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Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has said they had to go forward with some decisions and plans, even as the wait continues on whether captain Steven Stamkos will re-sign.
The Steven Stamkos Sweeptakes could be over before Friday's opening of free agency, whether he re-signs with the Lightning or not.
With captain Steven Stamkos just four days away from being the most coveted unrestricted free agent in years, there will be no shortage of suitors likely offering more annually than the Lightning. Tampa Bay is still in the mix, however.
The Lightning issued qualifying offers Monday to most of their remaining restricted free agents, including wings Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn.
The Steven Stamkos Sweepstakes have officially begun, and there's going to be no shortage of suitors trying to reel him in.
When the Lightning Anthony DeAngelo 19th overall in 2014, it showed a lot of faith and confidence in the touted defenseman despite supposed character concerns.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: The Calgary Flames acquired goalie Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues, eliminating one potential suitor for the Lightning's Ben Bishop. The Blues received the 35th overall pick in the draft and a conditional third-round pick.
The Lightning started chipping away at its many restricted free agents Friday, signing three, including RW J.T. Brown and C Cedric Paquette to two-year deals.
Lightning goalie Ben Bishop has been one of the hottest names on the trade market, especially with the Flames looking for a No. 1 goalie.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman indicated Thursday he's gotten the clarity he needs regarding captain Steven Stamkos' contract situation. "For the time being," he said. Yzerman is just not ready to reveal it.
It's no secret the Calgary Flames are looking for a No. 1 goaltender, hoping to land one at this weekend's draft. And you'd have to think they'd try to pry Lightning goalie Ben Bishop. It's no secret the Calgary Flames are looking for a No. 1 goaltender, hoping to land one at this weekend's draft.
Lightning wing Ryan Callahan was playing through an undisclosed lower body injury late in the season and throughout the playoffs. Now we know how serious it was.
The NHL's silly season continues, with the draft this weekend and free agency opening July 1. Beware of fake Twitter accounts and false rumors. The NHL's silly season continues, with the draft this weekend and free agency opening July 1.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has maintained his goal and intention is to sign captain Steven Stamkos to a long-term deal.
Associate coach Rick Bowness has signed a multi-year extension with the Lightning. Bowness, 61, told the Tampa Bay Times last week he had a "couple" years on the deal. "No plans to go anywhere," Bowness said. Associate coach Rick Bowness has signed a multi-year extension with the Lightning.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman made it clear the recent coaching staff shakeup had nothing to do with anything his former teammate, Steve Thomas, did wrong since joining the organization in 2010 as player development coordinator.
For the second straight offseason, coach Jon Cooper has made a change on his staff.
The Lightning announced its preseason schedule Monday, with three home games starting Sept 27 against the Hurricanes.