07/10/14 Lightning Strikes
The Lightning signed forward Brett Connolly to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.
Connolly, 22, played in 11 games with the Lightning last season, scoring a goal with four penalty minutes. He led AHL Syracuse in points (57) and assists (36).
The team also added to its depth at AHL Syracuse, signing free agent forward Jerome Samson to a one-year, two-way deal. Samson, 26, has played in 46 career NHL games, all with the Hurricanes over three seasons. Samson racked up 27 goals and 56 points in 68 games with the St. John's IceCaps in the AHL last season, helping lead them to the Calder Cup final....
07/09/14 Lightning Strikes
After a Disney World wedding, Brian Boyle was on the tail end of his honeymoon, having gone from Napa Valley to two Hawaiian islands, when the key date of July 1 hit.
The former Rangers center got up at 5 a.m., had some coffee and watched the sun rise on the porch of his Maui hotel with his wife, model Lauren Bedford, knowing the opening day of free agency would be hectic.
Boyle, 29, said he and his wife — who is from Orlando — had always been drawn to Tampa. And when the Rangers didn't give the free agent much of an offer and the Lightning came in, they were excited....
07/08/14 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — New Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman is a huge heavy metal music fan and can string a few tunes himself.
Stralman, 27, said when he and his wife, Johanna, moved in together in 2005, he had to give up video games, so he decided to buy a guitar for his 19th birthday. He's no Slash, but can play Guns N' Roses' Patience pretty well.
"I wish I was good, like to think I'm good," Stralman said, smiling. "But it's just not happening."...
Jay Feaster was proudly wearing his Lightning 2004 Stanley Cup ring Tuesday morning, back in an office at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and admittedly bleeding blue again.
"I don't know that I've ever stopped," he said.
Feaster, 51, the former long-time Tampa Bay general manager, was hired to be the executive director of community hockey development, with the job to help grow hockey at the youth/grassroots level. Though Feaster was fired by the Lightning in 2008, most recently working as Calgary's GM until his December departure, he kept his Brandon home....
New Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman is a huge heavy metal music fan, and can string a few tunes himself.
Stralman, 27, said when he and his wife Johanna moved in together in 2005, he had to give up video games, so he decided to buy a guitar for his 19th birthday. He’s no Slash, but can play Guns N Roses “Patience” pretty well.
“I wish I was good, like to think I’m good,” Stralman said, smiling. “But it’s just not happening.”...
The Lightning added to its depth at AHL Syracuse Tuesday be signing F Cody Kunyk and D Matt Corrente to one-year, two-way deals.
Corrente, 26, played in 72 games with the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) last season, with two goals and 11 points to go along with 136 penalty minutes. He ranked tied for first on the Checkers for plus/minus with a plus-9 rating. The Mississauga, Ontario native also led all Charlotte skaters for penalty minutes. Corrente set career highs in 2013-14 for games played and plus/minus. The 6-foot, 205-pound defenseman has appeared in 34 career NHL games, all with the New Jersey Devils over parts of two seasons, posting six assists and 68 penalty minutes...
Brian Boyle was on the tail end of his honeymoon, having gone from Napa Valley to two islands in Hawaii, when the key date of July 1st hit.
The long-time Ranger got up at 5 a.m., had some coffee on the porch of his Maui hotel with his new bride, model Lauren Bedford, knowing the opening day of free agency would be a hectic one.
Boyle, 29,, said he and his wife - who is from Orlando - had always been "drawn" to Tampa. And when the Rangers didn't give much of an offer, but the Lightning came in, they were excited....
The Lightning officially announced Monday it has brought back former general manager Jay Feaster, who will be the executive director of community hockey development.
Feaster, 51, the GM for the Lightning's only Stanley Cup team in 2004, will be working with local youth to help grow hockey in the Tampa Bay area. He will oversee and manage the Lightning’s outreach to youth and high school hockey programs and further increase participation and build relationships with local arenas....
07/06/14 Lightning Strikes
BRANDON — Anthony DeAngelo's draft night celebration lasted until 3 a.m., the defenseman chatting and eating with 25 family and friends at Penrose Diner, a South Philly staple.
"We were all starving because nobody really (had eaten)," dad Lou said. "Were too nervous."
DeAngelo, 18, a Sewell, N.J., native, was picked at No. 19 overall by the Lightning on June 28, two spots after his hometown Flyers made their choice in the same Wells Fargo Center he frequented as a kid. "That would have been too easy," Lou joked about a selection by the Flyers....
07/06/14 Lightning Strikes
BRANDON — During Sunday morning's shooting practice, F Jeff Costello cracked one of the glass panels at the Ice Sports Forum with a blast.
"It was funny," he said. "Never done that before."
Then, LW Brendan O'Donnell helped finish it off, smashing the glass with another shot.
It was fitting, considering the duo had breakthrough performances during the three-on-three tournament at the Lightning's development camp, helping lead Team Filppula to the championship on the final day Sunday in front of a standing-room-only crowd. ...
07/05/14 Lightning Strikes
BRANDON — Considering the hard luck D Slater Koekkoek has had with injuries, it would be easy for him to be down.
But after Koekkoek's past three seasons ended with shoulder surgeries — two on his left, the latest on his right — he and the Lightning have to look on the bright side.
"The good news is he only has two shoulders," GM Steve Yzerman said. "He can't hurt another one."...
Considering the hard-luck D Slater Koekkoek has had with injuries, it’d be easy for him to be down.
But after Koekkoek’s last three seasons have ended in shoulder surgeries – two on his left, the latest on his right – he and the Lightning have to look on the bright side....
07/04/14 Lightning Strikes
BRANDON — RW Jonathan Drouin and LW Adam Erne's lockers are side by side during this week's Lightning development camp.
It might be symbolic because there's no friction between the two prospects.
"We're cool," Erne said at the Ice Sports Forum. "We're friends."
The duo has moved on since Erne's controversial hit from behind on Drouin in December during a Quebec junior league game. Erne, a Lightning second-round draft pick in 2013 playing for Quebec, shoved Drouin, the No. 3 overall 2013 pick playing for Halifax, into the boards, and Drouin banged his head....
The Lightning announced Friday it has signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, one-way deal.
Sustr, 23, was a restricted free agent after playing 43 games for Tampa Bay last season. The 6-foot-99, 225-pound defenseman is expected to start the season with the Lightning, with the team hoping he can take another step with his game.
Tampa Bay still has to sign fellow restricted free agents Brett Connolly and Richard Panik....
07/03/14 Lightning Strikes
BRANDON — The past few months for Andrei Vasilevskiy have played out like a movie script.
The touted Lightning goalie prospect shined in backup duty for Russia at the world championships in May, with a Russian Hall of Famer making a comparison to Vladislav Tretiak, one of the best ever to play the position.
After the Russians won the gold medal in Belarus, Vasilevskiy, who turns 20 on July 25, was part of the celebratory parade in downtown Moscow. He got to meet President Vladimir Putin but was too nervous to speak. He still enjoyed the team's visit to the Grand Kremlin Palace. ...