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Lightning Round: The trade talks intensify around the league

Are Alex Killorn or Tyler Johnson being traded?

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Tampa Bay Lightning Victory Rally & Boat Parade Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Lightning celebration have cooled off a little bit and moved to the player’s private parties, however some videos are still leaking to the public. On the second day after the Stanley Cup victory, the Lightning players went to the golf course and we can assume that Alex Killorn has become a first Stanley Cup winner who jumped into that pond.

Yesterday the team visited a restaurant in Tampa and as you can see Yanni Gourde had a great time.

Meanwhile Jon Cooper and Julien BriseBois brought the Stanley Cup to the Tampa Police Department

Joe Smith of the Athletic took a look at potential assets which the Lightning can move to clear some cap space [The Athletic, paid content]

The Lightning have to decide who their untouchables are, like captain Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman, Brayden Point and Andrei Vasilevskiy, for starters. Then they need to figure out which prospects can step in for departed players, like Mitchell Stephens, Alex Volkov, Mathieu Joseph, Carter Verhaeghe or Cal Foote.

You can find two Lightning players on the TSN’s trade bait list: Tyler Johnson is ranked 18th and Alex Killorn is situated one place below him. In my opinion, Killorn is most obvious candidate after scoring his record high 26 goals in 68 regular season games and given his modified no-trade clause, unlike Johnson who has to agree on waiving a full no-trade clause if the Lightning management wants to move him.

Around the Hockey

Meanwhile the Vegas Golden Knights presented their third jersey. According the official press release it’s the first all-metallic gold jersey in the history of the league.

Reportedly Devan Dubnyk might get traded to the San Jose Sharks. He spent previous six seasons with Minnesota Wild. Ryan Donato is also a part of those trade talks

The Florida Panthers defenceman Josh Brown has been traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for the 4th round overall pick.

The Vancouver Canucks are considered as one of the favourites in race for the Arizona Coyotes defeceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson

The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed forward Denis Malgin for the league minimum contract of $700,000. He joined the Leafs before the Trade Deadline in February and played in eight regular season games with the team.

Per Pierre LeBrun the Dallas Stars hope to re-sign a goaltender Anton Khudobin after his stunning performance in the Stanley Cup playoffs

Some positive news in light of COVID-19 pandemic: Switzerland allowed events with more than 1000 people since October 1st. Around 5000 people attended yesterday’s game between ZSC Lions and HC Fribourg-Gottéron

At the same time the Czech Extraliga decided to play two weeks with zero attendance after the Czech government declared state of emergency for the second time this year.

The start of the regular season in the German DEL league is postponed to the second week of December

A World champion and Olympic gold medalist Sami Jo Small visited a Burn It All Down podcast to talk about her experience during the pandemic.