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WB Philp is a published hockey writer who has a built in disdain for Barry Melrose. He covered the Detroit sports teams for many years until he came to his senses and moved to the Sunshine State. He is a true puckhead on a mission from God (Gordie Howe) to make hockey relevant in the south. He lives in Hockey Bay USA and covers the Lightning full time. Did I mention he hates Barry Melrose?

Jonathan Drouin Selected #3 Overall By The Tampa Bay Lightning

Jonathan Drouin Selected #3 Overall By The Tampa Bay Lightning

With the third pick in the 2013 NHL draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected play-making forward Jonathan Drouin. The Colorado Avalanche selected center Nathan MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads with the first pick and the Florida Panthers took forward Aleksander Barkov from the Finnish Elite League with the second pick. While many had Seth Jones as their number one player, Drouin [...]

Breaking:  Lightning Will Buy Out Vincent Lecavalier

Breaking: Lightning Will Buy Out Vincent Lecavalier

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced today that the team will use a compliance buyout on Vincent Lecavalier. “Vinny has been a significant reason for many of our past successes, including the 2004 Stanley Cup, and his contributions to the community are immeasurable,” said Yzerman. “The Lightning organization is indebted to Vinny; we thank him for [...]

Tampa Bay Lightning 2013 Draft Preview

Tampa Bay Lightning 2013 Draft Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning has six picks in the seven rounds of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on June 30 in New Jersey. The Bolts will pick 3rd, 33rd, 124th, 154th, 184th and 186th. Tampa Bay doesn’t have a pick in the 3rd or 4th round due to the trade with Nashville that brought goalie Anders Lindback and the trade with the Blues that brought in B.J. [...]

The Malone Mess

The Malone Mess

After two consecutive seasons of missing the playoffs, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman has some tough decisions to make in the upcoming off-season. Not the least of which is what to do with fan favorite Ryan Malone. “Bugsy” as he is affectionately referred to, has two more years left on a contract with [...]

Hall Of Famer On A Hot Seat

Hall Of Famer On A Hot Seat

Steve Yzerman knew it, the players new it, the fans new it…everybody new it. After giving up four first period goals against Ottawa in a must win game on Saturday night, Guy Boucher’s tenure as Lightning coach was over. The loss to the Senators was the second straight lethargic game, mailed in by the players. Perhaps [...]

Lightning Fire Boucher

Lightning Fire Boucher

The Tampa Bay Lightning have fired coach Guy Boucher. GM Steve Yzerman announced the firing earlier this morning. Tampa Bay assistant coaches Dan LaCroix and Martin Raymond will coach the team tonight against Winnipeg. The Bolts are in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with just 17 games remaining. The [...]

Jekyll and Hyde Lightning Team at a Crossroads

Jekyll and Hyde Lightning Team at a Crossroads

In the first seven games, the Tampa Bay Lightning scored 37 goals and went 6-1. Over the last four games, three on the road, the Bolts have scored six goals and lost all four contests. Tampa Bay is now 6-5 and leads the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets by one point in the Southeastern Division. [...]

High Flying Bolts Getting Contributions From Everyone

High Flying Bolts Getting Contributions From Everyone

After six games the Tampa Bay Lightning is 5-1 with ten points and are riding a four game winning streak The Bolts are first in the Southeast division, three points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets. Tampa Bay is second in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the Boston Bruins. The Bolts are the third best [...]

Vincent Lecavalier 1,000 Game Infographic

Vincent Lecavalier 1,000 Game Infographic

The Tampa Bay Lightning drafted Vincent Lecavalier with the first pick in the 1998 NHL Draft. He made his debut a few months later that season as an 18-year-old and has scored 374 goals and registered 846 points in 1,001 career games, all with the Lightning, since then. “Vinny” was an integral part of the Bolts’ [...]

Lightning Showing Improvement In Key Areas

Lightning Showing Improvement In Key Areas

After three games the Tampa Bay Lightning are 2-1, with four points and are first in the Southeast division. While it is all but impossible to glean much information from such a small sample of play, the Bolts are showing signs of improvement on defense and in the net. Tampa Bay opened the season at [...]

