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Brewer Re-Signs, Stamkos Will Too

The Tampa Bay Lightning, who are still looking at a deal for forward Steven Stamkos, have made a signing prior to Friday's NHL Entry Draft. Defenceman Eric Brewer has agreed to a four-year deal with the club that will pay him just under $16 million. The 32-year-old, who recorded nine goals and seven assists in 76 games last season with the St. Louis Blues and the Lightning, was set to become a free agent on July 1. This is a good signing by Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman. Brewer was a good fit on Tampa's big blueline, so retaining him was a must. Clearly he didn't work out in St. Louis, but Yzerman knows from his Detroit days that you need to give players a chance. As for all the...

Tampa Shows Guts

Simon Gagne scored the GWG in Game 4 On Saturday the Tampa Bay Lightning's performance in the first period of Game 4 didn't go as planned. Already down 2-1 in the series, the Bolts came out strong but three untimely goals by Boston's Patrice Bergeron (with two) and Michael Ryder stunned the St. Pete Times Forum crowd with Boston up 3-0, and Tampa Bay's season hanging in the balance. Dwayne Roloson should have stopped all three goals, but all goalies have games like this. Roloson carried the Lightning into the playoffs and anyone who knocked him for his poor performance in Game 4 should give their head a shake. Mike Smith came in and stopped every shot he faced, again (he did it in Ga...

Tampa Bay Underdogs

They might as well change their name to the Underdogs. As impressive as their playoff run has been so far, the Tampa Bay Lightning are still considered underdogs by most people, who seem to think that the Boston Bruins will take the series. I'm here to prove them all wrong. Now that Detroit is finished, it's time to write more about my boy Stevie's team. I'll be wearing my Lightning hat and Stamkos jersey t-shirt when they hit the ice for the Eastern Conference Finals tonight and be cheering for Tampa Bay. This team has what it takes to go all the way, and I believe they can beat the other three teams remaining if they want to. Here's my breakdown of how Tampa can beat Boston and poten...

Bolts Add Brewer, Search for Forward Begins

The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenceman Eric Brewer from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a third round draft pick and defensive prospect Brock Beukeboom. Brewer is a 31 year old player that was drafted 5th overall by the New York Islanders in 1997. He played for the Edmonton Oilers as well as the Blues. Brewer is the perfect fit for Tampa, as I stated in earlier how the Lightning needed another defenceman. He made his debut in a shootout loss to the Florida Panthers last night, a game in which both teams rested their number one goalies as Tomas Vokoun and Dwayne Roloson both sat out. Tampa now has a solid blueline and has a player that can play in big games. Don't f...

Bolts Trade Rumours

As the deadline approaches, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be looking to add a few pieces to the puzzle as they look to make a deep playoff run. Rookie GM Steve Yzerman has been shopping around for a while now, being active in all aspects of the transaction world, signing Simon Gagne, claiming Mattias Ritola off waivers, signing Marc-Andre Bergeron as a free agent and trading for Dwayne Roloson. The Lightning already has a solid cast of forwards up front, but with Ryan Malone out until the playoffs with a muscle tear in his abdomen, the Bolts might need a top nine forward to fill his void. Players such as Mike Grier, Cory Stillman and Daninius Zubrus have been linked to the Lightning, with...

Holy Roli What a Goalie V.2

Courtesy NHL TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Dwayne Roloson made 38 saves for his fourth shutout this season, Teddy Purcell scored two early first period goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Tuesday night in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top two teams. All four of Roloson's shutouts have come in 11 games since the Lightning obtained the 41-year old from the New York Islanders on New Year's Day. Tampa Bay went up 2-0 just 1:21 into the game on Purcell's first career two-goal game. Steven Stamkos, getting his NHL-leading 39th goal of the season, and Steve Downie also scored for the Lightning, who have a six-game winning streak. Tampa Bay, which has won...

Thompson Inks 2 Year Extension

Courtesy TSN The Tampa Bay Lightning signed centre Nate Thompson to a 2-year extension, $1.8 million extension on Tuesday. Thompson will receive $950,000 in the first year of the deal and $850,000 in the second year. The Anchorage, Alaska native was claimed off waivers from the New York Islanders last season. This year, he has 7 goals and 10 assists in 51 games. Thompson was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2003 but only appeared in four games with the club in the 2006-07 season. The Islanders claimed him off waivers early in the 2008 campaign and he played 82 games over two seasons on Long Island. Good for Tampa as they retain the gritty centreman. He displays a lot ...

Rebrand Failure

I was busy working on an article about the NHL Guardians when I stumbled across the Lightning's new logo. And I threw my pen on the ground and said out loud, "What in the world is this?!?!" I really have no idea why the team needs to change the logo AGAIN. The logo they have now is clean cut and I really like it. The only good thing about the new jersey is it still uses the Tampa Bay Blue from the current third jerseys. I mean, seriously, the new one looks like the Gatorade logo. It's scary how identical they are: There is no longer any black in the jerseys, which totally takes away from the Stanley Cup Championship team from 2004. The on ice product is going in the ri...

Holy Roli What a Goalie

The Tampa Bay Lightning skated away with a 2-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. Dwayne Roloson stopped 26 shots for his 3rd shutout in ten games with the Bolts and also his 26th career shutout. Tampa started the game with the foot on the accelerator scoring two goals from Simon Gagne and Teddy Purcell. Victor Hedman had a particularly strong game, joining the rush on several occasions and set up Gagne's 9th of the year five minutes in. Teddy Purcell then scored on a very similar play, driving hard to the net to convert Brett Clark's feed 12 minutes in. Tampa outshot the Leafs 17-4 in the first. The second period brought a different Leafs team, the one that scratched and clawed it...

Yzerman's Biggest Deal

After watching the Tampa Bay Lightning's demolition of the Atlanta Thrashers 7-1 last night, I began think about the task set ahead for the rebuilding/rebuilt franchise. Steven Stamkos scored his league leading 38th goal of the year last night (albeit off his chest), and with Stammer heading into the offseason as a restricted free agent, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has a very huge task ahead of him: retaining Stamkos for years to come. Stamkos is making $875K this season in the last year of his entry level deal, but his cap hit is $3.725 million because of bonuses. Last year's Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy winner has a choice to make and is seemingly a pretty easy one: A.) sign with Tampa...