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Joe Smith, Times Staff Writer

Joe Smith

Joe Smith became the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times in 2014. He spent the previous six years splitting time covering the Rays, Bucs and Lightning He joined the Times in 2006 after spending two years with the Modesto Bee in California, where he did everything from covering the Single-A Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team and high school football to tackling first-person stories on whitewater rafting and adventure racing. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he covered the football, basketball and hockey teams for the Michigan Daily. He freelanced for the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press before securing internships at Crain's Detroit Business and the Raleigh News & Observer. An avid runner, Smith loves traveling, bowling and singing karaoke.

Phone: (813) 310 9024

Email: joesmith@tampabay.com

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  1. Brian Boyle says returning to Lightning a 'huge option'

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    As former Lightning forward Brian Boyle approaches free agency this week, he said he's trying to stay busy.

    That's easy to do for Boyle, whose wife, Lauren, gave birth to their second child, daughter Isabella, on May 24. On Sunday, Boyle, 32, played in the backyard of his Hingham, Mass home with his three-year-old son, Declan. But Boyle took some time to talk to the Tampa Bay Times about his future. ...

    Former Tampa Bay Lightning player center Brian Boyle (24), on the ice during first period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on March 16, 2017.
  2. Lightning among early suitors for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

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    TAMPA — Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blue line and adding a wing or two.

    And it sounds like Tampa Bay is kicking the tires on the biggest fish in the free agent market, veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

    The Lightning is one of many teams that checked in with Shattenkirk on Sunday. The window for teams to court pending unrestricted free agents opened at midnight Saturday....

    Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who can be a free agent Saturday, counts the Lightning among his early suitors.
  3. Lightning reach out to UFA Kevin Shattenkirk

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    Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blueline and adding another wing or two.

    And it sounds like Tampa Bay is kicking the tires on the biggest fish in the free agent market, veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

    The Lightning is one of many teams who checked in with Shattenkirk Sunday, per sources. The window for teams to court pending unrestricted free agents opened at midnight....

  4. Lightning announce development camp schedule

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    Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev headlines a roster of top Lightning prospects that will attend this week's development camp at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon.

    The camp, which runs Tuesday through Saturday, is free and open to the public.

    The first practice starts at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with drills doing until 3 p.m. There is a 3-on-3 tournament Friday (2 p.m.-4) and Saturday (11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.). Russian wing Alex Vokov, the second round pick Saturday, will also not arrive until Wednesday....

  5. Lightning shifts search for defense to free agency

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    CHICAGO — As much as he tried, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman left the weekend's draft without acquiring another top-four defenseman.

    You can see how expensive that type of player is. The Flames sent their 2018 first- and second-round picks plus another second-rounder to the Islanders for Travis Hamonic on Saturday. The Wild's Marco Scandella is drawing interest from several teams, including Tampa Bay....

    Head shot of Times staffer Joe Smith. Joe Smith is the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the sports department. Staffer mug shot taken in Times studio on Tuesday (06/20/17).
  6. Lightning journal: Russian forwards top Day 2 draft picks

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    CHICAGO — After taking a big, right-shot defenseman in the first round, the Lightning's second day of the draft was headlined by a few skilled Russian forwards.

    Tampa Bay selected 6-foot-1 wing Alexander Volkov, 19, in the second round (No. 48 overall) Saturday, hoping to sign him and send him to AHL Syracuse next season. In the third round, the Lightning was thrilled to have C Alexey Lipanov, 17, fall to No. 76....

    Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev came in a June trade.
  7. Lightning opens day two of draft by taking Russian forwards

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    After taking a big, right-shot defenseman in the first round, the Lightning's second day of the NHL Draft was headlined by a couple skilled Russian forwards.

    Tampa Bay selected 6-foot-1 winger Alexander Volkov in the second round (No. 48), with hopes to sign him and send him to AHL Syracuse next season. In the third round, the Lightning was thrilled to have center Alexei Lipanov fell to them at No. 76....

  8. Lightning takes defenseman Cal Foote with top pick in draft

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    CHICAGO — Former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said his son Cal lived in the locker room.

    Adam, a 20-year NHL veteran, even took Cal into the room for Colorado's Stanley Cup celebration in 2001. Cal was 2. "I wish I could remember more," Cal said, smiling.

