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via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
The officials waved it off, even before Trocheck collected the puck and put in the second effort. The Lightning started to celebrate and leave the ice.
"We thought it was done," Stamkos said.
But the goal was reviewed and it was ruled that Trocheck kept the "puck in motion towards the goal before his shot attempt." Rule 24.2 says, "once it is shot, the play shall be considered complete."
"It was close," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "After watching it now, it's a toss of the coin. But in the end, it all worked out. There's no controversy."
The Lightning did go on to win the game later in the shootout.
from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times,
It sits by its lonesome in Amalie Arena, on an end table between a couch and a chair outside Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman's office: the Governor's Cup. The crystal vase was awarded exactly one time, to the winner of the 2013-14 season series between the Lightning and the downstate Florida Panthers.
How can we forget Lightning players skating around the ice with the Governor's Cup over their heads?
"I don't think we ever really got to that point," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said with a grin.
The Governor's Cup shouldn't be confused with the Nextel Cup or Florida Blue Cup, other short-lived contrivances aimed at propping up the arid intrastate rivalry between these hockey clubs.
It's inexcusable that Lightning-Panthers hasn't amounted to anything. We're not asking for Montreal-Quebec or Islanders-Rangers. Just a heart beat, if only in the name of geography.
Nothing. Nearly a quarter-century, 122 games, including 50 Lightning wins. Nothing.
They will try again when they meet Tuesday night at Amalie. The Lightning and Panthers, both off to a 2-0-0 start, are expected to fight for the Atlantic Division crown. Maybe it's time to dust off that Governor's Cup.
"I don't even think the governor knows what the Governor's Cup is," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "There is no rivalry. There's no history. It's amazing."
Did Danny DeKeyser call bank shot?
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Nikita Kucherov to a three-year contract worth an average of $4.766 million per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Kucherov, 23, skated in 77 games with the Lightning during the 2015-16 season, recording 30 goals and 66 points to go along with 30 penalty minutes. He led the team for points and was second for both assists (36) and goals. Kucherov also set career highs for goals, points, power-play goals (nine) and game-winning goals (four). He ranked second on the Bolts for shots (209) and power-play goals, while also pacing the club with 19 multi-point games.
The 5-foot-11, 178-pound forward also skated in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning last season, posting 11 goals and 19 points to go along with a plus-13 rating. Kucherov led the Bolts during the playoffs for both goals and points. He finished second for goals and sixth for points in NHL in playoff scoring. Over the past two postseasons, Kucherov has tallied 21 goals and 41 points in 43 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. Kucherov has scored more playoff goals than any player in the NHL over the previous two postseasons.
Kucherov has skated in 211 career NHL games, all with Tampa Bay over the past three seasons, collecting 68 goals and 149 points to go along with 81 penalty minutes and a plus-50 rating. He’s also appeared in 45 career playoff games, recording 22 goals and 42 points. Kucherov represented Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto last month, posting two goals and three assists in four tournament games. He ranked tied for first on Russia in both goals and points.
TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning will retire the number 26 worn by the franchise's all-time leading scorer, Martin St. Louis, Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik announced today. St. Louis, who becomes the first player in the history of the Lightning organization to have his jersey retired, played 972 games over 13 seasons with the team, tallying 365 goals and 588 assists for 953 points. He will be honored on Friday, January 13, 2017, when the Lightning host John Tortorella and the Columbus Blue Jackets at AMALIE Arena.
"Everyone in the organization is excited to celebrate and thank Marty for his immense long-term contributions to the Lightning's past successes and the Tampa Bay community," said Vinik upon making the announcement. "As Marty enters his second year in retirement from the game, we believe this season is the time to hang his number from the rafters at AMALIE Arena.
"Marty had a terrific career in Tampa Bay, making six All-Star appearances while setting numerous team records, all highlighted of course by the Stanley Cup win in 2004. We look forward to a wonderful retirement ceremony, recognizing him for all that he accomplished as a member of the Lightning."
