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Peter Budaj to wear No. 31

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Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli hosts arts and crafts day with kids

1.21 Gigawatts

A group specifically to dump FanShots in for non gameday coverage.

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Three Years After the Alignment, Are Road Trips Travel-Friendly for the Bolts?


Watch: Drouin knocked out of game; de Haan won’t get supplemental discipline

But Ryan Callahan makes the Islander pay.

Watch: JT Brown scores his first of the season on a shorthanded breakaway

When it rains, it pours.

Victor Hedman and Sedins invest in hometown rinks

Hailing from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, Hedman and the Sedins have committed money to building two new ice rinks.

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When The Play Slows Down (Translated from Le Journal de Montréal)

Now into his third season in the NHL, Jonathan Drouin seems to develop his own slow motion ability.

Drouin with a beauty of a rocket against Toronto Maple Leafs

On the second half of a double-minor penalty, Drouin scores with a top shelf rocket!

Kalamazoo Wings Weekend Preview

The K-Wings open up their home schedule on Friday.

Former Lightning player Evgeny Artyukhin KOs Valeri Nichuskin in KHL Fight

Our old friend Artoo KOs former Dallas Star in an entertaining scrap.

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The Great One sits down with Stephen Colbert

Wayne Gretzky, ever so humble, visited The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to discuss his nickname, Gordie Howe and his new book "99: Stories of the Game."

Kalamazoo signs former first-round pick Tyler Biggs

The big forward is the second high-round pick acquired by the K-Wings this week

Stamkos’ special hands

Few players in the league can finish a goal like Steven Stamkos.

Dulcie Mishkin to walk for breast cancer research

Mishkin, a breast cancer survivor, will take part in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Saturday, October 22.

Syracuse assigns two players to Kalamazoo

Adam Comrie and Brian Hart are sent westward for more playing time

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Vasy cometh... because he can't stand the KHL

Interesting quote from Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. There are many big names at the moment (read: Pavel Datsyuk) who contrast this form of opinion... At least for the moment.

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The best 'where were you when Stamkos re-signed' story

Recently, we posed the question: Where were you when Steven Stamkos re-signed with the Lightning? From being in Sweden (!!!) to being glued to the NHL Network (same) to being at work (ugh, #work), we'll remember where we were on the afternoon of June 29. Among all the answers, one stood out from the rest. And it's from the Lightning's own vice president of marketing! Here's the full set of tweets from above.

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Johnson, Killorn and all the cliches in "NHL Interview 101"

Good effort. Played hard. Get pucks in deep. You've heard your favorite players speak in circles and cliches, but not quite like this. Sportsnet's cliche compilation video features Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Guy Boucher, John Tortorella and more saying all the same things, and it's amusing to see it all together. It is what it is!

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The AHL's Board of Governors has concluded their Annual Meeting

Among the highlights: There are no changes to the North Division, where the Syracuse Crunch currently resides. Also, some teams will continue to play less games. However, the crossover rule has been eliminated. The governors also have enacted new jersey rules for home and away colors. In addition, there are new "staged fighting" rules, a new icing rule, and the elimination of the "dry scrape" of the ice prior to OT.

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Paul Bissonette aka BizNasty gives a shoutout to Tampa

The almost always entertaining Paul Bissonnette, who's better known as @BizNasty responded to a follower who wondered why anyone (Steven Stamkos) would choose to play in a place where "no1 cares" (Tampa). We thank Biz for setting the record straight! Check out the tweet on the web to see some of the replies from other s on Twitter.

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Yzerman: "He wants to win"

In a way, this actually creates a question of how things have progressed to this point in time-- the delay in Stamkos re-signing, I mean. The direction of the Tampa Bay Lightning seems to be a correct one for the want to win.

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Braydon Point on Brett Howden

It stood out with Brett Howden upon his seleciton from the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL this past weekend: He was a teammate of Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Braydon Point (who will be playing for the Syracuse Crunch this coming season).

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2016-17 Tampa Bay Lightning home opener announced

The full schedule for next season is slated to be announced at 1 PM EDT on June 21st. The Lightning home opener being against an Atlantic Division rival adds weight to the game.

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Consider this a Public Service Announcement from Ryan Callahan

If you've written the man in the mail, keep your eyes peeled... You'll be hearing back from him.

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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 th...
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NHL '17 cover status tournament: Victor Hedman could use your support!

Help Victor Hedman advance to the 2nd round of NHL '17 cover voting!

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The magic number for the Tampa Bay Lightning

Boyle's remarks are worth a chuckle but it is quizzical just what the Lightning need, to officially make the playoffs.

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Jonathan Drouin press conference in Syracuse

A day after Jonathan Drouin's suspension was lifted by the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, Drouin returned to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL to participate in team activities. He spoke with media as well. Some remarks can be seen as Drouin trying to correct a conduct wrong, it can also be read plainly as Drouin trying to right his value after hurting himself on the trade market. Whatever the case, it's his reintroduction at Syracuse. Now what?

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The Raw Charge of #DistantThunder

Writer and wunderkind Clark Brooks got to meet #DistantThunder personality and long-time Raw Charge community member Rafael Amarante last night. Rafael got a lot of face time around the building... And got to Be the Thunder up close. His usual place of roaring like thunder is from Brazil.

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Bob McKenzie's take on the leading candidate to land Jonathan Drouin

There's missing context here of where this was said, but it should not be a surprise that McKenzie is in the dark with Drouin suitors and what GM Steve Yzerman favors.

I do recommend following Today's Slapshot's Chris Nichols on Twitter. While he pulls quotes off radio and from elsewhere form prominent media names, it isn't always clear where they were speaking at the time.

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Valentines Day humor

I don't think the translation of the caption is right, but it is funny.

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Pierre LeBrum gives update on Drouin interest

Stick tap / hat tip to Bolt Prospects. Interest may wane as Steve Yzerman holds steady. There's no necessity in trading Jonathan Drouin besides the desires of Jonathan Drouin.

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Eyes at War Memorial in Syracuse< NY

Of course there are two teams at play tonight in the Onondaga War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, but with how things have progressed in the last six days, you can get an inkling that this corps might be examining Jonathan Drouin more than who is on the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals AHL affiliate).