New Lightning forward Corey Perry, left, talks with coach Jon Cooper on the opening day of training camp Thursday. "We couldn’t be happier to have (Perry) on our side,” Cooper says.
After taking his former teams to the Stanley Cup final the past two seasons, veteran forward could be “glue guy” to help Lightning get a third straight title.
Veteran goaltender Brian Elliott will serve as Andrei Vasilevskiy’s backup in net.
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The combination of Ross Colton, Mathieu Joseph and Corey Perry makes a quick first impression as training camp opens.


  1. New Lightning forward Corey Perry, left, talks with coach Jon Cooper on the opening day of training camp Thursday. "We couldn’t be happier to have (Perry) on our side,” Cooper says.
  2. Brian Elliott replaces Curtis McElhinney as the backup to Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
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    A leaner Pat Maroon (14) looks out at the ice while walking from the workout room to the interview area Friday at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon.
  4. Taylor Raddysh, left, works against Brayden Point, right, on the opening day of Lightning training camp Thursday at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon.
  5. The Lightning's Mathieu Joseph, left, Ross Colton, center, and Corey Perry (10), right, watch from the bench after a shift together during Thursday's scrimmage at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon.
  6. Conn Smythe Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy might be the No. 1 reason the Lightning can be confident they can win three straight Stanley Cups.
  7. Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) hoists the Stanley Cup in July at Amalie Arena. The only thing missing from his resume is an Olympic medal.
  8. Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) celebrates his goal during the second period of Game 5 of the semifinal series against the Islanders in June at Amalie Arena.
  9. Lightning defenseman Cal Foote recently had surgery to repair a tendon in his pinkie finger and is likely the first two to four weeks of the regular season.
  10. Before Ross Colton kissed the Stanley Cup, he made a good impression on the Lightning in training camp.
  11. Fans cheers as Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18), front, celebrates his Game 2 goal along with defenseman Erik Cernak, back left, and right wing Nikita Kucherov during the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 30.
  12. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman poses with the Stanley Cup, his French bulldog, Harry, and the Conn Smythe Trophy during his Cup day in Sweden.
  13. Simon Ryfors had two goals and an assist in the Lightning’s 5-2 win over Nashville in the opening game of the NHL Prospect Showcase Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena.
  14. Forward Jack Finley, the Lightning's top draft pick a year ago, stands apart from the team's other prospects in more ways than one.
  15. Cameron MacDonald third fro left, awaits a pass during prospect camp at Amalie Arena.
  16. Lightning players skate Friday at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon.
  17. Julie Chu works as a guest coach from behind the bench Tuesday during the Lightning's annual prospects camp at Amalie Arena.
  18. Lightning left wing Pat Maroon skates with the Stanley Cup following Tampa Bay's Game 5 win over the Montreal Canadiens in July at Amalie Arena.
  19. Defenseman Avery Winslow skates during the first day of the Lightning's annual prospect camp Tuesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  20. Lightning prospects and coaching staff huddle up at Amalie Arena on the first day of on-ice sessions ahead of the Lightning Prospect Showcase, with games starting Saturday.
  21. The front of the Davis Islands home purchased by Steven Stamkos.
  22. Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will miss the start of the regular season, including the Oct. 12 opener against the Lightning, after undergoing wrist surgery.
  23. FAU softball player Riley Ennis, pictured during a game in February in Boca Raton.  All women’s athletes at Florida Atlantic were invited Wednesday to sign endorsement deals with the NHL’s Florida Panthers, the first such offer made by a U.S. major pro franchise.