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The Latest On Brayden Point’s Contract Situation In Tampa

from Corey Long at NHL.com,

Brayden Point and the Tampa Bay Lightning have been in contact regarding a new contract, and general manager Julien BriseBois is confident that a deal will get done some time this offseason.

The 23-year-old forward can become a restricted free agent July 1.

"I met with Brayden Point's agent in Vancouver," BriseBois said. "As much as I'd like to get this done soon, and I'm sure they'd like to get this done soon, there's a process to these things and there's kind of a rhythm to the offseason. Teams eventually get eliminated, they do their postmortem, they do their amateur meetings, their pro meetings, combine, draft, now it's the window for free agents."


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Tampa Trades J.T. Miller To Vancouver

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Ryan Callahan Goes On LTIR

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning announced forward Ryan Callahan will be placed on long-term injury reserve with degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Callahan, 34, skated in 52 games with the Lightning during the 2018-19 season, collecting seven goals and 17 points to go along with 14 penalty minutes. The Rochester, New York native has appeared in 757 career NHL games with the Bolts and New York Rangers, recording 186 goals and 386 points.

via Caley Chelios tweet,

BriseBois, "He’s such a proud competitor such a fierce competitor. I know he was planning to not only play out this contract, but sign another contract after that. We had multiple conversations in the second half of the season about his future so that was very sad news for him."


added 6:00pm, Callahan spoke with Btyan Burns of th Lightning website,

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The Tampa Bay Lightning And Pittsburgh Penguins Today

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Tampa Bay Lightning, led by coach Jon Cooper, have the talent and core players to win the Stanley Cup in the near future, general manager Julien BriseBois said Thursday, two days after they were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Though the Lightning became the first team in NHL history to finish with the best regular-season record and get swept in the first round in a best-of-7 format, BriseBois spoke of his belief in Cooper and players like forward Nikita Kucherov, center Steven Stamkos, defenseman Victor Hedman and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.

"I have great faith that eventually we're going to get the job done and we're going to bring the Cup back to Tampa with this group of players, with these coaches," BriseBois said during Lightning exit interviews. "I'm not going to overreact and blow up all the good things we have here because we had a very bad four-game slump at the most inopportune time of the year.

"Now is not the time to make excuses. It's the time to show some humility. It's the time for us to lick our wounds, roll up our sleeves, get to work and focus on doing what we need to do so next year we're more successful."


from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

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Afternoon Line- Auston Matthews

"It’s not what people expected or figured that was going to happen with the regular season they had. It doesn’t matter what seed you’re in. Or your place.

"It all comes down to will."

-Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the Tampa Bay Lightning being swept.  The CP at Sportsnet has more reaction from the Leafs and Bruins.

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Lightning Stunned, Blue Jackets Celebrate

from Diana C. Nearhos of the Tampa Bay Times,

“We lost,” Steven Stamkos said. “In the playoffs, if you don’t accomplish the goal of winning it all, it’s a failure. We don’t care what happened in the regular season.”

more on the Lightning...

from the CP at TSN,

Sullen and speechless, the Tampa Bay Lightning had little explanation for how they followed up a glorious regular season by getting bounced from the playoffs with record-setting haste.

The Columbus Blue Jackets capped a stunning sweep of the Presidents' Trophy winners with a 7-3 victory Tuesday night. Tampa Bay became the first team in the expansion era, which began in 1967-68, to go winless in the first round of the playoffs after leading the league in points during the regular season.

And what a season it was. Tampa Bay tied the NHL record for wins with 62 and amassed 128 points, fourth in NHL history.

"Yeah, it sucks," said Lightning forward , who had 128 points in the regular season but was kept off the scoresheet until Tuesday night.

"Nothing was our way in the series," he said. "I don't know what to say."



from Craig Merz at NHL.com,

The Columbus Blue Jackets won a Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first time by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

The Blue Jackets are the first team to sweep a Presidents' Trophy winner in the first round. It is the third time a Presidents' Trophy winner has been swept (Detroit Red Wings, 1995 Stanley Cup Final; Calgary Flames, 1988 Smythe Division Final).

"They're the ones that deserve it, the fans," forward Cam Atkinson said. "We're working our tails off, but they've been waiting for this moment a long time."


Below, watch the series rewind and Nick Foligno post-game.

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Evening Line- Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Advance To The 2nd Round

After winning 62 games in the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning could not win a game in the playoffs.

First Stanley Cup Playoffs series win for Columbus.

Final score tonight- Columbus Blue Jackets 7 (three ENG) Tampa Bay Lightning 3

added 9:56pm, Watch the handshakes below.

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Sweeps Tonight?

I have an open post going up later for all 4 games tonight, but let's talk elimination games now.

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning are in Columbus to face the Blue Jackets.

The Pens and Bolts are down 0-3.  Are they done tonight?

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Face Elimination On Tuesday. Why?

from Joe Smith of The Athletic,

It’s not a fluke. The Lightning didn’t run into a hot goalie. They’ve been getting outworked and out-executed. And stunningly enough, the veteran-laden group that has played in 83 playoff games the past four years is cracking under the pressure while the Columbus team without a playoff series win has shown a steely resolve.

“They are getting their asses kicked on every square inch of the ice,” said former NHL GM Craig Button, now an analyst for TSN. “(Columbus) is in their faces and is doing exactly what you do in the playoffs — respect your opponent but show them no mercy. (The series) is over IMO.

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from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

Two games into the 2019 playoffs, the presumed MVP of the league was scoreless and minus-2. He was also suspended for Game 3 for hitting a defenseless player. And, after Sunday’s morning skate, he declined to say much about any of this.

Call it the Kucherov Hat Trick.

This is not a good look for a player in search of a legacy. He was sitting alone in a locker room Sunday morning because the rest of the team had already headed back to the hotel to rest up before a game he wouldn’t play in. And he was smugly deflecting most inquiries by saying “no comment’’ or “next question.’’...

There is some degree of cherry picking to single out the worst games of a superstar’s career but, more than any other league, the NHL defines its game by the postseason. And when Tampa Bay has needed him most, Kucherov has been more forgettable than memorable.

And to compound it, he seems to think he owes no explanation.

This isn’t about whether Kucherov is friendly with the media. This is about being accountable. This is about earning your $5.5 million salary. This is about being an adult.


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