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Will The Tampa Bay Lightning Hoist The Stanley Cup Again?

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

The Tampa Bay Lightning, despite back-to-back Stanley Cups, won’t go down as one of the great teams in NHL history. The bloated nature of the league — we’re up to 32 teams now — and a flat salary cap for the conceivable future will make true greatness impossible for any club.

Sad but true.

The title to which the Lightning may be able to lay claim, however, isn’t bad at all. That would be arguably the most versatile and adaptable team in NHL history.

Think about it. Because of COVID-19, Tampa Bay has had to win a Cup after an interrupted season that was followed by a set of “bubble” playoffs, in which the Bolts played all their post-season matches in either Toronto or Edmonton. To defend the title, Tampa had to navigate a 56-game regular season in which they played largely to empty arenas and only within their division, then win a Cup tournament in which they didn’t play a non-division team until the final four.

Now, the Lightning will try to three-peat in a return to a “normal” 82-game season with full playoffs, after having their roster cannibalized by other clubs over the off-season.

If successful, Steven Stamkos and Co. will be able to say they have won three consecutive Cups under three sets of very different conditions, all with a pandemic wreaking havoc on North American society in the background.

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Questions Facing The San Jose Sharks

from John Lane of NHL.com,

Could Tomas Hertl be traded before the season ends?

The 27-year-old forward is in the final season of a four-year contract, and how the Sharks perform could influence what they do with him ahead of the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline. San Jose has missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past two seasons after qualifying in 14 of the previous 15, so if the rebuild continues, the Sharks could try to trade Hertl rather than risk losing him for nothing as a free agent.

"I wonder if San Jose will want to re-sign me and if I'll want to stay there," Hertl told MF DNES in the Czech Republic on Sept. 3. "I don't want to have it in my head, I don't want to be influenced by anything like that. I will start the season and let's see how it works out. If I change teams, I'll be looking at places where there is a chance to win. The other thing is if those teams would want me. It's complicated, but who knows? Maybe San Jose has a plan and I don't fit into it for them."

Hertl scored 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists) in 50 games last season after recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. He had surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his right knee as a rookie in 2013-14, injured that knee again in Game 2 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins and missed the rest of the series, and had surgery for a sprain in his right knee during the 2016-17 season.

Can Adin Hill and James Reimer upgrade the goaltending?

Hill was acquired in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes for goalie Josef Korenar on July 14 and agreed to a two-year contract Aug. 4 to avoid an arbitration hearing. He was 9-9-1 with a 2.74 goals-against average, a .913 save percentage and two shutouts in an NHL career-high 19 games (17 starts) last season. Reimer signed a two-year contract with the Sharks on July 28 after he was 15-5-2 with a 2.66 GAA and .906 save percentage in 22 games (21 starts) with the Carolina Hurricanes last season.

The hope is Hill and Reimer can come in and stabilize the position after Martin Jones had the final three seasons of his six-year contract bought out by San Jose, which has finished either 30th or 31st in the NHL in team save percentage in each of the past three seasons.

"We're looking forward to both these guys coming in and strengthening that position," coach Bob Boughner said July 28. "If you look back last year at some of the games we played and thought we could have won, a change in goaltending was a need, and I think that both guys are going to come in and help."

three more questions...

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Corey Perry On The Move

via TSN,

The old adage is if you can't beat, join 'em and  is doing just that.

Kevin Weekes reports the veteran winger has signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that beat his Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final.

Perry was also a member of the Dallas Stars team that reached the 2020 Stanley Cup Final where they, too, fell to the Lightning.

Perry, 36, signed a one-year $750,000 contract with the Habs last season and tallied nine goals and 12 assists in 49 regular season games.

Note, Kevin Weekes has blocked me for over a year, no idea why, so I was delayed a bit with this news.

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Brayden Point Signs A Long-Term Deal With The Tampa Bay Lightning

 

added 3:45pm, press release is below...

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Tyler Johnson Traded To Chicago

added 10:27pm,

 

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Video- Mic’d Up During The Stanley Cup Final

Listen in, 9 1/2 minutes long.

 

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Changes Coming For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

“Going forward, I expect us to remain a Stanley Cup contender,” general manager Julien BriseBois said Tuesday. “If I look at our roster right now, we have elite players at all the key positions. And they are either in their prime or just entering their prime.

“So, I have a lot of reason to believe we are going to remain a Stanley Cup contender and hopefully the stars align again for us, just as they did the past two years, and we can go on another magical run and bring back the Cup one more time.”

That is not wishful thinking. BriseBois is absolutely correct when he says the Lightning will still be a contender next season. The difference is the margin of error will tighten dramatically. The Lightning can expect to compete for the Cup, as opposed to being expected to win the Cup.

So how will the team change? At the moment, that’s impossible to say.

It’s going to depend on how much interest there is around the league in trading for some of Tampa Bay’s veterans, and how willing some players will be to waiving no-trade clauses.

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Video- The Boat Parade Today In Tampa

6 1/2 minutes to watch.

 

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Video-Starring The Tampa Bay Lightning

The boat parade in Tampa will be on the NHL Network beginning at 11am ET today.

 

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Watching The Stanley Cup Final

from Bill Shea of The Athletic,

The numbers are in, and this is how it ends for the duo of NBC and hockey.

The network, which surrenders its National Hockey League broadcast rights to ESPN/ABC and Turner Sports next season, said Friday that the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Game 5 Stanley Cup Final clincher over the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday averaged 3.62 million U.S. viewers. That’s both TV and streaming.

The entire five-game series, which was mostly one-sided as Tampa Bay defended its title, averaged 2.52 million, the network said....

Still, with all that’s happened with live sports and the television industry over the past year-plus, NBC and the NHL got decent numbers for the finale of their business partnership....

It’s important to note that the league gets eyeballs and dollars north of the border, too (or south of it, if you live in downtown Detroit!).

This year’s series was the first Stanley Cup Final to include a Canadian team since the Vancouver Canucks in 2011. And not surprisingly, Canadians tuned in to see the Habs in their first appearance in the Final since winning an NHL-record 24th championship in 1993.

The English-language Canadian broadcast on Sportsnet/CBC averaged 4.1 million for Game 5 and 3.6 million for the series.

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