Tampa Bay Lightning GM and former Detroit Red Wing Steve Yzerman comments on the passing of NHL legend Gordie Howe


"It was very saddening to hear the news of Gordie's passing this morning. He has been an icon not only in Detroit, but throughout the entire hockey world for as long as I can remember. As one of the greatest players to ever play in the NHL, the majority of his career being in Detroit, it was an honor to wear the same uniform, spend time with, laugh, joke and seek advice from him. Gordie's humility and kindness left a permanent impression on me, greatly influencing how I tried to conduct myself throughout my career. "His impact on the Red Wings organization is still evident today. I travel the world and constantly hear stories from people who love the Wings and share memories of the glory days when Gordie and his teammates ruled the NHL. For all players fortunate enough to play for the Wings, we should take time to thank and honor Gordie, for he is a significant reason why Detroit is such a special place to play. "To Gordie's surviving family, I offer my sincere condolences, in particular to his son Mark, my former teammate and colleague, who cannot help but remind me of his father every time I see him."

-- Steve Yzerman, remarks released through the Tampa Bay Lightning

Stamkos operation dubbed a success


"Everything went as expected for Steven today," said Dr. Illig after the procedure. "We plan to re-evaluate him in about two weeks and we should know more about his prognosis at that time."

-- Dr. Karl Illig Taken from the Lightning's official press release

"Steven Stamkos Will Not Be Traded" -- Steve Yzerman


"As February 29th approaches, I am stating today that Steven Stamkos will not be traded before the NHL’s trade deadline. I have said repeatedly that it is our hope to reach an agreement with Steven on a new contract at some point, and with 27 games remaining in the season, our entire organization, Steven included, wants to focus on making the playoffs. I will keep the negotiating process strictly between the involved parties and have no further comment on the state of those negotiations."

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, in a press release from the Lightning.

Official statement from Steve Yzerman regarding Jonathan Drouin


"We acknowledge, via communication from his agent, Jonathan Drouin’s request to be traded. Moving forward, my sole intention is to act in the best interest of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey club. In the meantime, Jonathan has been assigned to our American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, and we expect him to report for practice with the rest of his teammates this Tuesday morning."

Steve Yzerman, sent out in a press release from the Tampa Bay Lightning organization

QuoteShot: Family and the Stamkos contract


Steven Stamkos still hasn’t signed in Tampa Bay, but the fact his parents have moved to the area has left a lot of people believing he will re-sign with the Lightning ...

Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun

Take it with a grain of salt by way of the source, but it's rare that remarks from Toronto would suggest Steven Stamkos is staying.



"We have sent an advisory to our Clubs to be on heightened alert given today's events in Paris," Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.

NHL issues security advisory in the wake of Paris attack

Marty speaks


I know there were plenty of people who were very hurt and angry when I left the Lightning, but it was just the right time for something new for my family and me. It was one of the most difficult choices of my career, but I’ve never been scared of tough decisions. Being scared of making a decision should never be what stops you from making the right one.

Martin St. Louis, The Players Tribune



They’re both really powerful guys. Similar in that way. Marty…more of a playmaker. I’d say Tyler…more of a shooter. But, yeah, there are similarities between them, for sure. Again, they’re both really thick, powerfully built guys. So, they’re not necessarily tall…but they’re very, very strong.

GM Steve Yzerman comparing Tyler Johnson and Martin St. Louis -- Naples Herald. It's a lengthy feature interview touching on subjects of the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals, the 2015 draft, and the Detroit Red Wings among other things.

Lightning prospect Brayden Point at the end of the World Junior Showcase


"Obviously, it’s early in the year," Point said. "But, at the same time, this camp is pretty important to make a good first impression. I think a lot of guys did that. It’s good to contribute offensively … obviously, the formula we had (at the 2015 world juniors) worked so we are going to stick to that."

Calgary Herald

Jon Cooper on Ryan Callahan's availability


"He’s feeling really good,’’ Cooper said [...]. "The way medical practices are today, it’s much easier to come back from them than in the past. We got to it before anything really bad could have happened. Who knows? Stranger things have happened — he’s a pretty tough kid.’’

Head coach John Cooper not declaring Ryan Callahan out for tonight’s game