Player News - Lightning

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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

Jeff Tambellini signed a one-year two way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 31-year-old hasn't played in the NHL since the 2010-11 season. He played in the Swiss and Swedish leagues in 2014-15. He will likely serve as nothing more than organizational depth with Tampa Bay.
Jul 5 - 11:08 AM

Lightning prospect Matthew Peca said he is looking to improve his game.

"I’m trying to improve my game, on and off the ice, get as strong as I can," Peca said. "It’s obviously a big jump when you are going up against men at the pro level compared to college. I want to get stronger on pucks, and honestly, it’s the same thing every year where you are growing as a player. Now I’m going into playing professionally, so it’s a little different game. So just study that a little more than the college game." The 22-year-old was selected in the 7th round of the 2011 draft. He just finished up his career at Quinnipiac University.
Jul 5 - 10:50 AM

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

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