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Someone Has Too Much Time On Their Hands In Toronto

from Shawn Jeffords of the Toronto Sun,

It was news Toronto Maple Leafs fans didn’t wanted to hear.

And it’s clear John Tory’s staff didn’t want the mayor breaking it to Leafs Nation. But that was potentially the scenario when Tory faced questions in late June about being part of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s hush-hush meeting to woo Markham-born NHL superstar Steven Stamkos.

According to documents obtained by the Toronto Sun through a Freedom of Information request, media questions about a meeting between Stamkos, Tory and MLSE, put the mayor in the tough position of potentially have to break the devastating news to the city’s hockey fans before Stamkos made his announcement.

Tory’s staff knew the top free agent was staying in Tampa Bay before the general public, a series of e-mails show.

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The Future Of Ben Bishop And Patrick Marleau

from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,

Entering 2016-17, the future is uncertain for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop and San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau. Both are eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency and it remains to be seen if they have a place in the long-term plans of their respective clubs.

Bishop, 29, is considered among the league’s elite goalies. He was a finalist last season for the Vezina Trophy, backstopping the Lightning to the 2015 Stanley Cup final and the 2016 Eastern Conference final.

Marleau, who turns 37 on Sept. 15, is entering his 19th NHL season with the Sharks. With 25 goals and 48 points in 2015-16, he exceeded 44 points for the 16th time and 20 goals for the 13th time. He also helped the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history.

The Lightning’s limited salary cap space beyond 2016-17, the need to re-sign key forwards Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin and competition from promising goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will affect Bishop’s future in Tampa Bay. For Marleau, his age and recent decline in production could lead to his potential departure from San Jose.

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James Wisniewski Signs A PTO With The Lightning

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Brad Richards Announces His Retirement

from the NHLPA,

Brad Richards is announcing his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following a decorated career that spanned 15 seasons.

Richards played a total of 1,126 career NHL games with five different teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings. The talented and highly skilled forward notched 298 goals and 634 assists for 932 points over the course of his career. He also eclipsed the 100-point plateau in career playoff scoring, registering 105 points in 146 postseason games.

“I want to thank the fans and the five organizations I have played for: Tampa Bay, Dallas, and the three original six teams — the New York Rangers, Chicago, and Detroit. During my time with those teams I met many great people. I also want to thank the staff and management in those organizations for all the help and support they gave me. I appreciate all the trainers who did tireless work to help me play and keep me healthy. I had many amazing teammates and made many great friendships along the way that I truly appreciate, and I will never forget the great times we had together. Thank you to all my coaches for pushing, teaching and giving me the opportunity to play this great game. Winning the Stanley Cups in Tampa Bay and Chicago was the best part of my career and I will never forget those moments. Nothing compares to enjoying that night with your team and knowing what you have accomplished together,” said Brad Richards.

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A Seven-Year Deal For Alex Killorn In Tampa

 

 

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No Pushovers In Florida Plus Vegas Must Sell The Game On Speed And Talent

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Like their West Coast counterparts, the Panthers and Lightning used to be pushovers. Four points were as guaranteed as a rejuvenating dose of Vitamin C. Not anymore. In 2016-17, the 28 other teams will require a handful of aspirin to accompany their glasses of orange juice following what could be back-to-back poundings. Florida and California are now the toughest states in the NHL, which would never have been spotted in any crystal ball.

But that’s the reality after the infrastructure that Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman built convinced Steven Stamkos the grass wasn’t greener elsewhere, even if the dollars were. Stamkos left stacks of cash on the table by signing an eight-year, $68 million extension when he could have scored a double-digit average annual value on the open market....

Yzerman’s offseason work isn’t finished. He will re-sign Kucherov, Alex Killorn, and Vladislav Namestnikov. Yzerman would be in better cap space to do so if he trades Ben Bishop, who has one year remaining on his contract. But wheeling the goalie this summer isn’t automatic. The Lightning would be best served with Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy backstopping one more Cup push in 2016-17 before they part ways with the ex-University of Maine netminder.

A two-goalie net is the plan for the Panthers, who supplemented Roberto Luongo by signing James Reimer to a five-year, $17 million contract. It was one of eight deals the Panthers signed in an 11-day span. Between June 23 and July 3, the Panthers committed $203,600,000 in salary to Reimer, Aaron Ekblad, Keith Yandle, Vincent Trocheck, Reilly Smith, Jason Demers, Derek MacKenzie, Colton Sceviour, and Jonathan Marchessault.

General manager Tom Rowe wore out his hand while signing all the contracts. Owner Vincent Viola, meanwhile, monitored his checking account to make sure it wasn’t overdrawn. It was a thunderous announcement by the Panthers: that a first-round playoff loss to the Islanders was only the beginning of their renaissance.

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from Kevin Paul Dupont also of the Boston Globe,

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Afternoon Line- Steven Stamkos

"Victor and I are extremely close friends, we came up in this organization as 18-year-old kids. To say that we're going to be together for the long run, and on one team, that's something special. We have talked a lot throughout this process. I joke with him that sometimes I forget the time difference (with Sweden) and I'm calling him at 4 in the morning. But he's always getting back to me as quick as he can. It was extremely exciting to see him sign. A big reason why both of us stuck around is because of the relationship that we have as teammates and as friends as well."

-Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has much more on Stamkos plus other hockey notes...

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A Good Few Days For Steve Yzerman

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Steve Yzerman didn’t have to dip into the foolishness that is the free-agent frenzy to land the title of the National Hockey League’s off-season champion.

He did that by keeping his own talented house in order.

After what Stevie Y has managed to accomplish the past few days, it says here his Tampa Bay Lightning are going to be beasts of the east for most of the next decade.

First, after not budging from the eight-year, US$68 million (an average annual value of $8.5 million) offer tabled to Steven Stamkos months ago, even Yzerman admitted he was surprised when the Lightning captain on Wednesday agreed to take the hometown discount — at least in terms of his hockey home in Tampa, that is.

By leaving money on the table from other interested teams, Stamkos understood that his contract — said to have an average annual value (AAV) that is about $2.5 million per less than what the Buffalo Sabres were willing to give him — gave Yzerman some cap flexibility to lock up some other key pieces to the puzzle moving forward.

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Three-Year Extension For Andrei Vasilevskly In Tampa Bay

 

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Steven Stamkos Signing Is Official

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed captain Steven Stamkos to an eight-year contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Stamkos, 26, played in 77 games with the Lightning last season, recording 36 goals and 64 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the Bolts for goals and was second for points. Stamkos also ranked tied for seventh in the NHL for goals and was tied for fourth for power-play goals with 14. He led the team for shots on goal with 216 and led all Lightning forwards for average time on ice (19:45).

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