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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (50) / 8/23/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 167

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Tampa Bay is going through its first real slump of the season.
The Lightning have now lost three straight games and five of their last seven games. They still have a 31-12-3 record, but the slump is nevertheless the source of some concern. "We’re just out of synch, it’s unreal," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "The guys didn’t forget how to play hockey in the last week and a half. We’re just out of synch. One guy zigs, the other guy zags. It’s crazy that in the last week and a half, we kind of lost our swag." It can't help that Victor Hedman is now on the sidelines, though the Lightning's decline started before his injury. At the end of the day though, a little bit of adversity now might be good for the Lightning in the long run as they look to address any underlining issues before the playoffs. Jan 21 - 9:55 AM

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After losing for the second time in three games, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper admitted that his team needs to show more urgency going forward.

The Bolts dropped a 3-1 decision to the Washington Capitals on Friday evening. "I think we think we’re a little bit better than we are," Cooper said. "There’s a reason why we have the record we have, because we’ve worked to get there. And I just don’t know if we’re putting the same kind of effort, that urgency, determination that got us off to the start that we did."
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 11:01:00 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper has stated he is thrilled with his team's start to the season.

"The first eight or nine games, our goalie was the reason we were winning those games," Cooper said. "Now we’re winning the games as a team, and you got to like that." The trio of Kucherov, Stamkos and Namestnikov combined with the heroics of Vasilevskiy in goal have helped turn the Lightning into somewhat of a unstoppable force. They are the early season favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 10:34:00 AM

Tampa Bay leads the league with 20 power-play goals going into Wednesday night's action.

The Lightning have a goal on the man advantage in 15 of 18 games this season. The team ranks second in the league with a 28.6 power-play percentage. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov sit first and second in the NHL in power-play points with 14 and 12, respectively.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Lightning head coach Jon Copper has been impressed by his team's 6-1-0 start to the season.

"The start, for me, means a little more just in who we've played," Cooper said. "I know it's early, but we took a couple of monkeys off our back. Because we didn't beat Pittsburgh last year, we didn't beat Columbus last year, and we barely ever beat St. Louis. Coming off a season where we missed the playoffs by one point — you never know where we lost that point — it's good to point munch to start the season."
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Ken Klee has joined AHL Syracuse as an assistant coach.

Syracuse is affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Klee had been the coach of the U.S. Women's National Team and had led them to world championships in 2015 and 2016. The former defenseman also logged 934 games in the NHL as a player. "We are very excited to add Ken to our coaching staff," Syracuse GM Julien BriseBois said. "His vast experience as a long-time National Hockey League defenseman, his recent experience as a head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team and his strong leadership skills will make him an important contributor to the success of our Syracuse Crunch team."
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 07:57:00 PM

The Lightning will be looking to add at least one defenseman through trade or free agency.

One trade target may be Wild rearguard Marco Scandella, who is apparently being shopped and has drawn interest from a number of teams including Tampa. On the unrestricted free agent front, the Bolts might take a look at Cody Franson, Brian Campbell and Karl Alzner. After losing Jason Garrison in Wednesday's expansion draft, the Lightning will likely step up their efforts to solidify their blueline in the next week or so.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 09:18:00 AM

The Lightning did not protect Jake Dotchin or Andrej Sustr from selection by the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Bolts opted to protect the following players: Ryan Callahan, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos, Braydon Coburn, Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman and Andrei Vasilevskiy. It is a tad surprising that the Lightning chose to protect both Callahan and Killorn over Dotchin and Sustr. Look for Vegas to think hard about drafting one of those two rearguards.
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 11:27:00 AM

Lightning bench boss Jon Cooper will coach Team Canada at the upcoming World Hockey Championships.

This is Cooper's first stint with Hockey Canada. Former Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol and Dave King will be his assistants. "Canada has tremendous depth in both its player and coaching pool, and we are fortunate to welcome a blend of experience and new faces to our program for this year’s IIHF World Championship," said Hockey Canada president and CEO Tom Renney. The tournament kicks off on May 5th in France and Germany.
Tue, Apr 11, 2017 06:30:00 PM

Tampa Bay may host another major NHL event yet.

It's been since the 1999 All-Star game that the city of Tampa Bay has hosted a major NHL event, and with Gary Bettman's expectation that a trio of outdoor events will be held next season - Tampa Bay "is in the mix," NHL executive vice president Steve Mayer said. "The city can house a world-class event. It's proving it time after time after time." Bettman, Mayer and their annual multi-city tour to scout for future sites and came away impressed by Tampa and Amalie Arena. After seeing what Los Angeles was able to do with the ice, it's easy to imagine that it'd go over just as well down in Florida's most famous bay.
Source: Joe Smith
Sun, Jan 1, 2017 06:40:00 PM

The Lightning have one won the last eight games.

"This is probably one of our worst if not our worst in the last couple of years," coach Jon Cooper said. "You go through the resume the last three or four of years of the all the ups and downs this team had. This is just a different one, that's all, and we've always found a way to struggle and emerge, and I'm sure we'll find it again." Saturday's match versus Pittsburgh, which resulted in a 4-3 loss, was the sixth time in the past eight games that the Lightning allowed at least four goals.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 11:10:00 AM

Tampa Bay's slow starts have concerned coach Jon Cooper.

The Lightning have seven first-period goals in 12 games, with six coming in two contests. The team has trailed after one period six times, led after one twice and there have been four goalless ties.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 10:09:00 AM

Rick Bowness has signed a multi-year extension with Tampa Bay.

It was reported recently that he was interviewed for the head coaching job in Anaheim, but they are set to name Randy Carlyle as their bench boss on Tuesday. Bowness joined Tampa Bay as associate coach in 2013-14.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 11:34:00 AM

The Lightning have a whopping 12 players who will particiapte in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

They are tied with the Blackhawks for the most players from one team who are on rosters. It is certainly a testimony to the teams' scouts and development people that Tampa has become such a powerhouse squad in the NHL. Ben Bishop and Ryan Callahan will skate for Team U.S.A., while Jonathan Drouin (North America), Steven Stamkos (Canada), Andrei Vasilevskiy, Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikitak Kucherov (Russia), Valteri Filppula (Finland), Andrej Sustr and Ondrej Palat (Czech Republic) and Anton Stralman and Victor Hedman (Sweden) will also compete in the tournament.
Sat, May 28, 2016 10:05:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have inked a one-year affiliation agreement with ECHL Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo will serve as the Lightning's primary ECHL partner for the 2016-17 campaign. "We are very happy to welcome the Kalamazoo Wings to the Lightning organization today," Lightning assistant general manager Julien BriseBois said. "The Wings have maintained a strong commitment to success and we are proud to partner with them. We look forward to furthering the development of our prospects in the ECHL while helping the K-Wings win the Kelly Cup next season."
Wed, May 25, 2016 12:19:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steven Stamkos
2Brayden Point
3Tyler Johnson
4Gabriel Dumont
5Cedric Paquette
LW1Vladislav Namestnikov
2Ondrej Palat
3Alex Killorn
4Chris Kunitz
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Yanni Gourde
3Ryan Callahan
4Cory Conacher
5Adam Erne
D1Victor Hedman
2Mikhail Sergachev
3Anton Stralman
4Jake Dotchin
5Braydon Coburn
6Dan Girardi
7Slater Koekkoek
8Andrej Sustr
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Louis Domingue
3Peter Budaj