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Steven Stamkos named finalist for Hart Trophy

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos' 60-goal season paid off with a top-three finalist nod for the Hart Trophy, the NHL's MVP.

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Why adding goaltender Roberto Luongo is a difficult route for the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning, according to Canada’s Sportsnet web site, will be on the list goaltender Roberto Luongo submits to the Canucks of teams to which he will accept a trade.

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Exit interview: Lightning's Marty St. Louis says, "We're not that far away. I totally believe that"

Marty St. Louis, who will turn 37 in June, knows he's not getting any younger. But the Tampa Bay Lightning wing said he has faith the team will quickly bounce back from this season's disappointment and that general manager Steve Yzerman will make the right moves this summer. If he didn't believe that, St. Louis said, he would have thought about playing elsewhere.

St. Louis spoke about about why the team faltered this season, why it is possible to turn things around quickly and assisting on Steve Stamkos' 60th goal:

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Exit interview: Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier says next season's club will be "on a mission"

Like many, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier had more questions than answers about what went wrong this season. But Lecavalier was optimistic GM Steve Yzerman will make the right moves over the summer and the players will be in a better frame of mind to start 2012-13. As for the sleepy power play? Who knows, he said.

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Wednesday: Chat live with columnist Gary Shelton

Want to talk about the NHL playoffs? Rays baseball? The upcoming NFL Draft? Something else? Whatever's on your mind, join Times sports columnist Gary Shelton for a live chat Wednesday, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

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Lightning coach Guy Boucher will be an assistant at Worlds as Canada finalizes coaching staff

Canada finalized its coaching staff for the world championship in Sweden and Finland, and Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher will be an assistant. Former Flames coach Brent Sutter will be the head coach. Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller is the other assistant.

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Norfolk forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Cory Conacher named AHL MVP

Norfolk's Cory Conacher, who opened so many eyes at Tampa Bay Lightning training camp, has been named the AHL's most valuable player.

Here is the announcement from the American Hockey League:

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Will Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher lead Canada at the World Championship?

Now that Sabres coach Lindy Ruff has declined the head coaching position for Team Canada at the World Championship, Plan B will have to be quickly devised. The question is, does Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher, who already accepted a spot on the team as an assistant, get the top job?

"Nothing finalized," Boucher wrote in a text message.

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After the lottery, Tampa Bay Lightning has the No. 10 pick in the NHL's June draft

After the lottery, the Tampa Bay Lightning have the No. 10 overall pick in the June draft. The only change in the draft order was the Oilers getting the first pick over the Blue Jackets. It is the third straight year Edmonton will have the first pick.

The Lightning also has the Red Wings' first-round pick which is currently 23rd overall, pending results of the playoffs.

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Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos skipping Worlds with irritated bursa sac in left shoulder

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos has an irritated bursa sac in his left shoulder, GM Steve Yzerman said Tuesday, but no structural damage. Even so, the center, decided to skip playing for Canada in next month’s world championship.

"We’re very pleased,” Yzerman said of Stamkos’ “clean” MRI exam. “Now he gets a chance to relax and come back and have an even better year next year.”

Stamkos, 22, who became just the 20th NHL player to score 60 goals in a season, acknowledged he played with the injury for almost a month and that it almost kept him out of the March 10 game with the Hurricanes. Stamkos has not missed a game because of injury in his four-year NHL career.

Stamkos said he takes "a lot of pride" in that.

"That's why you work hard in the summer and take care of your body the best you can during the season," he said at Monday's locker clean-out at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. "It's playing through stuff, sometimes, as well."

This will be Stamkos' first long summer in a while. He played for Canada in the world championship in 2009 and 2010, and last season the Lightning's long playoff run went until late May. …

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Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos has "clean" MRI but will skip the world championship

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos had a "clean" MRI exam on his injured left shoulder, the team said, but still will skip this year's world championship.

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Video: Lightning players talk about necessary changes

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Shoulder injury could keep Stamkos out of Worlds

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos said Monday he has been dealing with a left shoulder injury that might be serious enough that it keeps him out of next month's World Championships.

The injury will not require surgery, both Stamkos and general manager Steve Yzerman said. Even so, Stamkos will undergo an MRI exam Monday as a precaution.

Stamkos has never missed an NHL game because of injury in his four-year career, though he admitted the shoulder almost kept him out of the March 10 home game against the Hurricanes.

-- DAMIAN CRISTODERO, Times Staff Writer

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Video: Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos talks about his milestone 60th goal

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It's all Steven Stamkos all the time as the Tampa Bay Lightning center asks himself the burning question

It wasn't difficult to know where the herd of reporters would go once the Tampa Bay Lightning locker room was opened after the morning skate in Winnipeg: straight to seated star Steven Stamkos.

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