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Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman tries to reshape roster

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When the smoke had cleared, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman wouldn’t say his team was in better shape for the future. Just that it’s in position to be. Yzerman moved the third player off of his roster Wednesday, shipping forward Valtteri Filppula at the trade deadline in an effort to get out of his contract. Yzerman sent Filppula to Philadelphia along with a fourth- and a seventh-round draft pick for Mark Streit. The Bolts then traded Streit to Pittsburgh…

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Lightning’s Steve Yzerman thinks team can still make the playoffs

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Even without the best goaltender in its history, general manager Steve Yzerman thinks the Tampa Bay Lightning can make the playoffs. On the morning after trading Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings, Yzerman said the post-season remains a goal. “We’re still trying to make the playoffs,” Yzerman said. “This tandem (goaltenders Andrei Vasilevskiy and Peter Bukaj) gives us a chance to win every night.” Yzerman said his choice was this trade or to sit tight until the end of…

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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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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 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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The Lightning says it’s time to get answers from forward Steven Stamkos

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It has been the world’s longest negotiation, but things may be coming to a head between the Tampa Bay Lightning and center Steven Stamkos. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times he hopes to have some clarity on Stamkos by the weekend. “We’re doing all we can to sign him,” Yzerman said. “What we look like if Stammer re-signs with us, it affects what we can do with our team. For us, we’d like to know sooner…

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Should the Lightning just forget about Jonathan Drouin?

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Right now, the Tampa Bay Lightning could trade him, and no one would blame them. Jonathan Drouin tried to whine his way into the Lightning lineup, and then he tried to whine his way out of the Syracuse lineup. He asked for a trade and, Wednesday night, did not show up for a game. If the Lightning would kick him to the curb, who would care? The Lightning, too, could meet and talk with Drouin. They could explain the way…

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