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Video- Banner Ceremony In Tampa

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

Watch the Tampa Bay Lightning unveil their 2020 Stanley Cup championship banner, and promise to raise it to the rafters once they can have fans in attendance.

 

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Tampa/Ottawa Trade

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded defenseman Braydon Coburn, forward Cedric Paquette and their second-round pick in 2022 to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for the rights to forward Marian Gaborik and goaltender Anders Nilsson, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced.  Both Gaborik and Nilsson will be placed on long-term injury reserve and will not play this season.

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A Three-Year Deal For Anthony Cirelli In Tampa

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Anthony Cirelli to a three-year contract worth $4.8 million AAV, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Cirelli, 23, played in 68 games for the Lightning during the 2019-20 regular season, recording 16 goals and 44 points to go along with a +28 rating and 30 penalty minutes. The Etobicoke, Ontario native ranked tied for the team lead and tied for fifth in the NHL for plus/minus. Cirelli set career highs last season for assists (28), points, plus/minus and power-play points (five). He also led the team for face-offs (914) and face-off wins (434). Cirelli ranked fifth among all NHL forwards for average shorthanded time on ice per game (2:49).

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Nikita Kucherov Out For The Regular Season, Having Hip Surgery

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LTIR For Nikita Kucherov?

added 10:33am, Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Told that Kucherov got a hip shot last week. Now apparently it's about seeing how he reacts to it and feels. If he's fine, then it's all good. But if he feels discomfort? Could be LTIR. We shall see.

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Mikhail Sergachev Signs A Three-Year Deal With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Mikhail Sergachev to a three-year contract worth $4.8-million AAV, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Sergachev, 22, skated in 70 games with the Lightning during the 2019-20 regular season, posting 10 goals and 34 points to go along with 58 penalty minutes. His 10 goals were a career high and ranked second on the team among defensemen. Sergachev also ranked first among all Lightning defensemen for power play goals with five. The 6-foot-3, 216-pound defenseman averaged 20:22 time on ice per game, ranking third on the team.

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Pat Maroon And Luke Schenn Staying With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Pat Maroon to a two-year contract worth an AAV of $900,000 and defenseman Luke Schenn to a one-year deal worth $800,000, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

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Victor Hedman Draws Comparison To Serge Savard

from Stan Fischler at NHL.com,

Serge Savard played on seven Stanley Cup-winning teams during his 14 full seasons on the blue line with the Montreal Canadiens (1967-68 through 1980-81). He was voted winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 1969, when the Canadiens won their fourth championship in five seasons.

At age 29, Victor Hedman has one Stanley Cup ring, one Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman -- and, most recently, one Conn Smythe Trophy -- giving the Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman an increasing resemblance to the Montreal Hall of Famer in style and class.

Scotty Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history, mentored Savard in Montreal and has scouted Hedman from his Florida home. He's impressed with the similarities. "There's a very good comparison in in their styles," Bowman said. "The biggest difference is that when Serge was at his best in the 1970s, defensemen didn't carry the puck as often as they do now. Granted that Bobby Orr, Brad Park and Larry Robinson were exceptions. Savard could rush too, but he rushed only when needed; similar to (Canadiens Hall of Fame defenseman) Doug Harvey in his prime."

Jim Devellano agrees. Devellano, now an executive vice president with the Detroit Red Wings, was a scout for the St. Louis Blues in the late 1960s, when Savard began his NHL career. He now frequents Lightning home games from his Florida home.

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Morning Line- Jon Cooper

Tampa will host the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 and Cooper was asked if his championship pedigree will guarantee him a seat or two for the big game at Raymond James Stadium.

“I don’t think Jon Cooper gets the Super Bowl tickets, but I think the Stanley Cup gets them,” laughed Copper. “The Stanley Cup is like walking around with Mick Jagger. It gets whatever it wants.”

-Jon Cooper, head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Ted Clarke of the Prince George Citizen has much more with Cooper.

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The Stanley Cup Tour

from Bryan Burns of TampaBayLightning.com,

With COVID restrictions continuing, there are sure to be more non-traditional ways of celebrating with the Stanley Cup for the Lightning this offseason.

Pritchard is one of five people who guard and protect and shuttle the Cup from one place to the next. Pritchard was in the Edmonton bubble at the conclusion of the Cup Final - two of the southernmost teams in the NHL contesting the final in the League's northernmost city -- and carried the Cup along with Craig Campbell onto the ice before resting it on a table for the trophy presentation after the Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars in six games. He flew back to Tampa on the Bolts team charter, witnessed each player high-fiving Lightning owner Jeff Vinik as they deplaned, saw the emotional reunion of players, coaches and staff with their families on the tarmac following the lengthy postseason run spent entirely away from home.

Pritchard will switch off with other Cup Keepers based on geography. For example, if the Cup's going west, he can rendezvous with another Cup Keeper in a connecting city and hand it over.

This year, there won't be as many Cup Keepers because some of the guys only work in the summer. "They teach sports in schools, so they're not available," Pritchard said. This being 2020, the Stanley Cup was presented to the Lightning September 28, more than three months after it would typically be awarded. The Lightning organization will get to keep the Cup through October, November and December ahead of the NHL's targeted start date of January 1 for the 2020-21 season.

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