1. Steven Stamkos: Why His Deal Is Vital to the NHL's Success in the South

    As the NHL continues to understand the ramifications of the Atlanta Thrashers' metamorphosis into the new Winnipeg Jets , the re-signing of Steve Stamkos by the Tampa Bay Lightning was a major victory for hockey in the South...

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  2. With Steven Stamkos Signed, Tampa Bay Lightning Look To Finalize Roster

    That collective "WHEW!" sound you may have heard was the exhale from many Tampa Bay Lightning fans. The Bolts wrapped two of their biggest lingering questions, securing super sniper ...

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  3. NHL Free Agent News: Steven Stamkos Signs 5-Year Deal with Tampa Bay Lightning

    The odyssey is finally over. The Tampa Bay Lightning have secured the services of superstar sniper Steven Stamkos for five years, according to a report by 620WDAE in Tampa ...

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  4. 10 Reasons the Tampa Bay Lightning Need to Do Anything to Re-Sign Steven Stamkos

    The Tampa Bay Lightning still are struggling to get star forward Steven Stamkos under contract. We've put together this slideshow to discuss why the Lightning should consider this not an "if" situation, but a "when...

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  5. Steven Stamkos: Can the Lightning Really Afford to Keep Their Star Free Agent?

    Well, what a difference a week makes. A week ago I was slaving away at the day job, fully expecting Steven Stamkos to be signed, sealed and delivered before the free agency period opened...

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  6. 2011 NHL Draft: Tampa Bay Lightning First Rd Pick from Russia with Goals

    With the top-flight defensemen going in a flurry in front of them, the Tampa Bay Lightning elected to continue to add to their forward depth by drafting Russian-born London Knights center Vladislav Namestnikov...

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  7. NHL Draft 2011: Tampa Bay Lightning Will Look to Defense and Goaltending

    When you talk the NHL entry draft, unless you're at the top of the first round, you don't really expect to see the player you acquire on draft day to skate for the big club for several years...

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  8. 2011 NHL Free Agency: Brad Richards and Other Targets for Tampa Bay Lightning

    After taking care of their own free agents, the Tampa Bay Lightning may have as little as $6 million dollars to work with as they scan the free agent wire on July 1st. Of course, that won't stop them from looking at acquiring talent...

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  9. NHL: Free Agency Looms Large for Tampa Bay Lightning

    In his first season as general manager, his hockey team posted the second best season in franchise history. What will Stevie Y do for an encore? To begin with, Yzerman has his work cut out for him...

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  10. Tampa Bay Lightning Can Take Some Solace in Boston's Stanley Cup Triumph

    While some of the Tampa Bay Lightning players are wondering what could have been, you have to wonder if maybe there was a little smile on some of their faces as the Boston Bruins ...

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  11. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Five Goats for the Tampa Bay Lightning

    In what was a tremendous renaissance for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team surged from obscurity to explode on to the NHL Playoff landscape. Still, the dream of raising the Holy Grail of sports above their shoulders fell five wins short...

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  12. Tampa Bay Lightning's Amazing 2011 NHL Playoff Run Comes to an End

    As the final seconds ticked off, you could see the anguish in the face of Martin St. Louis and Dwayne Roloson . Both are cagey veterans on the backside of their careers; they knew this opportunity might not come again...

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  13. Tampa Bay Lightning: Fans, You Embarrased Yourselves in Game 6

    Open Letter to the Tampa Bay Lightning fans: What the heck were you thinking? It didn't matter that the Bruins were acting like idiots at the end of the hockey game...

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  14. 2011 NHL Playoffs: This Eastern Conference Final Deserved Game 7

    It really couldn't have gone differently, could it? Certainly, Boston Bruins fans would disagree—but when you consider the way this epic series has unfolded, there shouldn't really have been any doubt there would be a Game 7...

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  15. Why Going Back to Dwayne Roloson Was the Only Answer for Tampa Bay Lightning

    It's nothing against Mike Smith, who played a good game Monday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but the move had to be made. Dwayne Roloson will start Wednesday night's elimination game against the Boston Bruins ...

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  16. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning's Shocking Comeback Evens Series

    After one period of play, the Tampa Bay Lightning were staring at their playoff mortality. Horrible defensive lapses had gifted a 3-0 lead to the Boston Bruins and for the second ...

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  17. Why Southern Hockey Is Important to the NHL

    I expected the outcry of Canadians denouncing my article Atlanta Thrashers' Relocation to Winnipeg Is Bad for Southern Hockey . Sure enough, I was right on...

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  18. Atlanta Thrashers' Relocation to Winnipeg Is Bad for Southern Hockey

    Rumors abound that it's a done deal that True North has secured ownership of the Atlanta Thrashers with the express purposes of moving the franchise to the city of Winnipeg...

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  19. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Game 4 Is a Must Win for Tampa Bay Lightning

    The true Boston Bruins have finally shown up in the Eastern Conference Finals. We finally got the type of game we all expected when the matchup of the Lightning and Bruins was determined...

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  20. 2011 NHL Playoffs: ECF Game 3 Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins Live Blog

    The stage shifts to Tampa as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. With each team getting a win in the first two, Game 3 could be the swing game in the series...

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  21. Tampa Bay Lightning: 10 Reasons Steve Yzerman Is the NHL's GM of the Year

    Few general managers have made the kind of impact Steve Yzerman has in his first year with Tampa Bay Lightning ...

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  22. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Bruins Outgun Lightning to Even the Eastern Finals

    Structure and order. These are the things that Lightning coach Guy Boucher wants his team to adhere to. He's said many times he doesn't care what the result is as long as the process is correct...

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  23. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Road Warrior Tampa Bay Lightning Deliver Against Boston

    For Tampa Bay Lightning fans (yes, Bruins , we found them), its the same script, different opponent...

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  24. Tampa Bay Lightning: 10 Biggest Stanley Cup Playoff Goals in Franchise History

    Saturday, the Tampa Bay Lightning continue their quest for the 2011 Stanley Cup when they head to Boston to take on the Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals...

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  25. Boston Bruins Ad Campaign Takes Aim at Tampa Bay Lightning Fans

    There's never been a lot of love between the cities of Boston and Tampa. Bostonians hate the Rays because the Red Sox spend hundreds of millions of dollars to compete in the AL ...

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