SAN JOSE, CA - Defenseman Dan Boyle today formally announced his retirement from the game of hockey, completing 17 stellar seasons in the National Hockey League - six of which he spent as a member of the San Jose Sharks.
Boyle played in 1,093 NHL games with Florida, Tampa Bay, San Jose and the New York Rangers, scoring 605 points (163 goals, 442 assists) and 693 penalty minutes. He was a member of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup-winning team and appeared in 130 Stanley Cup Playoff games, adding 81 points (17 goals, 64 assists).
"Today, I would like to formally announce my retirement from the National Hockey League," said Boyle. "I've been fortunate and blessed to have had the opportunity to do what I most love to do. All I wanted to do as a young boy was have the opportunity to play ONE game in the NHL. Over a thousand games later, this whole experience seems surreal. I want to thank all four organizations for the opportunity, my teammates and the FANS for this amazing run that I will cherish forever."
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Cooper’s own marriage spans both sides of the border. He was born and raised in Prince George, but his wife, Jessie, is from Michigan.
The Tampa Bay Lightning coach’s three children are American, born on different stops during his rise through the coaching ranks in St. Louis and Green Bay.
Cooper became a United States citizen in the mid-90s. He has been living in the U.S. exclusively since 1990, nearly 30 years now, when he got a job in New York after graduating from Hofstra University on Long Island.
So, does Cooper - who is serving as an assistant to Todd McLellan - see himself more as a Canadian or an American?
He wouldn’t bite.
“This is so difficult for me,” Cooper said. “I think growing up in Canada, where the whole country lives and dies on hockey, the sport is bred in you. My passion and love for the game were born in Canada.
“But then I think about my time in the United States - my education and coaching education was fostered there. I’ve had the chance to work with a lot of amazing people who taught me well. I think both places fed into my growth, helped me get where I am today.”
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
Training camp opens 10 days from today, and Tampa Bay's leading scorer last season, Kucherov, 23, is still unsigned. A deal doesn't appear close. In what's been a banner offseason for the Lightning, including the re-signings of cornerstones Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, this could be a significant wrinkle.
Yzerman said his goal is to have Kucherov signed by the time the wing returns from the World Cup in Toronto, where he'll play for Russia. The tournament, which begins Saturday, ends Oct. 1. Though Kucherov theoretically could participate in Lightning camp without a new deal, it wouldn't be an ideal situation. Coach Jon Cooper remains confident Kucherov will sign.
"We'll see," Kucherov told nhl.com.
To be fair, Kucherov isn't the only notable restricted free agent unsigned. There's Flames wing Johnny Gaudreau, Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm and Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov. Typically in negotiations, there needs to be a deadline to get things moving, and unlike Lightning restricted free agents Alex Killorn and Vladislav Namestnikov this offseason, Kucherov didn't have a looming arbitration hearing.
Kucherov's agent, Scott Greenspun, has declined to comment on negotiations.
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
Lightning wing J.T. Brown wants to make one thing clear.
"I have no ill will towards John Tortorella," he said.
That doesn't mean Brown, 26, agrees with everything the Team USA coach says. And Brown, 26, an African American, took to Twitter this week to let his voice be heard on Tortorella's statement that he'd bench any Team USA player who didn't stand for the national anthem, like 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has famously done. Kaepernick has kneeled/sat during the anthem in protest of America's treatment of minorities.
"Wouldn't benching a black man for taking a stance only further prove Kap's point of oppression?" Brown tweeted...
Brown wanted to explain his perspective, which he did Thursday in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times.
“I’d like to make it clear that I have no ill will towards John Tortorella. I do not know him. I responded to a story on Twitter with my opinion and that was how I saw it. He sees the situation through his reality and I see it through mine, as a black athlete in the NHL. I know I’m not on the United States World Cup roster, but I have had a chance to represent my country on other occasions. My tweet was a hypothetical. What if I took a stance to promote awareness for one of the many injustices still occurring in our country and was punished despite there being no rule or law against it? My tweet was a response to that question....
read on for more from Brown...
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