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Predicting the Lightning's Fourth Line

Predicting the Lightning's Fourth Line

August 16th, 2018 There are relatively few question marks for the Tampa Bay Lightning heading into the 2018-19 season. Based on their offseason free-agent signings (or lack thereof) and the general state of their roster, one could reasonably predict the team's starting forward lineup based off last season. You know...
Top 4 Lightning Prospects for 2018-19

Top 4 Lightning Prospects for 2018-19

August 11th, 2018 Sometimes it can be difficult to define when a young player is no longer considered a prospect. This is the current situation for Anthony Cirelli of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who is, by all accounts, still a prospect for the team. However, after an impressive debut with the franchise and extended...

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July 6th, 2018
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In today's rumor rundown, Erik Karlsson is going to Tampa... or wait, no he isn't. Also, Shea Weber is out for six months which has stirred up an interesting name as a replacement, a Justin Faulk trade is likely imminent and St. Louis is looking at trading one of their best defensemen? Just when things seem to be quieting down on the free agent front, the NHL is getting extremely interesting. Erik Karlsson Update In Erik Karlsson's mind is it Tampa Bay or bust for the star defenseman? The news around the NHL yesterday was that Karlsson would only agree to sign an extension with the Lightning if traded there and that the Lightning are certainly interested in the idea of Karlsson and Victor Hedman as their top-two blueliners. But, to make any trade between the two teams work, it appears Tampa needs to find a third team to help manage the cap implications. https://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/1015006959874072581 The New York Rangers are rumored to be that third team and...
July 1st, 2018
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Ryan McDonagh to a seven-year contract extension worth $47.25 million, the team announces Sunday. The deal will carry a $6.75 million cap hit and will kick in following the 2018-19 season as McDonagh still has one year left on his current deal set to cost the Lightning $4.7 million against the cap. https://twitter.com/TBLightning/status/1013454103815573504 McDonagh is a bonafide No. 1 defender who has been a star in New York with the Rangers for years. With a trade to the Lightning at the 2018 Trade Deadline coming to shore up the Lightning's blue-line, McDonagh was pushed out of the No. 1 spot and into a secondary role behind Victor Hedman, giving the Lightning one of the best one-two punches in the league as a result. McDonagh is a Star Two-Way Defender Drafted with the 12th pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, McDonagh was traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Rangers before he ever even played a game in the league. He's gotten more...
June 28th, 2018
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With the NHL draft in the books, all eyes have turned to the upcoming free agency period. The most coveted free agent is center John Tavares. A former first overall pick of the New York Islanders, Tavares has narrowed his list down to five teams, plus the Islanders. Those are the Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning. For Lightning fans, the mere possibility of landing Tavares is huge. There's talk about him being the missing piece in the team's quest for a second Stanley Cup. Plus, the idea of him potentially centering the first line between Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov has to have opposing teams shaking in their boots. Throw in Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat, Victor Hedman, Andrei Vasilevskiy, along with the recently re-signed J.T. Miller, and it would not be a stretch to compare them to the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors. That's how stacked they would be. In saying that, the Lightning have to be...
June 27th, 2018
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With a successful NHL Draft now behind him, it is time for Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman to prepare for free agency. With the team already in a cap crunch, it was expected that the Lightning would be relatively quiet this year, maybe only looking for a depth forward to fill out the team's fourth line or re-signing players like J.T. Miller. However, in recent days it has been announced that the Lightning are one of many teams who will be talking with prized free agent John Tavares this offseason. As an all-world forward coming onto the market, Tavares will be demanding a massive contract in terms of both money and years for his services. Given the organization's current cap constraints, there is almost no scenario where Tampa Bay could fit Tavares into its future. If the team could, though, it would be the final piece in Yzerman turning the once-laughingstock Lightning into a true superteam. Tavares Would Create a Superteam in Tampa Bay Let's say, just...

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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