Player News - Lightning

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Jonathan Drouin didn't practice on Saturday because of an upper-body injury and he's listed as day-to-day.

"This is by no means serious. ... He'll be back next week at some point," coach Jon Cooper said via the Lightning's Twitter account. He should see plenty of action in the preseason, as the Bolts get a feel of where to start him once the regular season begins. Drouin will have plenty of value if he can earn a spot alongside Steve Stamkos, but he started camp outside of the team's top-six group.
Sep 20 - 6:30 PM

Ben Bishop (wrist) felt good in his first practice on Friday.

"The first session felt really good," Bishop said. "Got a little sore toward the end of the second session, but that's kind of expected." Tampa Bay's starting goaltender said going into camp that he didn't expect to be limited, but he's still waiting for his surgically-repaired wrist to feel 100 percent.
Sep 20 - 6:02 PM

Brett Connolly got a look on the second line of the Lightning on the first day of training camp.

He skated with Valtteri Filppula and Alex Killorn. Connolly spent most of the 2013-14 season in the minors, but he has a shot to make Tampa Bay's roster out of training camp.
Sep 20 - 5:35 PM

Steve Stamkos skated with Ryan Callahan and Ondrej Palat on the first day of training camp.

Stamkos skated alongside rookies Tyler Johnson and Palat a year ago, but nothing is set in stone yet. Coach Jon Cooper wants to get a feel for who can play with who and line combinations will be shuffled throughout camp. Johnson lined up with Jonathan Drouin and Richard Panik.
Sep 20 - 5:32 PM

Jonathan Drouin started training camp on a line with Tyler Johnson and Richard Panik.

Steven Stamkos skated alongside Ryan Callahan and Ondrej Palat as he did for the last part of the 2013-14 season, while Valteri Filppula was slotted between Alex Killorn and Brett Connolly. Although this is very early in camp and things can change, it is noteworthy that Bolts' coach Jon Cooper said the following of the Stamkos alignment: "I don't think it's an open audition. We’ve got a group that had some success with him last year, and why wouldn't we go back to that again?’" This is obvioulsy not good news for Drouin owners. The Calder candidate would be much more valuable from a fantasy perspective on Stamkos' wing than as a third-line center. Stay tuned.
Sep 20 - 11:53 AM

With his sophomore season as head coach underway, Jon Cooper isn't wasting time implementing systems. Rather he's focused on building on last year's success.

"It’s emphasizing our habits, implementing tweaks to our system that we didn’t have last year, introducing a few new things. But it all has to be around the foundation of what we built last year," Coop said. "All we are doing is raising the standard."
Sep 20 - 12:30 AM

Slater Koekkoek confirmed that he's completely recovered from his shoulder surgery.

"I didn't play with any hesitation, played my game," Koekkoek said. He had 15 goals and 53 points in 62 OHL games in 2013-14.
Sep 19 - 3:42 PM

This will mark Ryan Callahan's first training camp with a team other than the New York Rangers.

He inked a six-year, $34.8 million deal with Tampa Bay before the start of free agency after he was acquired by the Lightning at the trade deadline in the Martin St. Louis deal. "There is a very high excitement level coming off the success we had last year," Callahan said. "It's not the way we wanted to finish in the playoffs. But the regular season, the success we had, the additions we've added — I think going to camp we are extremely excited and ready to build toward, hopefully, something special." He posted six goals and 11 points in 20 games with the Bolts after the move. Callahan will also add some leadership and grit to the team's forward group.
Sep 19 - 8:40 AM

Ben Bishop doesn't anticipate being limited at training camp despite his wrist not feeling quite 100 percent yet.

"The range of motion, everything is good," Bishop said. "Strength still needs to get a little stronger, but I'm able to practice with the guys, that's good. By the season starts, hopefully it'll be closer to 100 percent. I don't know if it'll ever be close to 100 percent, but it's getting better everyday. So hopefully in a couple weeks here it'll be ready to go." He's projected to practice with the Lightning on Friday.
Sep 18 - 5:05 PM

Sami Salo is still hoping to play this season, but he remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent.

He also said that he isn't 100 percent yet from a wrist injury, which may have been the upper-body ailment he had during the playoffs. Salo registered four goals and 17 points in 71 games last season with the Lightning.
Sep 17 - 11:07 AM

Adam Erne announced via his Twitter account that he's been cleared to play in Tuesday's rookie tournament game against Florida.

He underwent surgery on his wrist back in July. Tampa Bay's second-round pick (33rd overall) in the 2013 draft may be a participant in training camp as well before he returns to the junior ranks.
Sep 16 - 7:40 AM

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said his surgically repaired right wrist likely won't be 100 percent by training camp next week, although it is improving each day.

The wrist is better, still needs a bit more work, but it's getting there," Bishop said. "I'm just taking it day by day." Bishop says his range of motion is almost back, and he should be ready for the season. The goaltender does not know if he'll be limited in training camp next week, saying that decision is up to the doctors.
Sep 14 - 10:53 AM

Slater Koekkoek is excited to be healthy for Tampa's rookie camp.

The young defenseman has finally recovered from three shoulder injuries that required surgery and that kept him off the ice for parts of the last three seasons. When healthy Koekkoek has demonstrated considerable offensive abilities for a rearguard. In 62 games with Windsor of the OHL last season he registered 53 points. That makes Koekkoek a legitimate prospeect to us. Keep an eye on him during the Bolts' training camp to see if he can nab a spot on the team's blueline. It's a longshot we admit, but his talent warrants the look.
Sep 13 - 11:59 AM

Valtteri Filppula seems fit and ready for the upcoming NHL campaign as he trains in informal workouts with some of his Lightning teammates.

Whatever his injury was during last season's playoffs it did not hinder his offseason conditioning program. Filppula will skate as a top-six forward and will play on the Bolts' first power-play unit. Provided he is healthy, he is a lock to produce 60-65 points, making him a solid mid-round fantasy pick.
Sep 13 - 11:49 AM

Leland Irving has agreed to a one-year contract with the KHL's Salavat Yulaev Ufa.

Irving was initially expected to attend the Tampa Bay Lightning's training camp. He had a 2.14 GAA and .922 save percentage in 55 SM-liiga games last season.
Sep 12 - 3:04 PM

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