ONDREJ PALAT NEWS

'Inside the Lightning: Off-Season Special' premieres July 30

TAMPA, Fla. -- It may be summer time here in Florida, but that doesn't mean Tampa Bay's National Hockey League franchise hasn't been busy gearing up for the new season. Join us on Wednesday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m., as Sun Sports, the regional television home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, proudly presents  the newest edition of "Inside the Lightning." Titled "...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Drouin ready to make impact with Lightning

The Lightning relied more on rookies than any other team last season. A league-high eight played in at least 40 games. Thirteen saw action overall. Two, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat, were finalists for the Calder Trophy, the league's rookie of the year award. But wing Jonathan Drouin, the hyped third overall pick in the 2013 draft, spent the year back with Halifax in the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon named NHL's top rookie by landslide

Nathan MacKinnon deserved the Calder Trophy, and the 2014 NHL Awards show gave him sweet justice. The Colorado Avalanche rookie scored 10 points in seven playoff games, and that part wasn't even considered in the voting. The 18-year-old absolutely dominated the voting, crushing Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning with 130 of the 137 first-place votes. Inexplicably...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Six Unlikely Trades, and Why They Should Happen

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images The NHL off-season is simultaneously an awful time to be an NHL fan, and a great time. The previous season is over, the hope for next year is at the peak, and from mid-June to mid-July, teams are feverishly pursuing draft picks, trades, and free agents all with an eye towards turning your franchise into a Stanley Cup contender. Once that fever pitch is...
Via TopSportsReport
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning's five-year draft review

Will patience pay off for the Tampa Bay Lightning? The Bolts have stockpiled elite talent with first-round picks over the past five years, but a roster full of veterans have kept Tampa Bay from shifting those prospects into its lineup. That started to change last year as former picks Ondrej Palat, Radko Gudas and Richard Panik became regulars. But after making the mistake of rushing...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Ondrej Palat relishes long NHL journey, from seventh round to Sin City

Should you ever find yourself in the quaint twin township of Frydek-Mistek on a summer's day in the Czech Republic -- and nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top rookie -- here's Ondrej Palat's suggestion on the best route to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Tampa Bay's outstanding, 23-year-old winger who summers in his native land, Ondrej...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Ondrej Palat Has A Top Adjusted +/-

A few days ago, I posted the top 20 players in 2013/14 by adjusted +/-.  I then took a look a Matt Niskanen of the Pittsburgh Penguins who was the league leader.  My general conclusion is that he is a solid player who was lucky to have a career year and since he is an unrestricted free agent this summer will likely be overpaid as a result.  This is quite common when using adjusted...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Young players, prospects give Lightning scoring punch for future

Can the Tampa Bay Lightning find another gem in the rough? After 13 seasons of having an Art Ross Trophy winner Martin St. Louis sit atop the depth chart, the Lightning find themselves having to fill the role of a potential Hall of Famer. St. Louis, an undrafted free agent who struggled in five pro seasons before a breakout campaign in 2002-03, registered 11 seasons with at least...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Some notes for Tuesday, June 10, 2014

By Dale Lamontagne, Lead NHL Writer, The Hockey Report  1. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Calder Trophy finalist Ondrej Palat agreed to terms on a new three-year deal, that’s worth $10 million. Do any of you remember when the Lightning drafted him? Well, he was the 208th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Talk about […]
Via The Hockey Report
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning extend Calder Trophy nominee Palat

Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Ondrej Palat is the epitome of value. He was a seventh-round draft choice in 2011, and stepped up in 2013-14 as a rookie to give the Lightning 81 games, 23 goals and 59 total points, earning himself a nomination for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top newcomer. Those 59 points were second among all rookies this past season, behind only 2013 No. 1...
Via Around The Rink
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning re-sign winger Ondrej Palat for three years

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ondrej Palat will stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the foreseeable future. The team signed the winger to a three-year contract, Tampa Bay vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Monday morning. ESPN's Pierre LeBrun first reported that the deal is worth $10 million. Palat, 23, was named a Calder Trophy finalist after earning 23 goals and...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning resign Calder finalist Ondrej Palat

