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Florida Panthers center Sam Bennett, foreground, takes a shot at Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during a game in October in Sunrise.
Last year’s Presidents’ Trophy winners find themselves fighting for a playoff spot.
The team has about two dozen free agents and is about $55 million over the cap. Some tough choices await.
Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov share a memorable experience in Sunrise.
Jose Fernandez passes UConn’s Geno Auriemma for first place on the conference list.

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  1. Kyrie Irving is getting his wish and being traded by the Brooklyn Nets to the Dallas Mavericks, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday.
  2. Florida Panthers center Sam Bennett, foreground, takes a shot at Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during a game in October in Sunrise.
  3. Left tackle Donovan Smith suffered through his worst season as a pro, but the Bucs currently don’t have anyone on their roster to take over for him.
  4. The Central Division's Jason Robertson (21), of the Stars, tries to score against the Atlantic Division goaltender, Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Lightning, during the NHL All-Star Game on Saturday in Sunrise.
  5. Jose Fernandez, seen here during USF's last home game, picked up his 119th American Athletic Conference win on Saturday, giving him the most of any coach.
  6. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks before Saturday's All-Star Game in Sunrise.
  7. Lightning fans Theodore and Pete Heidrich enjoyed the 2018 All-Star Game festivities in Tampa so much that they traveled down to south Florida for this year's event.
  8. He came, he won, he blew our minds. Tom Brady's three-year stay in Tampa Bay was as impactful as any 36-month period we've ever witnessed. He turned the Bucs into winners and prime-time stars.
  9. The Rays' outfield seems to be pretty much set heading into camp, with Josh Lowe among a few other candidates hoping to impress for a spot.
  10. Former Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber, who is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame again, waves the Vince Lombardi Trophy during a Super Bowl 37 victory celebration.
  11. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch, left, talks with Hines senior managing director Michael Harrison and Tampa Bay Rays President Brian Auld after Mayor Welch gave his 2023 State of the City on the steps of City Hall on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023 in St. Petersburg. Mayor Welch gave his highlights of what he accomplished in his first year as mayor and announced his decision to go with the Hines/Rays plan for the Historic Gas Plant District redevelopment project.
  12. Jake McGee has a Rays jersey hanging in his Nevada home as a memory of his time in Tampa Bay.
  13. The Florida High School Athletic Association is considering adopting a national version of a medical form that doctors sign to clear students to play sports. The Preparticipation Physical Evaluation form used in Florida includes questions about concussions, allergies, and blood pressure. It also includes optional questions for female students about when they had their first period and how often they menstruate.
  14. “I would say we can play a lot better,” All-Star forward Nikita Kucherov said before the break. “And we still have a lot of areas we have to improve, and I expect us to be even better in the second half.”
  15. Florida Gators coach Billy Napier finished his first full recruiting class Wednesday.
  16. Former Gators standout Kyle Trask, entering his third season in Tampa, is the only quarterback currently under contract with the Bucs.
  17. Randy Poffo, left, better known as Randy Savage, and brother Lanny Poffo kiss their mom Judy Poffo.
  18. The Rays recently rewarded pitcher Jeffrey Springs' drive and determination to succeed with a new four-year, $31 million contract that could max out at $65.75 million.
  19. The Florida High School Athletic Association has a draft plan to require high school student athletes to provide information about their menstrual history.
  20. USF senior quarterback Gerry Bohanon, the 2022 opening-night starter, still is rehabbing from shoulder surgery and won't participate in spring drills.
  21. Graham Mertz started 32 games at Wisconsin before transferring to the Florida Gators.
  22. Tennessee guard Zakai Zeigler tries to get a shot off against Florida forward Colin Castleton during the first half Wednesday in Gainesville.
  23. Former Florida Gators signee Jaden Rashada committed to Arizona State, but questions were asked about his UF situation Wednesday.
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