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Tampa Bay Lightning Center Nate Thompson Signs ECHL Contract

Tampa Bay Lightning center Nate Thompson has signed a tryout contract with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces. He joins Montreal's Scott Gomez and Washington's Joey Crabb on the Aces training camp roster. (Photograph/Linda Hamilton)

Gomez, like Thompson, signed a tryout contract, while Crabb signed a standard deal.

Thompson, an Alaska native accumulated 29 goals and 35 points in 147 games during his two years with the Bolts. He also represented the United States at the World Championships last spring. He is entering his eighth season and has played 265 career NHL games

Thompson, Crabb, Gomez and Anchorage's Brandon Dubinsky (Blue Jackets) h...

Tampa Bay Lightning Defenseman Victor Hedman Signs KHL Deal

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has signed a contract with Barys Astana of the KHL. The big Swede is the first Bolts player to decide to play in Europe during the lockout. The 21 year old blue liner had five goals and 18 assists in 61 games with Tampa Bay last season. (Hedman photograph/Linda Hamilton)

Teams in the KHL can sign up to three NHL players at a maximum of 65% of their NHL salary during the lockout. Barys has also signed Winnipeg Jets center Nik Antropov.

Should the lockout continue, expect Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis to take their talents overseas. Both have had preliminary talks with European teams.

In other Lightning news, defenseman Ke...

Tampa Bay Lightning Stay Ahead Of Lockout - Assign 18 Players To AHL Syracuse

The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned 18 players to Syracuse (AHL) as they prepare for the pending lockout. All of these players did not have to clear waivers to be sent down.

The players that were assigned are:  Forwards Brett Connolly, JT Brown, Cory Conacher, Danick Gauthier, Richard Panik, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Vladislav Namestnikov, Ondrej Palat, Alex Hutchings, defensemen Mark Barberio, Radko Gudas, Dmitry Korobov, Charles Landry, Dan Milan and goalies Dustin Tokarski, Riku Helenius and Pat Nagle.

Forward JT Wyman was pla...

Tampa Bay Lightning Players Hopeful But Preparing For Worst

The players union seems steadfastly united as 250-300 members are expected to meet in New York, today and tomorrow. Lightning players planning on attending are Adam Hall, Nate Thompson, Mathieu Garon, BJ Crombeen, Brian Lee, Matt Carle and Marc-Andre Bergeron.

The NHL and the NHLPA have plans to meet this morning at 10:00 a.m. despite still remaining far apart. If the two sides don’t reach an agreement, the lockout will officially start at midnight on Sunday.

The Lightning players are preparing for a work stoppage. In that case, they will not be able to enter the Tampa Bay Times Forum or any other team facility.

Bolts beat reporter Damian Cristo...

Tampa Bay Lightning Franchise Highly Ranked By ESPN The Magazine

According to ESPN The Magazine, the Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the best professional sports franchises, the seventh best, to be exact. In their latest issue, ESPN rated over 120 professional sports franchises in the NHL, NFL and MLB and compiled their tenth annual “Ultimate Standings" issue.

The Bolts were named the seventh best franchise in sports and the second best in the NHL, behind the sixth ranked Phoenix Coyotes. The Lightning were the top ranked franchise in Tampa Bay. This gives the Bolts two straight years of top ten finishes in the ESPN ranking.

ESPN The Magazine’s Ultimate Standings looks to determine a ranking of all professional spo...

Tampa Bay Lightning Signs Prospect Nikita Kucherov

The Tampa Bay Lightning has signed forward Nikita Kucherov to a three year entry level contract.

The right winger was drafted in the 2012 CHL Import Draft by the Quebec Remparts. He is recovering from shoulder surgery and has yet to play a game with Quebec. The Lightning drafted the Russian in the second round (58th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Kucherov had one goal and five points in 18 games with CSKA Moscow of the KHL last season. He led the 2011 U-18 World Championships in scoring, netting 11 goals and 21 points in just seven games.

Bolt Prospects speaks highly of Kucherev:

“One of the purest finishers in the 2011 draft class. Had an unbelievable...

Tampa Bay Lightning News and Notes: CBA Tough Talk, Paul Ranger Found, Mathieu Garon's Health and More

Here are some Hockey Bay tidbits to hold you over until training camp opens…hopefully.

An NHL work stoppage is nearing reality as the September 15 deadline is fast approaching. A group of Lightning players continue to work towards the scheduled September 21 training camp opening, assembling most mornings at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, Florida for informal practice. Martin St. Louis, Ryan Malone, Adam Hall, Eric Brewer, Marc-Andre Bergeron, BJ Crombeen, Sami Salo, Mathieu Garon, Dmitri Korobov and free agent Brett Clark are regulars at the morning skates.

These union members are upset that the basis of the league's proposal cuts the players' share of hockey-...

Andrei Vasilevski Selected at No. 19 By Tampa Bay Lightning

With the No. 19 overall selection, the Tampa Bay Lightning have selected Andrei Vasilevski.

 

The Russian netminder stands tall in net, making his 6’3”, 204-pound frame look like a mountain.

Vasilevski, 17, posted a 2.23 GAA in 27 games with Tolpar Ufa of the MHL last season.

Vasilevski has it all: skill, sense and poise. He uses his size to intimidate and then uses his skill to put himself in the best situation possible to make the save. Size is one thing, but when a goalie has it on top of good positioning he can develop into a top netminder in the NHL.

He possesses agility, side-to-side mobility, quickness and strength in his legs, wh...

Tampa Bay Lightning Select Slater Koekkoek to Bolster D with 10th pick

 

With the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected defenseman Slater Koekkoek.

Koekkoek (18 years old) is your typical stay at home, shut down defenseman that is going to give your team's opponents headaches on every given night.

After appearing in 26 games with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League, he scored five goals and 13 assists for 18 points.

Coming out of Mountain, Ontario, Koekkoek is a difficult opponent to skate around at 6'2 and 184 pounds.

By the time he is ready for the NHL, he will likely be a bigger and stronger defender that could resemble a brick wall. However, he is not the...

Predators Trade Goaltender Anders Lindback To Tampa Bay In Multi-Piece Deal

On Friday afternoon, the Nashville Predators traded goaltender Anders Lindback, forward Kyle Wilson and a 2012 seventh-round draft selection (No. 202 overall) to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for two second-round draft selections in the 2012 draft (No. 37 and No. 50 overall), a third round selection in 2013 draft and goaltender Sebastien Caron.

Moving Lindback was a foregone conclusion for the Predators, who have the services of one of the NHL's premier goaltender's in Pekka Rinne. When the club signed Rinne to a seven-year, $49 million contract last season, Lindback became a movable asset; one which has been in demand.

For the Lightning, Lindback is considered t...