Found June 30, 2013 on HockeyBuzz:
The Tampa Bay Lightning organization has put in months of scouting and hours of preparation to make today a smashing success. In case you missed it, the National Hockey League’s entry draft is today. Currently holding the third overall pick, the Lightning organization has the power to make a franchise-shaping selection. With a bounty of great players sure to be available in the three slot,...

Lightning offer J.T. Brown, Dan Sexton, Mark Barberio

TAMPA, Fla. The Tampa Bay Lightning made qualifying offers to wingers J.T. Brown and Dan Sexton and defenseman Mark Barberio on Monday morning. The Lightning are not making qualifying offers to left wing Alex Hutchings, defenseman Brendan Mikkelson and left wing Benoit Pouliot. The deadline for NHL clubs to issue offers is Tuesday. By issuing qualifying offers to Brown, Sexton...

Audio: Lightning select forward Jonathan Druin third overall

The Tampa Bay Lightning selected forward Jonathan Drouin with the third overall pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey this afternoon, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Drouin, 18, skated in 49 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, registering 41 goals and 105 points...

Lightning take winger Jonathan Drouin with third pick

The Tampa Bay Lightning added another dynamic piece to its offense Saturday, selecting Jonathan Drouin with the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Drouin scored 41 goals and 105 points in 49 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. The winger, who earned 2012-13 CHL Player of the Year honors, will join an offense that...

Lightning go defenseless in the draft

After drafting forward Jonathan Drouin third overall in Sunday’s NHL Draft, many thought the Tampa Bay Lightning would draft a defenseman. That was not the case. The Bolts made a total of six selections on draft day and not one was a defenseman. The following is from the Lightning communications release on the players they selected. (For Drouin, click here.) With the 33rd overall...

Michael Stuart: Report: Lightning Looking to Deal Ryan Malone

Remember to Give Michael a Follow on Twitter! Only hours before Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced the team’s plan to buy out Vincent Lecavalier, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman released a report indicating that the team is attempting to deal veteran forward Ryan Malone. In his respected ’30 Thoughts’ column, Friedman discussed Malone’s situation...

Pouliot, Nagle, Hutchings Not Given Qualifying Offer By Tampa Bay by   Steven Ellis

Former top NHL prospect Benoit Pouliot will hit the unrestricted free agent market this summer after not getting qualified by the Tampa Bay Lightning. As well, the Lightning have decided to also not bring back goaltender Pat Nagle and left winger Alex Hutchings. Pouliot was the fourth pick of the 2005 NHL Draft by Minnesota. Pouliot, who played 34 games with [...]

Hoping For The Gool Lecavalier

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, Is Vincent Lecavalier a bigger name than he is a player at this stage of his professional career? That is a matter NHL teams will need address in the days heading toward July 5. Lecavalier (left) is not as old as you might think, 33, but this coming season will be his 15th in the NHL. He is not the star he once was. He is not a candidate...

Panthers eye ex-Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier

NEW YORK The Florida Panthers missed out on an opportunity once already to acquire Vincent Lecavalier. Fifteen years later, they are going to take another shot at getting the playmaking center into their lineup. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon and assistant GM Mike Santos intend to make a pitch to sign the unrestricted free agent and fomer Lightning captain. "We'...

Michael Stuart: Tampa Bay Lightning Select Jonathan Drouin

The Tampa Bay Lightning have selected Jonathan Drouin with the third overall pack. Following Nathan MacKinnon and Aleksander Barkov going to Colorado and Florida respectively, Yzerman drafted the ultra-talented winger with the team's valuable pick. Passing over Seth Jones, who later went to the Nashville Predators, can't have been an easy decision. That being said, Drouin...

Vincent Lecavalier Receiving Lots Of League Interest by   Steven Ellis

Just days after getting bought out, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that former Tampa Bay Lightning first overall pick Vincent Lecavalier is receiving interest from multiple teams in the NHL. “We have been reached out to by a number of teams, easily a dozen or more,” Kent Hughes, Lecavalier’s agent, told Friday afternoon. “This is the beginning of the process [...]

Vincent Lecavalier Reportedly Seeking $5 Million Per Year on Multi-Season Deal

Vincent Lecavalier met with the Detroit Red Wings this weekend — part of a whirlwind couple of days in which he talked to at least a dozen clubs — and he plans to narrow his list down in the next few days. Any team left in the running better be prepared to make a serious commitment. Darren Dreger reported Sunday’s TSN draft coverage that one NHL GM told him Lecavalier is seeking...

Could Vincent Lecavalier Sign with Detroit Red Wings?

NHL Free Agency doesn’t officially begin until July 5, but a big fish just became available on the market. The Tampa Bay Lightning exercised one of their compliance buyouts on Vincent Lecavalier earlier today, making him available for the other 29 teams to sign him. Interestingly, when Lecavalier was asked about the Detroit Red Wings, [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

Brendan Mikkelson Not Tendered Qualifying Offer By Tampa Bay by   Steven Ellis

The Tampa Bay Lightning will not tender a qualify offer to defenseman Brendan Mikkelson, making him a UFA on July 5th. Mikkelson was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2nd round, 31st overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. On November 30, 2006, Brendan was signed to a three-year entry level contract with the Ducks. Mikkelson was claimed by the Calgary Flames on Waivers on [...]

As the Red Wings wait on Lecavalier, they’ll get down to team-building business this afternoon

You can add yet another team to the long list of Vincent Lecavalier's suitors... Good job by Peter Chiarelli and B's staff meeting w/Vinny Lacavalier yesterday w/out any1 knowing about it. B's like him as RW #BruinsTalk — Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) June 30, 2013 But he did meet with the Red Wings today, we think... Just saw #NHL free agent...

Saturday Morning Tweets Of Interest

Sense is that Vincent Lecavalier will have shortlist of teams drawn up by tonight or tomorrow morning; either way, pre-draft... — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 29, 2013   ... could be down to 1 or 2 teams by draft time... — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 29, 2013   Talks have been positive between Mike Smith and Coyotes. Future of...
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