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Cory Conacher rejoices at Lightning return

Tampa Bay Online Cory Conacher was the trade piece used to land Ben Bishop, the Vezina Trophy-caliber goalie who elevated the Lightning to perennial Stanley Cup contenders. Now, three years later, the two have a chance to see their names together on the Cup.
  • 72 days ago
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Steven Stamkos said he followed his heart to Tampa

Tampa Bay Online While Steven Stamkos had many other suitors, including his hometown Maple Leafs, he spurned potential sweepstakes - and more money - to stay with the Lightning. In the end, Stamkos said, that's where he always wanted to be.
  • 91 days ago
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Jones: Re-signing Steven Stamkos makes it a great day

Tampa Bay Online The greatest day in Tampa Bay Lightning history is June 7, 2004. That's the day the Lightning won the Stanley Cup. But Tom Jones says Wednesday now goes down as the second-best day in franchise history. Stamkos is staying.
  • 92 days ago
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Steven Stamkos staying with Lightning after agreeing to 8-year deal

Tampa Bay Online Steven Stamkos, due to be an unrestricted free agent Friday at noon, is expected to have an eight-year deal with an $8.5 million annual average.
  • 92 days ago
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Lightning leaving hockey world wondering at NHL draft

Tampa Bay Online The Lightning doesn't have a top-five pick in this weekend's NHL draft, selecting 27th overall in tonight's first round, but few teams are inspiring as much intrigue around the First Niagara Center.
  • 98 days ago
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What the NHL's new Las Vegas team means for the Lightning

Tampa Bay Online The NHL's first expansion since 2000 -- when Minnesota and Columbus each paid $80 million -- means an expansion draft will be held in June 2017. And that will provide a challenge for all teams, including the Lightning.
  • 99 days ago
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Lightning's Steve Yzerman seeks clarity on Steven Stamkos situation by weekend

Tampa Bay Online Steve Yzerman said Monday he hopes to have some clarity by this weekend on Steven Stamkos, 26, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
  • 101 days ago
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Jones: Lightning falls just short of goal

Tampa Bay Online The Lightning's season of destiny came one goal short of its mission, one game shy of a return trip to the Stanley Cup, columnist Tom Jones writes. Not even the stunning return of Steven Stamkos could push the Lightning closer to its dream.
  • 126 days ago
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Jones: Lightning needs Andrei Vasilevskiy to turn in best-ever game pronto

Tampa Bay Online Most, not all, of the Lightning's players were on the ice last year during a Game 7 win at the Rangers. One player who did not play will be the most important player for the Lightning, columnist Tom Jones writes.
  • 127 days ago
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At least it wasn't Vladislav: Baby girl named after Lightning's Nikita Kucherov

Tampa Bay Online Eric Franklin suggested that he and pregnant wife Laine name their baby after the first Lightning player to score a goal at a game they attended last year. Eight months later, Nikita Annette Franklin was born at 5:48 a.m. Tuesday at Florida Hospital Tampa.
  • 128 days ago
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Fennelly: Lightning effort for first 40 minutes vs. Penguins inexcusable

Tampa Bay Online Whatever happened to its mental toughness that got it here? How do you not show up for two periods? History suggests this team is very good at Game 7s, and Martin Fennelly says they'll have to be just that on Thursday.
  • 128 days ago
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It takes months of work by the Tampa Bay Lightning to make it loud for the playoffs

Tampa Bay Online The Lightning says the point of the giveaways is simple: to create an experience fans can't get by watching games on their big-screen TVs at home. But it takes planning.
  • 129 days ago
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