Moment of levity:
If you miss the Tampa Bay Lightning’s clutch-and-grab style under Guy Boucher, I’m happy to report he brought it with him to Ottawa.— Cory Lavalette (@corylav) February 25, 2017
It's late, but Lightning finds a fun, winning vibe. "[I]t was two blunt team meetings in early January that sparked the Lightning's turnaround, resetting its standards and instilled needed accountability. Tampa Bay has pointed in 12 of the last 18 games, 10 of which were on the road." [Tampa Bay Times]
Did the Lightning miss out on Kevin Shattenkirk? "So it shouldn't be a huge surprise that the two clubs were linked in an interesting report Thursday night that Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk nixed a potential deal to the Lightning six weeks ago. TSN's Bob McKenzie was first to report it, with Blues beat writer Jeremy Rutherford confirming that Shattenkirk turned down what would have been a seven-year, $42 million deal with Tampa Bay." [Tampa Bay Times]
Shattenkirk balked at earlier trade proposal; Blues still shopping him. "In addition to Hall, when he was with the Oilers, they’ve been linked to Lightning players such as Jonathan Drouin and Tyler Johnson. But as a rental, Shattenkirk’s worth on the trade market has been speculated as a first-round pick, a top prospect and perhaps lesser-tier NHL player." [St. Louis Today]
Surging Lightning could strike before the trade deadline, while Detroit isn't shopping Mike Green. "Every game also influences potential decisions on the team's pending unrestricted free agents, including Ben Bishop and Brian Boyle -- and perhaps other trade scenarios." [ESPN]
Ben Bishop Isn’t Right for the Calgary Flames. “While I know Bishop is one of the better goaltenders in the NHL, there just doesn’t seem to be a reason for the Flames to make any move for him.” [M&G]
Congrats, Tampa Bay Lightning marketing team!
2nd Annual Hall of Fame Winner: Tampa Bay Lightning. "The American Marketing Association of Tampa Bay will honor the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Award during the Marketer of the Year ceremony on March 2nd. This award acknowledges a commitment to excellence as a local brand in Tampa Bay. Eric Blankenship, VP of Marketing, will accept the award at the event." [AMATB]
You know what? Let’s just look pictures.
Roberto Luongo is playing in his 964th NHL game, passing Ed Belfour (963) for sole possession of fourth on the all-time games played list. pic.twitter.com/Xw17vSnRU4— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 25, 2017
World, please meet Baby Gudas pic.twitter.com/LdkdhEHS3u— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) February 25, 2017
OK, one article.
Mats Zuccarello proud to be part of NHL’s LGBTQ initiative. “I think it’s important to promote the awareness that everyone should be accepted for who they are, no matter what their sexuality is,” Zuccarello told The Post before the Rangers’ 2-1 shootout win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. “People should be able to do what they love, they shouldn’t be looked at as different." [NY Post]