The Lightning has completed Jon Cooper's coaching staff for the upcoming season, announcing on Thursday the hiring of Derek Lalonde, who spent the last two seasons as head coach of the American Hockey League's Iowa Wild.Lalonde, 45, has steadily worked his way up through the ranks of junior and developmental hockey leagues. He even has one stop in common with Cooper, having … [Read more...] about Lightning names AHL’s Derek Lalonde as new assistant
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A busy few weeks of re-signing players continued Wednesday, as the Lightning brought back the last of their restricted free agents, signing left wing Adam Erne to a one-year, $800,000 contract for 2018-19.Erne, 23, was a second-round pick in 2013 and has split time over the last two seasons between the Lightning and the AHL's Syracuse Crunch. In 23 games with Tampa Bay in … [Read more...] about Lightning re-signs left wing Adam Erne to one-year contract
CLEARWATER — Nikita Kucherov could have waited a year, allowing the demand for a top young NHL scorer to escalate as he hit restricted free agency next summer.But when the Lightning made him an offer to become the highest-paid player in the team's history, to keep another key part of the team's young nucleus locked up longterm, he didn't hesitate. He signed an eight-year … [Read more...] about Lightning locks up Nikita Kucherov with 8-year, $76 million extension
TAMPA — The Erik Karlsson sweepstakes hasn't ended for the Lightning.But the Nikita Kucherov sweepstakes is over before it began.The Lightning has locked up its star right winger. An eight-year extension that begins in the 2019-20 season will pay Kucherov $9.5 million annually.RELATED: More Lightning coverageThis is large news, a major offseason step for a team trying to … [Read more...] about Kucherov signing helps Lightning finish what it started
The Lightning took another step toward securing its future Tuesday by announcing that right wing Nikita Kucherov will sign the richest contract in franchise history.Kucherov's eight-year contract extension will pay him an average of $9.5 million starting in the 2019-2020 season, the team announced. That passes teammate Steven Stamkos as the team's highest-paid player.RELATED: … [Read more...] about Lightning signs Nikita Kucherov to richest contract in team history
ST. PETERSBURG — When the call from the Hall came, there she was again.The girl with the "I Love You Marty" sign, in the newspaper again, this time on the cover of the June 27 Times Sports section. Frozen in time, doing what she always did at Lightning games, what she still does.Kathleen Harrod, through all the years, continues to support Marty St. Louis.RELATED: … [Read more...] about Meet the girl behind’ the Marty St. Louis sign
TAMPA — Shortly after the excitement of the real possibility Thursday night that the Lightning could be trading for defenseman Erik Karlsson, fans quickly came to an uneasy place: What exactly would Tampa Bay give up to get the two-time Norris Trophy winner?There were conflicting reports about whether a trade was close to being done late Thursday. Nothing was imminent … [Read more...] about What might Lightning give up to get Erik Karlsson?
He wants to be here.This is the place.In case you'd missed it amid the gloom and doom of a Lightning season that came up short, again, there are still people who want to play in Tampa Bay.RELATED: More from Martin FennellyRepeating: He wants to be here.The Karlsson sweepstakes continued Friday, with the Eastern Conference finalists, led by GM Steve Yzerman, right in the middle … [Read more...] about The Lightning advantage in Erik Karlsson trade talks
Rick Stroud returns from vacation to discuss reports that the Lightning will acquire star defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators.He also talks about reaction to Jameis Winston's three-game suspension, the Rays' crazy home stand and which players might be traded by the end of the month.Listen and subscribe for free on iTunes and the Podcasts appOr listen below:Have a … [Read more...] about Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Will the Lightning trade for Erik Karlsson?
The Lightning's push to retain its players for 2018-19 continued Thursday, with forward Cedric Paquette re-signing on a one-year, $1 million deal.Paquette, 24, had five goals and four assists in 2017-18, his fourth full NHL season. He's often tasked with shutting down an opponent's most dangerous line, an unsung role helping the defensive effort.Paquette was a restricted free … [Read more...] about Lightning re-signs Cedric Paquette to 1-year, $1 million deal