The Tampa Bay Lightning marched through the 2018-2019 season, finishing with 128 points, one of the best regular-season performances ever. They had the greatest odds to win the Stanley Cup of any team in years. But, as the old saying goes, that is why they play the game. The Lightning were defeated by the Columbus Blue Jackets in round one of the playoffs, and swept them in convincing fashion. The Lightning were left with unanswered questions entering the offseason.
To begin their offseason, Tampa Bay traded right-winger J.T. Miller to the Vancouver Canuks for a 2020 first-round draft choice, a 2019 third-round draft choice, and goaltender Marek Mazanec. For the draft, Tampa Bay held the 27th selection overall in round one and used it to take left-winger Nolan Foote from Kelowna of the Western Hockey League. In free agency, they added defenseman Luke Witkowski for two seasons, goaltender Curtis McElhinney for two seasons, and defenseman Luke Shenn for two seasons. They also added center Chris Mueller, goaltender Spencer Martin, and goaltender Scott Wedgewood, all for one season each. There was nothing about their roster they should really change. Rather, sometimes those things just happen in sports. The best thing for this team to do is just stay positive.
The top of this roster boasts uber-talented 25-year-old winger Nikita Kucherov who led the team with 39 goals and 61 assists for 100 points total. Next, we have 28-year-old center and former number one overall draft choice Steven Stamkos who finished second with 86 points, including 59 assists. 22-year-old center Brayden Point is a rising star and finished third on the team with 66 points. 26-year-old left winger Yanni Gourde finished fourth on the team with 64 points. Their ace defenseman, 27-year-old Victor Hedman, gave them 63 points from the back line including 46 assists. Their two big offseason moves were to resign a pair of defenseman- the aforementioned Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year contract and Ryan McDonagh to a seven-year contract. The Lightning are built to win right now. Could 2018 be the year they take Lord Stanley’s Cup for the second time?
The Tampa Bay Lightning are in market that could easily think less about hockey, they have managed to carve out a rabid fan base and have produced some great results in their existence, highlighted by their 2004 Stanley Cup victory. Last season was another great year for them to add to their list of positive results. They finished the regular season with the best record overall in the Eastern Conference with 113 points. In round one of the playoffs, they met the New Jersey Devils and outplayed them in five games. In round two, they met the Boston Bruins, whom they also defeated in five games, moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals. It was next that they faced the Washington Capitals. They took the Capitals to game seven, before bowing out 4-0 at home in what was one of the best single games this Capitals team has played.
The top of this roster boasts the very talented 25-year-old winger Nikita Kucherov. He led the team with 39 goals and 61 assists for 100 points total. Next, they have 28-year-old center and former number one overall draft choice Steven Stamkos. He finished second with 86 points, including 59 assists. 22-year-old center Brayden Point is a rising star and finished third on the team with 66 points. 26-year-old left winger Yanni Gourde finished fourth on the team with 64 points. Their ace defenseman, 27-year-old Victor Hedman, gave them 63 points from the back line including 46 assists. Their two big offseason moves were to resign a pair of defenseman- the aforementioned Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year contract and Ryan McDonagh to a seven-year contract. The Lightning are built to win right now. Could 2018 be the year they take the Stanley Cup for the second time?
The Tampa Bay Lightening are a young team on the rise. They finished last season with 94 points, missing out on the last playoff spot by just one single point. Still, this is a loaded young roster. First and foremost, their prized player, 24-year-old winger Nikita Kucherov, finished the season with 85 points. That make him the 5th-highest scorer for the entire league. Another talented young player is 21-year-old center Brayden Point, who recorded 40 points in his first NHL campaign. In addition, they also have one the best players in the league, 27-year-old Steven Stamkos, who missed most of the season due to injury.
Tampa Bay had a lat first round draft choice due to previous trades, but they did use it on a defenseman named Mattias Samuelson, who could be a force on defense for this team down the road at some point. The Lightening could very well be back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs next spring.
For 2014-2015, the Lightening finished the regular season with 108 points, good for the third best point total in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay began as the two seed in the top half of the Eastern Conference bracket, and defeated the Detroit Red Wings in round one. In round two they will face the Montreal Canadians, owners of the second best record in the Eastern Conference and which is also the second best record overall league wide. This series could go either way. Regardless of what happens, this is a young team on the rise.
The Tampa Bay Lighting hope to win it all this season! The team made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, facing the Chicago Blackhawks. The team took a two games to one lead, but the Blackhawks won the next three. Will The Lightning repeat? Check out a game live at the Amalie Arena in Tampa!
The Tampa Bay Lightening were founded in 1992 and are one of the NHL's newest teams. Throughout their history they have had some moderate success, and were at their best during the early 2000's. During that period of time, the Lightening won their division in back-to-back years, 2003, and 2004. In 2004 they went on that memorable run in that saw them win the Stanley Cup. After going through some rebuilding, the Lightening have returned to the playoffs in three of the last five seasons, being led there by one of best players in the NHL, Steven Stamkos, who currently is just 25 years of age. The general manager is the legendary Detroit Red Wing Steve Yzerman and the head coach is Jon Cooper.
The Tampa Bay Lightning has a decent 2015-2016 season. The Lightning finished the season with 97 points, which gave them the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Lightning were matched up with Detroit Red Wings in round one, who they mashed in five games. In round two, the Lightning were matched up against the New York Islanders, who defeated the Florida Panthers in six games in round one. The Lightning won this series in five games, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins won what turned out to be a fantastic series, which went the full seven games. Entering the offseason, the top priority in Tampa Bay was extending superstar franchise player Steven Stamkos. They accomplished that on July 29th, when Stamkos and the team agreed to an 8-year contract extension. They also extended defensive stout Victor Hedman to an 8-year contract as well. But they weren't done yet. On July 17th, the Lightning re-signed forward Alex Killorn to a seven-year contract extension as well. In the draft, the Lightning added center Brett Howden from Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League. So far this season, the Lightning have translated all of these moves into 27 points, good for 6th place in the Eastern Conference.