Player News - Lightning

Date: Team: Pos:

The Tampa Bay Lightning expect Tyler Johnson (wrist) to be fine for the start of training camp.

Johnson broke his first during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but still participated in the remainder of the series. He had 29 goals and 72 points in 77 games last season.
Sep 4 - 1:01 PM

Kristers Gudlevskis might have a chance to make the Lightning as the team's backup goaltender.

Andrei Vasilevskiy was projected to serve in that role, but he needed surgery to remove a blood clot and address a type of Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, so he is consequently out for the next two-to-three months. Tampa Bay needs a replacement for at least the start of the campaign and while they might attempt to fill that void with a free agent signing, if the Lightning decide to address the void internally, then Gudlevskis should get a very long look. Gudlevskis had a 2.81 GAA and .900 save percentage in 46 AHL games in 2014-15.
Sep 4 - 10:21 AM

Ben Bishop is suddenly looking like a better goaltending option for fantasy owners.

That's because Andrei Vasilevskiy (blood clot/Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) is projected to miss the first two-to-three months. While Bishop was going into the season as the number one goaltender either way, Vasilevskiy presented him with a genuine threat for playing time. Now Bishop is expected to be leaned on heavily early in the season and we'll have to see what happens with Vasilevskiy once he's healthy. Vasilevskiy might simply be inserted into the lineup, but the young netminder could be rusty given that he will have missed the entirety of training camp in addition to a decent chunk of the campaign. Either way, it now seems far less likely that Bishop will lose the starting gig this season.
Sep 4 - 10:17 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will miss the next two-to-three months after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot near his collarbone and address a type of Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

In other words, Vasilevskiy will be absent for the first one or two months of the regular season. The timing of this injury is particularly unfortunate as the stage was set for Vasilevskiy to not only make the team, but offer serious competition for Ben Bishop. While he's injured, Kristers Gudlevskis might get a chance to serve as the team's backup instead, although it wouldn't be surprising if the Lightning pursue a free agent option.
Sep 4 - 10:14 AM

NHL.com named goalie Kristers Gudlevskis as the Tampa Bay Lightning's No.1 prospect heading into the 2015-16 season.

It makes for an interesting longer term situation in net for the Lightning, as Andrei Vasilevskiy also stands as a very promising asset. If any team can comfortably trade a $6 million goalie (Ben Bishop) down the line, it might just be the Bolts. One would assume that Bishop will get the majority of the reps in 2015-16, while Gudlevskis will continue to develop at a lower level. Injuries may change things, however.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 29 - 1:27 PM

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.
Source: NHL.com
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


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