NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Facing an imending NHL lockout, players attend the press conference following NHLPA meetings at Marriott Marquis Times Square on September 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lightning Offseason 2012: NHL Lockout Wipes Out Preseason Games Through Sept. 30

The NHL lockout has caused the league to cancel all preseason games through September 30.

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Stamkos staying in shape as lockout continues

As the NHL lockout continues, the Lighting center is staying in shape by training with former Lightning player Gary Roberts and playing pickup games at local rinks.


Lightning's Adam Hall will play in Germany

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Adam Hall will play in Germany during the NHL lockout.


Lightning Sign Nikita Kucherov To Entry-Level Contract

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed winger Nikita Kucherov to an entry-level contract, the team announced on Monday. Kucherov, who was selected at No. 58 overall by the Lightning in the 2011 NHL Draft, is currently on the mend from shoulder surgery.

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Some information on Kucherov, from Tampa Bay's release:

Kucherov, 5-foot-11, 174 pounds, is currently playing with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League after he was taken in the 2012 CHL Import Draft. He has yet to appear in a game with the Remparts due to off-season shoulder surgery that also kept him off the ice for the Lightning's 2012 Development Camp.

Kucherov played in 18 games for CSKA Moscow of the KHL last season and scored one goal to go with four assists. He also spent time with CSKA Moscow's junior team, where he piled up 43 points in 23 games.

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Lightning Offseason: Tampa Bay Acquires Nashville Goalie Anders Lindback Via Trade

The Tampa Bay Lightning made a trade for a goalie Friday afternoon, as they acquired former Nashville netminder Anders Lindback in addition to center Kyle Wilson and a seventh round draft choice in next weekend's NHL Draft. The Lightning gave up goalie Sebastian Caron in addition to a pair of the Lightning's second round picks for the 2012 Draft.

Lindback, who recently turned 24, does not have a whole lot of NHL experience, as he has played in just 38 career games behind Pekka Rine. In 16 games during the 2011-2012 season, Lindback went 5-8-0 with a goals against average of 2.42.

Wilson, 27, has spent most of his career bouncing between the NHL and AHL, He played in just five games last season with the Predators where the only stats he recorded were two shots.

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