Player News - Lightning

Date: Team: Pos:

Anton Stralman (undisclosed) expects to play Tuesday.

"It's one of those little things that you just have to look after a little bit," Stralman said. "It's nothing serious. I'm just getting a little bit older and small stuff crops up like that. We just have to monitor it and make sure we're staying on top of things." He hopes to play in two of the final three exhibition contests. Stralman resumed practices with contact over the weekend and was paired with Mikhail Sergachev on Monday.
Sep 25 - 3:30 PM

It's unclear when or if Jake Dotchin will see any preseason action before the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

Dotchin has not seen any exhibition playing time because he violated an unspecified team rule. "Obviously it's hurting me," Dotchin said. "I want to be in there, I want to play every night. I'm doing what I can right now, working hard in practice and when I get a chance to go, I'll be ready to go." Tampa Bay could have eight defenders on the opening roster, so Dotchin is missing out on valuable chances to prove himself.
Sep 25 - 3:26 PM

Brett Howden has been returned to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL.

Howden amassed 38 goals and 81 points in 58 contests last season with his junior team. He also had four points, including three goals, in five appearances with Syracuse in the AHL at the end of the year. Howden, who was 27th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, is not far away from turning pro.
Sep 25 - 12:50 PM

Anthony Cirelli was among Tampa Bay's roster cuts on Monday.

Circelli, Adam Erne, Mathieu Joseph, Tye McGinn, Matthew Peca, Mitchell Stephens, Dennis Yan, Erik Cernak, Jamie McBain, Ben Thomas and Daniel Walcott will report to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.
Sep 25 - 12:46 PM

Jake Dotchin has not played in the preseason yet because he violated an unspecified team rule.

Dotchin has continued to practice though and he was on the ice Sunday afternoon. This won't hurt his chances of making Tampa Bay's opening night roster, but it's not a favorable position he is placing himself in on a potentially crowded defense corps to start the season. It's unclear how long this ban will last and Dotchin was not available for comment Sunday.
Sep 25 - 11:07 AM

Alex Volkov scored both goals for the Lightning in a 4-2 exhibition loss to Florida on Sunday.

Matthew Peca and Alex Killorn assisted on both markers. This will be Volkov's first season playing in North America after he was taken 48th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 24 - 6:44 PM

Jamie McBain has been waived by Tampa Bay.

McBain generated eight goals and 43 points in 64 games with Tucson of the AHL last season. However, he didn't pick up a point in three NHL outings with Arizona. McBain will head to Syracuse if he doesn't get claimed by another club.
Sep 24 - 1:23 PM

Ryan Callahan felt comfortable in his preseason debut on Friday.

It was Callahan's first NHL game since January 7 due to a hip injury. "I didn't think about my hip or anything when I was out there," Callahan said. "It's a big thing for me to get the first game out of my system, blocking shots, taking some hits, giving some hits. It's a good step." He isn't likely to be a significant offensive contributor even if he is healthy, but it'll certainly be a boost for Tampa Bay to have him back after he was limited to 18 contests last season.
Sep 24 - 5:52 AM

Ryan Callahan looked strong in his pre-season debut Friday night.

The rugged winger hadn't played in an NHL game since January 7th due to on-going hip problems that ultimately led to surgery. Callahan was a force in about nine minutes of ice time against the Predators Friday night and will lineup on Tampa's third line once the season starts. He has limited fantasy value in that slot.
Sep 23 - 11:39 AM

Steven Stamkos looked very good in his first game action since November of last year.

Stamkos registered two assists in the Bolts' 3-1 win Friday night and seemed back to his old self. This is great news for Stamkos owners and the Lightning coaching staff. Put the talented 27-year-old high on your draft lists next week.
Sep 23 - 11:34 AM

Matt Peca has impressed the Lightning coaching staff this month.

Peca, who looks faster than he did last season and who has been exceptional on face-offs in camp thus far, may be closing in on a roster spot. If Peca does make the team, it will be in a third or fourth-line role and he will not be a fantasy factor.
Sep 23 - 11:21 AM

The Lightning made 10 cuts to its roster Saturday morning.

Shane Conacher (brother of Cory), along with Kevin Lynch and Reid McNeil were released from their tryouts. Heading to Syracuse of the AHL are Connor Ingram, Matt Spencer, Mat Bodie and Alex Gallant. Otto Somppi was reassigned to Halifax of the QMJHL. Nothing surprising here.
Sep 23 - 11:17 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

Kucherov is coming off a monster season that saw him put up 40 goals and 85 points (both career-highs). The 24-year-old has season his point total go from 65 to 66 up to 85 last season. The Russian winger is one of the great offensive forwards in the league and he should be treated as such in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 22 - 10:17 PM

Steven Stamkos will draw into the Lightning's lineup for Friday's preseason contest.

It will be Stamkos' first NHL game since Nov. 15 due to a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. He's reported that he hasn't had any restrictions since the beginning of training camp, but the big test will be seeing how he does in a game. "That's going to be the next step," Stamkos said. "I've been fairly confident, I've been through a significant injury before to the lower body and know how your body is going to react. I'm further along than I was with my (broken leg in 2013-14), because I know what to expect."
Sep 22 - 12:19 PM

Cal Foote has been returned to Kelowna of the WHL.

Foote was the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Tampa Bay also assigned Boris Katchouk (Sault St. Marie/OHL) and Libor Hajek (Saskatoon/WHL) to their respective junior teams on Thursday.
Sep 22 - 8:46 AM


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