Tampa Bay Lightning lock up Yanni Gourde to big contract

Humble Yanni Gourde refuses to let last year affect his approach this year

SUNRISE – Yanni Gourde takes nothing for granted.
Even with a week to go before opening night, Gourde knows he has work to do. Nothing has been handed to him when it comes to the final roster decision. Not even as he looks to have a strong case to open the season as Tampa Bay’s third-line center based on his play in training camp.
And certainly not even based on his strong showing last season when he earned a late-season callup and thrived, helping the Lightning make a strong push toward a playoff spot. Not even earning his first NHL one-way contract is enough to make Gourde comfortable in his...


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