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Kristers Gudlevskis Signed to Three-Year, Two-Way Deal by Tampa Bay Lightning
August 2nd, 2013 at 9:08 PM
***VIDEO1*** At this summer's NHL Entry Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected Latvian goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis in the 5th round (124th overall), which was viewed by some as a curious move, given the collection of goaltenders GM Steve Yzerman has acquired since 2010. Today, Gudlevskis was signed to a three-year, two-way deal, the...

2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Radko Gudas
July 30th, 2013 at 9:03 PM
***VIDEO1*** Radko Gudas, drafted in the 3rd round (66th overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010, broke into the NHL this year after playing a big role for the Calder Cup winning Norfolk Admirals a season ago. Perhaps the best example of a talented prospect going through a measured, careful development...

2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Ben Bishop
July 27th, 2013 at 8:17 PM
***VIDEO1*** As the 2013 player grades series continues, it is time to evaluate the first goaltender -- Ben Bishop, acquired at the trade deadline from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for promising young forward Cory Conacher. While this series has been working its way up with skaters that took the ice for...

Usual Suspects for Tampa Bay Lightning Invited to Olympic Camps
July 22nd, 2013 at 9:12 PM
***VIDEO1*** As most of the major hockey countries announced their Olympic Orientation Camp rosters today, the players assumed to make the cut were all on their respective teams' lists. Superstar forwards Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis were both invited by Team Canada GM (and Lightning GM) Steve Yzerman. Defenseman Sami Salo...

2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Brian Lee
July 18th, 2013 at 2:08 AM
This installment of my 2013 player grades series is the one we have been looking forward to the least. We don't enjoy harsh criticism and will often look for the positive aspects of any situation or person, wherever possible. But there is no point in sugarcoating what was a tremendously disappointing...

Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Sign Last RFA, Defenseman Mark Barberio
July 16th, 2013 at 3:59 PM
***VIDEO1*** With the J.T. Brown re-signing from yesterday and Dan Sexton headed to Europe for next season, the Tampa Bay Lightning were left with just one restricted free agent to sign for the 2013-2014 season -- defenseman Mark Barberio.   #LIGHTNING re-sign D Mark Barberio. GM Steve Yzerman told me he was comfortable...

J.T. Brown Re-Signed by Tampa Bay Lightning
July 16th, 2013 at 2:19 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward J.T. Brown to a one-year, two-way contract the team announced yesterday. Brown, an unrestricted free agent signing for the Lightning in 2012 after a decorated NCAA career with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, skated in only 51 regular season games for the Syracuse Crunch of...

2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Dana Tyrell
July 13th, 2013 at 12:38 AM
***VIDEO1*** While the bottom-six forward group impressed towards the end of the 2013 season under Jon Cooper, one player who seemed immune to the progress was Dana Tyrell. A 2nd round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2007, Tyrell has struggled to carve out a permanent spot in the NHL...

Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie Andrey Vasilevskiy Improves at Prospect Camp
July 12th, 2013 at 12:23 PM
During the Tampa Bay Lightning prospect camp, Russian goalie Andrey Vasilevskly showed immense improvement. After the conclusion of camp on Wednesday, Vasilevskly finished three-by-three play with 110  saves on 127 shots equaling an .866 save percentage, which was the best among the four potential goalies at the Lightning camp.  Before being selected...

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...

Drew Olson Acquired in Trade with Columbus Blue Jackets
July 2nd, 2013 at 4:37 PM
***VIDEO1*** The first trade of the offseason has been completed by the Tampa Bay Lightning. No, they didn't move Ryan Malone out to clear some more salary space. No, all of your beloved forward prospects are still in the organization (for now) as they weren't packaged for NHL blue-line help. It's a rather minor...

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...

2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Adam Hall
June 28th, 2013 at 9:22 PM
***VIDEO1*** Adam Hall faced an unfortunate fate with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2013, being waived by the team then re-acquired in a trade only to be waived once again. Primarily deployed as a defensive, penalty kill, and faceoff specialist during his tenure with the Lightning, the emergence of some younger and...

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)...

Keith Aulie Signed to One-Year, One-Way Deal
June 26th, 2013 at 10:04 PM
***VIDEO1*** Soon-to-be RFA defenseman Keith Aulie has been signed to a one-year, one-way contract for the 2013-2014 season by the Tampa Bay Lightning, per various reports.   #tblightning announce Dman Keith Aulie signs a one year, one way deal, was set to be an RFA on July 5 — Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) June 26,...

2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Pierre-Cedric Labrie
June 25th, 2013 at 11:37 AM
***VIDEO1*** Pierre-Cedric Labrie made the Tampa Bay Lightning out of training camp when Guy Boucher was still the head coach. At the time, the thought was that Labrie's size and toughness added an extra element to the Bolts' overall team game. Putting him on the opening night roster was supposed to make...

2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Tyler Johnson
June 22nd, 2013 at 1:31 AM
***VIDEO1*** With Cory Conacher traded at the deadline to the Ottawa Senators for goaltender Ben Bishop, the role of undersized, skilled, tenacious forward in the Lightning's prospect pool was left to Tyler Johnson, an undrafted free agent out of the WHL signed by Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman in March...

2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Ondrej Palat
June 18th, 2013 at 4:17 PM
***VIDEO1*** Ondrej Palat appeared in 14 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, mostly due to injuries to the forward corps of the big club. If there is one AHL forward or prospect that may be the "dark horse" to make the Lightning next season, we would have to say it...