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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (44) / 8/3/1971

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have fired head coach Guy Boucher.
The Lightning are currently in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and 27th overall in the NHL so it is no surprise that Boucher finally got the boot, especially with rumors flying around the last few weeks. "Guy has poured his heart and soul into the Lightning organization for these past three years and we appreciate all the work he has done," GM Steve Yzerman said. "But ultimately I am not satisfied with the direction we are heading and I believe making a change today is in the best interest of our franchise." The Lightning play Winnipeg tonight and Martin Raymond and Dan Lacroix will share the coaching duties behind the bench. Sun, Mar 24, 2013 07:10:00 AM

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The Lightning are currently in a 4-11-1 funk, but coach Guy Boucher was happy with his team's effort in its 2-1 loss to Winnipeg.

The Jets had the game-winner with 4:08 remaining. "We didn’t make many mistakes tonight, and they end up in the back of our net," Boucher said. "This was very difficult for the players. We get all these chances and most of the time we will put them in. … I can’t go in the room and start blaming the players’ effort, blaming the way they played — we out-chance the opponent 15-9 and do everything we could.’’
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 11:11:00 AM

Tampa Bay is looking to get their power play back on track.

The Lightning have the top ranked power play on home ice and they are currently in third place going into Thursday night's games. However, they have converted just three of 27 chances over their past seven matches. The Bolts will also be in tough Thursday night against Boston's top-ranked penalty kill.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 11:52:00 AM

A topic of discussion at the next General Managers meetings in March will be a coach's challenge, according to RDS' Renaud Lavoie.

Lavoie, who credits a "reliable source," says the French-speaking coaches he polled would be in favor of this, which seems to only include goal-related plays. Two years ago Panthers general manager Dale Tallon put it on the table, with a few on board, but then-Leafs general manager Brian Burke convinced the rest to say no because it would prolong games. The suspect calls already this season have rekindled the the idea. "I'm in favor because there are jobs and millions of dollars at stake," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said.
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 10:07:00 PM

Tampa Bay entered Monday night's action tied for second in the league with 86 blocked shots.

Following Monday's games they are sixth. The Lightning have excelled on offense this season and are tied with St. Louis for tops in the NHL with 24 goals apiece, but coach Guy Boucher is happy to see his players among the leaders in blocks a little more. He said blocked shots are "the No. 1 criteria to see people paying the price to win." Defensemen Eric Brewer and Matt Carle lead the team with 11 shot blocks each.
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 09:04:00 AM

The Lightning have been outscored 10-3 in the second period this year.

They allowed all four goals in their 6-4 win against the Senators in the second period. "What’s happening now is it’s the beginning of the year and every team is going to have moments when it’s not at its best," coach Guy Boucher said. "But to have entire second periods every game, it’s unacceptable. We’ve got to change that.’’
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:57:00 AM

For Lightning coach Guy Boucher, it's a good thing the lockout ended because he was starting to go crazy.

Boucher lasted until mid-December before he realized he couldn't watch any more game type, read or have the Lightning's state geek send him more data. "When you start looking at the last five years, how many wrap-around goals have been scored, why, and from which side, at that point …" Boucher said. "I'm talking to one of the guys on staff, saying, 'OK, this is ridiculous. We need the players, now .'"
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:33:00 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has given all of his full-time employees extra vacation time.

About 150 Lightning employees will not be asked to work from Dec. 20 to Jan. 2, but they will still receive their regular paychecks and the time off will not count towards their vacation time. This break might be cut short if the league and union agree to a new CBA in the near future. "Our ownership believed that an extended paid holiday at this time would be a nice reward for the employees that have worked so hard to transform the organization on and off the ice over the past two years," team spokesman Bill Wickett said. In the face of a lockout that's threatening to kill the season and now a possible legal battle that might alter the business fundamentals of the NHL, the time off is probably extremely helpful. The Lightning Foundation is also giving each employee an extra $75, which they hope they'll use to help the needy as they see fit.
Mon, Dec 17, 2012 11:06:00 AM

Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher displayed an interesting method of "throwing" out the ceremonial first pitch at a Rays' game on Friday night.

In a baseball contest against the Toronto Blue Jays, Boucher shot the ball with a hockey stick toward home plate for an impressive strike. The Lightning bench boss also shared his somewhat pessimistic thoughts about the NHL lockout. "I'd be a liar to say I'm not afraid (of a lengthy lockout)," he said, "especially as a group right now, the organization from top to bottom are very enthusiastic about the momentum we have with our fans and the building, the new players we acquired this summer. There is so much positive stuff going for us, it would be sad if (the lockout) was long."
Mon, Sep 24, 2012 10:05:00 AM

Larry Robinson considered joining the Tampa Bay Lightning as an assistant coach before ultimately joining the San Jose Sharks.

Robinson talked with Lightning GM Steve Yzerman and has a house in Tampa Bay. "I felt that this was the right move for me," Robinson said of signing with San Jose. "It allows me to not only come here and work with some great people but also to work with an organization I think is going in the right direction, giving me another chance to win another Cup. Also, I felt it was important for me and my family to move a little closer to the grand kids and it allows my wife a little more freedom to do the things she loves to do and that’s to be around the kids." Robinson, who has an extensive history of playoff success, is hoping to impart his wisdom on a gifted Sharks team with a reputation for falling short in the postseason.
Mon, Jul 9, 2012 05:03:00 PM

Don't be surprised if the Lightning are in the running for one of the better free agent defensemen when the free agent bell rings Sunday at noon.

Matt Carle, Carlo Colaiacovo, Bryan Allen and Michal Rosival may all be on GM Steve Yzerman's radar.
Sun, Jul 1, 2012 10:18:00 AM

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman plans to use both of his first-round picks in the 2012 draft.

He said there is more of a chance that the Lightning use the 10th overall pick and the 19th selection could be in play depending on the situation. Yzerman also commented that the Bolts' draft strategy is to take the best player available.
Wed, Jun 20, 2012 08:30:00 AM

Lighting GM Steve Yzerman isn't likely to attempt to use an offer sheet to lure another team's restricted free agent.

"The only way a team doesn't match the offer is if you grossly overpay the player," Yzerman said. "That's why I don't like it. If you do a contract for the right value of a player, chances are the other team is just going to match it." Teams have the option of either matching the offer sheet and keeping their restricted free agent or allowing him to sign with the other team. In addition to likely overpaying for the restricted free agent, the team signing him will also have to compensate the original rights holder with draft picks. The value and quantity of picks is determined by the cap hit of the restricted free agent's new contract. Of course, this system might be changed in the next CBA.
Mon, Jun 11, 2012 11:34:00 AM

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is interested in acquiring a starting goaltender via the trade market.

Before you take that to mean that Yzerman is interested in Roberto Luongo, keep in mind that the Lightning GM is thinking about going in a different direction. "My preference," Yzerman said, "is to go with a little bit younger guy that maybe has a little less experience that can step up and play well for us now." In other words, Yzerman would rather get a Semyon Varlamov than a Luongo. If Yzerman can't find a trading partner by July 1, then he'll probably end up targeting a goaltender on the free agent market.
Fri, May 25, 2012 10:51:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning may add a goaltending prospect to their ranks at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in June.

The Bolts have two picks in the first round and up to four selections in the second round, so they can afford to gamble if they choose to. Russian keeper Andrei Vasilevsk, Swedish netminder Oscar Dansk and Canadian goalie Malcolm Subban could be targeted as options for the Lightning.
Tue, May 8, 2012 07:49:00 AM

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