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2013-2014 NHL Schedule Presents New Challenges for Tampa Bay Lightning
July 20th, 2013 at 2:39 PM
The 2013-2014 NHL schedule was finally released yesterday, after agreements were reached regarding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The NHL's participation in the Olympics necessitated a break in the schedule in February. The Olympics place additional pressure on the Lightning in particular as an organization. Steven Stamkos is, barring an...

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...

Proposed NHL Realignment a Worst-Case Scenario for the Tampa Bay Lightning
February 26th, 2013 at 5:18 PM
In December of 2011, the NHL proposed a realignment plan largely as a result of the Winnipeg Jets being geographically located far away from their Southeast Division rivals due to moving from Atlanta. ***VIDEO1*** With the new proposed NHL realignment plan likely to be ratified soon for the 2013-2014 season, it's time...

Tampa Bay Lightning Regular Season and TV Schedule Announced for 2013
January 14th, 2013 at 11:47 AM
With the 2012-2013 NHL Lockout finally over, and the memorandum of understanding as well as collective bargaining agreement signed by both the NHL and NHLPA, the schedule for the truncated 48-game season was finally release for each team in the league. Every team, including the Bolts, will play 48 intra-conference games,...

NHL and NHLPA Reach Tentative CBA Agreement, Lockout Seemingly Over
January 8th, 2013 at 11:19 AM
***VIDEO1*** Early Sunday morning, NHL commisioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr released a statement that a "basic framework" of a new CBA had been agreed to in principle. While many of the details still need to be hammered out and the deal needs to be written and signed, all...

NHL Lockout, Day 2: 2012 Lockout Continues
September 17th, 2012 at 1:07 PM
***PHOTO1*** September 15 has come and go, and the NHL did not go the way of the NFL. No last minute deal was reached in spite of last minute proposals by both sides. Core issues such as division and definition of hockey-related revenue and revenue sharing between franchises remain unresolved. Now, with a...

Tampa Bay Lightning Near Middle of Pack in Business Week’s Smartest Spenders in Sports
August 31st, 2012 at 9:34 PM
According to data compiled and presented by Business Week, the Tampa Bay Lightning rank near the middle of the 122 major sports franchises in North America in terms of efficient spending. The Bolts were ranked 72nd of 122 teams from the NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB. Cited by the report were...

NHL Releases National Television Schedule for 2012-2013 Season
August 30th, 2012 at 8:19 PM
In a puzzling move, the NHL released today the projected schedule for nationally televised games for the 2012-2013 season. I call this a puzzling move because, unless the NHL and NHLPA come to a labor agreement prior to September 15 when the current CBA expires, this schedule may mean absolutely nothing. 10...

Player Ratings Released for Tampa Bay Lightning Players in EA Sports NHL 13
August 16th, 2012 at 8:59 PM
***PHOTO1*** Player ratings for EA Sports NHL series latest title, NHL 13, were released this morning via the Yahoo Puck Daddy blog. Notable ratings for some of the Tampa Bay Lightning players include (all ratings out of a total of 100): Steven Stamkos (91), Martin St. Louis (87), Vincent Lecavalier (86), Matt Carle...

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...

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...

Southeast Division Gets Stronger: Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Carolina Hurricanes
July 27th, 2012 at 11:53 PM
***PHOTO1*** If there is one team in the entire NHL that has made the flashiest offseason acquisitions, that team is almost certainly the Carolina Hurricanes. GM Jim Rutherford's first move of the offseason came at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, where he traded his 1st round pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins in...

Southeast Division Gets Stronger: Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Florida Panthers
July 25th, 2012 at 5:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Since the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh and free agency officially beginning on July 1, the Tampa Bay Lightning have made a number of key additions to their squad for the 2012-2013 season. However, they aren't alone. Each team in the Southeast Division had added key pieces to improve this offseason,...

Evaluating the Tampa Bay Lightning Roster: Centers
July 23rd, 2012 at 8:59 PM
***PHOTO1*** In the first and second articles in this series, I reviewed the organizational strength and depth of the goaltending and defense 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 big...

The NHL “Real World”: CBA Talks Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Real
July 14th, 2012 at 8:18 PM
***PHOTO1*** After the first two meetings between the NHLPA, led by Don Fehr, and the NHL, spearheaded by commissioner Gary Bettman,  everyone was saying the right things but no one was saying much of anything. It is likely very few details were discussed; it was about setting the table for the nitty...

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 Sign Benoit Pouliot to One-Year Deal on Day One of Free Agency
July 1st, 2012 at 12:07 PM
***PHOTO1*** As the clock struck 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, the so-called “free agent frenzy” began. While much of the attention was paid to the most talented players available in this UFA class – namely, Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, and Martin Brodeur – much of the action and player movement surrounded...