Player News - Lightning

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Tampa Bay has agreed to terms with Tye McGinn on a one-year, two-way contract.

He got a qualifying offer from the Lightning on Monday and got a new contract a day later. McGinn appeared in two games with Tampa Bay last season, while recording 20 goals and 44 points in 72 games with Syracuse of the AHL.
Jun 28 - 12:46 PM

Matt Taormina has signed a one-year, two-way deal with Tampa Bay.

He spent most of the season in the AHL, but he did play three regular-season games and three playoff games with the Lightning.
Jun 28 - 12:42 PM

Alex Killorn got a qualifying offer from the Lightning on Monday.

Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Kristers Gudlevskis, Nikita Nesterov, Tye McGinn and Yanni Gourde received qualifying offers too. Killorn joins Kucherov and Namestnikov as the top priorities for this off-season among the team's restricted free agent crop.

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman has made his pitch to Steven Stamkos.

He said the interview window, which opened opened Friday night at midnight, won't change his process. Yzerman stated, "we're both very clear on our positions. ... I have no control over what other teams do. It's all part of the business, we all have decisions to make. (Players) have the right to make their own decisions, and I don't judge anybody on that." Detroit, Toronto and Buffalo are believed to be the major suitors for Stamkos, but there are plenty of other teams interested as well.
Jun 27 - 10:06 AM

Tampa Bay has taken Libor Hajek with the 37th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Lauded for his defensive prowess, Libor Hajek's first season in North America has been noted for how remarkably unremarkable it was. The 18-year-old posted just three goals and 26 points in 69 games for Saskatoon, which is only seen as a disappointment in comparison to how elite junior defenders usually perform offensively. Lo, it's his intelligent and physical defensive game that garners him so much praise, in addition to his ability to push the puck up ice swiftly. Hajek has proven himself on many stages, including twice at World Junior and Ivan Hlinka, and considering he already has a man's body at 6'2" and 195 lbs, it's hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with a dominant defense-first defender on their back end.
Jun 25 - 12:50 PM

Boris Katchouk went to the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 44th overall selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Boris Katchouk doesn't impress with overwhelming skill, but does do one thing better than everyone else - compete game in, game out. This has been the 18-year-old's calling card, which is additionally impressive for his slim 6'1", 190 lbs frame. As a "skilled grinder", Katchouk is considered one of the "safer" picks in the draft. He posted 24 goals and 51 points in 64 games for Sault Ste. Marie (OHL), plus six goals and 10 points during the playoffs in 12 games.
Jun 25 - 11:28 AM

Don't rule out a sign and trade outcome for the Lightning's Steven Stamkos.

Everyone seems to think the Lightning will either sign and keep Stamkos or trade him. But reports out of Tampa suggest that the Bolts could sign Stamkos to a deal first and then move him to another team. We are not sure what more can be obtained by Tampa with that approach but it is worth noting. The Red Wings and Maple Leafs are two teams that have been rumored to have interest in Stamkos. Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 10:42 AM

In contrast to the Steven Stamkos contract negotiations, extension talks with defenseman Victor Hedman are not expected to be protracted.

So says Hedman's agent Peter Wallen. "I would be shocked if this would go for the whole year," Hedman's agent, Wallen, said. Hedman is eligble to become an unrestricted free agent July 1st of 2017 and the Bolts are anxious to tie him up on a long-term deal.
Jun 25 - 10:37 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have taken Brett Howden with the 27th overall pick in the 2016 draft class.

Brett Howden, who is the younger brother of Quinton Howden (Florida's first rounder in 2010), has an intriguing skill set as a classic jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none. Which is to say he's good at everything, and not excellent at anything. Though he did manage to post 24 goals and 64 points in 68 games for Moose Jaw last season, he also posted seven goals and 11 points in nine games across two journeys with Canada’s U-18 club. The 6'2" and 195 lbs center is an effective and reliable two-way forward with strong hockey-sense who needs to bulk up and improve his speed to jump to the next level. Howden projects as a third- or fourth-line center.
Jun 24 - 10:34 PM

Cedric Paquette has inked a two-year, $1.625 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Paquette will make $800,000 next season and $825,000 in 2017-18. He would have been a restricted free agent in July after completing his entry-level contract. He had six goals, 11 points, and 51 penalty minutes in 56 contests last season.
Jun 24 - 5:45 PM

J.T. Brown has signed a two-year extension with Tampa Bay.

Brown had eight goals, 22 points, and 59 penalty minutes in 78 contests in 2015-16. He would have become a restricted free agent this summer.
Jun 24 - 3:45 PM

Luke Witkowski has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Witkowski had 14 points and 166 penalty minutes in 70 AHL contests last season. With Tampa Bay he had no points and four PIM in four games.
Jun 24 - 1:18 PM

Ryan Callahan will miss five months after undergoing surgery to repair a hip labral tear.

That means that Callahan could miss the first month of the regular season and he won't be available to play in the World Cup of Hockey. Callahan had 10 goals and 28 points in 73 games in 2015-16.
Jun 21 - 5:15 PM

Ben Bishop's agent, Allain Roy, said everything was "quiet" Tuesday morning regarding news on the trade front.

Bishop has a list of teams he can be traded to without his permission, as part of his partial no-move clause. GM Steve Yzerman is expected to field calls for Bishop at the NHL Draft, but he doesn't have to move him yet. He said after the season that he is comfortable going into 2016-17 with Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy as his goalies.
Jun 21 - 12:29 PM

Jonathan Marchessault is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July, but he could be back with the Lightning.

There is interest on both sides for him to return to Tampa Bay, where he played 45 games last season. Marchessault recorded seven goals and 18 points.
Jun 21 - 10:26 AM


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