Player News - Lightning

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As of this very moment, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steve Stamkos is considered the top pending 2016 unrestricted free agent, at least by The Hockey News.

The list is full of players who would be difficult to imagine hitting the UFA market, particularly Stamkos and Anze Kopitar. Perhaps someone like Dustin Byfuglien might be available?
Aug 22 - 3:16 PM

Cody Kunyk will skate in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in 2015-16.

He will play for the Grizzlys Wolfsburg after suiting up in the AHL with Syracuse last year. During his only season with the Crunch, Kunyk recorded 10 goals and 26 points in 69 games.
Aug 19 - 10:41 AM

There has not been any news out of Tampa Bay in regards to a contract extension for Steve Stamkos.

Stamkos has one more season with a cap hit of $7.5 million, although he will be paid only $5.5 million in 2015-15 and he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2016 if he fails to ink a new deal. Stamkos did not have a good Stanley Cup Final as far as points were concerned and there was some concern that he and coach Jon Cooper did not get along. It should be interesting to see what happens if the Lightning fail to get Stamkos' signature on a new contract.
Aug 18 - 9:12 PM

Tampa Bay has hired Brad Lauer as an assistant coach.

He has served as an assistant with the Anaheim Ducks for the last four seasons. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman was in the market for someone to help with the power play, but Lauer's Ducks finished 28th in the league last year.
Aug 18 - 2:06 PM

It's somewhat unsurprising that an injury forced hulking, defensive defenseman Sami Salo to retire.

Salo was an effective force when he was in the lineup, but perhaps the 40-year-old Finn was blocked from reaching his full potential due to a long list of injuries during his career. To name just a few, Salo tore his pectoral muscle, suffered a right foot infection from abrasions made by his skate laces, took a slapshot that ripped up muscles in his buttocks and tore his Achilles tendon.
Aug 15 - 12:12 PM

Tyler Johnson is progressing from a broken wrist.

He was injured in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but played the rest of the series with the ailment and didn't require surgery. Johnson no longer needs to wear a brace and he's looking forward to taking part in training camp. He is also hungry for more success after coming close to winning it all last year.
Aug 13 - 5:17 PM

According to the Finnish publication Ilta-Sanomat, Sami Salo has decided to retire.

He reportedly needs another procedure on his ailing wrist after he wasn't able to play in the 2014-15 season. Salo had 99 goals and 339 points in 878 career regular-season games with Ottawa, Vancouver and Tampa Bay.
Aug 13 - 3:29 PM

Brayden Point amassed five points, including three assists, in Canada's exhibition win against the Czech Republic on Tuesday night.

Point was invited to Canada's National Evaluation Camp after he played on the 2014 World Junior Championship team. He had four points in seven games at that tournament to help Canada win the gold medal. Point was taken in the third round of the 2014 draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Aug 5 - 10:01 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke has stepped down from his post as the Tampa Bay Lightning's chief executive officer.

Leiweke will instead serve as the NFL's chief operating officer. He had been with Tampa Bay for the last five years. Lightning President Steve Griggs will be his successor. Griggs has been credited with growing the business side of the franchise. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will report to owner Jeff Vinik on hockey operations matters, just as he has in the past.
Jul 24 - 1:03 PM

Tye McGinn has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

McGinn had two goals and seven points in 51 games between San Jose and Arizona last season. He might make the Lightning's opening game roster as a bottom-six forward.
Jul 21 - 3:40 PM

Carter Ashton has signed with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL.

Ashton had no points in seven games with the Maple Leafs last season. He also had seven goals and 22 points in 41 AHL contests.
Jul 21 - 10:09 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Luke Witkowski to a one-year, two-way contract.

Witkowski had no points and 15 penalty minutes in 16 games with Tampa Bay in 2014-15. He also recorded eight points and 91 penalty minutes in 50 AHL contests.
Jul 17 - 10:05 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Namestnikov had nine goals and 16 points in 43 contests last season. He went on to participate in another 12 games during Tampa Bay's 2015 playoff run and recorded an assist while averaging 7:51 minutes per contest.
Jul 17 - 8:54 PM

Steve Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning haven't started to work on a new contract yet.

The window to negotiate an extension with Stamkos began on July 1. "I don’t think we have any criteria on timing at this point in time," Stamkos’ agent Don Meehan said. "I’ve mentioned to Steve Yzerman that we’re going to have a meeting with Steven, and then once we’ve had the meeting with Steven, then I can go back to Steve (Yzerman). He understands that and understands that Steven is in the process of coming back home and getting acclimatized here and getting into his training. He understands the time frame in that respect." While the matter isn't urgent yet, the last thing the Tampa Bay Lightning want is to enter the season without having secured a new contract for Stamkos. That would lead to rampant speculation about his future from across the league and put the Lightning in a very difficult position.
Jul 8 - 11:22 PM

Philippe Paradis has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Paradis recorded 15 points and 49 penalty minutes in 34 AHL contests in 2014-15. He's not likely to have any fantasy value next season.
Jul 8 - 1:15 PM

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