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NHL / NHLPA close on realignment

This new plan appears TV friendly and could boost the ratings locally and nationally.

Lightning attendance among league best

The 2013 season has seen every Lightning home game announced as a sellout and puts the Bolts near the top of the NHL in attendance.

2013 NHL season opener: A splash of cold water

Not everyone is absolutely thrilled that the NHL is back. Some of us just aren't able to muster up the same kind of enthusiasm as others.

Vinik addresses the fans

Continuing a trend of NHL owners addressing fans on Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning released a statement from team owner Jeff Vinik.

Mixed feelings as NHL hockey resumes

It's your thing. Do what you want to do.

Resolution

You'll see hype, you'll see collective sighs of relief, you'll see rejoicing... But don't get caught up in the revelry. The NHL has aggrieved you, the fans, and an end to the lockout doesn't even begin to make amends.

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Tampa Bay Lightning contracts / salary cap situation at the moment

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With the revelations that have leaked out this morning regarding the 2013 NHL CBA negotiations and the potential for two amnesty buyouts (which have not been detailed to clarify the rules of such buyouts), here's the current status of the Lightning against the NHL salary cap for this season.

2012 NHL Lockout Diary: Day 1,415,893*: Implosion

Talks collapse and so does the hockey world.

An open letter to Jeff Vinik

A respectful plea for compromise, for reconciliation, and an end to the 2012 NHL lockout.

The lockout is sapping morale

The best way tod iscribe fans continuing displeasure is to site the fact the ongoing labor strife has rid the NHL fanbase of any positive morale.

NHL lockout grievances

This is purely my own opinion, but...wow, do we all suck at this NHL lockout thing or what?

Another day, another 2012 NHL Lockout diary

What if the NHL and NHLPA threw a party and I went and watched the Syracuse Crunch instead?

Winter Classic cancellation sparks apathy

The NHL may have lost the Winter Classic but it doesn't mean as much as you might think.

Vinik drops Channelside bid

The Tampa Bay Lightning owner and his partners walk away from Anglo-Irish Bank, who controls the foreclosed property.

What Changed?

Months of posturing and rhetoric and hard-line stances have given away to what should have been a starting point in labor negotiation talks between the NHL and NHLPA. So what changed that led to the league dropping it's hardline stance?

2012 NHL Lockout: Searching for signs of hope

Searching for a sign that the 2012 NHL lockout will cease sooner rather than later,

2012 NHL CBA: Ownership wants more, revisited

Between a New York Post report and an anonymous owner's suggestion the league is losing money, the notion NHL owners are out to simply dominate labor and the NHL Players Association rings true once again.

2012 NHL CBA: Passion without unity

While fan discontent is bubbling over at the threat of a NHL work stoppage, the discontent lacks teeth because fans lack unity and organization.

2012 NHL CBA: Arguing against an oft talked about subject

Though it's been thrown out by idle fans over the years, contract restructuring and renegotiation in the 2012 NHL labor negotiations does not seem like it a discussed subject.

2012 NHL CBA: Movement, but is it progress?

NHL ownership made a fresh offer to the Players Association on Tuesday. It's movement, it's a dialogue but is it progress?

2012 NHL CBA: If the season doesn't start on time....

If the NHL season doesn't start on time, there are options to get your hockey fix in and around Tampa. And if the NHL does start late, then the league likely has a plan for that already.

2012 NHL CBA: How the fans could help the NHLPA

The NHLPA is trying to prevent being locked out and NHL fans are upset and feeling powerless about it. But maybe both groups can help each other out.

2012 NHL CBA: Put on hold by Gary's Game

It's a game of egos, greed and hubris. It's Gary's Game. One that's commanded by NHL Owners (overseen by Commissioner Gary Bettman) that threatens to hold both fans and staff hostage for the foreseeable future.

2012 NHL CBA: Ownership wants more

NHL ownership got everything they wanted in the 2004-05 lockout with thanks to a weak union. In 2012, ownership once again cries poverty in the wake of posting record revenues and awarding gargantuan cotnracts.

An open letter to Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr

Procrastination, posturing and propoganda will not solve what owners and the Players Association will discuss during forthcoming labor negotiations.

It's time to worry about the start of the 2012-13 NHL season...unless it isn't

It's hard to tell at this point whether or not fans should be concerend about how the negotiations between the NHL and its players are going to go.

Off Topic: Vinik favored bidder for Channelside Bay Plaza

Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's aspiration to purchase Channelside Bay Plaza seems closer to reality.

The Cold War

No urgency is on display with the looming expiration of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement with the Players Association.

Seattle may end up with an NHL team after all

Seattle has long been a place that the NHL has wanted a team. But for many years, that seemed like a pipe dream. Until yesterday.

Florida football fans: It's hockey to the rescue!

Football is king in Florida. The king is dead; long live the king (Hockey).

It was fun while it lasted, but it's time to regain some perspective

The Tampa Bay Lightning played an unusual game with the Philadelphia Flyers in Tampa, but that's no reason to believe that there's anything wrong with the game of hockey in the NHL.

Lightning announce promotional partnership with Tampa International Airport

The Tampa Bay Lightning have entered a promotional partnership with Tampa International Airport.