Player News - Lightning

Date: Team: Pos:

Vladislav Namestnikov has signed a two-year deal with the Lightning.

His new contract is worth $1.9375 million per season. Namestnikov had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday, but that won't occur now. He recorded 14 goals and 35 points in 80 games last year.
Jul 27 - 8:20 AM

Ben Bishop (ankle/shin) is slated to get back on the ice Tuesday.

It will be the first time this off-season that he has skated since he suffered a high-ankle and shin sprain in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Jul 26 - 8:28 AM

Yanni Gourde has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He accounted for 14 goals and 44 points in 65 games with Syracuse of the AHL last season. Gourde also suited up in two contests for the Lightning and he picked up one assist.
Jul 25 - 10:18 AM

Cory Conacher described returning to the Tampa Bay Lightning as a "dream come true."

In addition to having prior experience with Tampa Bay, this signing also reunited Conacher with former AHL Norfolk coach Jon Cooper and teammates Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn, and Tyler Johnson. They all won the Calder Cup together in 2011-12. "I'm signing for the opportunity," Conacher said. "If it was another team where I didn't know the players or the coaches as well I would have to think about it. But I know Tampa. I know the system. I know how Coop coaches. It's a system where I can thrive." Conacher struggled in the NHL after Tampa Bay traded him, but it will be interesting to see if a return to the Lightning proves to be the spark that he needs.
Jul 21 - 10:24 AM

Ryan Callahan has been removed from Team USA's roster due to his hip injury.

Callahan underwent surgery in June and is projected to need five months to recover. With that in mind, it's not surprising that Callahan won't be ready in time for the World Cup. He had 10 goals and 28 points in 73 contests last season.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 11:12 PM

Alex Killorn's recently inked seven-year, $31.15 million contract comes with a modified no-trade clause.

Killorn can't be traded without his permission from 2017-18 through 2019-20. After that, he can limit Tampa Bay's options to a list of 16 teams. He's coming off a season where he had 14 goals and 40 points in 81 contests.
Jul 20 - 12:14 AM

Team Russia has added Nikita Nesterov to its upcoming World Cup roster.

Nesterov is replacing Slava Voynov, who isn't eligible for the tournament because he remains suspended by the NHL. Nesterov had three goals, nine points, and 41 penalty minutes in 57 games last season.
Jul 19 - 5:49 AM

Alex Killorn has agreed to a seven-year, $31.15 million contract.

In other words, Killorn will come with a $4.45 million annual cap hit. The 26-year-old (27 in September) forward has recorded 41, 38, and 40 points in each of the last three seasons. Given his age, he's not really a prospect anymore and we have doubts that he'll ever achieve much higher heights offensively. He was coming off of a two-year, $5.1 million contract and had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 20 that's now unnecessary.
Jul 17 - 1:20 PM

Cory Conacher has inked a one-year, $575,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The deal is one-way, so Conacher's guaranteed that salary even if he doesn't make the Lightning's opening game roster. Conacher last played in Tampa Bay during the 2012-13 campaign when he scored nine goals and 24 points in 35 contests as a rookie. The Lightning cashed in on his initial success by dealing him along with a 2013 fourth round pick (Tobias Lindberg) to Ottawa in exchange for Ben Bishop. However, while Bishop shined in Tampa Bay, Conacher saw a rapid decline. He spent the majority of the 2014-15 campaign in the minors, but he did record 22 goals and 52 points in 48 Swiss league games last season, so perhaps he's primed for a comeback with the only NHL team he ever saw much success with.
Jul 14 - 4:32 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov's arbitration hearing is set for July 29.

Namestnikov was on a two-way contract that was worth $874,125 at the NHL level. He scored 14 goals and 35 points in 80 contests in 2015-16.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 11 - 4:43 PM

Alex Killorn has an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 20.

That gives Killorn and the Lightning the least amount of time possible before their hearing. He completed a two-year, $5.1 million contract. In 2015-16, he had 14 goals and 40 points in 81 games.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 11 - 4:42 PM

Mike Halmo's recently signed contract with the Lightning comes with a $700,000 cap hit in the NHL.

As previously mentioned, Halmo's deal is two-ways, so he'll earn less while playing in the minors. Specifically, his AHL annual salary is set at $275,000, but he's been guaranteed at least $350,000 even if he spends the full campaign in the minors.
Jul 10 - 5:22 PM

Mike Halmo has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Halmo had 41 points and 117 penalty minutes in 74 AHL contests in 2015-16. He'll probably end up spending the 2016-17 campaign in the minors as well.
Jul 9 - 6:42 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov has filed for salary arbitration.

Namestnikov scored 14 goals and 35 points in 80 games last season. He was on a two-way deal that paid him $874,125 at the NHL level.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:13 PM

Alex Killorn has asked for salary arbitration.

Killorn is coming off of a two-year, $5.1 million deal. He had 14 goals and 40 points in 81 contests last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:12 PM


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