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Nikita Kucherov Signs An Eight-Year Extension With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year contract extension worth an average of $9.5 million today, vice president and general manager announced. The contract keeps Kucherov through the 2026-27 season.

"I'm truly grateful to sign this contract extension to keep me in Tampa for the next eight seasons today," Kucherov said. "I'd like to thank the Lightning organization and all of the fans for the support since making the Bay Area my home."

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Tampa Bay Lightning Trying To Trade For Erik Karlsson

I tweeted these earlier this morning, but I do know many of you don't use Twitter, so here you go.

 

 

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Ryan McDonagh Gets A Seven-Year Contract Extension In Tampa Bay

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Ryan McDonagh to a seven-year contract extension worth $6.75 million (AAV) per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. The extension will commence with the 2019-20 season.

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A Five-Year Deal For J.T. Miller In Tampa Bay

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward J.T. Miller to a five-year contract worth $5.25 million per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Miller, 25, skated in 82 games last season, splitting time between the New York Rangers and Lightning, posting 23 goals and 58 points to go along with 40 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 218-pound forward was acquired by the Bolts at the trade deadline on February 26, 2018. In 19 games with the Lightning, Miller posted 10 goals and 18 points, which included five power-play tallies. Miller recorded his first career hat trick on March 13 against the Ottawa Senators. He also skated in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Bolts, tallying two goals and eight points to go along with 15 penalty minutes.

Prior to joining the Lightning, Miller recorded 13 goals and 40 points while with the Rangers. The East Palestine, Ohio native led the Rangers for game-winning goals with four and also ranked second on the Rangers for assists with 27 and points before being traded to Tampa Bay. He recorded his third consecutive 20-goal season in 2017-18 and also set career highs for goals, assists, points, power-play goals (11) and face-off percentage (54.3%).

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Victor Hedman Wins The Norris Trophy

via the NHL PR department,

Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning has won his first career James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the defenseman demonstrating “the greatest all-around ability in the position,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Hedman was named on 163 of 164 ballots, including 94 first-place votes, in accumulating 1,385 voting points to edge second-place Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings. The 2015-16 Norris Trophy winner found support on 160 ballots, including 52 first-place tallies, for 1,164 points. Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, the 2012-13 Norris winner, finished third with 565 points.

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Los Angeles Kings Acquire Peter Budaj From The Tampa Bay Lightning

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Andy Andreoff, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

The 35-year-old Budaj (born September 18, 1982) is a 6-1, 196-pound native of Banska Bystrika, Slovakia who played in eight games last season with the Lightning, posting a 3-3-1 record, .876 save percentage and a 3.77 goals-against average.

Budaj was with the Kings for two seasons from 2015-2017, appearing in 54 games with a 28-20-3 record, a .916 save percentage, 2.15 goals-against average and seven shutouts.

Drafted in the second-round (63rd overall) by Colorado during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Budaj has appeared in 365 games over 12 seasons in the NHL with the Kings, Tampa Bay, Montreal and Colorado, posting a 158-131-40 record, .904 save percentage, 2.69 goals-against average and 18 shutouts.

Andreoff has appeared in 159 games over four seasons with the Kings, posting 24 points (13-11=24) and 214 penalty minutes.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Announce Rick Bowness Relieved Of His Duties And Brad Lauer Moving On

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced that associate coach Rick Bowness has been relieved of his duties and the team has mutually agreed to part ways with assistant coach Brad Lauer, according to vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman.

“Jon Cooper and I, along with the entire organization, would like to thank Rick and Brad for their service to the Lightning,” Yzerman said. “Rick has served a significant role on our coaching staff since 2013, while Brad has been a part of two teams that reached the Eastern Conference Final.  We appreciate all their knowledge and effort.”

Bowness joined the Lightning as associate coach on June 3, 2013.  He oversaw the defensive unit, as well as the penalty kill. Bowness coached in his 2,000th NHL game on February 7, 2015.  Prior to joining the Lightning, he spent seven seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, serving as associate coach.

Lauer has served as an assistant coach with the Lightning since August of 2015, focusing on all facets of the game.  Before joining Tampa Bay he spent four seasons with the Anaheim Ducks. 

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Morning Line- Dave Feschuk On Steven Stamkos

Maybe it’s fitting his nickname is “Stammer.” Synonyms include “Falter,” “Wobble” and “Repeat.” This is the same player who emerged from his only trip to the Stanley Cup final with zero goals and one assist in six games.

As much as the hockey world has accused Ovechkin of being unfit to lead in big moments, it’s Stamkos who is building the more compelling resume for post-season underperformance.

-Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star where you can read more on Stamkos.

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Video- Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman Met With The Media Today

Steve Yzerman on the season and playoffs.

 

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Video- Top 10 Plays From The NHL Conference Finals

Just south of 6 minutes long.

 

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