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Lightning's Brent Seabrook: Contract acquired by Lightning
Seabrook (back) was traded from the Blackhawks to the Lightning in exchange for Tyler Johnson and a 2023 second-round pick, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Seabrook announced the end of his playing career in March, but he has not officially retired on account of the business side of the NHL. As such, the Lightning will place the defenseman on long-term injured reserve to free some additional cap space during the 2021-22 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Otto Somppi: Pens one-year deal
Somppi inked a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Somppi racked up 26 points in 32 games with AHL Syracuse last season and will no doubt be hoping he's done enough to warrant a call-up this year to make his NHL Debut. The 2016 seventh-round selection shouldn't be expected to make a significant impact in 2021-22 and won't offer much in the way of fantasy value.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Dylan Duke: Fall ends in Round 4
Duke was drafted 126th overall by the Lightning at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
Rumored to be in the mix as early as Round 2, Duke's plunge to the final picks of Round 4 is easily one of the draft's biggest surprises. Duke's calling card is his ability to create havoc in the offensive zone. He plants himself on top of the opposing crease with regularity and his playmaking skills have long been underrated. The question regarding Duke is whether those skills will translate to the professional level. He's not very big (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) and there doesn't appear to be a ton of room for growth in terms of his frame. The hope for Tampa Bay is that Duke's quick hands combined with his work ethic and multiple years at the University of Michigan will allow him to learn how to play to his strengths and turn into a productive long-term player.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Roman Schmidt: Final pick of Round 3
Schmidt was drafted 96th overall by the Lightning at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
Originally committed to Boston University, Schmidt changed gears at the last minute and will instead spend next season with OHL Kitchener. Schmidt is a truly massive kid (6-foot-5, 210 pounds). He takes up a ton of space in all three zones and has more offensive talent than he gets credit for. His skating is a bit choppy and it's difficult to believe he will put up many points as a professional, but there's an NHL-caliber skill set here. It just may take a while to develop.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Gemel Smith: Lands two-year extension
Smith signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Lightning on Thursday, CapFriendly reports.
Smith only drew into the Lightning's lineup five times last season, picking up three helpers while averaging 10:03 of ice time per contest. The 27-year-old forward will likely continue to be deployed sparingly as an injury-replacement option for Tampa Bay over the next two campaigns.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Ondrej Palat: Made available to Seattle
Palat was left off Tampa Bay's protected-player list ahead of Wednesday's Expansion Draft.
It's no secret that there's simply too many cooks in the kitchen with the Lightning, as they were only able to protect four forwards (Anthony Cirelli, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos) due to their needs on defense. Palat has spent his entire nine-year career in Tampa as an excellent two-way forward with some scoring flash, most recently finishing with 46 points in 55 games last season. With a year left on his deal that carries a $5.3 million cap hit, one has to assume Seattle is taking a long, hard look at the 30-year-old.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Fredrik Claesson: Re-signs with Tampa Bay
Claesson signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning on Saturday.
Claesson appeared in just six NHL contests split between the Sharks and the Lightning in 2020-21, going scoreless over that span. The 28-year-old blueliner will almost certainly once again spend most of his time in the minors in 2021-22.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Ryan McDonagh: Breaks hand during playoffs
Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said Tuesday that McDonagh suffered a broken hand during the Stanley Cup playoffs, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
The injury didn't cost McDonagh any time during the Lightning's run to its second straight Stanley Cup, as he played in the team's final 23 games and tallied eight points and 14 PIM. The veteran blueliner should be back to full health well in advance of the 2021-22 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Barclay Goodrow: Recovering from broken hand
Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said Tuesday that Goodrow suffered a broken hand during the Stanley Cup playoffs, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Defenseman Ryan McDonagh also fractured his hand during Tampa Bay's run to its second straight Stanley Cup, but neither he nor Goodrow will be at any risk of missing the start of the 2021-22 season. Goodrow, who tallied six goals and 14 assists across 55 games in his first full season in Tampa Bay, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Victor Hedman: Recovering from torn meniscus
Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said that Hedman suffered a torn meniscus March 30 and will undergo surgery Tuesday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Hedman played with the injury throughout Tampa Bay's run to its second straight Stanley Cup, totaling two goals and 16 assists across 23 appearances. BriseBois said the defenseman is expected to need to 2-4 weeks to make a recovery from surgery, so Hedman won't be in any danger of missing the start of the 2021-22 season.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Anthony Cirelli: Played through wrist injury
Cirelli played through a wrist injury in the playoffs and requires offseason surgery, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports. He is expected to be ready for training camp.
Despite a five-game pointless streak across Rounds 2 and 3, Cirelli was reasonably productive in the playoffs, closing out the Cup run with six points in his final eight contests. Still, Cirelli took a significant step back in 2020-21 with just 22 points in 50 games after producing 44 in 68 the year prior, so fantasy managers will want to proceed with some caution heading into drafts this fall.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Victor Hedman: Battled injury, requires surgery
Hedman played through a knee injury in the playoffs and requires surgery but should be ready for training camp in September, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
It's not known when the injury occurred, but this would explain the drop-off in Hedman's production to close the postseason (four points in his last nine games). Still, the elite blueliner played plenty during that same stretch (24:33 on average), which seems to bode well for his chances of a return to full health over the next few months.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Alex Killorn: Should be ready for training camp
Killorn (leg) told reporters he expects to resume training in 3-4 weeks and should be ready for the upcoming season, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Killorn missed the last four games of the season after fracturing his leg but it appears he won't suffer any lingering effects heading into next year. The 31-year-old natural center failed to reach the 40-point mark this year but should be capable of doing so in a full 82-game campaign in 2021-22, making him a solid fantasy option in many formats.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Played through fractured rib
Kucherov sustained a fractured rib against the Islanders but still managed to play in all five Stanley Cup Finals clashes with the Canadiens, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Considering Kucherov was able to suit up in the Finals despite his injury, fantasy players should expect this to not impact the winger much heading into the 2021-22 campaign. The 28-year-old Russian led the playoffs with 32 points and should be good for 30-plus goals again next year.... See More ... See Less
Lightning's Ryan McDonagh: Records helper in win
McDonagh provided an assist and seven hits in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Canadiens in Game 5.
McDonagh got the puck to David Savard, who then assisted Ross Colton on the game's only goal as the Lightning secured back-to-back Stanley Cup titles. The 32-year-old McDonagh produced eight assists, 23 shots on net, a plus-18 rating, 53 hits and 46 blocked shots in 23 playoff games. He's likely to remain a key part of the Lightning's defense heading into the 2021-22 campaign.... See More ... See Less
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