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Category: ‘NHL Free Agency’

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...

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)...

Radko Gudas Signs Three Year Extension with Tampa Bay Lightning
May 6th, 2013 at 3:42 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they have signed rookie defenseman Radko Gudas to a three year contract extension. Reportedly, the extension is a 1-way deal for all three years.   Per BriseBois, the contract is entirely one-way. — Syracuse Hockey (@syrhockey) May 6, 2013 Gudas' deal was expiring and he would have become...

Mathieu Roy Signed to a Three Game Contract by the Tampa Bay Lightning
April 23rd, 2013 at 3:22 PM
In a move done 100% for the benefit of the AHL Syracuse Crunch, the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Mathieu Roy to a contract "for the remaining games of the season". With only three games left, its clear that the Roy signing is merely a stopgap so that defenseman Radko...

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 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...

NHL Lockout, Day 12: Update on Tampa Bay Lightning Defenseman Victor Hedman
September 27th, 2012 at 1:53 PM
***VIDEO1*** During the 2004-05 lockout, several Tampa Bay Lightning players -- the reigning Stanley Cup champions -- headed overseas to play. Vincent Lecavalier, Nikolai Khabibulin and Brad Richards went to Russia to play in the Russian SuperLeague for Ak Bars Kazan; Martin St. Louis played for the Swiss club HC Lausanne. So it...

Former Tampa Bay Lightning Defenseman Paul Ranger Signs with AHL Toronto Marlies
August 21st, 2012 at 11:16 PM
***VIDEO1*** As per various sources, former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger, who left the Bolts and professional hockey altogether unexpectedly and inexplicably in October of 2009, is making a comeback. After less than ten games into his fifth season with the Lightning, Ranger all but disappeared with no more explanation than...

Contract Details Surface for Newest Member of Tampa Bay Lightning: Dmitry Korobov
August 7th, 2012 at 8:10 PM
Capgeek recently released the contract details for the newest member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Belarusian defenseman Dmitry Korobov. Korobov's 2-year deal with the club comes with a cap hit of $775,000 via a $725,000 salary in year one and a $825,000 salary in year two. Korobov's deal is 2-way, and his salary...

Southeast Division Gets Stronger: Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Winnipeg Jets
August 6th, 2012 at 1:01 AM
***PHOTO1*** At the end of their first season back in Canada, the Winnipeg Jets finished the year against division rival Tampa Bay Lightning with a record of 3-1-2 and tied in points at 84. Despite over 2,000 miles between these two hockey clubs, the issue of league realignment has been tabled for...

Tampa Bay Lightning Sign KHL Defenseman Dmitry Korobov
August 2nd, 2012 at 11:38 AM
***VIDEO1*** General Manager Steve Yzerman's love affair with Russian players continues. Per the official Twitter account of the team, the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed 23-year old defenseman Dmitry Korobov to a 2-year, 2-way contract. Korobov was born in Belarus but like prospects such as Nikita Kucherov, Nikita Nesterov, Nikita Gusev, Andrei Vasilevski...

Southeast Division Gets Stronger: Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Washington Capitals
July 31st, 2012 at 5:59 PM
***PHOTO1*** After sweeping the Washington Capitals out of the second round of the 2010-2011 playoffs, the two teams went in opposite directions for 2011-2012. The Lightning, facing countless injuries and all but eliminated from playoff contention, unloaded at the trade deadline. The Caps held on to their key pieces. The only significant move...

Evaluating the Tampa Bay Lightning Roster: Wingers
July 29th, 2012 at 7:50 PM
***PHOTO1*** In the first three articles of this series, we reviewed the organizational strength and depth of the goaltending, defense, and center forward positions for the Tampa Bay Lightning, with an emphasis on those players that have already reached the NHL level or those who are expected to contribute to the...

Former Bolt Tim Wallace Signs 1-Year Deal with Carolina Hurricanes
July 20th, 2012 at 4:34 PM
Former member of the Tampa Bay Lightning Tim Wallace signed a 1-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes yesterday. Wallace, 27, was claimed off waives by the Lightning last season from the New York Islanders. He skated in 16 games for the Bolts near the end of last season after injuries and...

Shea Weber Signs 14-Year, 100 Million Dollar Offer Sheet with Philadelphia Flyers
July 19th, 2012 at 2:13 PM
***PHOTO1*** Just one season ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning underwent "Stammergeddon", as General Manager Steve Yzerman worked to sign superstar RFA Steven Stamkos to a long-term deal. While a player is an RFA, opposing teams have the option to sign them to a new contract, called an offer sheet, but the team...

Lightning UFA Brandon Segal Signs with the New York Rangers
July 11th, 2012 at 2:16 PM
***PHOTO1*** Career AHL veteran Brandon Segal, who has appeared in over 500 games in the American Hockey League, has signed a new deal with the New York Rangers. A journeyman who has played for six AHL teams and three NHL teams, Segal was most recently a part of the Lightning organization, his second...

Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Up Forward Teddy Purcell with Three-Year Extension
July 10th, 2012 at 9:45 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Tampa Bay Lightning announced this morning that forward Teddy Purcell has been signed to a 3-year contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but various sources on Twitter have reported that the deal is worth 13.5 million for a 4.5 million dollar annual average salary and cap hit. Purcell...

Former Tampa Bay Lightning Prospect Trevor Smith Signed by Pittsburgh Penguins
July 10th, 2012 at 9:09 AM
When the 2012-2013 NHL season begins, the Tampa Bay Lightning will have a new AHL affiliate in the Syracuse Crunch. All of the players signed by the parent club and assigned to the AHL Norfolk Admirals – the former affiliate – will make the move the Syracuse, but one player who...

Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Sign Defensive Acquisitions from Last Season
July 2nd, 2012 at 11:44 PM
With free agency looming, Steve Yzerman – General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning – made his first moves to shore up his team’s defense for next season by re-signing defenseman Keith Aulie, Brian Lee, Evan Oberg, and Brendan Mikkelson. All four defenseman started the 2011-2012 season with a team other...

Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Sami Salo on Day One of Free Agency
July 1st, 2012 at 12:10 PM
After signing Benoit Pouliot earlier in the day, General Manager Steve Yzerman turned to another hole in his team that he was looking to address – defense. ***PHOTO1*** The Lightning gave up a league-worst 3.39 goals against per game last season, and while many have attributed this deficiency to poor goaltending, poor...