Player News - Lightning

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Sami Salo is still hoping to play this season, but he remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent.

He also said that he isn't 100 percent yet from a wrist injury, which may have been the upper-body ailment he had during the playoffs. Salo registered four goals and 17 points in 71 games last season with the Lightning.
Sep 17 - 11:07 AM

Adam Erne announced via his Twitter account that he's been cleared to play in Tuesday's rookie tournament game against Florida.

He underwent surgery on his wrist back in July. Tampa Bay's second-round pick (33rd overall) in the 2013 draft may be a participant in training camp as well before he returns to the junior ranks.
Sep 16 - 7:40 AM

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said his surgically repaired right wrist likely won't be 100 percent by training camp next week, although it is improving each day.

The wrist is better, still needs a bit more work, but it's getting there," Bishop said. "I'm just taking it day by day." Bishop says his range of motion is almost back, and he should be ready for the season. The goaltender does not know if he'll be limited in training camp next week, saying that decision is up to the doctors.
Sep 14 - 10:53 AM

Slater Koekkoek is excited to be healthy for Tampa's rookie camp.

The young defenseman has finally recovered from three shoulder injuries that required surgery and that kept him off the ice for parts of the last three seasons. When healthy Koekkoek has demonstrated considerable offensive abilities for a rearguard. In 62 games with Windsor of the OHL last season he registered 53 points. That makes Koekkoek a legitimate prospeect to us. Keep an eye on him during the Bolts' training camp to see if he can nab a spot on the team's blueline. It's a longshot we admit, but his talent warrants the look.
Sep 13 - 11:59 AM

Valtteri Filppula seems fit and ready for the upcoming NHL campaign as he trains in informal workouts with some of his Lightning teammates.

Whatever his injury was during last season's playoffs it did not hinder his offseason conditioning program. Filppula will skate as a top-six forward and will play on the Bolts' first power-play unit. Provided he is healthy, he is a lock to produce 60-65 points, making him a solid mid-round fantasy pick.
Sep 13 - 11:49 AM

Leland Irving has agreed to a one-year contract with the KHL's Salavat Yulaev Ufa.

Irving was initially expected to attend the Tampa Bay Lightning's training camp. He had a 2.14 GAA and .922 save percentage in 55 SM-liiga games last season.
Sep 12 - 3:04 PM

Jonathan Drouin doesn't care about being ranked the top NHL prospect by pundits.

"I don't even look at that stuff," Drouin said. "Obviously it comes up on Twitter or whatever, but I just scroll down past that stuff and try not to focus on those things. Sometimes it can get into your head in a bad way, so I don't want that to happen and so far it's been good. I'm not focused on those sort of things." He didn't stick with the Lightning last season, but it's expected that he'll be on the roster in 2014-15. Drouin has a bit of a chip on his shoulder going into training camp and he's anxious to show that he's NHL-ready.
Sep 11 - 1:36 PM

In a recent list published on, Tampa Bay winger Jonathan Drouin was named the league's top prospect.

After he was selected with the third overall selection in the 2013 Entry Draft, Drouin surprisingly spent the 2013-14 campaign with the Halfiax Mooseheads of the QMJHL where he notched 108 points in 46 regular season contests before racking up 41 more in 16 postseason games. He's ready for the NHL and will be a trendy sleeper in fantasy leagues.
Sep 9 - 9:37 PM

Leland Irving has accepted a training camp invitation from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Irving had a 2.14 GAA and .922 save percentage in 55 SM-liiga games in 2013-14. Tampa Bay is expected to start the season with Ben Bishop and Evgeni Nabokov as its starting and backup goaltenders respectively, but if Irving is open to signing a two-way deal, he might start the campaign in the minors and be the first one called up in the event of an injury.
Sep 9 - 2:38 PM

Anton Stralman could be a defense partner for fellow Swede Victor Hedman.

The two of them were on the ice last week for informal skates at the Ice Forum and Stralman said they had some chemistry. "It'd be awesome to play together," Hedman said. "But we'll see what happens." Stralman could occupy the right side and Hedman the left if they formed the club's top duo.
Sep 8 - 12:38 PM

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos pronounced that "the bar has been raised" in Tampa after a bunch of solid offseason moves by GM Steve Yzerman in bolstering the roster.

"The expectations aren’t to just sneak into the playoffs, it’s that we want to get in there and win,’’ said Stamkos. Yzerman signed winger Ryan Callahan to a long-term contract, brought in defensemen Jason Garrison and Anton Stralman, feisty center Brian Boyle, veteran forward Brendan Morrow and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. Not to mention, the expected arrival of the league's top prospect Jonathan Drouin.
Sep 7 - 9:48 AM

Look for Jason Garrison to make a significant impact on the Tampa power play.

Garrison has a huge shot which could be featured on the Bolts' top unit alongside Victor Hedman. Of course, if the Bolts choose to ice four forwards on the number one unit, Garrison could anchor the second unit. Either way, we expect Garrison to improve on his 2013-14 performance and log close to 40 points. He will enjoy working with superstar Steven Stamkos as well the talented bevy of young Lightning forwards.
Sep 6 - 10:24 AM

World class sniper Steven Stamkos said Thursday his injured right leg is feeling stronger than it was at the end of last season.

Stamkos' year was interrupted by a broken right tibia he suffered on Nov. 11, 2013 against Boston, which kept him out for 45 regular season games plus the Olympics. "Usually they say stuff like that takes a full year to where it feels as close, but it never feels exactly the same," Stamkos said. "But it's way better off than where it was at the end of the year." The 24 year-old flash didn't miss a beat upon his return from the injury, and still managed 25 goals and 40 points in 37 games. We project Stamkos will be the best fantasy forward after Sidney Crosby for the coming season.
Sep 4 - 10:20 PM

Victor Hedman surprised everyone with a phenomenal fantasy performance last season as he posted 55 points, 53 penalty minutes and a +5 rating in 75 games for the Lightning.

It took five seasons for the 23 year-old, former second overall draft pick to find his offensive form in the NHL, but Tampa Bay can be assured that it was worth the wait. If Hedman can replicate and even improve his performance this coming season, he'll have established himself as an elite blueliner for years to come. Although his stats were promising, one productive season does not make a player a lock to continue producing high numbers. Hedman is an all-around player however, and will log big minutes in all situations for the Bolts. Consistency is the next challenge to conquer for the immensely talented Swede.
Aug 30 - 8:55 PM

Ben Bishop (wrist) hopes to be fully healed by the time the regular season starts.

"The elbow healed up and that's back to 100 percent now. As for the wrist, I started skating in the last couple of weeks and I have a pad under my blocker now just to take away from some of the blow of taking shots off of it," he told "I was down in Tampa with the trainers and equipment guys to figure out a blocker to work with for the next month. I'm starting to take shots and it's getting there. It's not 100 percent yet, but hopefully before the start of the season it'll be close." At this point it looks like he'll be available for training camp, but his role could be limited depending on how his wrist feels.
Aug 26 - 6:17 PM

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