Player News - Lightning

Date: Team: Pos:

Victor Hedman won the James Norris Memorial Trophy on Wednesday night.

The award is given to "the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position." This is the first time that the Lightning defenseman has taken home the award. The 27-year-old had 17 goals and 63 points in 77 games during the regular season. He beat out Nashville's P.K. Subban and Los Angeles' Drew Doughty.
Jun 20 - 8:18 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Edward Pasquale to a one-year/two-way deal.

The netminder was picked up in a trade from the Oilers on February 1 and was 16-6-7 this past season with a 2.19 GAA and a .923 save percentage in the AHL, split between Bakersfield and Syracuse. He was great with the Crunch after the trade, going 10-1-1 with a 1.72 GAA and a .938 save percentage. The 27-year-old was originally drafted by Atlanta in 2009. No terms have been announced.
Jun 18 - 10:00 AM

Contract talks between J.T. Miller and the Tampa Bay Lightning are not expected to begin until next week at the NHL Entry Draft.

J.T. Miller has arbitration rights and is not expected to sign a qualifying offer. After being acquired by Tampa at the trade deadline, the 25-year-old forward picked up 10 goals and 18 points in 19 games. We wouldn't be surprised to see him ink a two-year bridge deal.
Jun 16 - 1:08 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired Andy Andreoff from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Peter Budaj.

Andreoff had three goals and nine points in 45 games last season. He has one season left on his two-year, $1,355,000 contract. Andreoff's role with the Lightning in 2018-19 figures to be minimal, assuming he makes the squad's opening game roster at all.
Source: LAKings.com
Jun 13 - 2:00 PM

Carter Verhaeghe has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In 58 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch last season, he accounted for 17 goals and 48 points. He also added one goal and seven assists in seven playoff outings. Verhaeghe doesn't have any NHL experience yet.
Jun 12 - 10:10 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have the best odds to win the Stanley Cup in 2018-19 at 9/1.

Of course, that doesn't mean a lot right now, but it's fun to think about. It's not hard to see why the Lightning would top the list with talent like Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov leading their squad. The reigning champion Washington Capitals were given 14/1 odds of defending their title while Vegas received 10/1 odds after falling short this time around. The Ottawa Senators were given the worst odds at 100/1 with Vancouver and Arizona rounding out the bottom three at 80/1.
Jun 8 - 12:04 PM

Daniel Walcott has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract extension with Tampa Bay.

Walcott had five goals, 16 points, and 70 penalty minutes in 62 AHL games in 2017-18. He was coming off his entry-level contract.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 7 - 2:06 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that associate coach Rick Bowness and assistant coach Brad Lauer will not be returning next season.

Bowness was let go by the Bolts, while Lauer and the team mutually agreed to part ways. "Jon Cooper and I, along with the entire organization, would like to thank Rick and Brad for their service to the Lightning," GM Steve Yzerman said. "Rick has served a significant role on our coaching staff since 2013, while Brad has been a part of two teams that reached the Eastern Conference Final. We appreciate all their knowledge and effort." Bowness had been taking care of the defense and penalty kill since 2013. Lauer had been with the team since 2015.
Source: NHL.com
May 31 - 7:32 PM

Ryan Callahan has undergone shoulder surgery and will need about five months to recover.

Callahan suffered a dislocated shoulder on Dec. 14, but he had been playing through the injury. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman doesn't expect Callahan to be ready for training camp after having surgery. Based on his timetable, it seems likely that he'll miss about the first month of the regular season as well.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 5:55 PM

Alex Barre-Boulet has captured the CHL Player of the Year Award.

The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect paced the QMJHL with 53 goals and 63 assists for 116 points in 65 games. Barre-Boulet agreed to an entry-level contract with the Lightning as a free agent during his overage season with Blainville-Boisbriand. He won the award over finalists Carter Hart (PHI) and Jordan Kyrou (STL).
Source: CHL.ca
May 27 - 11:23 AM

Nikita Kucherov's agent, Dan Milstein, doesn't expect contract talks to begin with the Tampa Bay Lightning until the start of next season.

Kucherov, who can become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, can sign an extension as early as July 1. However, talks haven't begun yet and there isn't believed to be a need for a rush to get something done right away. Kucherov does have arbitration rights, but there doesn't appear to be any reason to panic if you are a Lightning fan. "He wants to stay in Tampa - he doesn't want to go anywhere," Milstein said. "Worst case, it's arbitration, they're not going to lose him. Both sides want him to be in Tampa."
May 27 - 10:55 AM

Ryan Callahan, who will need surgery this off-season, said he played with a dislocated shoulder.

Callahan originally suffered on Dec. 14 at Arizona. It's tough," he added. "That's my third (surgery) in four years or something like that. It's never fun. It's part of it. Everybody goes through injuries. Everybody deals with it, so rehab, get better and get ready for next year." A date for the procedure is uncertain at this time, so it's unclear if he will be ready for the start of training camp.
May 27 - 10:21 AM

Tyler Johnson's full no-trade clause will kick in on July 1st.

If the Lightning aren't convinced they want to have him around long term, they will have to consider moving him before that date. The 27-year-old is scheduled to make $5 million per season for the next five years, so that's a significant financial commitment for a team that will have to pay some of its stars in the near future. Johnson had 21 goals and 50 points in 81 games with the Lightning this season. There's a chance he could be on the move at some point this offseason.
May 26 - 9:19 AM

Nikita Kucherov will be eligible to sign a contract extension starting July 1st.

The Lightning forward is entering the final year of his contract, so that's why he can officially sign a deal with the team. The 24-year-old settled for a three-year bridge contract last time, but that certainly won't be the case this time around, as he's put together some impressive numbers. Expect him to get a huge raise from the $4.766,667 per year he's been making over the last couple of seasons. He had 39 goals and 100 points in 80 games for the Lightning in 2017-18. Kucherov will likely become one of the highest paid players in the league whenever he signs his new extension.
May 26 - 9:16 AM

Ryan Callahan will have an operation on his shoulder over the summer.

The procedure is to address an issue that has been bothering Callahan all season. He had five goals and 18 points in 67 contests in 2017-18.
May 24 - 6:04 PM


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