Latest Stanley Cup Finals News

Sergachev re-signs with Lightning for 3 years, $14.4 million

Nov. 25, 2020 4:16 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Mikhail Sergachev to a three-year, $14.4 million contract. General manager Julien BriseBois announced the deal Wednesday. The 22-year-old Sergachev skated in 70 games last season, scoring a career-high 10 goals and...

FILE  - In this Sept. 28, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov (86) hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Dallas Stars in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals, in Edmonton, Alberta. This has been a year for Tampa Bay sports like no other, though the area's three successful professional teams haven't had a chance to truly capitalize on the boom and connect with re-energized fan bases. It has been — and continues to be —- a missed opportunity because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Hockey champions laying off 30 workers because of virus

Nov. 16, 2020 5:13 PM EST

Just months after winning the Stanley Cup, officials with the Tampa Bay Lightning said Monday that they are eliminating 30 positions in a sign that even winning a championship does not spare a team from the effects of the coronavirus. The positions were across the company and effective immediately, team officials...

Stars sign forward Roope Hintz to $9.45 million, 3-year deal

Nov. 9, 2020 4:31 PM EST

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Stars have signed restricted free agent forward Roope Hintz to a $9.45 million, three-year contract. Hintz had 19 goals and 14 assists in 60 games during the regular season for the Western Conference champions, including five game-winning goals. He had two goals and 11...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2017, file photo, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks walks behind the end zone during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Tampa, Fla. This has been a year for Tampa Bay sports like no other, though the area's three successful professional teams haven't had a chance to truly capitalize on the boom and connect with re-energized fan bases. Derrick Brooks says he feels for the fans not being able to go to the games and celebrate their teams victories and success.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Missed opportunity: Tampa teams soar, fans watch from afar

Nov. 3, 2020 2:55 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — This has been a year for Tampa Bay sports like no other, though the area's three successful professional franchises haven't had a chance to truly capitalize on the boom and energize pockets of a fan base that in recent years have earned the tag of front-runners. It has been — and...

FILE- In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, Dallas Stars interim head coach Rick Bowness watches play from behind the bench during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils in Dallas. The Stars, on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, have officially removed the interim tag from Bowness, the coach who led them to the Stanley Cup Final. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter, File)

Interim tag off Bowness month after Stars play in Cup final

Oct. 29, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

There was a point while serving as interim coach of the Dallas Stars when Rick Bowness knew he didn't want someone else to come in and take over the team. And that was even before they went to the Stanley Cup Final. The Stars are still Bowness' team. Dallas officially removed the interim tag Thursday and gave...

Kameron Bush, 3, poses with the Stanley Cup at the Children's Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., on Oct. 16, 2020. The Tampa Bay Lightning took the Stanley Cup to the Children's Cancer Center as part of their local tour of stops after winning the National Hockey League's championship trophy Sept. 28 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Kristina Hjertkvist/Tampa Bay Lightning via AP)

Stanley Cup visits children's cancer center in Tampa

Oct. 26, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

Remy Heberlein’s grandmother joked he shouldn’t touch the Stanley Cup with chocolate on his hands. The 3-year-old whose leukemia is in remission was sad he couldn’t touch hockey’s holy grail at all, but that didn’t stop his eyes from lighting up at the sight of it. He and older...

FILE  - In this Dec. 12, 2011, file photo, Mike Emrick speaks after being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Chicago. Hall of Fame hockey broadcaster Mike Emrick is retiring after a career of almost 50 years behind the microphone, including the past 15 as the voice of the NHL in the United States. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Mike 'Doc' Emrick, beloved voice of hockey in US, retires

Oct. 19, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

Thinking back over 50 years in hockey, Mike Emrick can't name one favorite memory or game, but one story sticks out. Minutes after watching T.J. Oshie score four shootout goals to help the U.S. beat Russia at the Sochi Olympics, the camera panned to dejected fans and Emrick echoed 1980 gold medal-winning coach...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) moves the puck as Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad (20) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago. The Toronto Maple Leafs signed 41-year-old forward Thornton to a one-year, $700,000 contract Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Joe Thornton points to talk with Joe Montana in Toronto move

Oct. 18, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Joe Thornton had plenty of conversations about the next, and perhaps final, stop in his NHL career. The 41-year-old forward picked the brains of former teammates Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski, asking them both to look back and analyze their moves away from the San Jose Sharks. One phone...

FILE  - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning's Zach Bogosian holds his son Hunter during an event at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars the day before to win the NHL hockey Stanley Cup. Toronto signed former Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

Lightning Effect: Skilled NHL teams add grit to go for Cup

Oct. 15, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

A skilled team that got eliminated early in the playoffs by a tougher opponent a few years removed from a Stanley Cup Final loss signed a forward with his name engraved on the trophy and a big defenseman hungry to win after years of not being in contention. Rewind to 2019 and early 2020 and that description fits...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2017, file photo, new mascot Chance the Golden Gila Monster helps to celebrate the Vegas Golden Knights defeating the Boston Bruins 3-1 during an NHL hockey game at T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas. Golden Knights Evolution The Vegas Golden Knights started as a lovable collection of “misfits” in their inaugural season, when they made an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final. Underdogs no more, Vegas has traded for or signed some of the NHL’s best players, gotten rid of some fan favorites and is now a stone cold perennial contender laser-focused on winning now.  (AP Photo/L.E.Baskow, File)

Vegas 'misfits' no more, Golden Knights now expected to win

Oct. 14, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

People kept telling Nate Schmidt and the Vegas Golden Knights that they wouldn't be any good in their inaugural season, so they went about proving doubters wrong. They were an expansion team, a group of self-labeled “misfits” that burst onto the NHL scene winning eight of their first nine games and...