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On Tuesday, the state’s record-setting, $77 billion election-year budget goes into effect, along with 157 other bills approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott.
Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings are finishing off the New York Rangers in a big hurry.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Ondrej Palat to a three-year contract.
The House on Friday approved a process to help determine whether to use tax dollars for professional sports stadium projects but would exclude Major League Baseball from potential funding unless changes are made in how Cuban players are treated.
The Florida Panthers bucked the odds by jumping up a spot to win the NHL draft lottery and earn the right to the top pick in June.
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper does not think left wing Ryan Malone’s DUI and cocaine possession charges will be a distraction to the playoffs-bound team.
Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since returning from a major injury, Ryan Callahan had his first goal with Tampa Bay, and the Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Thursday night.
David Krejci scored three goals for the Boston Bruins in a 4-1 win over Florida on Tuesday night, hours after the Panthers made a series of deals to retool their lineup.
It looks like the Florida Panthers could be in need of another top man with the franchise. According to Sports Business Daily, Panthers CEO Michael Yormark will be leaving the franchise to join up with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z.
House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, indicated Wednesday he’s not in favor of the state setting aside money for any professional-sports stadium projects this year, after also opposing a high-profile effort in 2013 to direct tax dollars to improvements at the home of the Miami Dolphins.