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Lightning tries to find scorers of the future in the NHL draft

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The Tampa Bay Lightning tried to boost their offense during Saturday’s second day of the NHL draft. A day after drafting center Brett Howden, the Bolts selected four more centers and two wingers. Tampa Bay traded minor league defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, a former first-round pick, for the right to take Libor Hajek, a defenseman from the Czech Republic. Later in the second round, the Bolts added left winger Boris Katchouk and right winger Taylor Raddysh. In Hajek, the Bolts got…

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Lightning picks Brett Howden in draft, but talk is about Steven Stamkos

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The Tampa Bay Lightning added forward Brett Howden to their depth Friday night. Why, then, was all of the discussion about forward Steven Stamkos? After the Detroit Red Wings traded away center Pavel Datsyuk and his $7.5-million contract to Arizona Friday night, speculation began that the Wings could be trying to make room for Stamkos, who became able to talk to teams at midnight. If Stamkos goes, it will be difficult for the Bolts to replace him. Howden, who is…

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Calgary trades for a goaltender, but it isn’t Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop

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At that price, the Tampa Bay Lightning did just fine in holding onto goaltender Ben Bishop Friday night. The Calgary Flames, supposedly deep enough in trade talks with the Lightning to be discussing contract renegotiation, instead traded for St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott. They gave their second-round pick, 35th overall, for Elliott and a conditional third in 2018. Can you imagine if the Lightning had taken the 35th pick for Bishop. Tampa Bay fans would storm Amalie Arena. The Flames…

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Lightning hopes to find future stars in tonight’s NHL draft

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Once, the Tampa Bay Lightning depended on losing to make their drafts better. These days, they depend on organization. The Lightning, in the NHL’s final four each of the last two seasons, have become a strong team organizationally the last few seasons under Steve Yzerman. They have finds such as Tyler Johnson, who was undrafted, and Ondrej Palat, who went in the seventh round. In tonight’s draft, the Bolts pick 27th, 44th and 58th. That means the Lightning won’t get…

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Lightning’s Ben Bishop finishes second in Vezina Trophy voting to Braden Holtby

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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop finished second in the voting as the NHL’s best goaltender. In the end, however, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals simply won too many games. Holtby won 48 games this season and helped his team to the President’s Cup on his way to winning the Vezina Trophy Wednesday night. Bishop won 35, losing 11 when the Lightning scored two goals or fewer. He led the league in save percentage and in goals against. Bishop…

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Lightning’s Ben Bishop a finalist for tonight’s voting of Vezina Trophy

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For the second straight season, Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning is among the finalists for the year’s best goaltender. Once again, he is not expected to win. Bishop, 29, is among the finalists for the Vezina Trophy for the second straight season. However, Washington’s Brian Holtby is the favorite to win. Jonathan Quick of Los Angeles is the third contender. Bishop led the NHL in goals against average (2.06) and save percentage (. 926). Bishop lost 11 games when…

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Lightning announces its 2016-17 schedule, starting with Detroit

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The Tampa Bay Lightning has beaten the Detroit Red Wings in the last two playoffs. This year, the Red Wings will try to get even in the Bolts’ season opener. Tampa Bay is at home on Oct. 13 to take on the Wings. The Lightning follows with games against New Jersey (Oct. 15), Florida (Oct. 18) and Colorado (Oct. 20). A six-game road trip follows. In all, Tampa Bay will play 14 of its first 24 games on the road.…

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