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Lingering questions for all 32 NHL teams heading into training camp: Goaltending, lineup, injuries, more

But now that fall is officially set to begin on Thursday, it’s also time for training camps around the NHL to open, as we look ahead to opening night of the season on Oct. 11. To help get you ready for the next few weeks — as teams decide on which players make the roster, […]

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Tampa Bay Lightning denied three-peat by Colorado Avalanche but adamant ‘it’s not the end of our run’

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning fell short of the first Stanley Cup three-peat since 1983 — but they don’t believe their dynasty has crumbled. “Who said we’re done?” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said after his team’s 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night. […]

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Colorado Avalanche pull Darcy Kuemper from Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final, noncommittal on goalie’s status for Game 4 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Kuemper allowed five goals on 22 shots before getting the hook midway through the second period. He was replaced by Pavel Francouz, who made nine saves on 10 shots. The Avalanche lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 is here Wednesday, and Colorado coach Jared Bednar didn’t put his weight behind Kuemper to start that […]

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Tampa Bay Lightning rue effort in Game 1 loss: ‘We weren’t our best’

DENVER — Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said “the right team won” Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but that he believes the Colorado Avalanche haven’t seen anything close to his players’ best effort yet. “Give them credit for pulling it out,” Cooper said after the Avs won 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday […]

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Like father like son: How former pros helped their sons make it in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB

That’s certainly the trend in professional sports. More than a few players in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB have followed in the footsteps of their dads. In fact, in three of those four sports, the number of second-generation players has increased notably this century. The NHL tops the list as 6.1% of players who […]

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Unheralded Nick Paul steals show in Game 7 as Tampa Bay Lightning eliminate Toronto Maple Leafs

Tampa Bay could have let the chance at a third straight Stanley Cup slip away. The Lightning were scoreless in the first period of Game 7 against Toronto on Saturday trying to close out their first-round playoff series when forward Brayden Point went hard into the boards in the Maple Leafs’ zone and his right […]

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2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: Why the Lightning’s three-peat quest will be so difficult

“We’re going for three.” The last time an NHL team won three straight Stanley Cups was from 1981-83, as part of the New York Islanders’ run of four straight championships. “‘We’re going for three.’ To say that out loud is kind of crazy,” Cooper told ESPN, before his team’s first-round playoff series against the Toronto […]

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NHL trade deadline tracker: Latest updates on deals, rumors and grades for 2022

The NHL’s 2022 trade deadline has passed, with a flurry of moves to review. On Nov. 4, the Buffalo Sabres traded franchise center Jack Eichel to the Vegas Golden Knights for Peyton Krebs, Alex Tuch and a pair of draft picks. Then, on Feb. 14, the Calgary Flames landed scoring winger Tyler Toffoli from the […]

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Tampa Bay Lightning maneuver around salary-cap roadblock, add Nick Paul from Ottawa Senators

The Lightning acquired forward Nick Paul from the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night for Mathieu Joseph and a 2024 fourth-round pick. The cap-strapped Lightning upgraded again up front thanks to Ottawa retaining 44.5% of Paul’s salary for the remainder of the season. Tampa Bay got Paul two days after acquiring forward Brandon Hagel from Chicago […]

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Answering the big questions ahead of the NHL trade deadline

The NHL trade deadline is three days away, and the action is picking up. Most teams are waiting until the last minute to make moves — hey, every dollar matters in this salary-cap world — but a pair of Wednesday trades should spur some action. You probably have questions about what the next three days […]

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