Player News - Lightning

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Steve Stamkos, a potential unrestricted free agent at season's end, has enjoyed his time in Tampa Bay and he wants to win with the team.

"I've definitely loved every second I've been here, and I want to be here and win with this team," Stamkos, 25, said. "To be able to go through what we went through last year and come up short, you have that bitter taste in our mouth. You want to get back there with the guys you went through the battle with. That's the goal." Obviously, locking up Stamkos is priority number one for GM Steve Yzerman.
Oct 4 - 11:32 AM

Victor Hedman admits that it took him some time to develop into an impact defenseman, but he always knew he would be "good".

"The process and development probably took longer than many people thought and people expected," Hedman said. "But I’m still pretty young, I was fortunate enough to come to this organization that believed in me and believed that it might take time to develop into the player they thought I could be. But I always thought I could be a good player in this league, and all those distractions stayed outside of my thought process. So, I’m focused on just trying to get better." Don't be surprised if Hedman is in the Norris Trophy conversation after this season is over.
Oct 4 - 11:25 AM

Cedric Paquette (foot) hopes to get back to practice Monday.

Paquette blocked a shot a week ago and has been on the sidelines ever since. He had 12 goals and 19 points last season.
Oct 3 - 10:56 PM

Nikita Kucherov (lower body) did not play Saturday night as a precaution.

There was no reason for the Lightning to rush him back in a meaningless preseason game. He was on for the morning skate, so that's a good sign. They open their season Oct. 8 against the Flyers. Kucherov had 28 goals and 64 points last season.
Oct 3 - 10:54 PM

Tyler Johnson suffered an undisclosed injury Saturday night against the Panthers.

The Lightning also saw Alex Killorn leave with an undisclosed injury. Johnson played 7:39 before departing. Both will be re-evaluated Sunday and more information will be known then. "I can sit here and say precaution, but we won't know for sure til tomorrow," coach Jon Cooper said. Johnson had 29 goals and 72 points last season.
Oct 3 - 10:51 PM

More will be known about Alex Killorn’s (undisclosed) status Sunday.

"I can sit here and say precaution, but we won't know for sure til tomorrow," coach Jon Cooper said. Killorn and Tyler Johnson both suffered undisclosed injuries Saturday night against the Panthers. Killorn played 12:30 before leaving the game. He had 15 goals and 38 points last season.
Oct 3 - 10:50 PM

If Steven Stamkos and former Red Wing Nicklas Lidstrom were deciding, Victor Hedman would be a finalist for the Norris Trophy (awarded to the top defenseman in the NHL) in 2015-16.

Hedman has finally realized his vast potential and now just needs to stay healthy to enter the NHL's elite defenseman zone. "I picked him for the Norris (Trophy) this year," Stamkos said. "No pressure." "I think he has those qualities to win it," said Hall of Famer Lidstrom. This certainly speaks to what fellow players think of Hedman. Make him one of your top defenseman picks this season as he will contribute in all fantasy categories.
Oct 3 - 12:24 PM

Nikita Kucherov will likely play Saturday night against the Panthers in Tampa's preseason finale.

This is good news as Kucherov left Thursday's game with a lower-body injury. Kucherov told reporters he still has a little bit of pain but that the injury is not serious. Don't know why the Bolts would risk playing him in a meaningless exhibition game, but we're not running the Lightning are we?
Oct 3 - 12:15 PM

Ben Bishop will play the entire 60 minutes against Florida in the Bolts' final preseason contest.

He wants to head into the regular season with a full head of steam. Bishop is now healthy after a few injuries slowed him during the playoffs and will look to build on his very successful 2014-15 campaign. Bishop is one of the NHL's top 10 goalies so draft him early.
Oct 3 - 12:11 PM

Jonathan Drouin has been consistently excellent this preseason.

He is poised for a breakout season as he is playing alongside Steven Stamkos and seems much more confident on the ice showing off all his talents. Young players have to learn to be consistent over an 82-game schedule and that will be a challenge for Drouin, but based on talent and opportunity alone he will be a very sought after commodity on draft day.
Oct 3 - 12:05 PM

Cedric Paquette (lower body) expects to be ready for the regular season opener.

"I think next week it should be 100 percent," Paquette said. Even though X-rays came back negative after he took a shot off his foot, he suffered a cut that required five stitches. Paquette hopes to practice with his teammates in the next couple of days.
Oct 2 - 11:09 AM

Brayden Point has been reassigned to Moose Jaw of the WHL.

Point made a great impression on the Lightning during training camp, but he wasn't expected to crack Tampa Bay's deep forward group. He racked up 38 goals and 87 points in 60 games with the Warriors last season. Point also added four points in nine AHL appearances.
Oct 2 - 11:03 AM

Kevin Poulin could be Tampa Bay's backup goalie for the start of the season.

He has appeared in 50 NHL games in his career, while his main competition for the role, Kristers Gudlevskis, has played in one regular season contest. "We know what Kevin's talents are, we know what Guddy has and they are both guys that can play in the NHL," coach Jon Cooper said. "I guess I'm not really worried about that. But I guess one guy is going to get it over the other, and eventually who that is going to be we'll have to see over the next few weeks." It should be noted that the Lightning may keep a close eye on the waiver wire for help as well if they don't feel comfortable with Poulin or Gudlevskis.
Oct 2 - 10:56 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored early in Tampa Bay's 3-2 win over Dallas on Thursday night, but sustained a lower body injury on his second shift and did not return.

Bolts coach Jon Cooper said Kucherov might miss Saturday's preseason finale, but doesn't think he will sit out any time in the regular season. Consider the 22-year-old day-to-day.
Source: Bryan Burns
Oct 1 - 10:55 PM

Victor Hedman (undisclosed) took part in Wednesday's practice.

He said he felt fine after the session, which is good news after he was pulled from Tuesday's preseason contest. Hedman was hurt in the second period and left the game as a precaution, but he appears to be all right.
Oct 1 - 10:38 AM

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