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Mikhail Sergachev Looks Like He Belongs In The NHL

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Mikhail Sergachev entered the Lightning's training camp with plenty of pressure. He has prove to he's ready to make the jump to the NHL, or else he'll be sent back to juniors. And he's doing in it an immense spotlight, which comes with being part of June's Jonathan Drouin blockbuster trade to Montreal.

From everything Sergachev has shown — and how he has done so — it feels like not only will he be on the Lightning's roster for next week's regular-season opener, he'll be an impactful rookie this season.

"He kind of does it all," veteran defenseman Dan Girardi said. "He's been playing with confidence. That's what he has to do. He has to play like he belongs, not just come in and test the water."

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Vincent Lecavalier’s #4 Will Be Retired By The Tampa Bay Lightning

via the Tampa Bay Lightning,

The Tampa Bay Lightning will retire the No. 4 worn by the franchise's all-time leading goal-scorer, Vincent Lecavalier. The former Bolt captain becomes the second player in the history of the Lightning organization to have his jersey retired, joining Martin St. Louis. He played in 1,037 games over 14 seasons with the team, tallying 383 goals and 491 assists for 874 points. He will be honored on Saturday, February 10, 2018, when the Lightning host the Los Angeles Kings at AMALIE Arena.

Lecavalier, drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in the 1998 NHL Draft, is the Lightning's all-time leader for games played. Lecavalier also ranks second in franchise history for both assists and points, trailing only Martin St. Louis in both categories. Lecavalier's 14 seasons with the Lightning, the most of any player in Tampa Bay history. On March 1, 2000, he was named captain of the Bolts, becoming the youngest captain in NHL history at the time at only 19 years and 314 days old.

"It is a great honor to have my number retired and I'd like to thank the Lightning organization and Jeff Vinik for recognizing me with this achievement," Lecavalier said. "The Tampa Bay community and our fans have treated me and my family so amazingly that this honor is extra special to share it with everyone. My family and I are very excited for February 10 when we can share so many memories."

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Steven Stamkos Returned To The Ice Last Night

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Stamkos said it was a rewarding return after a long summer of rehab from a torn lateral meniscus, the toughest injury physically he has had to come back from. He said he didn't feel nervous heading into Friday; he was more excited.

"I was pleasantly surprised with just the calming influence I had in making plays again," Stamkos said.

Hedman said he knew Stamkos saw him before the first shift-assist.

"The talent he is, the natural he is in this game, he's one of the best in the league," Hedman said. "For him to come back like that after a scary (injury), to see him up and running again, it was fun to watch."

Stamkos showed off his trademark speed and shot, finding his familiar spot in the left circle on the power play. He got bumped and said he wasn't thinking much about the knee.


Below, video of Stamkos post-game...

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Your 2018 All-Star Game Logo

NEW YORK (Sept. 22, 2017) – Tampa Bay Lightning fans were the first to catch a glimpse of the awaited logo for the upcoming 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at tonight’s preseason game against the Nashville Predators. The League’s mid-season showcase will take place at AMALIE Arena on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28 and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the Honda NHL® All-Star Game, respectively.


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Phil Esposito On The Jonathan Drouin Trade

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

There are likely some fans that still lament losing dynamic wing Jonathan Drouin, dealt to Montreal for Sergachev in late June.

But Lightning founder Phil Esposito reassured fans they're going to end up liking this trade on Tampa Bay's side.

"Drouin is a fabulous player," Esposito said in a Q&A for fans between Saturday's practices. "Personally I didn't think he wanted to be here. I saw it in his eyes, the way he played. I thought (GM Steve Yzerman) made the right move. (Drouin) is going to love being in Montreal, that's where he's from. But he has no idea the pressure that's going to be on him if he doesn't produce. He has no idea.

"I wish him well. But I think in the long run, people will be very, very pleased with Sergachev."

