Tampa Bay Lightning

As an up and coming player in Russia, Nikita Kucherov was given the nickname – The Russian Rifle. One of my colleagues, Christopher Ralph, summarized the potential Kucherov possessed five years ago prior to the 2011 NHL draft when the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted him in the second round. Even then as a skinny 18
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This summer, one of the most interesting trades was between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning that involved Mikhail Sergachev and Jonathan Drouin. In this translated interview, originally appearing on the popular Russian website championat.com, Russian defenseman Mikhail Sergachev talked about his move to Tampa Bay, his first goals in the NHL, and
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This article was originally written in August, 2010. Little Big Men have always been a staple in the NHL.  You know the type: fast as the wind, nimble on their feet, quick with their hands, tough to play against.  Henri Richard, Marcel Dionne, Brian Gionta. Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning, standing tall
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At the start of each season, there is a belief that every team has a chance to win the Stanley Cup. It is impossible to predict what can happen over the course of a year, so a team projected to win it all can struggle, where a team filled with upstart rookies and journeymen veterans
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Depth is an important aspect of any team. While there are a few kinds of depth player, the types that have the biggest effect on a team are game time depth and franchise depth. Game time depth refers to those players in the bottom six or on the third defensive pairing that can help take pressure
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and forward Tyler Johnson have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract extension worth $35 million, the team announced Monday. The deal comes with a cap hit of $5 million annually and will keep Johnson locked up until he’s 33 years old. Johnson has been a mainstay in the Lightning’s lineup
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Heading into the 2016-17 season, it looked like the Tampa Bay Lightning had assembled the best stable of defensemen for the franchise in the last decade. The team that had struggled defensively for years had a mixture of youth, veteran experience, and high-end talent highlighted by a blooming Victor Hedman who was signed to a
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There’s no such thing as a sure pick at the NHL draft. No matter the caliber of the prospect, anything can happen from draft night throughout the player’s career. Injury or poor developmental channels can stop even the best prospects from reaching their potential. There is an expectation that first-round picks will work out for
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Steve Yzerman versus George McPhee is the conference room battle of NHL general managers that hockey fans deserve. Tampa Bay is up next our rundown of players fans of the Vegas Golden Knights should be familiar with. The dealings with the Lightning should be fun to watch. Jon Cooper’s club is just two years removed
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