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Video- Nikita Kucherov Hit On Vladimir Sobotka Today

No call on the play.

 

 

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Face Elimination On Tuesday. Why?

from Joe Smith of The Athletic,

It’s not a fluke. The Lightning didn’t run into a hot goalie. They’ve been getting outworked and out-executed. And stunningly enough, the veteran-laden group that has played in 83 playoff games the past four years is cracking under the pressure while the Columbus team without a playoff series win has shown a steely resolve.

“They are getting their asses kicked on every square inch of the ice,” said former NHL GM Craig Button, now an analyst for TSN. “(Columbus) is in their faces and is doing exactly what you do in the playoffs — respect your opponent but show them no mercy. (The series) is over IMO.

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from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

Two games into the 2019 playoffs, the presumed MVP of the league was scoreless and minus-2. He was also suspended for Game 3 for hitting a defenseless player. And, after Sunday’s morning skate, he declined to say much about any of this.

Call it the Kucherov Hat Trick.

This is not a good look for a player in search of a legacy. He was sitting alone in a locker room Sunday morning because the rest of the team had already headed back to the hotel to rest up before a game he wouldn’t play in. And he was smugly deflecting most inquiries by saying “no comment’’ or “next question.’’...

There is some degree of cherry picking to single out the worst games of a superstar’s career but, more than any other league, the NHL defines its game by the postseason. And when Tampa Bay has needed him most, Kucherov has been more forgettable than memorable.

And to compound it, he seems to think he owes no explanation.

This isn’t about whether Kucherov is friendly with the media. This is about being accountable. This is about earning your $5.5 million salary. This is about being an adult.

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Video- Nikita Kucherov Suspended One Game

Boarding.

 

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Video-Nikita Kucherov Hit Tonight

 

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Nikita Kucherov’s Season

from the CP at TSN,

The lesson Nikita Kucherov learned from childhood coach Gennady Kurdin is on display every time he laces up his skates and steps on to the ice.

Kurdin taught Kucherov the very common Russian hockey philosophy that the sport is about sacrificing for your partner. Each day at practice, Kucherov studies how his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates like to shoot, stores that knowledge and spits it out in games in the form of tape-to-tape passes.

"I like to find the open guys and give him a pass that he would be comfortable with, shoot it and score it," Kucherov said. "It just gives me more joy to just give the great pass and land it perfectly on his stick or in his wheelhouse so he can just score a goal."

This should be a joyful season for Kucherov, who leads the NHL with 86 assists and 125 points and is the best player on by far the best team. But the intensely self-critical winger who should coast to a Hart Trophy as league MVP won't be satisfied until he wins the Stanley Cup, and it's that motivation that keeps him looking to create as many goals for his teammates as he can.

"Season's been, it's OK," Kucherov said. "My job is just go out there and play. It's not my job to just talk about it. I don't look back how many games we won. The more important games is ahead of us."

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Video- A New Candidate For Boomtown

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Nikita Kucherov Signs An Eight-Year Extension With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year contract extension worth an average of $9.5 million today, vice president and general manager announced. The contract keeps Kucherov through the 2026-27 season.

"I'm truly grateful to sign this contract extension to keep me in Tampa for the next eight seasons today," Kucherov said. "I'd like to thank the Lightning organization and all of the fans for the support since making the Bay Area my home."

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Video- Nikita Kucherov Hit On Sami Vatanen

via Sportsnet,

Sami Vatanen would head to the locker room after taking big hit from Nikita Kucherov.

To me, it looks like the recent Doughty hit.

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Video-Things Can Go Bad Even For The Leader In Points In The NHL

Snap.

The Senators Lightning won in the shootout.

 

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‘Early overreactions’

USA Today's Kevin Allen and Jimmy Hascup issue "early overreactions" to the NHL season thus far:

Nikita Kucherov could be the MVP: True. His seven-game goal scoring streak to start the season reflects a star entering his prime, not a player experiencing a hot streak. He netted 30 goals in 2015-16 and 40 goals last season. His wicked shot, experience and elusiveness give him 50-goal ability. He meshes well with Lightning linemates Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov. He has a career 54.6% Corsi, which is an indication of puck possession. Kucherov could end up with monstrous statistics. If the Lightning continue to be among the NHL’s best teams, Kucherov will be in Hart conversation.

