Player News - Lightning

Date: Team: Pos:

Ben Bishop (ankle) says he's feeling good.

This is a big year for Bishop, as he'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. "I feel good," said Bishop. "I've been doing rehab all summer, and I'm stronger this summer than I was last summer going into camp as far as test results. That's a good thing." Bishop is one of the three goalies that will be representing Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 29 - 7:14 PM

Lightning coach Jon Cooper believes Jonathan Drouin will be a dominant player in the NHL.

Drouin had an up and down season in 2015-16. He was demoted to the AHL before requesting a trade and then going back home when he didn't get his wish. But a strong playoff performance restored the Lightning's faith in him. "Jonathan Drouin always had the talent, he just had to find his way through the mental aspect of the game," said Cooper. "When he figured that, the sky became the limit for this kid. I think if this was a situation where we were giving up on Jonathan Drouin then Steve probably would have traded him, but there is too much in that player." It sure seems like Drouin is ready to have a breakout season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 10:50 PM

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper isn't surprised that Steven Stamkos decided to stay in Tampa Bay.

Stamkos re-signed with the Lightning less than two days before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. Many expected Stamkos to head to a different team (possibly Toronto), but in the end, he wanted to stay put. "In my heart there wasn't one ounce of me that thought anybody was leaving," Cooper told NHL.com. "When we have this group, and as close as we are, I never leapt into the thought that we were losing some guys. Deep down inside, I never had a doubt."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 12:04 PM

James Wisniewski will be competing for a depth spot on the Lightning at training camp.

He could earn a spot on the roster as the seventh defenseman if his professional tryout leads to a contract with Tampa Bay. Wisniewski has to prove that he is back to 100 percent after a torn ACL kept him out of nearly the entire 2015-16 season. If he lands a spot on the team then it would give the Bolts some great depth on the back end.
Aug 12 - 11:18 AM

James Wisniewski has accepted a PTO with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He only played 47 seconds last season because of a torn ACL and he was bought out by Carolina in June. The Lightning will give him a chance to impress at training camp.
Aug 10 - 6:27 PM

Slater Koekkoek hopes to be a permanent member of Tampa Bay's defense corps this season.

He suited up in 10 of the Lightning's final 11 Stanley Cup playoff games, while moving ahead of Nikita Nesterov on the depth chart. Tampa Bay bought out the last two years of Matt Carle's contract in the off-season, so there is a spot on the roster for Koekkoek if he can stay ahead of Nesterov.
Aug 4 - 11:05 AM

James Wisniewski hopes to be back on the ice this season.

The unrestricted free agent defender has been preparing for the upcoming campaign. Wisniewski logged just 47 seconds of ice time in 2015-16 before suffering a season-ending knee injury as a member of the Hurricanes.
Aug 3 - 7:05 PM

Ben Bishop (ankle/shin) should be ready for Team USA's World Cup camp, according to Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman.

Bishop has been recovering from a high-ankle and shin sprain, which he suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. It sounds like the injuries won't be an issue going into the regular season.
Jul 28 - 9:01 AM

Nikita Nesterov is expected to sign a new deal with the Lightning prior to the start of the regular season.

GM Steve Yzerman said the two sides have been in regular talks. Nesterov is currently a restricted free agent.
Jul 28 - 8:48 AM

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman doesn't have a timeline in mind for when Nikita Kucherov will be signed to a new contract.

He suggested that the progress may linger until the start of the season. "We continue to communicate with his representation," Yzerman said. "And we expect to have him under contract to start the season." The Lightning may have to make a move after signing Kucherov to be cap compliant going into the regular season, but the team is not that worried because Ryan Callahan (hip) can go on long-term injured reserve.
Jul 27 - 3:42 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov has signed a two-year deal with the Lightning.

His new contract is worth $1.9375 million per season. Namestnikov had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday, but that won't occur now. He recorded 14 goals and 35 points in 80 games last year.
Jul 27 - 8:20 AM

Ben Bishop (ankle/shin) is slated to get back on the ice Tuesday.

It will be the first time this off-season that he has skated since he suffered a high-ankle and shin sprain in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Jul 26 - 8:28 AM

Yanni Gourde has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He accounted for 14 goals and 44 points in 65 games with Syracuse of the AHL last season. Gourde also suited up in two contests for the Lightning and he picked up one assist.
Jul 25 - 10:18 AM

Cory Conacher described returning to the Tampa Bay Lightning as a "dream come true."

In addition to having prior experience with Tampa Bay, this signing also reunited Conacher with former AHL Norfolk coach Jon Cooper and teammates Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn, and Tyler Johnson. They all won the Calder Cup together in 2011-12. "I'm signing for the opportunity," Conacher said. "If it was another team where I didn't know the players or the coaches as well I would have to think about it. But I know Tampa. I know the system. I know how Coop coaches. It's a system where I can thrive." Conacher struggled in the NHL after Tampa Bay traded him, but it will be interesting to see if a return to the Lightning proves to be the spark that he needs.
Jul 21 - 10:24 AM

Ryan Callahan has been removed from Team USA's roster due to his hip injury.

Callahan underwent surgery in June and is projected to need five months to recover. With that in mind, it's not surprising that Callahan won't be ready in time for the World Cup. He had 10 goals and 28 points in 73 contests last season.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 11:12 PM


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