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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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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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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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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’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 lets one opportunity pass, waits for another one vs. Penguins

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The opportunity was gone. The chance had slipped through their fingers. The game had been blown. And now, the players of the Tampa Bay Lightning, were already talking about their next turn. The Lightning, with an opportunity to get to its second consecutive Stanley Cup Final, were badly outskated by the Pittsburgh Penguins for most of Tuesday night’s game. The Lightning lost, 5-2, to force Game Seven on Thursday night in Pittsburgh. “We have one game to get to the…

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