New York Rangers (1-5-1) are done: False. Regardless if the struggles cost coach Alain Vigneault his job, the Rangers still possess enough talent to be a playoff team. With Kevin Shattenkirk, the defense has been molded to transition the puck better, and it doesn’t seem likely the defense will be this bad all year. The forward group — even without a true star — has the pieces to be effective. Even if they don’t match the scoring rate of 9.3% at five-on-five from last season, they won’t shoot 5.2% all year. At 35, Henrik Lundqvist is still very good.

NHL’s increased crackdown on slashing will create a significant scoring increase: False. Teams are averaging 3.10 goals per game. If that would hold for an entire season, it would be the first time in 13 years teams have averaged three goals per game. But we’ve seen this before: The NHL changes how it officiates the game, and goals go up. We know it’s only temporary. Right now, the number of power play opportunities have increased and shots on goal are up by two shots per game (30.1 to 32.1). But history tells us NHL players will adapt quickly. Before long, we will be back below three goals per game.

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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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If the cap goes up, Bolts, Hawks will take the boost

The Hockey News's Jared Clinton penned a column discussing the teams that would be most impacted by the projected $2.5 million rise in the salary cap's upper limit for the 2017-18 season:

There’s no more telling situation of how a slight rise in the upper limit can benefit cap-strapped teams more than the Lightning. Tampa Bay’s situation has been one to watch and the salary cap going forward has been of some concern for almost the entire campaign. It was hard for the cap issues not to be front and center when it took until zero hour for the Lightning to ink Nikita Kucherov, the team’s 23-year-old leading scorer, to a three-year contract extension. When the deal was signed, it was the talk of the league that Lightning GM Steve Yzerman managed to get a consistent 30-goal scorer under contract for three years at less than $5 million.

Even with Kucherov signed to a team-friendly deal, though, there was still concern. The Lightning are about to enter into what are sure to be tough contract negotiations with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat, there’s the matter of locking up Jonathan Drouin to a new deal and Yzerman is also going to need to find a way to add a few more pieces — and potentially bolster his defense — by the time 2017-18 rolls around. But a savvy move at the deadline to ship out Valtteri Filppula cleared $5 million. Add in the potential for an extra $2.5 million in spending room, as well, and a once troubling cap situation has somewhat cleared up.

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Videos- A Sit Down With John Tortorella, McDavid Skill And Kucherov Impresses

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

John Tortorella speaks with Christine Simpson about his past mistakes as a coach and how he has approached his opportunity in Columbus.

 

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Video- Nikita Kucherov’s Injury Status

via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Kucherov, the team's leading scorer last season, finished the period but didn't come out for the second. It was unclear what happened, but with about seven minutes left, he appeared to get shaken up on a spill into the boards near the Lightning bench. His left shoulder took the brunt of the impact. But he went out for his next shift.

Kucherov, asked after the game if he was okay, only nodded.

Coach Jon Cooper said the problem wasn't a concussion but he otherwise didn't have an update on his condition. "He got hit the wrong way," Cooper said. "Hopefully it won't be too long."

 

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A Three-Year Deal For Nikita Kucherov In Tampa

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Nikita Kucherov to a three-year contract worth an average of $4.766 million per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Kucherov, 23, skated in 77 games with the Lightning during the 2015-16 season, recording 30 goals and 66 points to go along with 30 penalty minutes. He led the team for points and was second for both assists (36) and goals. Kucherov also set career highs for goals, points, power-play goals (nine) and game-winning goals (four). He ranked second on the Bolts for shots (209) and power-play goals, while also pacing the club with 19 multi-point games.

The 5-foot-11, 178-pound forward also skated in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning last season, posting 11 goals and 19 points to go along with a plus-13 rating. Kucherov led the Bolts during the playoffs for both goals and points. He finished second for goals and sixth for points in NHL in playoff scoring. Over the past two postseasons, Kucherov has tallied 21 goals and 41 points in 43 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. Kucherov has scored more playoff goals than any player in the NHL over the previous two postseasons.

