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As regular season approaches, Nikita Kucherov signs new Bolts deal

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As the Tampa Bay Lightning prepares for a new season, the gang’s all here. Once again, general manager Steve Yzerman has gotten a name on a contract. This time, it is forward Nikita Kucherov, who signed a new three-year deal worth $4.766 million per season. He joins Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman as huge off-season signings. Kucherov, 23, scored 30 goals for the Bolts last year in 77 games. He led the team in points and was second in goals and…

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Lightning gets another key piece of its puzzle under contract in Alex Killorn

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Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gave a lot of money to his star players this off-season. He did not forget about the the rest of the roster, however. Yzerman signed forward Alex Killorn to a seven-year contract extension on Sunday. Killorn, 26, scored 14 goals last season and added five more in the post-season. He tied for fourth in goals and points on the team. In all, Killorn has scored 53 goals and 15 goals in the playoffs.…

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Forward Cory Conacher returns to the Lightning after playing in Swiss League

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Forward Cory Conacher, who had his greatest success with the Tampa Bay Lightning, is coming home. Conacher, 26, is returning to the Lightning. In 2012-2013, he had nine goals and 15 assists for the Bolts. Later that season, he was traded (with a No. 4 draft pick) for goaltender Ben Bishop. Conacher played 79 games for Ottawa in 2013-2014 and 15 for the Islanders in 2024-2015. Last year, Conacher played with Bern SC of the Swiss-A league. The 5-foot-8, 182-pound…

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Lightning stay busy, sign Victor Hedman to new eight-year contract extension

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Why doesn’t the NHL just hand Steve Yzerman the General Manager of the Year award for next year and be done with it? The amazing summer of the Tampa Bay Lightning continued Friday when defenseman Victor Hedman signed an eight-year contract extension for $63, two days after team captain Steve Stamkos did the same. Also in this summer, Yzerman has reached a peace with forward Jonathan Drouin, decided not to trade Ben Bishop for now and bought out unpopular defenseman…

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In the end, it was too hard for Steven Stamkos to leave the Tampa Bay Lightning

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His mind wandered, but Steven Stamkos’ heart always remained in Tampa Bay. Stamkos, who agreed to an eight-year extension for $68 million dollars, surprised a lot of people around the league when he chose to stay. I felt in my heart that Tampa was always the place I wanted to stay,” Stamkos said. “It was just following your heart and being loyal to the organization that brought me up and made me the player and person that I am today.”…

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Lightning hangs onto star center Steven Stamkos with contract extension

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Steven Stamkos is staying home. Stamkos, after a year’s worth of negotiation, after a mountain of rumors as where he might be going and why, has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos’ new contract is worth $68 million over eight years. “I am excited to move forward with the Lightning today for the next eight years,” said Stamkos. “It’s not often that a player gets the chance to spend his career in one organization and I am hopeful that…

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Former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk awaits call from the Hall of Fame

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To appreciate the Leader, you have to remember the leaderless lot that was the Tampa Bay Lightning. In those days, it was an aimless, clueless bunch. There were those who suggested the Lightning might be the worst franchise in all professional sports, one of those teams that looked to teenagers to lead. Then came Dave Andreychuk, who had been quite the player himself. Andreychuk was an important figure in the history of the Lightning, the man who made it possible…

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