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Tampa Bay Lightning Hire David Alexander as AHL Goaltending and Video Coach
July 24th, 2013 at 10:26 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired a new coach -- David Alexander -- to coach goaltending and video with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL. Alexander comes over after coaching goaltending at the University of Maine for five seasons, where he worked with goalies like Jimmy Howard and Ben Bishop, among...

2013 NHL Entry Draft: Why the Tampa Bay Lightning Passed on Drafting Defense
July 9th, 2013 at 2:59 PM
***VIDEO1*** Following last Sunday's 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey, the Lightning ended the evening without making any trades, instead holding on to the 6 selections they entered the day with. This tweet found its way into my feed via the always insightful folks at Bolt Prospects:   Did I read that...

Jonathan Drouin, Valtteri Filppula and the Tampa Bay Lightning Forward Depth Chart
July 6th, 2013 at 2:38 PM
***VIDEO1*** With the 3rd overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected Jonathan Drouin, left wing for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. On Day 1 of free agency, General Manager Steve Yzerman signed former Detroit Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula to a 5-year, 25 million dollar...

Valtteri Filppula Headed to the Tampa Bay Lightning on 5-Year Deal
July 5th, 2013 at 9:09 PM
***VIDEO1*** With the buyout of captain Vincent Lecavalier coming earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Lightning were left with a pretty significant hole in their roster. The ongoing philosophy and plan for General Manager Steve Yzerman has been to bring along prospects slowly and not thrust them into tough NHL minutes right...

Pierre-Cedric Labrie Re-Signed by Tampa Bay Lightning
July 1st, 2013 at 8:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** In an unsurprising move, the Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie to a one year, one-way contract.   The #tblightning have re-signed LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie to a one-year, one-way deal; was scheduled to be a UFA on Friday — Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) July 2, 2013 In my review of Labrie's performance with...

Tampa Bay Lightning Reportedly Have Interest in Tyler Seguin
June 29th, 2013 at 1:18 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Boston Bruins have reportedly made Tyler Seguin available in trade discussions.   Not 100 per cent yet but looks like Nathan Horton will NOT be back with BOS. B's talking trade and Tyler Seguin's name has been discussed. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2013 Reportedly, the Tampa Bay Lightning are one of...

Vincent Lecavalier Bought Out by Tampa Bay Lightning
June 27th, 2013 at 12:48 PM
***VIDEO1*** The video above was played at a home game to celebrate Vincent Lecavalier's 1,000 games played with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Today, it serves just as well as a farewell video.  I will let this tweet speak for itself.   #tblightning have bought out the contract of captain Vinny Lecavalier — Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO)...

Tampa Bay Lightning Retain Third Selection in 2013 NHL Entry Draft
April 29th, 2013 at 10:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Colorado Avalanche are the winners of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft Lottery, meaning they swap places with the Florida Panthers while every other team that had a shot in the lottery stays put. This means that the Tampa Bay Lightning, who finished 28th (3rd worst) in the league standings this year,...

Jon Cooper Looks Forward and Back with Tampa Bay Lightning
April 29th, 2013 at 3:06 PM
Some "exit" interviews were conducted today with Tampa Bay Lightning coaches and players, reflecting on the season that was and looking forward to both the NHL draft and the 2013-2014 season. At the time of the Guy Boucher firing, much of the argument focused on how it was the right time...

Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Goaltender Ben Bishop to Two Year Extension
April 15th, 2013 at 9:37 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they have signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Lightning through the 2014-2015 season. Bishop was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this offseason. Per Damian Cristodero:   Ben Bishop's two-year contract extension is for $4.6 million...

Tampa Bay Lightning Send Cory Conacher to Ottawa Senators for Goaltender Ben Bishop on Deadline Day
April 3rd, 2013 at 12:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** In a surprising move, the Tampa Bay Lightning have made a deal at the trade deadline for a goaltender. No, not Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks, long linked to Tampa Bay in trade rumors; not Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames, who reportedly would not report to a new team...

Tampa Bay Lightning Trade Marc-Andre Bergeron to the Carolina Hurricanes for Adam Hall and a 7th Round Pick
April 2nd, 2013 at 2:40 PM
***VIDEO1*** It was announced this morning that the Tampa Bay Lightning have traded defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Adam Hall -- lost to the Canes earlier this season on waivers -- and a 7th round pick in this summer's NHL entry draft. While this move left...

Lindy Ruff was Never Frontrunner for Tampa Bay Lightning
March 26th, 2013 at 2:03 PM
With the recent firing of Guy Boucher as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, "free agent" head coach Lindy Ruff, formerly of the Buffalo Sabres, was immediately pegged as the likely candidate to replace him. "He has connection to Yzerman from Team Canada", "the Bolts need a tough, disciplinarian...

Guy Boucher and the Death of the 1-3-1
March 26th, 2013 at 1:43 PM
Late last night, I listened to the popular Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast featuring Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports. On yesterday's installment, with the two co-hosts discussing the recent firing of Guy Boucher as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jeff Marek posited that a game against...

Tampa Bay Lightning Name Jon Cooper as New Head Coach
March 25th, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Over the past few seasons, my faith in Guy Boucher as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning has slowly dwindled. Once one of his staunchest defenders amidst the many cries for his head, over the past few weeks I've slowly come to the realization that Guy Boucher as head coach...

Guy Boucher Fired by Tampa Bay Lightning
March 24th, 2013 at 1:47 PM
***VIDEO1*** While "fire Guy Boucher" had become a common enough refrain amongst fans and media guys in other markets, many people (myself included) thought General Manager Steve Yzerman would take a more measured, patient approach to the team's recent struggles as players from the AHL continue to be incorporated into the...

Tampa Bay Lightning Center Nate Thompson Signs 4-Year Contract Extension
March 23rd, 2013 at 2:32 PM
***VIDEO1*** In a somewhat surprising move by Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman just as this afternoon's game with the Ottawa Senators was beginning, Lightning forward Nate Thompson has signed a 4-year, 6.4 million dollar extension to stay with the club.   Thompson's new deal with Tampa worth $1.6 M per year...

Adam Hall Waived by Tampa Bay Lightning, Youth Movement Beginning?
March 15th, 2013 at 12:26 PM
***VIDEO1*** Perhaps the youth movement in Tampa Bay had already begun. After all, Cory Conacher, Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat, Radko Gudas and Tyler Johnson are all currently on the Tampa Bay Lightning roster right now anyways, and Richard Panik made his debut earlier this season. But this afternoon, the Bolts made a move that...

Guy Boucher not the Problem for Struggling Tampa Bay Lightning
March 5th, 2013 at 2:49 PM
***VIDEO1*** Late last night, an apparently not uncommon thought amongst an increasingly vocal Tampa Bay Lightning fanbase surfaced on Twitter and elsewhere. The common refrain? A call for Guy Boucher's head. The third year coach, who set expectations exceedingly high in his first season by reaching Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in...

Tampa Bay Lightning 1st Round Pick Slater Koekkoek Traded in OHL
January 10th, 2013 at 11:24 AM
***VIDEO1*** Tampa Bay  Lightning GM Steve Yzerman surprised many by following a run on defensemen early in the first round and selecting Peterborough Petes defender Slater Koekkoek 10th overall (whom many had ranked in the bottom half of the first round or even lower) instead of the much more highly rated...