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Lightning Round: two-time Stanley Cup Champions announce when single-game tickets will be on sale

and Athletic stories on how good the Lightning are at their Cap.

2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five
TAMPA, FLORIDA - JULY 07: Pat Maroon #14 of the Tampa Bay Lightning raises his arms to the fans after their 1-0 victory in Game Five of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final to win the series four games to one against the Montreal Canadiens at Amalie Arena on July 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.
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Come watch the 2021 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning in person next season. Single-game tickets go online at 10am next Thursday (Aug 19th).

Dom ranked all 31 NHL teams based on their overall contract efficiency. Basically, which GM is best at managing a clean cap sheet and are finding value for their money. After the first 10 teams (of which the Lightning are top-7) it’s pretty much a fight to not have big, dead contracts on the books, or completely washed players on big deals. Thankfully, the Lightning have neither, hence why they’re so high up.

Joe Smith had his own article talking about how the Lightning have always found a way to manage the cap and solve problems that come up on a nearly yearly basis.

Yahoo Sports writes about how the Lightning have had the luxury of a seemingly endless pipeline of talent (thank you Syracuse Crunch) to keep the championship window open for the better part of a decade. And it’s not expected to close anytime soon. [Yahoo Sports]

“Part of that is having a core of superstars in Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Victor Hedman, and Andrei Vasilevskiy. Players like that are always going to keep you in the conversation among Cup contenders. But the Lightning also have had a seemingly endless pipeline of talent that has kept the complementary positions fully stocked.”

Rick Westhead has more on the Chicago hockey team scandal. Content warning for what’s below.

The Solar Bears signed forward Jackson Keane yesterday.