The Lightning’s season may have ended in early April but, as with any sports team, enthusiasts have stayed busy speculating what changes the off-season might bring via message boards and Twitter. With less than 48 hours remaining before the start of free agency (noon on July 1) that interest is only going to intensify as… Read More


Earlier today two highly touted Lightning prospects, 2011 2nd round pick Nikita Kucherov and 2012 1st rounder Andrei Vasilevski, were both selected in the Canadian Hockey League’s annual Import Draft. Kucherov went first, chosen 43rd overall by the Quebec Ramparts of the QMJHL, while Vasilevski went off the board when selected 69th overall by the the Mississauga Steelheads.… Read More


Earlier today the Lightning announced it had retained the negotiating rights to five restricted free agents while forgoing the same opportunity with two: Qualified 2011-2012 Cap Hit Not Qualified 2011-2012 Cap Hit Keith Aulie $733,333 Mike Kostka $525,000 Jaroslav Janus $658,333 Benoit Pouliot $1,100,000 Brian Lee $875,000 Brian Mikkelson $721,875 Evan Oberg $1,562,500 It shouldn’t… Read More


On Saturday, the Lightning completed a trade that sent their 5th round pick in this weekend’s draft and the rights to Michel Ouellet to the Bruins in exchange for the rights to Benoit Pouliot, 25, a forward and first-round pick of the Minnesota Wild in 2005. Benoit Pouliot Pouliot, who scored 16 goals, 16 assists… Read More