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Translation: Nikita Kucherov tells Sport-express, “I don’t want to miss playoffs any time in my career”

"I don’t want to watch other teams fight for the Stanley Cup."

Transcript: Lecavalier says Tampa is “a legit hockey town”

Former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavelier talks about his jersey retirement, his relationship with Martin St. Louis, and why he loves the city of Tampa.

Transcript: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has high expectations this season

Transcribed for accessibility. Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman discusses training camp and expectations for the upcoming season.

Translation: Tampa Bay Lightning’s Alexey Lipanov talks about the draft and Dominik Hasek in old man’s socks

"[Yzerman] is collecting Russians again."

Translation: Ondrej Palat, “If Drouin wasn’t traded, it might have been me or Johnson”

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat discusses his new contract, the core of the team, and his thoughts on Steve Yzerman’s decision to trade Jonathan Drouin.

Mikhail Sergachev: “I was upset by the trade at first, but my parents supported me”

“I’ve graduated from college, now I’m planning to get higher education. I’m going to apply to the Faculty of Law.”

Transcript: Dan Girardi on his role with the Lightning, “I think [Yzerman] has me in the top four”

Transcribed for accessibility: Dan Girardi talks about joining the Tampa Bay Lightning, leaving the New York Rangers, his health, and his future on the Bolts blue line.

Translation: Tampa Bay Lightning’s Alexey Lipanov in his draft day interview

“I know that it’s warm in Tampa and that there is ocean!”

Transcript: Al Murray discusses Tampa Bay Lightning’s picks in the 2017 NHL entry draft

Transcribed for accessibility. Tampa Bay Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray discusses the 2017 NHL entry draft, Sergachev’s abilities, and the collective effort of the scouting staff.

Transcript: Yzerman says Sergachev, Koekkoek will get opportunity to replace Garrison

Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman discusses the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, his off-season plans for the team, and the value of Victor Hedman as a mentor for Mikhail Sergachev.

Transcript: Yzerman “hopeful” Sergachev will play for Lightning next year

Transcribed for accessibility. Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman discusses trading Jonathan Drouin to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defensive prospect Mikhail Sergachev.

Transcript: Jon Cooper on the struggles of last season, “I think we really grew as a group”

Transcribed for accessibility. Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper discusses the All-Star Game, World Championships, and the importance of continued growth as a coach.

Video: Victor Hedman’s pregame ritual — sticks, skates, and salt

Tampa Bay Lightning and Team Sweden defenseman Victor Hedman talks about how many sticks he uses in a season, sharing the ice with Peter Forsberg, and the toughest opponent in the NHL.

Transcript: Yzerman on player traits, “Number one, good character is really important”

Transcribed for accessibility. Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman discusses the Syracuse Crunch playoff run, the qualities he looks for in players, and the goalie situation next season.

Translation: Anton Strålman’s long journey to victory

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Strålman has waited a very long time to be a winner. “It feels fantastic. Now I’m no longer a [expletive] loser.”

Transcript: Hedman on winning gold, “It’s an unbelievable feeling”

Transcribed for accessibility. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman talks about the emotions of winning his first championship as a member of Team Sweden.

Transcript: Yzerman on Kucherov, “He’s an elite player”

Transcribed for accessibility. Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman discusses defensive lapses this season, the growth of Andrei Vasilevskiy, and Nikita Kucherov’s status as an “elite forward.”

Transcript: Jon Cooper says USA Hockey didn't ask him to coach at Worlds

Transcribed for accessibility. Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper talks Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, the IIHF World Championships, and missing the NHL playoffs

Bob McKenzie says there was a deal to trade Drouin for Shattenkirk

Transcribed for accessibility. Hockey insider Bob McKenzie shares his thoughts on the future of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the possibility of trading Jonathan Drouin.

Exit Interview: Steven Stamkos, Hedman “one of the best defensemen in the world”

Transcribed for accessibility. Steven Stamkos talks about the core of the Tampa Bay Lightning, his frustrating history with injuries, and the leadership of Victor Hedman.

Exit Interview: Steve Yzerman, “I don’t think injuries are the reason we did not make the playoffs”

Transcribed for accessibility. Steve Yzerman discusses early season defensive breakdowns, roster decisions, the emergence of young players, Stamkos’s recovery, and his perspective on mental fatigue.

Exit Interview: Jon Cooper, “We’re all a part of this, myself included”

Transcribed for accessibility. Jon Cooper talks about ending the season in April, the importance of Steven Stamkos, and growing from this experience.

Exit Interview: Victor Hedman, “You can’t fall too far behind”

Transcribed for accessibility. Victor Hedman talks about coming up short this season, the contributions of young players, and his belief in this team moving forward.

Exit Interview: Nikita Kucherov, “We didn’t make the playoffs, that’s the big thing”

Transcribed for accessibility. Nikita Kucherov is not particularly excited about hitting the 40-goal mark and he says nice things about Brayden Point.

Exit Interview: Andrej Sustr, “There’s definitely going to be some evaluation”

Transcribed for accessibility. Andrej Sustr reflects on the season and the importance of younger players getting NHL experience

Exit Interview: Ondrej Palat, “You can’t make the playoffs if you’re not going to play the whole season”

Transcribed for accessibility. Ondrej Palat talks about the frustration of missing the playoffs and the emergence of Brayden Point and Jonathan Drouin.

Exit Interview: Alex Killorn, “There’s got to be more urgency”

Transcribed for accessibility. Alex Killorn talks about the season, the energy of young players, and his belief that the Lightning don’t need to drastically change the roster.

Exit Interview: Tyler Johnson, “This is a crummy feeling”

Transcribed for accessibility. Tyler Johnson talks about the season, his injury, and his hopes of returning to the Tampa Bay Lightning next year.

Transcript: Yanni Gourde's unlikely journey to the NHL

Transcribed for accessibility: Yanni Gourde talks about his winding path through the ECHL, AHL, and now finally into the NHL.

Transcript: Stamkos says “Today was probably the best day yet”

Transcribed for accessibility. Steven Stamkos gives an update on the status of his injury and talks about being inspired by the players.

Transcript: Steve Yzerman talks playoffs, injuries, and the emergence of Nikita Kucherov

Transcribed for accessibility. Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman discusses the Bolts playoff push, injuries affecting the team, and superstar Russian winger Nikita Kucherov.

Transcript: Steve Yzerman bids farewell to Joe Louis Arena

Transcribed for accessibility. Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman reminisces about his long history with the Detroit Red Wings and the significance of Joe Louis Arena.