Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year contract extension for $9.5 per season. The Russian native is signed through the 2026-27 season. A two-time NHL All-Star, Kucherov scored 39 goals last season.
Former Tampa Bay Lightning star Martin St. Louis joined New Jersey Devils goalie legend Martin Brodeur, two former Olympic gold medalists, former NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL's first black player named 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame members.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the expansion Vegas Golden Knights are a success story, not a Cinderella story. Tampa Bay can meet Vegas in the Stanley Cup finals with a Game 6 win in the Eastern Conference finals on Monday, May 21, 2018.
Anthony Cirelli's last-second goal during the Tampa Bay Lightning's 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final on Thursday, May 17, 2018, cost under bettors. The over/under was set at either 5.5 or 6.
The NHL announced the Eastern Conference Final schedule for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals. There are James Taylor and Justin Timberlake concerts planned during the series at Tampa's Amalie Arena, but there isn't a conflict.
Three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Nashville forward James Neal and Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen were among the high-profile players made available on Sunday for the Vegas Golden Knights to select in the NHL expansion draft.