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Playoff Player Grades: Victor Hedman

November 6, 2020 - 10:17 PM ET

The Tampa Bay Lightning have remained silent over the last number of weeks, which makes this the perfect time to start a new series. I’m calling it “Playoff Player Grades,” and it’s about as simple as it sounds. Today, we begin with the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Victor Hedman. The fact t...

Playoff Player Grades: Cedric Paquette

November 10, 2020 - 9:26 PM ET

The first instalment of Tampa Bay Lightning Playoff Player Grades generated an overwhelming and expected response, with Victor Hedman earning high praise from nearly everyone who voted in the last blog’s poll. His consensus A+ grade was well-deserved. Today, we continue the series with a player wh...

Playoff Player Grades: Nikita Kucherov

November 15, 2020 - 4:59 PM ET

Welcome back to Playoff Player Grades! Today, the focus of the blog is Nikita Kucherov. Heading into these playoffs, there were lots of unwarranted questions about Kucherov’s ability to deliver in the playoffs from those who don’t follow the Tampa Bay Lightning too closely. “He’s too hot-...

Playoff Player Grades: Erik Cernak

November 18, 2020 - 5:17 PM ET

Welcome back to Playoff Player Grades! So far, we’ve covered Victor Hedman, Cedric Paquette, and Nikita Kucherov’s contributions to the 2020 playoff run that culminated with a Stanley Cup victory. Today, focus shifts to Erik Cernak. Once considered by many as a throw-in piece in the Ben Bisho...

Playoff Player Grades: Brayden Point

November 21, 2020 - 6:55 PM ET

When arguably neither Steven Stamkos nor Nikita Kucherov is the best forward on a given team, you know that the other guy must be pretty special. Case in (Brayden) Point. The Lightning’s 2014 3rd round pick (!) delivered a historically good postseason run for the team this Fall, generating 33...

Sergachev Signs

November 25, 2020 - 3:10 PM ET

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced this afternoon that they have signed Mikhail Sergachev to a three-year contract, carrying an average annual value of $4.8-million. We have re-signed Mikhail Sergachev to a three-year contract worth $4.8-million AAV!📝: https://t.co/1sY3hkEdaA pic.twitter.com/ucPF...