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Steve Stamkos had nothing but praise for former teammate Martin St. Louis on Thursday.

This came after St. Louis announced that he would be retiring from the NHL at the age of 40. "You heard all the stories about how great he was and how hard he worked, but to actually physically see it as an 18-year-old kid, that really opened my eyes of how hard you have to work and how dedicated you have to be to be an elite player in the league. It just blew my mind. It was easy for me to follow in his footsteps. And he went out of his way to make me feel comfortable. He really taught me what it was to be a pro. I owe a lot to him." Stamkos also added that St. Louis will be a shoe-in for the Hall-of-Fame when he becomes eligible in a few years.
Jul 2 - 7:20 PM

Matt Taormina has returned to Tampa Bay on a one-year, two-way contract.

The 28-year-old Taormina is a career minor leaguer, and isn't expected to see much time with Tampa. Rather he's expected to help fill out AHL Syracuse's blue line. Taormina had his best season since 2009-10 with AHL Worcester, tallying 11 goals and 38 points over 76 games. He had previously played for Tampa Bay and Syracuse from 2012-14, scoring 42 points in 99 games for the Crunch.
Source: TSN
Jul 1 - 7:51 PM

Erik Condra has inked a three-year deal with Tampa Bay.

His new deal carries an annual average value of $1.25 million. Condra produced nine goals and 23 points in 68 games with the Ottawa Senators las season.
Jul 1 - 2:01 PM

Mike Angelidis has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning on a one-year, two-way contract.

The 30-year-old winger just came off a one-year, $650K deal in which he played just three games with Tampa. Angelidis also tied his AHL career highs across the board with 20 goals and 38 points along with 138 PIMs for Syracuse. His finances haven't been released yet, but he's had a steady incline in AHL salary in recent contracts which was up to $250K in 2014-15.
Jun 30 - 5:49 PM

Andrej Sustr has inked a two-year contract with Tampa Bay.

As expected, he received a one-way deal after he played in 72 games with the Lightning this past season. Sustr notched 13 assists, 84 blocks and a plus-10 rating during the regular season. He also dressed in 26 playoff contests and contributed two points.
Jun 30 - 1:41 PM

Michael Blunden has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning.

He made just two appearances with Tampa Bay last season and he had 22 points in 33 AHL with the Syracuse Crunch.
Jun 29 - 6:54 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov was among five players to receive a qualifying offer from the Lightning.

Andrej Sustr, Luke Witkowski, Carter Ashton and Philippe Paradis were the others to have their rights retained by Tampa Bay. The Lightning will try to get each of their restricted free agents signed over the off-season.
Jun 29 - 6:28 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Brian Hart to a three-year entry level contract on Sunday.

Hart scored seven goals and 17 points in 37 games with Harvard last year. The 21-year-old was selected by the Lightning in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 28 - 7:31 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Jonathan Marchessault to a one-year contract extension.

Marchessault played in two regular season games and two playoff games with the Lightning this season. The 24-year-old had a very good season in the AHL as he posted 24 goals and 67 points in 68 games with the Syracuse Crunch.
Jun 28 - 5:16 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning selected forwards with five of their first six picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

The five forwards selected were: Mitchell Stephens 33rd overall, Denis Yan 64th overall, Anthony Cirelli 72nd overall, Jonne Tammela 118th overall and Mathieu Joseph 120th. The Lightning only player selected during that span that wasn't a forward was defenseman Matthew Spencer.
Jun 28 - 11:56 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning selected Dennis Yan 64th overall during the 2015 NHL Draft.

Yan generated 64 points in 59 games with Shawinigan in the QMJHL in 2014-15.
Jun 27 - 1:30 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning used the 33rd pick of the 2015 NHL Draft by selecting forward Mitchell Stephens.

The Ontario native generated 48 points in 62 games with Saginaw in the OHL.
Jun 27 - 1:22 PM

Updating a previous post, Tyler Johnson won't need surgery for his right wrist.

There was never much fear that Johnson would need surgery, but now it appears to have been officially ruled out. Which is good news for all parties involved. Johnson will look to build on his ever-growing annual point totals which have gone from 52 as a rookie, to 72 last season.
Jun 26 - 6:52 PM

Steve Yzerman took home the GM of the Year Award on Wednesday night.

This is Yzerman's first award as a member of the front office, and if his playing career is any indication, there is much to come. As Tampa Bay's GM Yzerman was instrumental in putting his troops in excellent position to succeed. To wit, he signed Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle, acquired Ryan Callahan, and brought along developing break-out talents such as Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, and Ondrej Palat.
Jun 24 - 7:49 PM

Ben Bishop (groin) is going to start his off-season workouts Monday.

"The media made it worse than it was," Bishop said. "It was never completely torn. It feels good." The Tampa Bay goalie improved each day from the groin ailment that bothered him during the Stanley Cup Final and it doesn't sound like it will be an issue moving forward.
Jun 24 - 2:13 PM

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