Player News - Lightning

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Brayden Point scored a goal in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Point is entering his first full season a pro, after having a great junior career with the Moose Jaw Warriors. The 20-year-old recorded 35 goals and 88 points in just 48 WHL games last season and served as captain of Team Canada's World Junior Hockey team. He'll probably start the season in the minors, but he may not be that far off from a regular NHLer. He's someone to keep an eye on during training camp.
Sep 27 - 10:56 PM

Nothing appears to be imminent on the Nikita Kucherov contract front.

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said Sunday he's "very hopeful" to get something done. The two sides have been talking now that the World Cup is done for Kucherov and Team Russia. According to, the Lightning have $5,866,667 in cap space remaining, so the team may have to clear some salary to make room for Kucherov's anticipated charge of $6 million or more per season.
Sep 27 - 11:29 AM

Nikita Nesterov has signed a one-year, $725,000 deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nesterov had three goals and nine points in 57 games with the Lightning in 2015-16. He was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level deal.
Sep 26 - 4:44 PM

Now that Team Russia has been eliminated from the World Cup, Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman says negotiations with Nikita Kucherov will pick up.

The 23-year-old forward remains a restricted free agent, which offers Tampa Bay some leverage. However they have just over $6M in cap space remaining this season, with Jonthan Drouin, Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Andrej Sustr as RFA's next season.
Sep 25 - 3:56 PM

Although he has participated in Tampa's first two practices, Ryan Callahan is still waiting to get clearance to skate in scrimmages.

Callahan is recovering from off-season hip surgery and the Lightning won't rush him into game situations just yet. It remains to be seen if he will be ready to go once the season starts the first week of October.
Sep 25 - 9:55 AM

Nikita Kucherov produced a goal and an assist in Russia's 5-3 loss to Canada during the semifinal round of the World of Hockey.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Artemi Panarin also scored for the Russians in the defeat. Kucherov got them on the board and Kuznetsov gave Russia a temporary lead, but Canada rallied in the third after tying the game before the second intermission. Panarin found the back of the net late in the final frame with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker even though there appeared to be a hand pass on the play.
Sep 24 - 11:03 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will be scratched for Saturday's semi-final match against Canada.

Vasilevskiy has yet to suit up for Russia in the World Cup, which isn't terribly surprising given he has Sergei Bobrovkski and Semyon Varlamov ahead of him. Fantasy owners still should eye the young netminder as a solid back-up option, especially in deeper leagues.
Source: Tom Gulitti
Sep 24 - 6:54 PM

Nikita Nesterov will tag in for the injured Pavel Datsyuk in Saturday's semi-final against Canada.

It'll be Nesterov's World Cup debut as well. He was seen centering the fourth line for Russia in warm-ups, but he's a defender for Tampa Bay, so it's more likely that he'll play a swing-man roll or Russia will roll seven defensemen.
Sep 24 - 6:46 PM

Cory Conacher knows this could be his last chance in the NHL.

Conacher managed to get a one-year contract with the Lightning this offseason, but if he fails to perform, he knows he might find himself out of the league. "The fire is in the belly," Conacher said. "This is my last chance, I think." The Lightning are stacked up front, so it's unlikely that he'll get an opportunity to produce much offense, but that doesn't mean he can't be an effective player for the Bolts this season.
Sep 24 - 11:43 AM

Ben Bishop was pulled in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Czech Republic.

The game was tied 2-2 late in the second period when Bishop allowed Andrej Sustr to score from a seemingly impossible angle. That's when things fell apart for the USA, as the Czechs scored less than one minute later to stretch their lead to 4-2 before the end of the second frame. Bishop didn't go return to the net for the start of the third period. Cory Schneider took his spot and stopped all seven shots he faced in the final period.
Sep 22 - 11:19 PM

Tyler Johnson (wrist) is feeling 100% going into training camp.

Johnson broke his wrist during the 2015 Stanley Cup Final and that problem ended up plaguing him for the entire 2015-16 campaign. That likely played a meaningful role in him being limited to 14 goals and 38 points in 69 contests last season compared to 72 points in 2014-15. His wrist problems finally came to an end in July.
Sep 22 - 12:54 PM

Ben Bishop will start for Team USA against the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Bishop turned aside 22 of 24 shots while playing in parts of a pair of exhibition contests against Canada, but this will be his first appearance in the tournament proper. Team USA has already been eliminated though after losing to Europe and Canada, so this final game of the round robin schedule really only serves as a high-level preseason game for Bishop before he returns to Tampa Bay.
Sep 22 - 11:56 AM

Cory Conacher will compete for a bottom-six forward job at training camp.

He would have to clear waivers to be sent down to AHL Syracuse. Conacher signed a one-year deal with the Lightning in the summer and he is excited to be back with the organization where he launched his NHL career. It hasn't gone well since he impressed early with Tampa Bay, but he is capable of playing on the fourth line if he can earn a roster spot.
Sep 22 - 8:20 AM

Nikita Kucherov doesn't want to talk about his contract situation because he is still playing for Russia at the World Cup of Hockey, but the start of the NHL season is just around the corner.

GM Steve Yzerman said Wednesday that there's nothing new with negotiations, so a deal isn't looking likely to be in place by the time the tournament is over. The Lightning will try to get him signed before the start of the year.
Sep 22 - 8:13 AM

Anton Stralman scored the game winner against Finland on Tuesday afternoon.

The Swedes won the game 2-0 to give them a 2-0 record in the World Cup of Hockey. Loui Eriksson scored into an empty net to seal the victory.
Sep 20 - 5:51 PM

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