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Rookie RW Nikita Kucherov admits he’s in a scoring slump, and that his confidence has dipped a bit recently.
Lightning defenseman prospect Slater Koekkoek is done for the season due to a right shoulder injury, general manager Steve Yzerman confirmed. Koekkoek, the 10th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, had his left shoulder surgically-repaired the last two seasons. He'll be re-evaluated on Monday, Yzerman said.
For the Lightning, there were many things to like about Thursday's game, despite the 3-1 loss to the Sabres.
The Lightning started a new era Thursday night with a new captain.
So, there was Marty St. Louis on Wednesday sitting on the bench at Madison Square Garden in a Rangers jersey. Even he was struck by how "weird" that was.
The Times' Drew Harwell told you back in October that Lightning owner Jeff Vinik listed his Boston mansion for a whopping $17 million.
The main aspect of the first conversation Lightning coach Jon Cooper had with newly acquired right wing Ryan Callahan basically came down to this:
Former Lightning captain Marty St. Louis, traded to the Rangers Wednesday, addressed his departure from Tampa Bay in the following letter to fans and media:
The Lightning has traded captain Marty St. Louis to the Rangers for their captain Ryan Callahan and 2015 first-round pick and a 2014 second-round pick. New York apparently upped its offer on Tuesday to include the first-round.
The Lightning will get a huge piece to its puzzle back tonight against the Blues as center Valtteri Filppula said his fractured right ankle feels strong enough to play. But the team might be without center Tyler Johnson, who has been dealing with a sore (at least) left foot since being hit by a puck Feb. 4 at Minnesota.
The last thing the already banged-up Lightning needs is another injury, but that is what it got. It only remains to be seen whether or not it is serious.
Lightning star Marty St. Louis requested a trade to the Rangers in 2009, said Brian Lawton, who was Tampa Bay's general manager at the time.
Valtteri Filppula had high hopes of playing in Thursday's game with the Predators, but the Lightning center said his fractured right ankle, which was injured Feb. 6 against the Maple Leafs, still is too sore.
Lightning captain Marty St. Louis and general manager Steve Yzerman had a chance to squash the trade rumors surrounding St. Louis, but that did not happen on Wednesday.
The news, first reported in the New York Post, that Rangers general manager Glen Sather has inquired about acquiring Lightning captain Marty St. Louis in trade should not be a surprise.
The Lightning added some depth to its NHL roster by claiming defenseman Mike Kostka off waivers from the Blackhawks. Kosta played for coach Jon Cooper at AHL Norfolk during the Admirals 2011-12 Calder Cup run.
Marty St. Louis added an Olympic gold medal to his already brilliant career brought as Canada beat Sweden 3-0 Sunday in the gold-medal game in Socchi, Russia.
No offense to the rich and emotional hockey history forged by Canada and the former Soviet Union/Russia, but the United States is now Canada's No. 1 hockey rival, Lightning star Steven Stamkos said.
Are you following the progress of Lightning players Martin St. Louis, Radko Gudas, Ondrej Palat, Richard Panik and Sami Salo and prospect Kristers Gudlevskis at the Winter Olympics? Then you'll want to check out our photo …
The Lightning announced its 2014-15 season-ticket renewal campaign with an average 5 percent increase in prices. But not all seats are being treated equally.