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Lightning wing J.T. Brown on why he donated to remove Confederate statue

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - August 17, 2017 - 13:57
Lightning wing J.T. Brown was back in his Minneapolis offseason home over the weekend when he saw on TV the violent protests in Charlottesville over the removal of a Confederate statue.
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Lightning not among early suitors for Will Butcher

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - August 16, 2017 - 11:05
Hobey Baker-winning defenseman Will Butcher is now an unrestricted free agent, and is likely to draw his share of suitors. So far, however, the Lightning isn't among them. Hobey Baker-winning defenseman Will Butcher is now an unrestricted free agent, and is likely to draw his share of suitors.
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Nikita Kucherov in a wide-ranging Q&A

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - August 16, 2017 - 10:11
While Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov has a tendency to be quiet around the media, he's a Russian with a variety of interests and a passionate hockey mind.
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Lightning's Erik Condra on impact of late Bryan Murray

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - August 15, 2017 - 14:02
For Lightning wing Erik Condra, the recent passing of Bryan Murray hit home.
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Lightning single game tickets on sale to general public Aug. 11

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - August 2, 2017 - 13:58
Single game tickets for 2017-18 Lightning home games go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 11 exclusively at www.TampaBayLightning.com/tickets.
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Nikita Kucherov puts comments in past, eyes Cup run

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - August 1, 2017 - 13:51
There hasn't been much rest in Nikita Kucherov's extended offseason.
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Lightning mourn loss of inspirational fan Tony Colton

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 31, 2017 - 17:07
Tony Colton may have looked up to the Lightning players he got the chance to befriend the past couple years. But to them, Colton, 17, was the real inspiration. Tony Colton may have looked up to the Lightning players he got the chance to befriend the past couple years.
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Lightning mailbag: 'No issues' with Steven Stamkos recovery

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 31, 2017 - 12:30
It's the dog days of the NHL offseason, with the calendar finally ready to flip to August.

But there's still plenty to talk about, and debate, even with training camps more than a month away.

Enjoyed fielding some of your Lightning-related questions on Twitter (@TBTimes_JSmith), and here's my thoughts on some hot …
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Lightning with six national games this season

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 31, 2017 - 09:22
The Lightning will have six nationally-televised games this season, two of which coming against the Blackhawks.
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Bournival signed to 1-year, 2-way contract

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 18, 2017 - 09:58

The Lightning signed F Michael Bournival to a one-year, two-way contract Tuesday.

Bournival, 25, played in 19 games last season with the Lightning. He had two goals and an assist. He also played in 38 games with the Syracuse Crunch, scoring nine goals and assisting on 10 others. He had eight goals and 15 points in 22 games for the Crunch during the Calder Cup Playoffs.

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Some thoughts from D Girardi on joining Lightning

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 17, 2017 - 10:28
“I think I play a smart game on the ice. I’m not always the fastest, but I’m going to block shots. I’m going to eat hits. I’m going to give hits. I’m going to do everything I can to help the team win, and that’s the person I am, and I really don’t care what anyone else says around the rink. I know …
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Newest Lightning F Chris Kunitz meets the Tampa Bay media

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 12, 2017 - 16:48
New Lightning forward Chris Kunitz met with the Tampa Bay media today. Here are some things he had to say about his new team: On his style of play:
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The numbers on Lightning F Tyler Johnson's new contract

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 11, 2017 - 14:18

Here is more information on Lightning F Tyler Johnson’s 7-year, $35 million contract:

Year-by year breakdown: $5 million, $6.75 million, $5.5 million, $3.75 million, $5.5 million, $3.75 million, $4.75 million.

He has a no-trade clause from 2018 to 2021. After that, he has a modified no-trade clause that lists 20 teams he CAN be traded to.

According to CapFriendly.com, the Lightning now has a projected cap space of $8.68 million.

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Arbitration hearing dates set for Johnson and Palat

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 10, 2017 - 09:28
Johnson played in 66 games last season, totaling 45 points on 19 goals and 26 assists. Johnson played in 66 games last season, totaling 45 points on 19 goals and 26 assists. Johnson played in 66 games last season, totaling 45 points on 19 goals and 26 assists.
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Lightning Strikes! podcast: Breaking down the Bolts' summer

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 6, 2017 - 07:05
The offseason has been busy for the Lightning, with the Jonathan Drouin trade, expansion draft and free agent signings of Dan Girardi and Chris Kunitz. Joe Smith breaks down all the moves, talks about what lies ahead and …
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Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat file for arbitration

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 5, 2017 - 16:44
As expected, the Lightning re-signed defenseman Jake Dotchin Wednesday to a bargain, two-year deal worth $812,500 annually. That was the easy part.
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Lightning sign Jake Dotchin to two-year deal

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 5, 2017 - 14:35
As expected, the Lightning re-signed defenseman Jake Dotchin to a two-year deal. The average annual value is $812,500.
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Lightning sign Chris Kunitz to one-year, $2 million deal

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 1, 2017 - 15:30
The Lightning filled its need for another top-nine wing, signing veteran Chris Kunitz to a one-year, $2 million deal Saturday.
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Ryan Callahan believes hip issue 'completely behind me'

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 1, 2017 - 14:32
Lightning wing Ryan Callahan said he'll be ready for training camp, confident the hip issues that plagued him all season are "completely behind me."
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Lightning signs Dan Girardi to two-year, $6 million deal

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 1, 2017 - 10:42
The Lightning didn't get the big fish on the free agent market, with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk signing with the Rangers, wing Justin Williams with the Hurricanes.
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