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Nikita Kucherov On His Way To Tampa, Deal In Sight

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Will Retire The Sweater Of Martin St. Louis

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning will retire the number 26 worn by the franchise's all-time leading scorer, Martin St. Louis, Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik announced today. St. Louis, who becomes the first player in the history of the Lightning organization to have his jersey retired, played 972 games over 13 seasons with the team, tallying 365 goals and 588 assists for 953 points. He will be honored on Friday, January 13, 2017, when the Lightning host John Tortorella and the Columbus Blue Jackets at AMALIE Arena.

"Everyone in the organization is excited to celebrate and thank Marty for his immense long-term contributions to the Lightning's past successes and the Tampa Bay community," said Vinik upon making the announcement. "As Marty enters his second year in retirement from the game, we believe this season is the time to hang his number from the rafters at AMALIE Arena.

"Marty had a terrific career in Tampa Bay, making six All-Star appearances while setting numerous team records, all highlighted of course by the Stanley Cup win in 2004. We look forward to a wonderful retirement ceremony, recognizing him for all that he accomplished as a member of the Lightning."

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Dan Boyle Announces His Retirement

SAN JOSE, CA - Defenseman Dan Boyle today formally announced his retirement from the game of hockey, completing 17 stellar seasons in the National Hockey League - six of which he spent as a member of the San Jose Sharks.

Boyle played in 1,093 NHL games with Florida, Tampa Bay, San Jose and the New York Rangers, scoring 605 points (163 goals, 442 assists) and 693 penalty minutes. He was a member of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup-winning team and appeared in 130 Stanley Cup Playoff games, adding 81 points (17 goals, 64 assists).

"Today, I would like to formally announce my retirement from the National Hockey League," said Boyle.  "I've been fortunate and blessed to have had the opportunity to do what I most love to do.  All I wanted to do as a young boy was have the opportunity to play ONE game in the NHL. Over a thousand games later, this whole experience seems surreal. I want to thank all four organizations for the opportunity, my teammates and the FANS for this amazing run that I will cherish forever."

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Jon Cooper Both Canadian And American

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Cooper’s own marriage spans both sides of the border. He was born and raised in Prince George, but his wife, Jessie, is from Michigan.

The Tampa Bay Lightning coach’s three children are American, born on different stops during his rise through the coaching ranks in St. Louis and Green Bay.

Cooper became a United States citizen in the mid-90s. He has been living in the U.S. exclusively since 1990, nearly 30 years now, when he got a job in New York after graduating from Hofstra University on Long Island.

So, does Cooper - who is serving as an assistant to Todd McLellan - see himself more as a Canadian or an American?

He wouldn’t bite.

“This is so difficult for me,” Cooper said. “I think growing up in Canada, where the whole country lives and dies on hockey, the sport is bred in you. My passion and love for the game were born in Canada.

“But then I think about my time in the United States - my education and coaching education was fostered there. I’ve had the chance to work with a lot of amazing people who taught me well. I think both places fed into my growth, helped me get where I am today.”

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Nikita Kucherov Remains Unsigned

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Training camp opens 10 days from today, and Tampa Bay's leading scorer last season, Kucherov, 23, is still unsigned. A deal doesn't appear close. In what's been a banner offseason for the Lightning, including the re-signings of cornerstones Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, this could be a significant wrinkle.

Yzerman said his goal is to have Kucherov signed by the time the wing returns from the World Cup in Toronto, where he'll play for Russia. The tournament, which begins Saturday, ends Oct. 1. Though Kucherov theoretically could participate in Lightning camp without a new deal, it wouldn't be an ideal situation. Coach Jon Cooper remains confident Kucherov will sign.

"We'll see," Kucherov told nhl.com.

To be fair, Kucherov isn't the only notable restricted free agent unsigned. There's Flames wing Johnny Gaudreau, Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm and Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov. Typically in negotiations, there needs to be a deadline to get things moving, and unlike Lightning restricted free agents Alex Killorn and Vladislav Namestnikov this offseason, Kucherov didn't have a looming arbitration hearing.

Kucherov's agent, Scott Greenspun, has declined to comment on negotiations.

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J.T. Brown On The National Anthem Debate

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Lightning wing J.T. Brown wants to make one thing clear.

"I have no ill will towards John Tortorella," he said.

That doesn't mean Brown, 26, agrees with everything the Team USA coach says. And Brown, 26, an African American, took to Twitter this week to let his voice be heard on Tortorella's statement that he'd bench any Team USA player who didn't stand for the national anthem, like 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has famously done. Kaepernick has kneeled/sat during the anthem in protest of America's treatment of minorities.

"Wouldn't benching a black man for taking a stance only further prove Kap's point of oppression?" Brown tweeted...

Brown wanted to explain his perspective, which he did Thursday in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times.

“I’d like to make it clear that I have no ill will towards John Tortorella. I do not know him. I responded to a story on Twitter with my opinion and that was how I saw it. He sees the situation through his reality and I see it through mine, as a black athlete in the NHL. I know I’m not on the United States World Cup roster, but I have had a chance to represent my country on other occasions. My tweet was a hypothetical.  What if I took a stance to promote awareness for one of the many injustices still occurring in our country and was punished despite there being no rule or law against it?  My tweet was a response to that question....

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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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