The Lightning has agreed to terms with prospect Nikita Nesterov on a three-year, entry-level contract. The defenseman was taken 158th overall in the 2011 draft. He is expected to play for AHL Syracuse next season.
Damian Cristodero will be chatting from noon to 1 p.m.
Want to talk about the 2012-13 Lightning season? What went right or wrong? Who'll be back? Who won't? Who'll be in goal next season? Join Times beat reporter Damian Cristodero for a live chat Wednesday, May 1, from noon to 1 p.m.
Steven Stamkos' left shoulder is sore again, but an MRI exam in the past few weeks showed nothing serious.
Steven Stamkos did not play in last year's world championship because of a left shoulder issue he wanted to heal.
The Lightning center's left shoulder is sore again, but an MRI exam in the past few weeks showed nothing serious, Stamkos said, and he will play for Canada at next month's world championship in Sweden and Finland.
"I'm excited," Stamkos said. "You don't want to be in this tournament ever, but when you're not in the playoffs it's a little bit of a consolation."Full Story
Lightning prospect Cedric Paquette, a forward for Blainville-Boisbriand of the Quebec junior league, was fined $1,000 by the league for "inappropriate behavior" for his part Wednesday in starting a bench-clearing brawl with Baie-Comeau, the Canadian Press reported.
Paquette, taken 101st overall in last year's draft, reportedly taunted Baie-Comeau players after Blainville-Boisbriand's 4-3 victory in Game 4 of the teams' best-of-seven semifinal series that is tied 2-2.
In addition to Pacquette's punishment, 12 players were suspended, both coaches were banned for two games and each team was fined $5,000. Game 5 is Friday night.
Ben Bishop, 26, played for the United States in the 2010 world championship.
The Lightning on Thursday had three players named to the initial group of 15 who will play for the United States at next month's world championship in Sweden and Finland: goaltender Ben Bishop, center Nate Thompson and defenseman Matt Carle.
"It's a very big honor," Bishop said. "Any time you can represent your country in anything it's a big honor, so I'm just excited for the opportunity."Full Story
Ryan Malone has five goals, seven points and 22 penalty minutes in 23 games.
Lightning left wing Ryan Malone is scratched from tonight's game with the Maple Leafs after two games he classified as not good. The question is whether Malone is sitting solely because of poor play or if he still is not fully recovered from a left shoulder injury that cost him nine games from March 20-April 7.
Malone said there are no excuses.
"I haven't played very well, Malone said. "That could be a good reason, too."Full Story
The Lightning during Thursday's game with the Bruins at TD Garden will honor the city of Boston by wearing Boston Strong ribbon stickers on their helmets.
The tribute is in response to the April 15 terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon.
The helmets will be signed by the players and auctioned off with proceeds going to The One Fund Boston, which already has raised $20.5 million in private and corporate donations to help people most affected by the bombing.
Tyler Johnson tied for the league lead with 33 goals and has 60 points in 60 games heading into the final weekend of the season.
For the second straight season, a Lightning prospect has been named most valuable player in the American Hockey League. Syracuse's Tyler Johnson was named today. He is tied for the league lead with 33 goals and has 60 points in 60 games heading into the final weekend of the season. Last season's winner was Norfolk's Cory Conacher.
Ben Bishop is 2-3-1 in seven games with a 3.13 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.
When Ben Bishop takes the ice tonight at the Bell Centre against the Canadiens, it will be his eighth start for the Lightning since being acquired from the Senators. He will have sat out only one of Tampa Bay's nine games, but said the work load is not a problem.
"I feel good," he said. "I've been working quite a bit throughout the season so no big change. A little more travel but nothing I wasn't ready for."Full Story