Tampa Bay Lightning: Looking Back At Previous Deadline Trades

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In light of the trade deadline approaching us here in the 2018-19 NHL season, I decided to look at some of the deals that the Tampa Bay Lightning have made at previous trade deadlines.

Kyle Quincey To Detroit

To start off, we’re going to look at the Kyle Quincey trade to the Detroit Red Wings.

Sorry Detroit fans, this may be a tough pill to swallow, but the Colorado Avalanche were a part of the trade that sent defenseman Kyle Quincey to the Red Wings, which the Red Wings in turn sent Steve Downie to Colorado and their 2012 1st round pick to Tampa Bay, which turned out to be Andrei Vasilevskiy.

At the time, Kyle Quincey was 26 years old, with 5 goals and 18 assists for 23 points in 54 games played, and upon joining Detroit, wrapped up the final 18 games with 2 goals and 1 assist for a measly 3 points. Over the next four years with Detroit, he played in 238 games, registering 45 points, and a +/- of +13, which isn’t terrible. However, he wound up leaving Detroit at the end of the 2015-16 NHL season, where he joined the Columbus Blue Jackets, then got traded to the New Jersey Devils, and is now currently with the Minnesota Wild, where he has played just 18 games. Safe to say Quincey wasn’t what Detroit was expecting him to be.


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Meanwhile, Andrei Vasilevskiy has gone onto be the Lightning’s all-time shutout leader, and was a Vezina finalist last season. He’s also expected to be one again this year. It only took two seasons for the Russian goalie to crack the NHL squad. As Ben Bishop’s backup, he posted a save percentage (SV%) of 0.918 and a goals against average (GAA) of 2.36 in his first season.

The following year, in the 2015-16 season, “Vasy” as he has been called, played 24 games, winning 11 with a 0.910 SV% and a 2.76 GAA. In 2016-17, Ben Bishop was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, and Vasilevskiy split time with Peter Budaj, who was part of the Bishop deal. This trade allowed “Vasy” to play in 50 games, starting 47, registering 23 wins. In those 50 games, he had a 0.917 SV% and a 2.61 GAA. The following two years as the uncontested starter of the Lightning, he has recorded 69 wins in 100 starts. He had a 0.920 SV% last season and currently stands at a 0.928 SV% this year. His GAA last season was 2.62 and so far this year he has a 2.32 GAA. In addition, he has recorded 18 shutouts since his 2014-15 rookie season, which is the most in franchise history for a single goaltender.

Trading For Goaltender Ben Bishop

In April of 2013, the Tampa Bay Lightning traded for then Ottawa Senators net-minder Ben Bishop in exchange for Cory Conacher and a 4th round pick in 2013. The fourth round pick wound up being Tobias Lindberg.

Conacher & Lindberg

At the time, Conacher was a 23-year-old forward, who had registered 24 points through 35 games with the Lightning in his rookie season. After arriving in Ottawa, he finished his rookie campaign with 29 points in 47 games, registering just 5 points in the 12 games he played with Ottawa. The following season, Conacher was traded to the Buffalo Sabres after posting 20 points through 60 games with Ottawa. He has since gone to the Islanders before finding his way back to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. Currently, he’s playing for Tampa’s AHL squad, the Syracuse Crunch.

As for Tobias Lindberg, he hasn’t played a single game with Ottawa, and only 6 total NHL games. At the moment, he’s playing for Ottawa’s AHL affiliate, the Belleville Senators.

Bishop’s Time In Tampa

Meanwhile, Ben Bishop went on to play with the Lightning for the following 3.5 seasons. He finished the remainder of the 2013 season with 9 starts, 3 wins, a 0.917 SV% and a 2.99 GAA. Bishop played a total of 227 games, starting all but 5, with 131 wins, a 0.921 SV% and a 2.28 GAA. Oddly enough, Bishop has yet to have a better save percentage or goals against average with any other NHL franchise.

Trading Away Goaltender Ben Bishop

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In February of 2017, Ben Bishop was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Peter Budaj, Erik Cernak, and a 2017 7th round pick.

Before this trade was made, Bishop had racked up some hardware, collecting two Vezina trophies. He also led the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014-2015 and the Eastern Conference Finals in 2015-2016. The 2016-2017 season, however, wound up being Bishop’s worst as a member of the Lightning, as he registered 16 wins in 31 starts, a 0.911 SV% and a 2.55 GAA.

He split time in Los Angeles with Jonathan Quick, who had just returned from a major injury. Bishop recorded 6 starts with 2 wins as a King. Additionally, he posted a 0.900 SV% and a 2.49 GAA. Unfortunately for Bishop, the Kings, who were battling for a wild card spot at the time, missed the playoffs. Following the unsuccessful attempt to make it to the playoffs, he was traded to the Stars that off-season in exchange for a fourth round pick.

Acquiring Budaj

Meanwhile, the Lightning acquired veteran goalie Peter Budaj, who split time with Andrei Vasilevskiy. Budaj helped groom the Russian goaltender into the starter he has become today. Plus, Budaj wound up posting 4 starts, 3 wins, a 0.898 SV% and a 2.80 GAA. He went on to start only 7 games the following season before Louis Domingue came aboard. After Domingue joined the club, he then returned to the Kings organization this season. Currently, Budaj is playing for the Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign.

Cernak & The 7th Rounder

The 7th rounder got flipped for Mark Streit, along with Valtteri Filppula and a 2017 fourth rounder. Streit was then flipped for the Penguins 2018 fourth round pick. That pick was then traded to the Vegas Golden Knights to ensure they would select Jason Garrison (who has only played 8 games with Vegas before leaving to go to the Edmonton Oilers).

Let’s move to Cernak. He was the Los Angeles Kings second round pick in 2015 (43rd overall). He was called up earlier this season on an emergency basis after a number of injuries to the Lightning blue-line, after having posted 2 goals, 5 assists in 9 AHL games. He has since become a mainstay on the NHL roster and a key contributor. He has a stat-line of 2 goals, 7 assists through 36 NHL games. In addition, Cernak has  recorded a 50.7 corsi for % (CF%). That isn’t bad for a rookie defenseman. Just for reference, Cernak has a 1.3% higher CF% than Thomas Chabot of the Ottawa Senators (48.8%).


So, through the years, I guess it’s safe to say that Steve Yzerman has pulled the trigger at the right time and delivered for Tampa. These trades have been vital to one of the most dominant teams ever in the NHLs salary cap era. So, I can speak for all Lightning fans in saying that we thank Steve Yzerman for some of the greatest trades ever, and looking forward to some more with Julien BriseBois.

All stats via hockey-reference and hockeydb

All trade information from nhltradetracker

Featured Image Photo Credit – Nikos Michals

Author: Kyle Pereira