Diana C. Nearhos, Lightning Reporter

Diana C. Nearhos

Lightning Reporter

I’ve only ever been employed as a professional people-watcher: a lifeguard and a journalist. I am an incessant questioner who just wants to find and share a story. I enjoy getting to know the people involved with a game and sharing them with the reader. My life in sports started at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium at age 2, or it started at birth when my dad put a stuffed basketball in my crib for easy identification. Covering the Lightning is the obvious combination of those two loves, sports and telling stories.

Lightning free agency: 5 things to know about Curtis McElhinney

Goalie Curtis McElhinney, shown during the Eastern Conference Finals between the Hurricanes and Bruins, is the newest Lightning goalie. [AP Photo | Gerry Broome]
The 36-year-old goalie has been all over the league, but hes coming off his biggest season.

NHL free agency: Lightning adds a third goalie in Curtis McElhinney

Goalie Curtis McElhinney, shown in a game between the Hurricanes and Islanders, signed with the Lightning on July 1, 2019. [AP Photo | Gerry Broome]
The Lightning also signed defenseman Luke Schenn but missed out on Joe Pavelski.

NHL Free Agency: Top players on the market

DIRK SHADD  |   TimesColumbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) beats Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) as the puck heads to the back of the net in the third period in Game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Friday, April 12, 2019 in Tampa. The Tampa Bay Lightning lost 5-1.
Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky and Matt Duchene, three potentially-former Blue Jackets lead the list

Checking in on prospects at Lightning development camp

In this 2017 file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning's Oleg Sosunov (76) is seen on the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes during second-period preseason action at Amalie Arena in Tampa. (DIRK SHADD   |   Times)
Tampa Bay director of player development Stacy Roest shares thoughts on some of the prospects in camp this week.

Lightning free agency questions: Joe Pavelski, a defenseman, both or neither?

Free agent center Joe Pavelski is a veteran skilled at tipping and redirecting pucks. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
Tampa Bay has been talking to Joe Pavelski and is still in talks with Brayden Point.