When the Tampa Bay Lightning traded Jonathan Drouin to the Montreal Canadiens for Mikhail Sergachev back on June 15, 2017, they did so with the hope that the teenage defenseman would be competing for NHL ice-time in the 2017-18 season. Not only did Sergachev grab hold of a roster spot coming out of training camp, he
Needless to say, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh had a rough first two games against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Final. In those games, he posted no points and was minus-3, while being a catalyst for multiple goals against due to poor decision-making with the puck. After two noticeably bad games in
In their recent letter to fans, the New York Rangers discussed how they are ready to start the rebuilding process at this trade deadline. With this declaration, recent trade rumors linking the Tampa Bay Lightning to Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh suddenly seem more plausible. …Both teams appear to looking at the usual (trade bait) suspects.
A major part of why the Tampa Bay Lightning have played so well this season is their continuously improving defense. Heading into the 2017-18 season, the Lightning appeared to have a very average defensive corps, sans Norris Trophy candidate Victor Hedman and defensive stalwart Anton Stralman. While the Lightning could easily lean on those two
The Tampa Bay Lightning are taking on the league one team at a time and at this rate, they should have no problem winning the Stanley Cup — or at least being Stanley Cup contenders. Last year at this time, the Lightning had won five of nine games with a cumulative 27 goals scored. This year,
Mikhail Sergachev played in his 10th game of the season on Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes which means that the Tampa Bay Lightning have decided to use up the first year of the 19-year-old’s entry-level contract this season. The rookie defenseman has fit in nicely on the Lightning’s roster and deserves to play in
For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the start to the 2017-18 season has, arguably, been the best case scenario. The team picked up right where they left off at the end of last season, and, in many regards, look even better than the team that almost snuck into the playoffs. Through their first 10 games, the Lightning
Three division titles in the last five seasons don’t just fade away, as far the Montreal Canadiens and their fans should be concerned. Entering 2017-18 as the reigning Atlantic Division champions, the Habs still have most of the same core intact from that team. More than Just Carey Price Granted, that team blew a tire