Tampa Bay Lightning 2013 Training Camp Photo Essay

Tampa Bay Lightning 2013 Training Camp Photo Essay

If you didn’t make it out to the Lightning‘s training camp in Estero, Florida, here is what it looked like through the trained eye of photographer Susan Ferlita. Enjoy!                                       Follow me on Twitter @LightningShout and “Like” Hockey Independent Lightning on [...]

Game On! Tampa Bay Lightning 2013 Opening Night Roster

Game On! Tampa Bay Lightning 2013 Opening Night Roster

Official NHL rosters aren’t due until tomorrow at 5:00 pm, but after stating the team that practices on Friday will be the opening night squad, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher has decided on his 2013 team. At noon today, Mike Angelidis, JT Wyman, Matt Taormina and Kyle Wilson were placed on waivers with the intent of [...]

2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Schedule Announced

2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Schedule Announced

  The NHL lockout is officially over as both sides have ratified the new CBA and signed the Memorandum of Understanding. With that, the Bolts announced their 2013 abbreviated schedule. The Lightning’s 20th season will be a mad dash to the finish line. They will play 48 games in 99 days. Five of the initial [...]

2013 Eastern Conference Power Rankings

2013 Eastern Conference Power Rankings

The 2013 NHL season is no longer an 82 game marathon, but instead is a 48 game dash to the finish line. Will teams that had multiple players skating in Europe fair better? Will veteran squads win because they will have fresh legs all season long? Only the next few months will tell. Here are [...]

New CBA In Place. Abbreviated Season:  What It Means For The Lightning

New CBA In Place. Abbreviated Season: What It Means For The Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning hockey is back! After a long 16 hour negotiating session in New York yesterday, the NHL and NHLPA announced an agreement in principle around 6 a.m. today. The NHL did not announce the start date of the season or the number of games each team will play, but it is expected to [...]

Crombeen Is A Solar Bear

Crombeen Is A Solar Bear

Another Tampa Bay Lightning player has signed a lockout contract with an ECHL team. Forward BJ Crombeen will play for the Orlando Solar Bears, presumably making his debut on Saturday night at the Amway Center in Orlando. Crombeen has practiced with the Minnesota Wild affiliate. Crombeen is on the NHLPA negotiating committee. The five year [...]

Who’s Your Bolts Rushmore?

Who’s Your Bolts Rushmore?

  While the frustrating NHL lockout has taken away our game, it gives us time to ponder other fun, hockey related questions. In an attempt to bring together Tampa Bay fans and writers, I asked Lightning Nation, “Who is your Bolts Rushmore?” Two hundred combined emails, Facebook messages and Twitter direct messages were sent out [...]

BREAKING:  HBO To Air Alternative 24/7 Hockey Series In December

BREAKING: HBO To Air Alternative 24/7 Hockey Series In December

It looked like the NHL lockout would not only deprive hockey fans of their sport, but also of the best sports related reality series, HBO’s 24/7 – Road to the Winter Classic. But, Hockey Independent has learned that HBO has put together an alternative series of shows with the same 24/7 format. “24/7 Fehr –Bettman [...]

Mikkelson To Sweden

Mikkelson To Sweden

Lightning defenseman Brendan Mikkelson will spend the remainder of the lockout playing in Sweden’s Allsvenskan league for Vasteras. The 25 year old played in 41 games for the Bolts last season, accumulating three points and 13 penalty minutes. He becomes the fourth member of the Lightning to play overseas, joining forward Adam Hall (Ravensburg/Germany), defenseman [...]

Lightning’s Lindback To Play In Finland

Lightning’s Lindback To Play In Finland

A third Tampa Bay Lightning player will play in Europe during the NHL lockout. Goalie Anders Lindback has inked a two month contract to play in Finland with Ilves. Lindback joins defenseman Victor Hedman  and forward Adam Hall overseas. The new Tampa Bay goaltender will return to the Bolts if the lockout is resolved before [...]