Player News - Lightning

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Speculation has been mounting that Steve Stamkos might sign with Toronto once his current contract expires in 2016.

Even if Stamkos is considering doing that - and he might not be - it won't matter for a couple more years. Still, Stamkos was asked about the possibility of him signing with Toronto once he becomes an unrestricted free agent and he didn't do anything to kill the rumors. "We'll see what happens. It's a couple years away," Stamkos said. "Right now I'm focused on what I have to do to win in Tampa, and I think we've really established ourselves as a team that can compete in upcoming years. For me, that's the important thing is getting a chance to win. It looks like we're going to have that chance for a couple years."
Jul 25 - 10:02 AM

Steve Stamkos is optimistic about the chances of the Tampa Bay Lightning contending going into the 2014-15 campaign.

"We have a good thing going down in Tampa," Stamkos said. "We have a great owner, we've got a great GM in Steve Yzerman, and we've got a good young team. I want to win, and hopefully I can do it in Tampa." The Lightning were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens, but the loss of starting goaltender Ben Bishop was a factor in that. If the Lightning are able to stay relatively healthy this season, then they will be a tough team to play against.
Jul 23 - 7:52 PM

Richard Panik has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Panik has three goals and 13 points in 50 games last season. He also had three goals and 11 points in 13 AHL games.
Jul 11 - 4:30 PM

Philippe Paradis has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Paradis had 15 points and 118 penalty minutes in 56 games in 2013-14. He was originally taken by the Carolina Hurricanes with the 27th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 11 - 11:57 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have inked Brenden Morrow to a one-year deal.

Morrow gives the Lightning another veteran leader and a bit more grit, but he's no longer a noteworthy fantasy option in standard leagues. He had 25 points and 76 penalty minutes in 71 games with the St. Louis Blues last season.
Jul 11 - 10:08 AM

Brett Connolly has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Connolly excelled in the minors last season with 21 goals and 57 points in 66 games. He only logged 11 contests with Tampa Bay though and averaged 12:01 minutes in those games. He's had a hard time living up to the strong start he had to his career, but he's still young and has plenty of upside. This deal offers him a chance to prove that and potentially get a more lucrative contract next summer.
Jul 10 - 5:09 PM

Jerome Samson has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Samson had 27 goals and 56 points in 68 NHL games in 2013-14. He might enjoy a stint or two with the Lightning over the course of the season, but he isn't expected to secure a regular spot with the team.
Jul 10 - 2:53 PM

Adam Erne is scheduled to have wrist surgery on Thursday.

Erne is tentatively expected to need eight weeks to recover, but that timetable could be altered if the damage is revealed to be more significant than thought. If he is fully recovered in eight weeks, then he might still participate in the rookie tournament in September.
Jul 10 - 9:56 AM

Anton Stralman thinks the Tampa Bay Lightning are "close to complete."

Stralman signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract with Tampa Bay on July 1. "This team really excites me," Stralman said. "I think this team is very promising. When you’re making your choice, you want to see progress in a team in a positive way, and I think this team has all those good areas." Stralman made it to the Stanley Cup Final with the New York Rangers in 2014 and picked the Lightning as an unrestricted free agent after talking to former Rangers teammate and current Lightning forward Ryan Callahan.
Jul 9 - 10:05 AM

Cody Kunyk has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Kunyk had 22 goals and 43 points in 37 games with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks last season. There's a chance that he'll make the Lightning's opening game roster, but he's more likely to be sent to the AHL.
Jul 8 - 3:59 PM

Matthew Corrente has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Corrente had 11 points and 136 penalty minutes in 72 AHL games in 2013-14. At the age of 26, he has six assists in 34 career NHL games.
Jul 8 - 9:59 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman thinks of Dan Boyle when evaluating Anthony DeAngelo.

The Lightning took DeAngelo with the 19th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "He's a guy that controls the game from the back end and can really skate and can really move the puck," Yzerman said. "I think your first impression of him, the way he wears his equipment, the way he skates, and he’s a right-handed shot, it's a good comparison to Dan Boyle. I don't know if he’s going to turn into Dan Boyle, but we'd be thrilled if he did. But that's who he reminds me of and the style of game that he has." DeAngelo certainly has the offensive potential to become a great option in fantasy leagues down the road. He had 15 goals and 71 points in 51 OHL games in 2013-14.
Jul 7 - 9:59 AM

Matthew Peca had offseason shoulder surgery and is consequently not participating in on-ice activities during the Lightning's development camp.

Peca had 12 goals and 38 points in 40 games with Quinnipiac University in 2013-14. He plans to return to college for his senior year. "There is still a lot I need to improve on, but I feel that I've matured as a player," said Peca. "We've had two good seasons the last two years (at school), but we haven’t won anything. We've been to the Frozen Four, but we didn't win anything, so as a team we have a lot to prove."
Jul 6 - 11:14 AM

Andrej Sustr has signed a one-year, one-way contract with Tampa Bay.

Sustr had eight points and 16 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Lightning last season. The 6-foot-8 blueliner was also credited with 26 hits and 36 blocked shots.
Jul 4 - 1:26 PM

Adam Erne is being held out of on-ice activities at Tampa Bay's development camp because of a wrist injury.

It's still unclear if surgery is required, but he has an appointment after camp to get it checked out. Erne signed his entry-level contract with the Lightning in April.
Jul 4 - 8:27 AM

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