Lightning Round: Steven Stamkos hits playoff milestone and JT Brown signs in Seattle
The Bolts have rewritten the history books the last two years.
After last night’s 8-0 party against the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos moved into third place in all-time franchise playoff points. He passed former teammate Martin St. Louis who was on 68 points and is now sitting with 71. Stamkos is now behind his two teammates, Nikita Kucherov (122) and Victor Hedman (86) who both blasted by the record in the last two postseasons..
Steven Stamkos also registered his 69th career playoff point with the opening goal in Game 5 to pass Martin St. Louis and take over sole possession of third place among Tampa Bay's all-time postseason scoring leaders. #Bolts #NYIvsTBL— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) June 22, 2021
I think it would be a good time for me to repeat: Nikita Kucherov has 122 playoff points in 106 playoff games. Depending on your games played cutoff, he’s top 10 in playoff points per game in the entire NHL all time.
St. Louis’ tally in 63 games has also been caught by Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point, who each have 68 career playoff points. Palat has it in 108 games, while Point has it in only 60. I’m thinking the next game is going to be pretty nice.
Also in the top-10 of franchise scoring is Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson, which just goes to show how incredible and sustained the success for this team has been. All the record books have been rewritten and it doesn’t feel like anyone’s going to stop them anytime soon. Knock on wood.
Mat Barzal was given five and a game for his late high hit on Jan Rutta. It’s unclear whether he’ll receive supplemental discipline from DoPS. It’ll be eight games if they mistake his name for Kadri or maybe a $5k fine, “maximum allowable under the CBA.”
Rutta's hurting after Barzal cross checks him in the face. A major is called, the play is reviewed, and the final decision is a five minute major + a game misconduct for cross-checking. pic.twitter.com/9HgKmhczJz— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) June 22, 2021
JBB and the Lightning issued a statement mourning the sudden loss of former Lightning assistant GM Tom Kurvers, who played for the Devils, Leafs, and Islanders among other teams in the 80s and 90s.
Julien BriseBois on remembering Tom Kurvers: pic.twitter.com/el4MeKOa08— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 21, 2021
Former Tampa Bay Lightning winger and fan favourite JT Brown has officially retired from playing hockey to now become the TV Color Analyst for the Seattle Kraken, alongside John Forslund.
I would like to formally announce my retirement from professional hockey.— JT Brown (@JTBrown23) June 21, 2021
Ok, now I would like to formally announce that I am coming out of retirement and joining the @SeattleKraken as TV Color Analyst. Let’s go Kraken! pic.twitter.com/VcHCYY2eGm
Congratulations to JT and Dr. Brown!
dropping some wholesome content on your TL of our new color analyst @jtbrown23 & his fam for #nationalselfieday 🥺💙 pic.twitter.com/O7td4Xlkes— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) June 21, 2021
The NHL has sent out two season schedules for 2021-22, one with the Winter Olympics as part of the season, and one without. The league is still negotiating with the IOC and IIHF over whether NHL players will go or not.
The NHL will be sending a draft of the new schedule to all teams this week. Season in planning to start on October 12th.— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) June 21, 2021
In fact, they will be sending 2 drafts. One with Olympics in… and one with Olympics out.
The Buffalo Sabres want as many as six pieces in return for Jack Eichel.
What do Sabres want for Eichel? GMs are shocked by the ask.— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) June 22, 2021
"They want six components for Eichel...SIX!” one exec told @MurphysLaw74. More here: https://t.co/2pbtC3wLyQ
Here is the injury exemption list for the Seattle Expansion Draft. Marian Gaborik and Anders Nilsson are exempt for the Lightning, although both are UFAs and weren’t going to factor into the team’s decisions anyway.
The league has identified 18 players that are exempt from the Expansion Draft due to Injury— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 21, 2021
All 18 players are displayed below
Keep in mind pending UFAs who've already announced retirement are included as their contracts don't expire until Free Agencyhttps://t.co/DP5mKUfZ26 pic.twitter.com/wAx63gC1hs