Kucherov has skated in 211 career NHL games, all with Tampa Bay over the past three seasons, collecting 68 goals and 149 points to go along with 81 penalty minutes and a plus-50 rating. He’s also appeared in 45 career playoff games, recording 22 goals and 42 points. Kucherov represented Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto last month, posting two goals and three assists in four tournament games. He ranked tied for first on Russia in both goals and points.

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Nikita Kucherov On His Way To Tampa, Deal In Sight

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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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Lightning taking the long route to a contract with Kucherov

From the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith:

[Nikita] Kucherov, 23, one of the league's top young stars, is a restricted free agent, and is due a hefty raise from the $700,000 he made last season. He's coming off a 30-goal season, and another clutch playoff performance. Think of the Predators' six-year, $36 million deal with Filip Forsberg as an example.

[Steve] Yzerman said Wednesday he remains confident the Lightning can sign Kucherov, though would not put a timeline on when it'd happen. Yzerman suggested it could take until the start of the season. Agent Scott Greenspun declined to comment on negotiations.

"We continue to communicate with his representation," Yzerman said. "And we expect to have him under contract to start the season."

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Video- Nikita Kucherov Hit On Kyle Okposo

No penalty on the play.

 

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Video- You Can’t Replace Steven Stamkos With Nikita Kucherov

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Tampa Bay Lightning VP Dave Andreychuk says Nikita Kucherov has the attitude to become a superstar, but Steven Stamkos would be irreplaceable as the face of the franchise.

 

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Steven Stamkos Walks, Use The Money For Nikita Kucherov

from Dimitri Filipovic of Sportsnet,

While every long-term deal carries a certain amount of risk, Kucherov checks all of the boxes you’d like to see from a player you’re betting on. His rate stats the past two seasons are a good indicator that he’s ready for a larger workload. Just 23 years old in June, he’s on a collision course with his prime as a scorer. He’s only going to get more productive in the coming seasons.

There’s a legitimate possibility the Lightning will see one of the league’s most lethal goal scorers walk this summer as a free agent. There’s no question that would be a tough pill to swallow for a team that figures to be chasing Stanley Cups for at least a few years to come.

As strange as it may seem, I don’t think it’s particularly outlandish to suggest Tampa will be fine without Stamkos. In fact, there’s a completely reasonable argument that the money needed to keep Stamkos would be better spent on other openings in the lineup.

Tampa Bay will definitely need to make a long-term commitment to a high-end goal scorer this summer. It’s just not the one you might expect.

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Simmons talks Leafs GM and Hawks/Bolts’ cap management

Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notes:

Word is that Mike Babcock is pushing for [Mark] Hunter to be named general manager of the Leafs. Brendan Shanahan would be wise to look elsewhere. Shanahan needs Hunter to find players. A general manager won’t be able to spend the kind of time scouting that the Leafs require to properly rebuild. Hunter may want the job but the practicality of it doesn’t make sense...

Those who say this is the last shot for the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t really paying attention. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith — the best 1-2-3 in hockey — are signed through 2023. Corey Crawford is signed until 2020. Marian Hossa is signed through 2021. Niklas Hjarmalsson is signed until 2019. So if you lose a Patrick Sharp here, a Brad Richards there and sign Johnny Oduya, Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook to new deals, there’s no reason this kind of success can’t continue for several more years...

Two more things on Keith: 1) His cap hit is $5.5 million, making his contract one of the best in hockey. By comparison, the Dion Phaneuf contract looks ridiculous. 2) Should the Blackhawks win Saturday night, Keith may be the leading candidate to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, but he’s not a Norris Trophy finalist. For the record, he was on my ballot, ahead of both P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson, who are up for the award.

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If Steve Yzerman can juggle the salary cap prudently, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be Stanley Cup contenders for years. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn are all 25 and under. And figuring they pick up some assets for the disappointing Jonathan Drouin, that should make them even stronger...

When Brian Lawton tried to acquire defenceman Tomas Kaberle when he was general manager in Tampa, the Leafs first asked for college kid Alex Killorn. That conversation didn’t last long.

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Kucherov the OT hero for Tampa Bay

It only took two tries for Nikita Kucherov to scored the game-winning OT goal for Tampa Bay:

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Video- Niklas Kronwall Hit On Nikita Kucherov

No penalty on the play and Kucherov returned the game.

 

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