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Slater Koekkoek believes he has "something to prove," as he looks to secure a roster spot with the Lightning this season.

"I was in Syracuse last year, that's not where I wanted to be," he said. "I thought I did that in the (AHL) playoffs, I showed that I had something to prove." Koekkoek has skated in 41 NHL contests over the last three seasons, including 29 last year. Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman doesn't mind having eight defenseman on the roster going into the season.
Sep 18 - 5:09 PM

Cal Foote, the Bolts' first round draft pick and son of veteran star Adam, is skating with the big guns at Tampa's training camp.

Foote is skating in a group that includes NHL superstars Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, in addition to veteran defensemen Braydon Coburn and Dan Girardi. "It's really good for me and the young D that are out there on the ice," Foote said about the experience. "Going up against some of the best players in the league is pretty special and definitely helps our development.
Sep 17 - 6:28 PM

Anton Stralman made his training camp debut on Sunday, skating by himself in a non-contact jersey.

Donning a red non-contact jersey, Stralman skated by himself and did some light stick handling and shooting on an unoccupied net. "The encouraging part is he's back on the ice," head coach Jon Cooper said. "I would anticipate him next couple of days being back at practice."
Sep 17 - 6:19 PM

Anton Stralman missed his third consecutive practice Saturday.

He is nursing some undisclosed injury. The good news is that Stralman skated on his own. For now, consider the Tampa veteran rearguard day-to-day.
Sep 17 - 10:07 AM

It wouldn't be shocking to see Brayden Point grab a second-line winger job this season.

The 21-year-old started training camp in the slot alongside Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson. Point is coming off a strong rookie season in which he registered 40 points in 68 games. If he can stay healthy and play on the Bolts' second unit, Point could be a 55-60 point player and a nice mid-late round fantasy pick.
Sep 16 - 10:53 AM

Steven Stamkos skated with Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov were on a line together on the first day of Lightning training camp.

"I think we are just able to read off each other," Stamkos said. "We're pretty smart hockey players and have some speed, skill. And with the amount of success we had earlier in the year, it just felt like there was no guessing on the ice. We knew if one guy was in trouble, the other guy was going to be close for support and the other guy would be on the other side of the ice." Stamkos and Kucherov should both be early fantasy picks in standard leagues.
Sep 16 - 10:47 AM

Don't be shocked if you find Vladislav Namestnikov on Tampa's top line once the season starts.

He had good chemistry with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov at the beginning of last season and started this season's training camp playing alongside the Bolts' two superstars. If Namestnikov can stick on this line, he wil surely better his 28-point total of 2016-17 and could be a nice sleeper pick this campaign.
Sep 16 - 10:44 AM

Anton Stralman did not skate Friday because of an undisclosed injury.

He is considered day-to-day. Stralman posted 23 points in 73 games last season, while generating 106 hits and 96 blocks.
Sep 15 - 6:13 PM

Nikita Kucherov was reunited with Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov on the first day of full practices at training camp.

The trio was very productive at the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign until Stamkos got hurt. "I think sometimes we think the same way. You can see it on the ice. I always know where Stammer is going to be, and I'm sure he knows where I'm going to be," said Kucherov. "It's just so much fun playing with him. Every time he has the puck on his stick ... if you're open, he's going to find you."
Sep 15 - 6:09 PM

Erik Condra might be limited when training camp begins because of off-season back surgery.

Condra spent most of the 2016-17 season in the minors with Syracuse, where he had 48 points in 55 games. He didn't have any points in 13 appearances with Tampa Bay.
Sep 13 - 6:13 PM

Steven Stamkos is eager to test himself in some contact during the preseason.

"I've had no full blown contact," Stamkos said. "Towards the end of the season I was cleared, but your teammates aren't going to run you. That's going to be the next step. I've been fairly confident - I've been through significant injuries before to the lower body and know how your body is going to react." He isn't expected to have any restrictions when training camp opens.
Sep 13 - 6:08 PM

Mikhail Sergachev wants to start the 2017-18 campaign with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"I think I'm at that level that I can make the team and play my game at the NHL level," Sergachev said. "I think I can do that. For me, going back to juniors is not even an option." He will be tough to claim a spot out of training camp with plenty of competition on the roster, but he has the talent to make the decision interesting for the Bolts' brass.
Sep 13 - 5:55 PM

After signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dan Girardi bought GM Steve Yzerman's house.

It's an amusing, but purely coincidental set of circumstances. Girardi was naturally looking for a place to buy in Tampa and showed one he was interested in to Ryan Callahan, who's another former New York Rangers player that's now part of the Lightning. "Um, I'm pretty sure that's the GM's house," Callahan replied. Girardi and Yzerman, who had already moved into a new place, didn't have much in the way of interaction over the sale as it was handled through their agents. Still, it can't hurt to have bought the boss' house. It's also a nice aside as Yzerman was a big part of the reason why Girardi chose Tampa Bay as the GM personally called him to make the pitch.
Sep 7 - 4:58 PM

Steven Stamkos is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Stamkos hasn't played since Nov. 15 due to a knee injury that led to surgery. "When you've been through the tough stretches I've been through in the last 4-5 years it's tough to know what 100 percent is," Stamkos said. "It's the best it's felt since the surgery, way better than where I ended the season off, before the season ended when I was on the ice with the guys. The last month has been really good, feeling good. It's nice to be down with the guys and getting out, and just getting back into a routine. I've been out of that routine for a long time. To see it finally coming together and stuff that goes behind the scenes, it's getting better." The 2016-17 campaign was the second season in the span of four years where he was sidelined for a major chunk of time. That being said, he has the potential to score 40 goals and 70 points should he stay healthy going forward.
Sep 5 - 8:30 PM

Tyler Johnson said the long summer off has helped his body recover from the various injuries he's been dealing with.

The Lightning didn't make the playoffs last season, which means they had extra time off in April. "Injuries come when your body gets fatigued, that's pretty much what happens," Johnson said. "Sometimes you get some unlucky things here and there, but a lot of times it's fatigue. In a way, it was nice to have that break to relax. I've never had that before. But those summers are way too long. I'd rather not have them." Since becoming a full-time NHLer in 2013-14, Johnson has played more than 70 games just twice.
Sep 2 - 12:28 PM

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