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The Stanley Cup Window Is Still Open For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Marin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times,

This team still has a chance to be special. That chance, at least the work behind it, begins Thursday with training camp. With expectations. With questions.

The window remains open.

But the Lightning has to go prove itself.

Until it does that, we're right to doubt this team.

It still has some of the most talented players on the planet, including defenseman Victor Hedman, who is ready for his Norris Trophy closeup, and Nikita Kucherov, who is a dead-eyed scoring machine. And, yes, Steven Stamkos, still.

The window remains open.

This team can and should win the Atlantic Division, over Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs, and Carey Price (and Jonathan Drouin) and the Canadiens.


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Hockey Topics Today

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- This, too, on (Tyler) Johnson and (Ondrej) Palat, both of whom are eminently movable before their respective no-trade clauses kick in next July 1:

Am I the only one envisioning both of them being part of the package the Lightning would offer the Islanders in exchange for John Tavares at some point this season if No. 91 remains unsigned?

I know the Islanders say (and likely believe) they are committed to riding out the entire season, if necessary, in order to get the captain under contract just the way the Lightning did through 2015-16 when Steven Stamkos was on the cusp of unrestricted free agency. And of course, the Tampa Bay organization’s patience was rewarded when their No. 91 agreed to an eight-year contract extension two days before he could have hit the open market....

- According to a well-placed source, there has been no communication between the NHL and NHLPA regarding the league’s anticipated ruling on which classes of players, exactly, will be barred from participating in the Olympics.

The league unlikely is to prohibit players in the NHL or AHL from going, but Sixth Avenue’s intentions are unclear regarding athletes under contract playing in Europe or in the Canadian junior leagues.

Slap Shots has been told the PA views this as a matter under which individual owners should be permitted to grant permission to their respective team’s players to go to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Indeed, the union would be expected to grieve or otherwise contest blanket prohibition of players under NHL contract from participating in the 2018 Games.

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Ondrej Palat Signs A Five-Year Extension With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Ondrej Palat to a five-year contract worth $5.3-million AAV, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Friday.

Palat, 26, skated in 75 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, posting 17 goals and 52 points to go along with 39 penalty minutes. The Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic native ranked third on the Lightning for assists (35) and plus/minus (+8), fourth for points and tied for fourth for power-play goals with five. Palat's 19:07 average time on ice last season ranked second among all Lightning forwards.

The 6-foot, 188-pound forward has appeared in 307 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over the past five seasons, collecting 74 goals and 218 points to go along with 103 penalty minutes. Palat has also appeared in 46 Stanley Cup Playoff games, registering 14 goals and 29 points. During the Lightning's 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff run, Palat recorded eight goals and 16 points in 26 games, as the Lightning lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

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Tyler Johnson Signs A Seven-Year Contract In Tampa

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Tyler Johnson a seven-year contract worth $5-million AAV, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Johnson, 26, skated in 66 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, recording 19 goals and 45 points to go along with 28 penalty minutes. He ranked tied for third on the Lightning for goals and fifth for points. Johnson also ranked third on the Bolts for power-play goals with six and was tied for fifth with three game-winning tallies. Johnson's 18:49 average time on ice last season ranked third among all Lightning forwards. He also led the Lightning for face-off wins (583) and face-offs taken (1,122).

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Chris Kunitz Signs With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent left wing Chris Kunitz to a one-year contract worth $2 million, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Kunitz, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, has played in 884 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers and Anaheim Ducks, recording 250 goals and 580 points with a plus-183 rating. He won his first Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007 before going on to win three more with Pittsburgh in 2009, 2016 and 2017. Kunitz was also named to the NHL's First All-Star Team in 2013. 

The 6-foot, 195-pound forward has played in 161 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, making him the Lightning's most experienced playoff performer (Girardi, 122). Kunitz has recorded 27 career postseason goals and 92 points. He has skated in 77 Stanley Cup Playoff games in the previous five seasons.

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