The Tampa Bay Lightning have resigned forward Ondrej Palat to a three-year contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Palat, 23, skated in 81 games for the Lightning during the 2013-14 season, collecting 23 goals and 59 points to go along with a plus-32 rating. He was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy, given annually to the top NHL rookie, which...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

A Three-Year Contract Extension For Ondrej Palat In Tampa

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have resigned forward Ondrej Palat to a three-year contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Palat, 23, skated in 81 games for the Lightning during the 2013-14 season, collecting 23 goals and 59 points to go along with a plus-32 rating. He was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy, given annually to the top...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Under Review – Lightning 2013-14 Season Part One

Mike Carlson/Getty Images Allan Brown Tampa Bay Lightning Writer Although the Tampa Bay Lightning were swept by those pesky Canadians from Montreal in the first round of the NHL Playoffs and the series was extremely disappointing for Bolts fans, no one could call the 2013-14 campaign anything but an unequivocal success. With realignment placing the Bolts in the tough Atlantic Division...
Via TopSportsReport
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning excited for future after moving past playoff disappointment

TAMPA, Fla. -- The end to this Tampa Bay Lightning campaign will always feel incomplete. We saw one team for 82 regular-season games, then another for the final four in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. One team excelled and prospered with so many questions, injuries and the March trade of arguably the franchise's best player ever. The other, with the exception of perhaps two or three...
Via Fox Sports Florida
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL announces rookie-of-the-year finalists

   The NHL announced the three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which goes to the leagues’ rookie of the year. Receiving the honor were Forwards Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning along with forward Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche. This is the first time since the 2007/08 season that one team has had two players named as finalists for...
Via Hockey Fan Land
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Best and Worst of Tampa's Short Postseason

So this is the end, and man, it was ugly. Both Games 1 & 3 were huge and could've changed the entire series if it weren't for a few mistakes and a bad call, but you have to face reality and accept the fact that Tampa Bay is done for the season. First off, you have to tip your hat to the Montreal Canadiens, no matter how bitter you are that they just swept you. They...
Via Puckrant.com
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning's Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat named Calder Trophy finalists

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson and winger Ondrej Palat were named two of the three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy on Wednesday, as announced by the NHL. The award is given ''to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition.'' Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon also was named a finalist. Johnson...
Via Fox Sports Florida
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

MacKinnon, Palat, Johnson finalists for Calder Trophy

On Wednesday the NHL named the three finalists for the Calder Trophy and two of them come from the same team. The Calder, which is given "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition," will be handed out to one of these three: Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche, Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and his teammate in Florida...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Your Calder Memorial Trophy Finalists

NEW YORK (April 23, 2014) -- Forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition," the National Hockey League announced today. The Lightning is the first...
Via Kukla's Korner
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay swept by the Habs

On Tuesday night, the Habs completed their sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning, winning the decisive fourth game 4-3 at Bell Centre in Montreal. The season is over for the Lightning, while the Canadiens await the winner of the Boston Bruins – Detroit Red Wings series. Like Game Three, the Bell Centre was rocking early, as Danny Briere scored less than three minutes into the first...
Via Total Sports Live
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning drop Game 4 in final minute, swept out of playoffs by Canadiens

MONTREAL (AP) -- Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay. The first team to advance this year, the Canadiens also got goals from Daniel Briere, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller. Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist...
Via Fox Sports Florida
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Palat remains a game-time decision for Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Ondrej Palat skated for a second straight day Sunday but remains a game-time decision for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7 pm ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, SUN). "We have a lot of guys available to play," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "There will be 20 guys come seven...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning F Ondrej Palat expected to miss Game 2

With injuries to key players left and right all year, one has to wonder which member of the Tampa Bay Lightning walked under a ladder. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper had a great quote in his meeting with the media Thursday that offers a glimpse into their mindset when it comes to dealing with the number of injuries they've dealt with. "Adversity ... that word went out...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning injury updates: Ben Bishop and Ondrej Palat

The bad luck just keeps coming for the Tampa Bay Lightning.Ondrej Palat is not expected to play in game two of their round one series against the Montreal Canadiens, and Ben Bishop won't return for the forseeable future, according to head coach Jon Cooper.Bishop's injury is nothing new. He injured his elbow in a game against the Leafs near the end of the regular season and...
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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