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NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning Training Camp Week 1 Takeaways

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Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde. Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning via Twitter.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – There’s been a clear resounding excitement with the full return of hockey. On Monday, July 13, all players participating in the season restart reported to facilities for day one of training camp. Camp started out at an acclimating pace for the guys, but Coach Cooper did well at keeping drills high tempo and increasing intensity as the days progressed. By day three of camp, the Bolts hit the ice in Amelie Arena for their first little scrimmage since the pause.

In the scrimmage it became apparent that the newer additions to the team were able to take some advantage of the pause, looking more a part of the Lightning and increasing the chemistry on the team. Addition number 1, Blake Coleman mentioned in a press conference that “things are starting to feel routine and I feel a part of the group without having to think about it.” Coach Cooper picked up on the improvements and newfound comfort, stating, “the break may have helped…players come in at the end of a season, you’re unfamiliar, then you get four months to get acclimated with staff, teammates, and coaches and it almost feels like they’re back and in their second year with the team.” As for why Coleman is an asset to the team, Cooper said, “They only thing he hasn’t done with us is finish. He competes hard, doesn’t give up on a play, his skating is exceptional, and he is fearless going to the net.”

All skills the Bolts can use to assist them in playoffs.

Coleman and Goodrow promise good chemistry out on the ice. Bogosian is settling in exceptionally well, especially after not playing for some time. Pairing up with Victor Hedman, Bogosian was asked how he manages playing with defenseman Hedman and his unique style and said that one can learn a lot from Hedman’s style of play. He stays out of his way and focuses on reading him.

Aside from the acclimation of the new guys, the two remaining questions this week are Stamkos’ health and what the guys are packing for the bubble in Toronto. Stamkos played the first half, which Cooper said was promising that he was out there and for 45 minutes. As for Stamkos’ readiness to play in the exhibition games, Cooper kept it simple, saying, “If he’s able, he will and if he doesn’t play, it won’t be because of health, it’ll be to add to the timetable for rest.” Coach mentioned that he would like to see him in one of the red robin games, so he can get some meaningful time under his belt.

As for bubble necessities, it was nearly in unison that most of the guys planned to watch a lot of Netflix and were probably in need of some show recommendations. Then came the big split, video gamer or reader? Jan Rutta will be hopping on the video games, while McElhinney and Bogosian hit the books.

It’s safe to say the Bolts are off to a promising start before heading to Toronto Sunday July 26 and getting their first playoff feels July 29 in the exhibition match versus the Florida Panthers.

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Kasey Hudson is the Associate Sports Editor for Florida National News. | sports@floridanationalnews.com

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Lightning Sign D Mikhail Sergachev, F Anthony Cirelli and D Erik Cernak to Eight-Year Contract Extensions

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TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, forward Anthony Cirelli and defenseman Erik Cernak each to an eight-year contract extension, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Sergachev, 24, has skated in 362 career regular season games, 358 of them with the Lightning, notching 36 goals and 174 points. He ranks fifth all-time in Tampa Bay franchise history among defensemen for goals and scoring and fourth for assists (138). The former ninth overall pick (of Montreal) in the 2016 NHL Draft has also played in 92 postseason games and posted eight goals and 30 points. He ranks second in Lightning history among defensemen for playoff games, goals, assists (22) and scoring. Sergachev’s eight-year contract is worth an AAV of $8.5 million.

Cirelli, 24, has skated in 294 career NHL games, all with the Lightning, recording 66 goals and 159 points. During the 2021-22 season, Cirelli posted 17-26—43 points in 76 games played, one point shy of his career high 16-28—44 pts. from the 2019-20 season. He led Tampa Bay forwards for blocked shots (67), ranked sixth in the NHL for penalties drawn (42) and finished fifth in Selke Trophy voting in 2021-22. In postseason play, Cirelli has notched 14 goals and 34 points in 92 games, ranking 11th all-time in Lightning playoff history for scoring. Cirelli’s eight-year contract is worth an AAV of $6.25 million.

Cernak, 25, has skated in 226 career NHL games, all with the Lightning, posting 16 goals, 59 points and a plus-51 rating. During the 2021-22 regular season, the Kosice, Slovakia native notched a goal and 13 points and led the Lightning for hits (165) in 55 games. Cernak has played in 73 career postseason games, recording two goals and 19 points. He netted the Stanley Cup-opening goal in Game 1 of the 2021 Cup Final versus Montreal, becoming the first Tampa Bay player to net his first career playoff goal in a Stanley Cup Final. A second round selection of the Los Angeles Kings (43rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, Cernak was traded to the Lightning on February 26, 2017. Cernak’s eight-year contract is worth an AAV of $5.2 million.

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NHL: Lightning Re-Sign Forward Simon Ryfors to a One-Year, Two-Way Contract

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Simon Ryfors had two goals and an assist in the Lightning’s 5-2 win over Nashville in the opening game of the NHL Prospect Showcase Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena. Photo: Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times.

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Simon Ryfors to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced.

Ryfors, 24, played in 72 games during the regular season for the Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bay’s American Hockey League affiliate, posting 11 goals and 35 points, ranking tied for seventh on the Crunch for scoring. He also skated in five Calder Cup Playoff games with the Crunch and notched a goal, assist and a plus-four rating.

The Stockholm, Sweden native originally signed with the Lightning organization on May 12, 2021. Prior to that, he skated seven seasons with Rogle BK of the SHL, tallying 41 goals and 93 points to go along with 165 penalty minutes in 250 games. He set career bests in the SHL in 2020-21 for goals (25), assists (20) and points (45).

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Lightning Acquire F Brandon Hagel, Two 4th Round Picks from Chicago

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Tampa Bay Lightning // The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Brandon Hagel, Chicago’s fourth-round selection in 2022 and fourth-round pick in 2024 from the Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk, Tampa’s first-round selection in 2023 and first-round selection in 2024, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today. Both first-round picks the Lightning are sending to Chicago are top 10 protected.

Hagel, 23, has played in 55 games so far this season for Chicago, recording 21 goals and 37 points. Hagel ranks second on the Blackhawks for goals and game-winning goals (3) and fourth for scoring and power-play goals (4). In 108 games with Chicago over three seasons, Hagel has posted 30 goals and 61 points. He made his NHL debut March 11, 2020 versus San Jose, the only game he played during the 2019-20 season. Hagel is under contract through the 2023-2024 season with a salary cap number of $1,500,000.

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