Player News - Lightning

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Victor Hedman has been selected as a Norris Trophy finalist.

Hedman was often overshadowed by defensemen Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson, who are the other two nominees, but he was terrific in his own right. Hedman finished the 2016-17 season with 16 goals and 72 points in 79 games this season. "I'm being put in situations to be successful," Hedman said after the season. "I've obviously felt more comfortable on the power play. I've felt more comfortable playing that offensive role. We had to be able to produce, and that's been kind of what I expect of myself, to be one of the leaders, especially when we were in a big hole." Hedman won't win the Norris Trophy, but there's no denying how good he was this season.
Apr 22 - 10:54 AM

Anton Stralman will be on Sweden's team for next month's IIHF World Championships.

He must have been cleared to play from whatever was ailing him. Stralman could be paired with Tampa Bay teammate Victor Hedman again on Sweden's back end.
Apr 19 - 10:22 AM

Tyler Johnson will be a restricted free agent this summer.

He wants to stay with the Lightning, but his stock has taken a hit over the last two seasons, mostly due to injuries. The two sides will probably come to terms on an agreement. Johnson amassed 29 goals and 72 points in 77 games during the 2014-15 campaign. He has also been a productive playoff performer during his brief NHL career.
Apr 17 - 11:23 AM

Ondrej Palat is an important restricted free agent that Tampa Bay will have to re-sign in the off-season.

He has topped 50 points in three of his four full seasons in the NHL and in 2014-15 he surpassed the 60-point plateau. Palat's last contract was a three-year bridge deal, so he will probably be looking for something more long term this time around.
Apr 17 - 11:17 AM

Anton Stralman is looking to get medical clearance to play for Sweden in the IIHF World Hockey Championships that start May 5th.

Stralman would pair with his Tampa defense partner Victor Hedman if he travels to Europe.
Apr 16 - 11:16 AM

Thanks to the Tampa Bay Lightning's deadline trades, the team finished below the salary cap even after bonuses were factored in.

If you finish above the salary cap after bonuses, then the difference is counted against your cap space for the following campaign. Had Lightning GM Steve Yzerman not traded Brian Boyle, Ben Bishop, and Valtteri Filppula to free up some cap space, the Lightning would have ended up with an overage penalty of close to $1.2 million. That extra money saved is a huge help for the Lightning as they look to re-sign RFAs Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, and Jonathan Drouin.
Apr 13 - 5:39 PM

Nikita Kucherov will represent Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Championships.

Kucherov led the Lightning with 40 goals and 85 points in 74 games this past season. His Tampa Bay teammate, Andrei Vasilevskiy, will also be on the Russian roster.
Apr 13 - 9:49 AM

Brayden Point will play for Canada at the IIHF World Championships.

Tampa Bay bench boss Jon Cooper will be the coach of the Canadian team. Point registered 18 goals and 40 points in 68 games during his rookie season with the Lightning. Jonathan Drouin declined the invite to play for Canada.
Apr 13 - 9:44 AM

Lightning bench boss Jon Cooper will coach Team Canada at the upcoming World Hockey Championships.

This is Cooper's first stint with Hockey Canada. Former Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol and Dave King will be his assistants. "Canada has tremendous depth in both its player and coaching pool, and we are fortunate to welcome a blend of experience and new faces to our program for this year’s IIHF World Championship," said Hockey Canada president and CEO Tom Renney. The tournament kicks off on May 5th in France and Germany.
Apr 11 - 6:30 PM

Tampa Bay has some key restricted free agents to sign this off-season, but the trickiest negotiation could come with Jonathan Drouin.

He has completed his entry-level contract and displayed his offensive potential in 2016-17. Drouin registered 21 goals and 53 points in 73 games. He would like to stay with the Lightning after mending what was a rocky relationship last year.
Apr 11 - 11:24 AM

Jake Dotchin has been sent back to the AHL.

Dotchin had 11 assists in 35 games with the Lightning. With their season over, he can continue to get work in with AHL Syracuse.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 10 - 3:16 PM

The Lightning have reassigned Adam Erne to AHL Syracuse.

Erne had three goals in 26 games with Tampa Bay. He also has 12 goals and 26 points in 39 AHL contests in 2016-17.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 10 - 3:15 PM

Gabriel Dumont successfully cleared waivers.

Dumont was reassigned to AHL Syracuse as a result. He had two goals and four points in 39 games with the Lightning.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 10 - 3:10 PM

Yanni Gourde has been reassigned to AHL Syracuse.

Gourde had six goals and eight points in 20 games with Tampa Bay. At the AHL level he's recorded 22 goals and 46 points in 55 contests.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 10 - 3:09 PM

Cory Conacher has been sent to the minors.

Tampa Bay's season is over, so Conacher can continue to play in the AHL. He had a goal and four points in 11 games with the Lightning.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 10 - 3:08 PM


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