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Steven Stamkos Wants To Stay In Tampa

from TSN,

The future of Steven Stamkos has become a hot topic as he approaches unrestricted free agency in 2016.

And during the media session for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game on Friday, Tampa Bay Lightning forward gave one of his strongest indications to date that he's leaning towards staying with the team that drafted him in 2008.

"Yeah I think that's exactly what the plan is," Stamkos told reporters. "Obviously, July 1 you can announce a deal and something hopefully similar to what (Patrick) Kane and (Jonathan) Toews did, sometime after July 1. It's a long ways away. I'm not really focused on that. We haven't really talked about that at all.

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Morning Line- Steve Yzerman

“I want to be the team with the puck, and when you have the puck, it’s hard to hit guys. I don’t see physical teams or teams taking runs at us as an issue at all. This league is not about running guys anymore. And the word heavy — that’s the word of the day in the NHL, heavy and light. Our guys play hard. I’m more worried about our special teams, honestly, then about playing heavy teams.’’

-Steve Yzerman, GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune has more from Yzerman regarding the Bolts season.

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Matt Carle Out 6-8 Weeks

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced that defenseman Matt Carle will undergo surgery to repair torn adductor muscles in his lower abdomen on Tuesday. The procedure will be performed in Philadelphia by Dr. William Meyers.  Carle is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

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You Can’t Call It A Slow Start For Steven Stamkos

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Perception is a strange thing. Dallas forward Tyler Seguin has 26 goals and people say he’s been on fire. Same with Rangers’ winger Rick Nash. Tampa captain Steve Stamkos has 25 goals and people say “slow start.”

That’s the cross you bear when you’re 24 and you’ve had a 51 and 60-goal season. The bar is set considerably higher for Stamkos, who has four goals in his last three games, than anybody else in the NHL, save for maybe Alex Ovechkin who has had a “slow start” with his 22 goals, but is an eye-popping plus 10 under new coach Barry Trotz after being minus 35 last year for Adam Oates in Washington.

Stamkos has only had five multi-goal outings in the first 45 Tampa games, so people have questioned if his hands have gone a little cold. In one eight-game stretch from Dec. 11 through Dec. 27 he only scored in two games. But, the longest he’s gone without a goal is three games. Mere mortals would die for, uh, those troubles. Oiler winger Jordan Eberle, who has the best hands on that team, has had a five, seven and nine-game drought this season.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Health Update

from Joe Smith of Lightning Strikes,

While center Tyler Johnson and defenseman Victor Hedman won't play tonight in Boston due to lower-body injuries suffered Monday night, the Lightning is encouraged to know that both key players aren't expected to be out for the long-term.

Coach Jon Cooper said this morning that Johnson and Hedman could return sometime before next weekend's All-Star break. Johnson is considered closer, at day-to-day, with Hedman a little behind, at "dayish," Cooper said.

"They were freak things," Cooper said. "They weren't dirty plays, they weren't anything like that. It was the grind of the season, getting caught in the wrong place, wrong time. It sucks."

continue for more on the Lightning...

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Victor Hedman And Tyler Johnson Of The Tampa Bay Lightning Hurt In Loss To The Philadelphia Flyers

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

Riding high on a wave of momentum, the Lightning crashed back down into a reality check on Monday night.

Tampa Bay allowed five goals in the second period, three on the power play, en route to a 7-3 thumping by the Flyers in front of an announced crowd of 19,958 at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Lightning had won three consecutive games and seven of eight coming in. Tampa Bay also saw its six-game winning streak against Philadelphia come to an end

The Lightning also lost top defenseman Victor Hedman and leading scorer Tyler Johnson to undisclosed lower-body injuries. Hedman did not return after the first period and Johnson left midway through the second period.

With Tampa Bay playing tonight in Boston, the Lightning likely will have to look to the minors to fill out their lineup.

“There is a chance that both guys may not play (tonight). There is a good chance of that,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said.

continue for more on the game...

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Radko Gudas Out Four Months After Knee Surgery, A Big Hole To Fill

via Joe Smith tweets,

#tblightning announced Radko Gudas will be out four months following knee surgery

Cooper on Gudas; "To take a guy who is pretty heavy on the back end, plays with a lot of grit, especially off our team, it's a big hole"

added 1:16pm, more on the injury from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

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Radko Gudas Will Have Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Keith Ballard Unsure Of His Future

via Bryan Burns of TampaBayLightning.com.

Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday in Tampa.

A determination following surgery will be made on how long Gudas will be out of the Lightning lineup.

Gudas, 24, returned to Tampa on Sunday prior to the Lightning’s 4-2 victory in Ottawa. He is schedule to receive further examination after missing training sessions Friday and Saturday and three-straight games.

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

I wanted to quickly blog that defenseman Keith Ballard talked today for the first time since he sustained three facial fractures and a concussion Dec. 9 against the Islanders.

Ballard, 32, the Baudette native and former two-time Gophers national champ, is still experiencing symptoms and has done nothing other than taking walks since the injury. He admits that he’s not sure if he’ll ever play again. He said he’s going to let this play out before determining if he’ll return.

Ballard said during his last concussion that he’s worried about his future and wants to make sure he’s healthy in his post-hockey career as a husband and dad to two children.

He said that again today.

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Video- Afternoon Line- Nikita Zadorov

 

His remark starts around the :25 second mark.

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Time To Review The Goalie Interference Calls

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

When the Lightning was burned by a controversial goalie interference call in Game 3 of its playoff series against the Canadiens in April, coach Jon Cooper suggested such plays should be reviewed on video. And if that came to be, Cooper thought the rule would be dubbed the "Tampa Rule."

But Cooper didn't expect to keep earning that label this season. Three Tampa Bay goals have been disallowed due to goalie interference, including one in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Capitals.

"It seems like it's following us around," Cooper quipped.

Cooper isn't griping; he knows other teams are impacted by the calls. But the Lightning is joining a growing group around the league that hopes replay is expanded to include goalie interference calls.

read on

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