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Dan Girardi’s Deal With The Tampa Bay Lightning

Bought out by the NYR earlier this week.



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A Reported Side Deal Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And Vegas Golden Knights

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Hearing the Lightning has a side deal with the Vegas Golden Knights to protect one or more of its young defensemen.

Those types of trades won't be announced until Wednesday, so details aren't available yet. GM Steve Yzerman neither confirmed nor denied whether he has a side deal.

"It's not something I'd share publicly at this time," Yzerman told the Times.

But it certainly makes sense for Tampa Bay to try to find a way to hold onto both Slater Koekkoek and Jake Dotchin, both of whom were left unprotected.


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Tampa Bay Lightning Extend Peter Budaj For Two Years

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Two Views On The Jonathan Drouin Trade

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

He might even turn out to be a very good player.

But it won't be for the Lightning.

And that's fine.

Au revoir, Jonathan, and don't let the Zamboni door hit you on the way out of town. Then again, if the Zamboni door is in the defensive end, there's no chance Drouin will be anywhere near it....

The Lightning traded an often moody, sometimes selfish, occasionally petulant, one-dimensional, streaky player for one who has a chance to become a top-pair defenseman — the rarest of NHL commodities and something the Lightning needs more than anything in this world.

read on

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times,

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Jonathan Drouin Traded To The Montreal Canadiens


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Like Most Teams, The Tampa Bay Lightning Are In Wait And See Mode

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

"The expansion draft is on everyone's mind right now," Yzerman said. "I'm not really sure what we'll be able to do. I've just got to be patient and see how things play out."

Vegas, which begins play next season, appears ready to deal, and it's likely the Golden Knights will have moves to announce this week once the Stanley Cup final is over. Vegas GM George McPhee told Canada's TSN TV network he's willing to take on some bad contracts of other teams and is looking to compile draft picks (the Lightning has two second-rounders at this year's June 23-24 amateur draft).

Yzerman said he has spoken with McPhee but isn't sure if he can work out a side deal, which would control what unprotected Lightning player is chosen in the expansion draft. But Tampa Bay could also make moves this week with teams that have a glut on defense (see: Ducks, Wild). The issue there is any player the Lightning would get in return would have to be on its expansion-draft protected list, which is due at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Yzerman could also make a move with Vegas in which the Golden Knights agree to take a certain team's defenseman in the expansion draft, then ship him to Tampa Bay in a separate deal.

"A lot of things are out of my control right now," Yzerman said. "I don't know what other teams are discussing with regard to expansion and Vegas. I know what I'd like to do, but we'll see how it plays out."

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Steven Stamkos And Jeff Vinik On The All-Star Game And Olympics

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

...it's still hard for Stamkos to hide the disappointment of what the game signals: that the NHL won't be participating in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

Stamkos hasn't competed for Canada in an Olympics and may never get that chance unless owners have a change of heart for 2022.

"It's a little bittersweet," Stamkos said. "If there's the Olympics, then the (All-Star Game) doesn't come to Tampa, so it's a double-edged sword. If it comes to the point where there's no Olympics, I couldn't think of a better place to host the game. We've proven the hockey market that we are, how great we are. I think it'd be a great time."...

Hedman and fellow Swede Anton Stralman experienced the joy of winning gold at the World Championship last month, but neither has played in the Olympics. Stralman said the league "crushed a dream," caring mostly about money.

"It's a few billionaires trying to make an extra buck," Stralman said.

...So I asked Vinik, what's your message to your players?

"I'm empathetic towards the players. I understand their points of view," he said. "But I also understand the point of view of the owners and commissioner that we are shutting down our season for three weeks. No other professional sports league does that. It's a strong belief of the owners that it doesn't make sense."


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Afternoon Line- Bob McKenzie

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A Very Candid Nikita Kucherov

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Lightning star wing Nikita Kucherov delivered some pointed and strong criticism on his teammates and coaches Wednesday.

Kucherov, preparing to play for Russia at the World Championships, told Sovietsky Sport that some teammates "overstayed" with team, "got their money and stopped working." Kucherov also wondered why the team's lines were changed like a "kaleidoscope."

"Some guys overstayed in team," Kucherov told Sovietsy Sport, per translation. "They've got their money and stopped working. They knew there's no competition for their positions and the organization is not going to take someone else. They played not really well this year. You can see it in their stats and way of play. When we played together and I made a pass, they even were not expecting this. That's why this season was hard for me despite good stats."

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Playoff Hopes Still Alive For The New York Islanders And Tampa Bay Lightning

from Neil Best of Newsday,

The Maple Leafs have 93 points and the Islanders 90 with two games apiece remaining. The Lightning also has 90 points with two left.

One road requires the Islanders to beat the Devils on Saturday and the Senators Sunday while the Maple Leafs lose both to the Penguins and Blue Jackets, with at least one of those losses coming in regulation time.

But for that math to work out, the Islanders would need to win both of their games in regulation or overtime, enabling them to pass the Maple Leafs in the regulation-and-overtime-wins tiebreaker if both finish with 94 points.

That reality could make for some complicated strategizing for Weight. In theory, it might benefit the Islanders to pull their goalie in overtime to secure a win before the shootout for tiebreaker purposes.


from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Making the playoffs is still a long shot, but the quest should make for a fun final 72 hours of the regular season. Tampa Bay needs to win its final two games, tonight in Montreal and Sunday at home against Buffalo, in regulation or overtime. Toronto must lose its final two games, both at home, Saturday against Pittsburgh and Sunday against Columbus; the Maple Leafs can't pick up more than one point.

Tampa Bay also needs the Islanders, tied with it in points but who hold the tiebreaker, to lose one of its final two games, Saturday at New Jersey or Sunday at home against Ottawa, or win one of them in a shootout.

"At this point, all we can do is put a little pressure on," defenseman Anton Stralman said. "And obviously hope that Pittsburgh and Columbus to do their jobs (beat Toronto). That's all we can ask for."


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