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Lightning's Cedric Paquette: Rights retained by Tampa
Paquette has received a qualifying offer from the Lightning, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Paquette is set to reprise his role among Tampa Bay's bottom six after scoring 13 goals and 17 points in 80 games last season. While Tampa's teeming with high-end fantasy talent, Paquette is more of a fringe contributor given his focus on physical play.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Danick Martel: Qualified by Tampa
Martel has received a qualifying offer from the Lightning, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Martel had trouble cracking a stacked Tampa Bay lineup last season, posting two assists in just nine appearances. His experience in 2019-20 is likely to be similar.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Adam Erne: Handed qualifying offer
Erne was tendered a qualifying offer by Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Erne is coming off a career year with the Lightning, in which he set personal bests in games played (65), goals (seven), assists (13) and shots (70). If the 23-year-old can continue his development, he could challenge for the 30-point mark in 2019-20. The winger's qualifying offer would see him playing on a one-year, two-way deal worth $840,000.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Brayden Point: Qualified by team
Point was handed a qualifying offer by the Lightning on Tuesday.
There was zero chance Tampa Bay wasn't going to give Point a qualifying offer in order to retain his contract rights. After putting up 92 points (41 goals) in 2018-19, the Bolts will no doubt be eager to lock up the center on a long-term deal. Considering 35 of his 92 points came on the power-play, the Calgary native should be near the top of most fantasy draft boards this offseason.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Nolan Foote: Signs ELC with Bolts
Foote signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Lightning on Tuesday.
This move officially kicks off the rookie first-rounder's professional career. Foote's transition to the pros should be eased by the presence of older brother Cal, who is already in the Lightning's system.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Maxim Cajkovic: Heads to Bolts late in Round 3
Cajkovic was drafted 89th overall by the Lightning at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
The first-overall selection in the 2018 CHL Import Draft, Cajkovic was tasked with carrying the load for a dreadful Saint John (QMJHL) Sea Dogs team. And all things considered (22 goals, 46 points in 60 games), he did a heck of a job. It's always difficult to get a read on draft-eligible prospects when they play on such poor clubs. Is Cajkovic really that talented? Or did he have the puck the entire game because there was no one else on his team who could make a play? Cajkovic has proven he thinks the game well and has an above-average offensive skill set. There is some risk involved with this selection, but Tampa Bay was smart to take the gamble at this point in the draft.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Hugo Alnefelt: Provides nice depth for Bolts
Alnefelt was drafted 71st overall by the Lightning at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
He's not in the same class as Florida first-round selection Spencer Knight, but there is a real case to be made that Alnefelt might be the second-best goaltender available in this draft. The Swede has continued to progress with HV71's junior program in his native country and he played well for Sweden at the recently completed World U-18 tournament. Tampa has the best goaltender in the league on its roster in Andrei Vasilevskiy, but the Lightning still need to plan for the future and Alnefelt helps in that regard in a major way.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Marek Mazanec: Heads south to Tampa in trade
Mazanec was traded along with draft picks from Vancouver to Tampa Bay in exchange for J.T. Miller on Saturday, reports Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca.
Mazanec is 27 and he's moved a lot in the last few months -- he had only arrived in Vancouver in February following a trade with Nashville. He did not dress for the Canucks. Mazanec could compete for the backup role in Tampa Bay, but that's all. The number one seat in Lightning land is locked up solid with Andrei Vasilevskiy.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Nolan Foote: Joins brother in Tampa system
Foote was drafted 27th overall by the Lightning at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
This is an off-the-board pick, so the Bolts must have seen something in his game to make this move. Foote's shot is NHL-ready and his older brother, Cal, is already in the Tampa system. And Nolan also has some of his dad, Adam, with his immense compete. This Foote needs serious work on his feet -- they're below average and that means a lot of work to fit into today's NHL. The Bolts will wait on his arrival in the NHL and so should you.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Ryan Callahan: Career may be over
The Lightning placed Callahan on long-term injured reserve Thursday due to a degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine.
Callahan was considered a candidate for buyout, but it appears he may have already played the last game of his hockey career. The veteran collected just 17 points over 52 games with the Lightning during 2018-19 and officially remains under contract through 2019-20.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Awarded Vezina Trophy
Vasilevskiy took home the Vezina Trophy at Wednesday's NHL Awards.
Vasilevskiy becomes just the second Russian netminder (Sergei Bobrovsky) to win the Vezina. The 24-year-old Vasilevskiy racked up a league-leading 39 wins this season, along with a .925 save percentage and 2.40 GAA. Vasilevskiy is heading into the 2019-20 campaign on the final year of a bridge deal he signed in July of 2016 and will no doubt be eager to get back over the 40-win mark after coming up just one shy this year.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Takes home Hart Trophy
Kucherov won the Hart Trophy at Wednesday's NHL Awards.
It was the first Hart Trophy win for Kucherov and the second in franchise history (Martin St. Louis in 2003-04). The 25-year-old Kucherov reached the 100-point mark for the second time in his career, setting personal bests in goals (41), assists (87) and shooting percentage (16.7). There is no reason to doubt Kucherov can reach that milestone again in 2019-20 and he should be considered among the top five picks in all fantasy formats.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Daniel Walcott: Inks two-way deal
Walcott signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old hasn't played in the NHL in his career, and with the depth Tampa Bay has up front that seems unlikely to change, at least to begin the 2019-20 season. Walcott accumulated no points last season in just five AHL games due to a shoulder injury he suffered during the 2018 preseason.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Braydon Coburn: Re-signs with Tampa Bay
Coburn re-signed with the Lightning on a two-year, $3.4 million contract Tuesday.
Coburn was a regular in Tampa Bay's lineup this season, notching four goals and 23 points while posting a plus-4 rating in 74 games. The 34-year-old should continue to be a solid bottom-pairing option over the next two campaigns, but his lack of offensive upside and limited role will keep him off the radar in most fantasy formats.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Cameron Gaunce: Pens one-year deal
Gaunce put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay on Friday.
Gaunce only made two appearances for the Lightning this season, during which he tallied seven PIM, two shots on goal and a plus-3 rating while averaging 15:40 of ice time. How the 29-year-old fits into the 23-man roster next year will depend on what the club does this offseason in regards to free agents Braydon Coburn, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev: Elevates game at World Championship
Sergachev delivered one goal and six assists in 10 games for Team Russia at the IIHF World Championship.
His fantasy value took a step back in 2018-19, but moments like this show Sergachev's immense potential. Segachev was playing with and against elite talent in the tournament and he still managed to put up great numbers. The Russian may come a bit cheaper at the fall draft because his numbers were relatively low last season. You could make a pretty penny should he play up to his capabilities.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Anthony Cirelli: Impresses at World Championship
Cirelli netted three goals and added an assist in 10 games for Team Canada's silver-medal squad at the recent IIHF World Championship.
Cirelli continues to impress. He was one of the NHL's best penalty killers as a rookie last season and is poised to become a perennial Selke candidate. Cirelli has the talent to play up the lineup, but he'll be a stalwart as the Bolts' third-line pivot for the next couple seasons. His fantasy value will take a short-term hit because he just won't get power-play time. But Cirelli is an impressive young player who could surprise.... See More ... See Less
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