Lightning season included change and frustration

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On Monday, Stamkos spoke about how Tampa Bay has been patient in a slide since 2007-08, after the Lightning made four consecutive playoff appearances starting in 2002-03. But time is growing thin with aging veterans only getting older.   Despite Stamkos’ presence, Tampa Bay has only made the playoffs one time with him, in 2011, when the Bolts were one victory against the Boston Bruins from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final. If disappointment was the takeaway from this winter, urgency should be a theme next season.    “We have great things,” St. Louis said. “(Vice present and general manager) Steve Yzerman is a smart guy. He’s been in every guy’s situation. His experience, his knowledge, I have full confidence in what he’s trying to do. I can feel some of his pain, because obviously, he wants to win, and it hasn’t gone the way we would have liked the last couple years.”   As with any end, though, a new start awaits. Cooper, with his success in the American Hockey League, must evolve to have his methods translate to the NHL. It was smart of Yzerman to lock up the coach, a rising star, before the offseason. source:

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ryan Malone Back In Lineup After Flu

Louis broke a 2-2 tie in the second when his wrist shot from the side of the crease to make it 3-2. But two third period goals by Florida put the Bolts down 4-3 before… Via FF Locker Room  |  7 days ago The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Nikita Nesterov to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday. Nesterov is a fifth round pick from the 2011 NHL draft and has spent his time so far in the KHL. The post Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Defenseman Nikita Nesterov appeared first on FFLockerRoom | NFL – MLB News | Fantasy Sports Advice | Sports Talk. History! Marty oldest to win point title Via Fox Sports  |  10 days ago Martin St. Louis made history. The 37-year old Lightning center became the oldest player to win the league scoring title, finishing with a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay’s 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers in the season finale for two non-playoff teams on Saturday night. St. Louis won the Art Ross Trophy with 60 points, three more than teammate Steven Stamkos. source:

Lightning director of amateur scouting Al Murray optimistic about 2013 NHL Draft Class

Seth is an easy skater and he’s a big right-handed shot defenseman. He can play a lot of minutes, he can lug the On a lot of lists, he’s the number-one prospect. – Al Murray on Jones puck out of his zone and take it end to end, he can make plays, make quick passes or hit guys at the far blue line or run the power play. He’s both a shooter and a playmaker. He’s a very skilled player and he’s going to be a terrific addition to any team.” Caveat: “He needs some work at his own end, as far as his defensive positioning and his commitment defensively.” Comparable NHL Player: Alex Pietrangelo Nathan MacKinnon “He’s a pretty interesting guy. I think if you talk to him he says he’s more of a power forward who has skill, but to a lot of other people, he’s a highly-skilled forward who plays with a lot of power. It’s a nice combination to have. His skating is …he’s a highly-skilled forward who plays with a lot of power. – Al Murray on MacKinnon elite. He’s a durable guy and he’s been a terrific player and I really don’t know what more to say. He can play the game any way you want him to play it.” Caveat: “His hockey sense is maybe a notch down from Drouin, but not far. His competitiveness too has maybe given him a little bit of trouble because he’s capable of taking on people one-on-one, but sometimes it leads to a train wreck because he winds up in a lot of collisions where he’s taken some hits.” Comparable NHL Players: Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin Valeri Nichushkin “He’s a guy with all kinds of talent. source:


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