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Tampa Bay Lightning Reveal Their Ring

Tampa, FL October 21, 2021 – Jostens is the proud partner of repeat Stanley Cup Champions the Tampa Bay Lightning. In a private ceremony this evening, players, coaching staff and ownership received their 2021 Stanley Cup Championship Ring.

“It is truly incredible to witness a team win back-to-back Stanley Cups, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have solidified their place once again in NHL history,” said Chris Poitras VP & COO of Jostens Professional Sports Division. “The relentless dedication, hard work and persistence displayed by the Lightning is reflected in their 2021 Stanley Cup Championship Ring, and Jostens is proud to reveal it is the largest ring by carats in our 125 year history.”

Returning to the NHL Playoffs in 2021, the Tampa Bay Lightning once more displayed incredible dedication and physical prowess. The Stanley Cup Final proved to be no exception with the Lightning reigning triumphant over the Montreal Canadiens to be crowned back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions. This feat, achieved by fewer than 10 other franchises in the NHL, deserved to be celebrated in even more spectacular fashion. Crafted in 14-karat white gold with diamonds and genuine sapphires, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2021 Stanley Cup Championship Ring boldly commemorates their place in Stanley Cup history.

“Our previous partnership with Jostens resulted in a spectacular ring and an overall fantastic celebration,” said Lightning CEO Steve Griggs. “It is a uniquely special opportunity to be working with them again less than a year later to celebrate our second Stanley Cup in two seasons. This ring is the culmination of a year of determination and sacrifices and pays homage to the dedicated fans of Bolts Nation.”

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Injury Update On Nikita Kucherov

added 12:27pm, Below, watch the injury.

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Video- The Nikita Kucherov Injury

from Joe Smith of The Athletic,

So when Kucherov struggled to crawl his way over teammates’ legs on the bench and hobble into the dressing room midway through the third period Saturday night, his fellow players got worried. You rarely see him in that much pain.

“It didn’t look good,” Steven Stamkos said. “We’re praying he’s OK.”

The Lightning will know more about the severity of Kucherov’s injury when he’s evaluated again upon their return to Tampa, with coach Jon Cooper saying nobody should “hit the panic button.” The fact the winger wasn’t laboring as he walked out of the arena seemed like a good sign.

more ($$$)

Below, watch how the injury may have occurred.

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Video- Chatting With Charles Barkley And Jon Cooper

via Sportsnet,

6 years ago, Jon Cooper walked into a bar in LA and by chance happened to meet Charles Barkley. The two chatted hockey and basketball for 3 hours. On Monday, Christine Simpson sat down with them on the Big Picture.

 

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A Three-Year Extension For Jon Cooper

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed head coach Jon Cooper to a three-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season today, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced.

“Unequivocally, Coop is the best person for the job,” said BriseBois. “He is a great leader, spokesperson and ambassador for our organization. We are lucky to have him as our head coach and I very much look forward to our continued partnership.”

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Will The Tampa Bay Lightning Hoist The Stanley Cup Again?

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

The Tampa Bay Lightning, despite back-to-back Stanley Cups, won’t go down as one of the great teams in NHL history. The bloated nature of the league — we’re up to 32 teams now — and a flat salary cap for the conceivable future will make true greatness impossible for any club.

Sad but true.

The title to which the Lightning may be able to lay claim, however, isn’t bad at all. That would be arguably the most versatile and adaptable team in NHL history.

Think about it. Because of COVID-19, Tampa Bay has had to win a Cup after an interrupted season that was followed by a set of “bubble” playoffs, in which the Bolts played all their post-season matches in either Toronto or Edmonton. To defend the title, Tampa had to navigate a 56-game regular season in which they played largely to empty arenas and only within their division, then win a Cup tournament in which they didn’t play a non-division team until the final four.

Now, the Lightning will try to three-peat in a return to a “normal” 82-game season with full playoffs, after having their roster cannibalized by other clubs over the off-season.

If successful, Steven Stamkos and Co. will be able to say they have won three consecutive Cups under three sets of very different conditions, all with a pandemic wreaking havoc on North American society in the background.

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Questions Facing The San Jose Sharks

from John Lane of NHL.com,

Could Tomas Hertl be traded before the season ends?

The 27-year-old forward is in the final season of a four-year contract, and how the Sharks perform could influence what they do with him ahead of the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline. San Jose has missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past two seasons after qualifying in 14 of the previous 15, so if the rebuild continues, the Sharks could try to trade Hertl rather than risk losing him for nothing as a free agent.

"I wonder if San Jose will want to re-sign me and if I'll want to stay there," Hertl told MF DNES in the Czech Republic on Sept. 3. "I don't want to have it in my head, I don't want to be influenced by anything like that. I will start the season and let's see how it works out. If I change teams, I'll be looking at places where there is a chance to win. The other thing is if those teams would want me. It's complicated, but who knows? Maybe San Jose has a plan and I don't fit into it for them."

Hertl scored 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists) in 50 games last season after recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. He had surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his right knee as a rookie in 2013-14, injured that knee again in Game 2 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins and missed the rest of the series, and had surgery for a sprain in his right knee during the 2016-17 season.

Can Adin Hill and James Reimer upgrade the goaltending?

Hill was acquired in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes for goalie Josef Korenar on July 14 and agreed to a two-year contract Aug. 4 to avoid an arbitration hearing. He was 9-9-1 with a 2.74 goals-against average, a .913 save percentage and two shutouts in an NHL career-high 19 games (17 starts) last season. Reimer signed a two-year contract with the Sharks on July 28 after he was 15-5-2 with a 2.66 GAA and .906 save percentage in 22 games (21 starts) with the Carolina Hurricanes last season.

The hope is Hill and Reimer can come in and stabilize the position after Martin Jones had the final three seasons of his six-year contract bought out by San Jose, which has finished either 30th or 31st in the NHL in team save percentage in each of the past three seasons.

"We're looking forward to both these guys coming in and strengthening that position," coach Bob Boughner said July 28. "If you look back last year at some of the games we played and thought we could have won, a change in goaltending was a need, and I think that both guys are going to come in and help."

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Corey Perry On The Move

via TSN,

The old adage is if you can't beat, join 'em and  is doing just that.

Kevin Weekes reports the veteran winger has signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that beat his Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final.

Perry was also a member of the Dallas Stars team that reached the 2020 Stanley Cup Final where they, too, fell to the Lightning.

Perry, 36, signed a one-year $750,000 contract with the Habs last season and tallied nine goals and 12 assists in 49 regular season games.

Note, Kevin Weekes has blocked me for over a year, no idea why, so I was delayed a bit with this news.

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Brayden Point Signs A Long-Term Deal With The Tampa Bay Lightning

 

added 3:45pm, press release is below...

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Tyler Johnson Traded To Chicago

added 10:27pm,

 

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