• Hockey Family Tales: Nikita Kucherov’s Mom & First Coach
    by Alessandro Seren Rosso on January 23, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    From time to time, THW translates Russian materials where the focus is less on great hockey players, but is rather on their family. We already published stories about Alexander Radulov and Artemi Panarin, and also a talk with Kirill Kaprizov’s first coach. This time, Nikita Kucherov’s mother, Svetlana, and first coach, Gennadi Kurdin, shed some lights on […]

  • What Is Koekkoek’s Future with the Lightning?
    by Anthony Moukarzel on January 22, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    It’s nearly a month before the trade deadline and rumors are beginning to spread about certain players being available. The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to be buyers come February 26 as they sit at the top of the Eastern Conference. However, there have recently been rumors regarding the Lightning’s defenseman Slater Koekkoek, who has […]

  • The Lightning Will Miss J.T. Brown
    by Eugene Helfrick on January 21, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    J.T. Brown’s departure to the Anaheim Ducks represents the end of an era for the Tampa Bay Lightning. After winning a national championship with the University of Minnesota-Duluth hockey team in 2012, Brown was a sought-after free agent by Boston, Tampa Bay, and Philadelphia. Normally the Lightning would have been considered an afterthought in the […]

  • Syracuse Crunch Showcasing Lightning’s Bright Future
    by Eugene Helfrick on January 18, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    During the 2016-17 season, the Syracuse Crunch went on a deep playoff run, taking them all the way to the Calder Cup Final. Despite their success, however, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman had to retool nearly the entire Crunch roster due to an influx of drafted talent from juniors. Just a few weeks after falling to the […]

  • Hedman’s Injury Stifling Lightning
    by Eugene Helfrick on January 14, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    A major part of why the Tampa Bay Lightning have played so well this season is their continuously improving defense. Heading into the 2017-18 season, the Lightning appeared to have a very average defensive corps, sans Norris Trophy candidate Victor Hedman and defensive stalwart Anton Stralman. While the Lightning could easily lean on those two […]

  • Victor Hedman Sidelined for 3-6 Weeks
    by Andrew Forbes on January 13, 2018 at 1:48 am

    The Tampa Bay Lightning were dealt a devastating blow on Friday – one day after Victor Hedman left the team’s 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames with an apparent injury – announcing that the all-star defenceman will be sidelined three to six weeks with a lower body injury. The news comes just one day after […]

  • Tampa Bay Lightning’s New Secret Weapon
    by Anthony Moukarzel on January 12, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Once upon a time, a small, undrafted player signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning and went on to play in the NHL. Sound familiar? It’s happened a few times with the Lightning organization. See: Tyler Johnson, Cory Conacher, Jonathan Marchessault, and some guy named Martin St. Louis. Yanni Gourde is another one of those diamonds […]