Update 6:00 p.m. The Lightning found its backup goalie, signing veteran Evgeni Nabokov to a one-year, $1.55 million deal.
The Lightning announced Monday it made a qualifying offer to defenseman Andrej Sustr, along with Dmitry Korobov, Richard Panik, Brett Connolly, Cody Kunyk and Philippe Paradis.
The Lightning is expected to be one of the more fascinating teams in free agency, which begins Tuesday at 11 a.m, thanks to a flurry of Sunday trades that give them around $13 million in cap space.
Center Nate Thompson was at Keith Aulie's wedding in Saskatchewan over the weekend, hanging out with Lightning teammates Steven Stamkos, Eric Brewer and Mark Barberio.
The Lightning will decide by this afternoon whether to give qualifying offers to its remaining restricted free agents. If not, the players will become unrestricted free agents Tuesday. The Lightning will decide by this afternoon whether to give qualifying offers to its remaining restricted free agents.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman had hinted his offseason shopping was close to done if he wasn’t able to move a salary from his glut of forwards.
Lightning director of amateur scouting Al Murray said the team didn't enter this year's draft with the plan to address any defensive deficiencies in its prospect pool.
The Lightning made a couple draft-day deals Saturday to move up and get prospects it wanted.
Jonathan MacLeod grew up idolizing Dion Phaneuf, the hard-nosed Maple Leafs captain. "He's such a physical presence, such a leader," MacLeod said. "I really tried to emulate his game as much as I could." Jonathan MacLeod grew up idolizing Dion Phaneuf, the hard-nosed Maple Leafs captain.
The Lightning continued to add defensemen to its pool of prospects Saturday, selecting Dominik Masin from Slavia Praha (Czech Republic) in the second round (35th overall).
The Lightning selected defenseman Anthony DeAngelo with the 19th overall pick at Friday's NHL Draft.
The Lightning continued to chip away at its remaining restricted free agents, signing D Mark Barberio Friday to a one-year, one-way contract.
Update The Lightning have acquired defenseman Jason Garrison from the Canucks, along with the rights to forward Jeff Costello and a seventh-round pick, in exhange for a second-round pick in this draft.
The Lightning continues to make progress on their group of restricted free agents, having made qualifying offers to wings Richard Panik and Brett Connolly.
Veteran Dan Boyle is expected to be one of the most sought-after free agent defensemen come July 1.
By JOE SMITH
It didn’t take long for veteran wing Ryan Callahan to feel at home with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Tampa Bay Lightning has initiated the compliance buyout process for veteran wing Ryan Malone, the Times has learned.
The Lightning and veteran wing Ryan Callahan are on the verge of a long-term deal, which could be agreed upon as early as Wednesday.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman remains hopeful he can sign veteran wing Ryan Callahan before he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1st.
Former captain Marty St. Louis will make his much-anticipated return to the Tampa Bay Times Forum Nov. 26, a highlight of the Lightning schedule released Sunday by the league.