    But Friday, the two Footes shared an unforgettable moment. Cal, a defenseman like his dad, got picked No. 14 overall by the Lightning in the first round of the draft. The father and son embraced in the United Center stands, Adam beaming with pride. ...

    Cal Foote, second from left, is welcomed to the Lightning by GM Steve Yzerman, far left.
  9. Lightning journal: Plans set for 25th anniversary season

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    CHICAGO — The Lightning revealed some of its plans for its 25th anniversary season Friday, including a ceremony to honor the 2004 Stanley Cup team.

    That event will be held Nov. 4 before a game against the Blue Jackets, coached by John Tortorella, the coach of the Cup team. That means Marty St. Louis, Vinny Lecavalier and Brad Richards will likely be reunited again....

    John Tortorella, in Tampa in 2014 for the 10-year Stanley Cup win party, will return next season for the team’s anniversary event.
  10. Lightning picks defenseman Cal Foote

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    While the Lightning is still trying to bolster its blueline via trade, it selected a big, right shot defenseman Cal Foote at No. 14 overall Friday in the NHL Draft.

    Foote, 18, is the son of former Avs defenseman Adam Foote. He has size and physicality like his dad, but Cal also can score, with 57 points in 71 games with Keowna (WHL)....

    Cal Foote is the son of former Avs defenseman Adam Foote.
  11. Lightning unveils road jersey, events for 25th anniversary season

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    The Lightning revealed some of its plans for its 25th anniversary season, including a ceremony to honor the 2004 Stanley Cup team.

    That event will be held Nov. 4 before a game against the Blue Jackets, coached by former Lightning coach John Tortorella. That means Marty St. Louis, Vinny Lecavalier and Brad Richards will likely be reunited again....

    The Lightning's 2017-18 road jersey
  12. Could Lightning deal for a defenseman today?

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    Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has been trying to further bolster his blueline, and he may have a chance to acquire one by tonight's first round of the NHL Draft.

    Several teams are shopping defensemen, most notably the Wild, who appear close on a deal with left-shot defenseman Marco Scandella, per Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Wild has been asking for a first round pick in any package; Tampa Bay picks No. 14 tonight....

    The Lightning is reportedly in on Travis Hamonic (Islanders), though New York is rumored to be asking for two-first round picks.
  13. Lightning fans, don't get attached to your first-round draft picks

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    CHICAGO — When Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announces his first-round pick tonight in the amateur draft at No. 14, he'll invite the prospect onto the stage for the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

    If you're a Lightning fan, don't get too attached to the pick.

    Yzerman has traded three of the seven players he has drafted in the first round since becoming GM in 2010, including two-top 10 selections. The latest was wing Jonathan Drouin, the third overall pick in 2013, who was sent to Montreal in a blockbuster deal last week. Forward Brett Connolly (sixth, 2010) and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo (19th, 2014) are the others who were shipped away. ...

    Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has traded three of the seven first-round draft picks he has made. “I’d prefer not to do it,” he says.
  14. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman also has top-9 wing on his wish list

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    CHICAGO — Much has been made about the Lightning's interest in bolstering its blue line, even after last week's acquisition of defense prospect Mikhail Sergachev.

    And GM Steve Yzerman said he has a better feel for what might be available via trade, with many defensemen expected to move at this weekend's amateur draft.

    But Yzerman has another item on his summer wish list: a top-nine wing....

    Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gestures as he speaks to the media about recent trades during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning, over the past few days, have traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings, forward Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and forward Valtteri Filppula to the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA101
  15. Peter Budaj loves 'vibe' with Lightning

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    Two years ago, nobody was willing to give Peter Budaj a shot, the veteran goalie wondering if he'd ever play in the NHL again.

    That's what made Thursday so gratifying for Budaj, 34, who signed a two-year extension with the Lightning, worth $1.025 million per year. The Times reported the agreement Tuesday, the deal wasn't announced until Thursday's roster freze was over.

    "I know I can play and I never doubted myself," Budaj told the Times Thursday. "It was tough but I always believed I could do it."...

    Peter Budaj signed a two-year extension with the Lightning, worth $1.025 million per year.