Steve Yzerman will be entering the NHL Entry Draft without a first-round pick. While there was a year when the Lightning did not make a pick in round one, that was due to Yzerman trading his first rounder during the...

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June 2nd, 2018
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With the Stanley Cup playoffs nearing their end, it's safe to say there will be a new champion sooner rather than later. There has been plenty of talk leading up to the Stanley Cup Final regarding who might finally hoist hockey's most coveted trophy. Is it going to be Alexander Ovechkin's Washington Capitals, or a bunch of former castoffs, forming arguably the NHL's greatest inaugural team in the Vegas Golden Knights? Many feel like Ovechkin has paid his dues and deserves to win hockey's holy grail, the Stanley Cup. He's got a case, as he's the league's best goal scorer, a title he's held for much of his career. His personal success thus far has trumped team success, though, with the Capitals consistently failing to make the Conference Final during his tenure there. That is, until this season. Led by the captain, the Caps dispatched two-time defending Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins before beating the heavily favored Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. Now, Ovie and...
May 31st, 2018
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After the Tampa Bay Lightning's sudden and disappointing end to another deep playoff run, there was an instantaneous reaction from a contingency of the fanbase that it was time for the team to move on from head coach Jon Cooper. While this was largely a guttural reaction to a crushing playoff meltdown, it is worth asking the question, is Cooper still the coach of the future for the Lightning? The immediate answer is, of course, yes, as Cooper has done more in his tenure as head coach than just about anyone else in the franchise's 25 years in the NHL. During the 2017-18 season, Cooper recorded his 240th career NHL win, which broke John Tortorella's franchise wins record for a head coach. Since he took over coaching duties from Guy Boucher in 2013, the Bolts have made the postseason each year outside of the 2016-17 season, when the Lightning missed out by a point. In many ways, you know things are going well when a meltdown in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final is seen as an...
May 25th, 2018
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It's difficult to discuss the end of the Tampa Bay Lightning's season right now. Even with some time to process their shut-out in Game 7, it seems like an impossible outcome for the Bolts. Not only were they outplayed by the Washington Capitals, they were completely shut down, held without a point in close to eight periods. Whenever they pushed play, the Capitals responded with more passion and drive, fueled by twenty years of disappointment. In short, the Lightning just wasn't good enough to win it all this year. Unfortunately, this pathetic ending will ruin what was an otherwise incredible season for the once-maligned Sun-Belt expansion team. 25th Anniversary Was a Success for Lightning Coming into 2017-18, this season felt special. Not only were they celebrating their 25th anniversary, they were also hosting their second All-Star Game in franchise history. The Lightning was motivated heading into the season, having barely missed the playoffs in the year prior....
May 23rd, 2018
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When the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs began, the Tampa Bay Lightning were getting contributions from pretty much everyone. Whether it be the Brayden Point line against the Boston Bruins, or the two big guns to close out the New Jersey Devils in Round 1, there wasn't anything going wrong. In the Eastern Conference Final, however, that balanced scoring has dried up a bit. That's not to say nobody is scoring big goals, as some unexpected heroes did emerge in Game 5. Grinders Ryan Callahan and Cedric Paquette made a huge impact in the Lightning's victory on Saturday night. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be realistic to expect that line to get on the scoresheet often in a do-or-die Game 7. The magnitude of this winner-take-all game requires leaders to step up. For the Lightning, there are three guys who have been fairly quiet, if not dead silent, this entire series. If the team has any chance of avoiding a second choke in the past three years with a 3-2 series lead at one point, these...

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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