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The Tampa Bay Lightning Still Feel The Pain From Early Exit In The Playoffs

from Diana C. Nearhos of the Tampa Bay Times,

Jeff Vinik started by wishing people a Happy New Year.

To the Lightning owner, the start of the season represents a more relevant passage of time than Jan. 1.

He said the offseason always feels too long and the season opener too far away, so this year isn’t any different. But he cited something Victor Hedman said last season about the 2015 Stanley Cup Final loss to Chicago:

“I don’t think we ever get over it,” he said. “It’s tough, we had a really good team. We had a really good opportunity and for whatever reason things didn’t go our way. We’re disappointed by it. We’ll learn from it and hopefully we can have a better outcome.”

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Video- Season Preview For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Corey Long at NHL.com,

The Tampa Bay Lightning, with one of the most talented rosters in the NHL, are again among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup but will have to bounce back from a major disappointment.

The Lightning were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference First Round after winning the Presidents' Trophy with an NHL-record-tying 62 regular-season wins (1995-96 Detroit Red Wings) and leading the NHL with 319 goals, 30 more than the second-ranked San Jose Sharks.

Tampa Bay reached the 2015 Stanley Cup Final and advanced to the Eastern Conference Final in 2016 and 2018 but has not won the Cup since 2004.

"We have the structure in place to be successful," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said in April. "We've had some really good playoff runs in the past. We had a really good regular season and it didn't translate into playoff success."

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Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Pat Maroon

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Pat Maroon to a one-year contract worth $900,000, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

“We’re very pleased to add Pat to our organization today,” BriseBois said.  “He brings size and physicality to our group as well as significant playoff experience.  We expect Pat’s to be a great addition to the roster.”

Maroon, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, won the Stanley Cup last season as a member of his hometown St. Louis Blues. He skated in 74 regular season games with the Blues, recording 10 goals and 28 points to go along with 64 penalty minutes.  Maroon also played in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games, registering three goals and seven points while winning his first Stanley Cup.

The St. Louis native has played in 449 career NHL games with the Blues, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils notching 88 goals and 206 points. He has skated in 73 career playoff games, recording 16 goals and 34 points

Maroon is reunited with his former junior coach Jon Cooper, where the two worked together with the St. Louis Bandits of the NAHL during the 2006-07 season and won the Robertson Cup.  He was named to the NAHL First All-Star Team.

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Afternoon Line- Kevin Shattenkirk

 

If you missed it earlier, Shattenkirk signed with the Lightning this morning.

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Kevin Shattenkirk Signs A One-Year Deal With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a one-year contract worth $1.75-million, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Shattenkirk, 30, skated in 73 games for the New York Rangers last season, posting a pair of goals and 28 points to go along with 20 penalty minutes. The New Rochelle, New York native ranked tied for first among Rangers defensemen for assists with 26 and was second for points.

The 6-foot, 206-pound defenseman has appeared in 609 career NHL games over nine seasons with the Rangers, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche, posting 75 goals and 349 points to go along with 368 penalty minutes. Shattenkirk represented the Blues at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. He scored eight power-play goals during the 2016-17 season, ranking tied for second in that category among all NHL defensemen. Shattenkirk has also skated in 60 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, notching five goals and 34 points. 

Shattenkirk was originally drafted by the Avalanche in the first round, 14th overall, at the 2007 NHL Draft.

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Ottawa Trades Mike Condon To Tampa For Ryan Callahan

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today the team has acquired forward Ryan Callahan from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goaltender Mike Condon. As part of the transaction, the Senators will also receive Tampa Bay's fifth-round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Draft while the Lightning will receive Ottawa's sixth-round selection.

Callahan, 34, has one season remaining on his contract and was placed on long-term injured reserve after suffering a career-ending back injury and a degenerative back disease diagnosis this past season. 

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Too Much Money For Andrei Vasilevskiy?

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

---We’re not saying Vasilevskiy is overrated, but it’s worth questioning if goalies should be valued like running backs when we’re discussing finding cap value. Just last season we saw Robin Lehner (Vezina finalist) and Petr Mrazek excel on cheap contracts. Previously, Antti Raanta was excellent when healthy in Arizona — and when he was injured Darcy Kuemper posted a .925 save percentage behind their top-notch team defence. There are certainly cautionary tales (Cam Talbot, Scott Darling) so perhaps paying up for the security of knowing you’ve locked down the position is worth it for some teams. But is full term necessary?

Goaltenders don’t have the same high injury risk as NFL running backs do, and their production window is open much longer. Still, with a good defence and enough scoring, teams can find value in net. Perhaps it’s a situational approach, but at the base of it, is it better to spend less on a goalie so you can improve the team around one?

Goaltender workloads are also trending down in the regular season as the NHL moves in the direction of tandems (in the NFL “bellcow” running backs are similarly being replaced by committees), so their general impact is lessening from October to April.

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Afternoon Line- Julien BriseBois

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Andrei Vasilevskiy Signs An Eight-Year Extension With The Tamp Bay Lightning

 

added 9:34am, Tampa release is below.

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Brayden Point Still Unsigned But No Panic In Tampa

from Diana C. Nearhos of the Tampa Bay Times,

Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois has not shared any details of his meetings with Point’s agent Gerry Johannson, other than their beverage choices (tea for the GM, coffee for Johannson). But he has consistently called them productive conversations.

Reportedly, Montreal inquired about submitting an offer sheet to Point before signing Carolina’s Sebastian Aho instead, another Johannson client. If Point or his agent indicated he wouldn’t sign an offer sheet, it means he wants to stay here.

So what’s the issue? In short, the delay is because contract negotiations are tricky.

The Lightning doesn’t have much cap space. It has $5.6 million available, per CapFriendly, but can exceed the cap up to $5.8 million if Ryan Callahan is placed on long-term injured reserve. Right now, that’s the likely scenario. So, Tampa Bay can spend up to $11.4 million.

The next question revolves around the length of the deal. Point is five years from unrestricted free agency, thus making that the ideal term. Unrestricted free agency works out in players’ favors (see: Artemi Panarin’s $81.5 million deal with the Rangers).

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