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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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What would Lightning get in Dan Girardi?

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - July 1, 2017 - 08:45
For all of what we don't know yet - whether the Lightning will snag Kevin Shattenkirk or Justin Williams - it does sound like Tampa Bay may acquire defenseman Dan Girardi.
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Lightning notebook: Day 1 of 3-on-3 tournament

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - June 30, 2017 - 16:23
Through the first day of the Lightning Development Camp’s 3-on-3 tournament, the points leader wasn’t the popular offseason acquisition, but a 2015 draftee entering his third year with the team.
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Sammy Walker making up for small stature

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - June 30, 2017 - 14:36
Seventh-round C Sammy Walker — listed at 5-foot-10 and 142 lbs — is the smallest prospect at the Lightning’s camp, but then again, being the smallest on the ice is nothing new to him.
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Cole Guttman attempts to build on opening USHL campaign

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - June 30, 2017 - 14:36
Sixth-round C Cole Guttman only turned 18 on June 4th, but has already made a serious impact in the USHL. Guttman recorded 27 goals and 27 assists last season for the Dubuque Fighting Saints, finishing in the top 10 in the USHL in both goals as the team's assistant captain. The Lightning camp may be a step up, but Guttman said he …
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Lightning's Nick Perbix hones his game before heading to the USHL

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - June 30, 2017 - 14:16
Elk River High School in Minnesota has produced numerous NHL players over the years, including Wild defenseman Nate Prosser and Sharks defenseman Paul Martin.
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Could Lightning land Justin Williams?

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - June 30, 2017 - 10:03
The Lightning enter Saturday's noon opening of free agency hoping to cross off the two main items off its wish list: A top-four defenseman. A top-nine wing.
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Lightning reportedly close on deal with Dan Girardi

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - June 29, 2017 - 15:31
The Lightning and veteran defenseman Dan Girardi are in talks, with it appearing likely he'll sign when free agency opens Saturday at noon, the Times has confirmed.
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Volkov hopes to prove his surprise selection right

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - June 29, 2017 - 10:39
RW Alexander Volkov was not a particularly talked-about player in the lead up to the NHL entry draft. Google his name and you won't find a single front page result about a hockey player. A mixed martial artist, a painter basketball player and a tennis player all appear before the Lightning's second-round draft pick.
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Jeff Vinik contributing $6 million to fund Lightning's practice facility upgrade

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - June 29, 2017 - 08:00
With free agency beginning Saturday, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will have another selling point in the courting process.
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