Player News - Lightning

Date: Team: Pos:

Jamie McBain has been waived by Tampa Bay.

McBain generated eight goals and 43 points in 64 games with Tucson of the AHL last season. However, he didn't pick up a point in three NHL outings with Arizona. McBain will head to Syracuse if he doesn't get claimed by another club.
Sep 24 - 1:23 PM

Ryan Callahan felt comfortable in his preseason debut on Friday.

It was Callahan's first NHL game since January 7 due to a hip injury. "I didn't think about my hip or anything when I was out there," Callahan said. "It's a big thing for me to get the first game out of my system, blocking shots, taking some hits, giving some hits. It's a good step." He isn't likely to be a significant offensive contributor even if he is healthy, but it'll certainly be a boost for Tampa Bay to have him back after he was limited to 18 contests last season.
Sep 24 - 5:52 AM

Ryan Callahan looked strong in his pre-season debut Friday night.

The rugged winger hadn't played in an NHL game since January 7th due to on-going hip problems that ultimately led to surgery. Callahan was a force in about nine minutes of ice time against the Predators Friday night and will lineup on Tampa's third line once the season starts. He has limited fantasy value in that slot.
Sep 23 - 11:39 AM

Steven Stamkos looked very good in his first game action since November of last year.

Stamkos registered two assists in the Bolts' 3-1 win Friday night and seemed back to his old self. This is great news for Stamkos owners and the Lightning coaching staff. Put the talented 27-year-old high on your draft lists next week.
Sep 23 - 11:34 AM

Matt Peca has impressed the Lightning coaching staff this month.

Peca, who looks faster than he did last season and who has been exceptional on face-offs in camp thus far, may be closing in on a roster spot. If Peca does make the team, it will be in a third or fourth-line role and he will not be a fantasy factor.
Sep 23 - 11:21 AM

The Lightning made 10 cuts to its roster Saturday morning.

Shane Conacher (brother of Cory), along with Kevin Lynch and Reid McNeil were released from their tryouts. Heading to Syracuse of the AHL are Connor Ingram, Matt Spencer, Mat Bodie and Alex Gallant. Otto Somppi was reassigned to Halifax of the QMJHL. Nothing surprising here.
Sep 23 - 11:17 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

Kucherov is coming off a monster season that saw him put up 40 goals and 85 points (both career-highs). The 24-year-old has season his point total go from 65 to 66 up to 85 last season. The Russian winger is one of the great offensive forwards in the league and he should be treated as such in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 22 - 10:17 PM

Steven Stamkos will draw into the Lightning's lineup for Friday's preseason contest.

It will be Stamkos' first NHL game since Nov. 15 due to a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. He's reported that he hasn't had any restrictions since the beginning of training camp, but the big test will be seeing how he does in a game. "That's going to be the next step," Stamkos said. "I've been fairly confident, I've been through a significant injury before to the lower body and know how your body is going to react. I'm further along than I was with my (broken leg in 2013-14), because I know what to expect."
Sep 22 - 12:19 PM

Cal Foote has been returned to Kelowna of the WHL.

Foote was the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Tampa Bay also assigned Boris Katchouk (Sault St. Marie/OHL) and Libor Hajek (Saskatoon/WHL) to their respective junior teams on Thursday.
Sep 22 - 8:46 AM

Shane Conacher is attending Lightning camp as a free agent.

His older brother, Cory, is also at camp with Tampa Bay trying to earn a roster spot going into the 2017-18 season. "He deserves to be at the professional level and deserves at least a chance to play at the NHL level during his career, because he's a good player, a smart player," Cory said of Shane. He spent most of the 2016-17 campaign in the ECHL, but also played in three games with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
Sep 22 - 8:42 AM

Anthony Cirelli will turn pro this season and he will be watched closely at training camp to see if he's ready for NHL competition.

Cirelli has been known as a hard-working player who can play in all situations and he showed that in Wednesday's exhibition game against Carolina. He was credited with one assist, four shots, three hits, two blocks and nine penalty minutes (including a fight) in 16:01 of ice time. If he isn't playing for the Lightning then he will be assigned to Syracuse of the AHL.
Sep 21 - 9:43 AM

Mikhail Sergachev scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Sergachev played a team-high 22:16 and he also finished the game with a plus-3 rating. The 19-year-old is still eligible to play in junior this year, but it looks like he'll get every opportunity to make the big club. Sergachev played four games with the Montreal Canadiens last year. He spent most of the 2016-17 season with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, where he had 10 goals and 43 points in 50 games. He may not have any fantasy value in standard leagues this year, but he should definitely be owned in all dynasty leagues.
Sep 20 - 9:32 PM

Taylor Raddysh was among Tampa Bay's roster cuts on Wednesday.

Raddysh will return to Erie of the OHL. Christopher Paquette (Peterborough/OHL), Alexey Lipanov (Barrie/OHL) and Oleg Sosunov (Moose Jaw/WHL) have also been assigned to their junior clubs. Kevin Hancock and Joseph Raaymakers were released from their tryouts.
Sep 20 - 5:35 PM

Mikhail Sergachev will make his preseason debut with Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.

Slater Koekkoek and Jake Dotchin, who are also competing for roster spots on the back end, will be in the lineup as well. Sergachev believes he is ready for the NHL and he can steps towards proving that during the exhibition schedule. If he doesn't make the Lightning out of camp then he will have to return to the junior ranks for another year.
Sep 20 - 11:18 AM

Adam Erne found the back of the net in Tuesday's 2-1 preseason loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Erne got his first taste of NHL action last season, as he had three goals and no assists in 26 games. Unless he puts together a remarkable training camp, the 22-year-old will likely head back to the AHL this season. He shouldn't be on your fantasy radar at all in 2017-18.
Sep 19 - 10:24 PM


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