Braydon Coburn

Tampa Bay Lightning: Evaluating Braydon Coburn

Part 14 of my Tampa Bay Lightning player evaluation is finally here, and it is going back to the blue-line.

The Lightning had one of the strongest defensive cores in the league in a lot of people’s minds, and that might just be because of the stellar season the whole team had. But yet, despite all the love the blue-line gets, the top four gets most of the credit.

But what about the bottom 2 defensive pair and the Lightning’s 7th defenseman?

I’m here to show you that they, too, contributed towards the Lightning’s success. First, let’s start off with Braydon Coburn, who was recently signed to a 2 year deal worth an average of $1.7M per year.

The Basics

Last season, Coburn played 74 games, recording 4 goals and 19 assists (23 points), which was his best season, from a production standpoint, since the 2011-12 NHL season. He averaged 16:07 time on ice, with a perfect 50% distribution of offensive and defensive shift starts. With the 50/50 on-ice distribution, he went on to have a 52.6 Corsi-For%, his best CF% since the 2009-10 NHL season. He had a takeaway to giveaway ratio of 17 to 22, which is a -5 differential.

While that may not seem good, it isn’t all bad, as he doesn’t really generate giveaways or takeaways. He recorded a 100.1 PDO, which is just a hair above the average PDO of 100, which tells me he is only slightly more lucky than the average NHL player.

When Coburn was on the ice, the Lightning had an expected goals for of 51.1 and an expected goals against of 45.9, which is a +5.2 differential. What that tells me is he pushes the tempo of play up ice, but isn’t always super reliable in his own end. Now, that may not be so true, so stay tuned.

Advanced Analytics

Coburn has always been thought of as a stay-at-home defenseman, generally. But while his point totals back that up, his expected goals for when he’s on the ice tells me otherwise. It tells me his loves pushing the play up ice, and trying to generate some sort of offense. By using my own spider graph, we can determine where he stands on both the offensive and defensive ends.

visual created by Kyle Pereira, stats from CJ Turtoro

Coburn (blue) is hands down, far and away, the best defenseman among the bottom 3 defenders on the Lightning roster when it comes to shooting. He shoots way more in general (Shots60), and generates more offense off of his shooting (ShotContr60, ShotAssists60) by quite a bit. He’s also far better at entering the offensive zone (PossEntry60, PossEntry%) by a wide margin as well. He stands out less when exiting, or breaking out, of the defensive zone (PossExit%, PossExit60), but is still better than the other two on the graph. Finally, his worst categories. All players on the graph mark around the same area on the graph when it comes to breaking up an opponent trying to enter the zone (Breakups60), ranks second when it comes to allowing entries over a 60 minute span (PossEntryAllw60), and then ranks dead last when it comes to how many he allows over the total amount of entries he has to break up, or defend against (PossEntryAllw%). But his prowess over the other two depth options is the reason why Lightning General Manager Julien BriseBois gave him a new contract.

Coburn’s Exits per 60

But, to dive deeper into his success, let’s check out CJ Turtoro’s Exit per 60 minute visual.

visual created by CJ Turtoro, stats from Corey Sznajder

Coburn ranks 11th on the Lightning roster when it comes to breaking out of the defensive zone. He has a fairly decent workload, just about even with Anton Stralman for the amount of breakout attempts. He relies more heavily on his dumps and clears, rather than passing or skating it out. That’s the reason why his seemingly good breakout game doesn’t translate to the spider graph, because the spider graph looks specifically at controlled breakouts and not chipping the puck out and away. He ices the puck a lot, which isn’t necessarily good, but it isn’t a huge problem, but that should still be brought down a little bit for next season. He has a high fail mark, which is the worst part about his graph. However, he goes for clearing the puck rather than a controlled breakout, and his clear attempts might be getting knocked down at the line often enough for it to negatively affect his game. All in all, however, he’s just alright at getting the puck out of the defensive zone.

Coburn’s Entries Per 60

Now, let’s look at CJ Turtoro’s Entry per 60 minute visual to see how truly good Coburn is at breaking into the offensive zone and driving the offense.

visual created by CJ Turtoro, stats from Corey Sznajder

According to the visual, Coburn had the third highest workload amongst defenseman when it came to entering the offensive zone, ahead of even Victor Hedman, but ranked just 5th on the team. He had a decent amount of controlled entries, where he passes to a teammate or skates it in himself, but just like all the other defensemen, he looked more for a quick dump in to get the job done. He doesn’t fail very often, considering how often he tries entering the offensive zone, so that’s not a problem there. Being a bottom pair defenseman, who is basically known around the entire league as a defensive defenseman, these are solid stats.

Break-Up % vs Possession Exit %

But to truly evaluate how good a defenseman is at, well, defending, we have to use Sean Tierney’s Controlling the blue-line visual.

visual created by Sean Tierney, stats from Corey Sznajder

Coburn, highlighted on the graph, does not have a high breakup%, which ultimately means that he allows the opposing team to enter the Lightning defensive zone more than he stops them from doing so. While that may sound really bad, and it surely isn’t good, he was just a little below Hedman and well above Mikhail Sergachev in that metric. Where he really struggled, which we touched on earlier and isn’t necessarily the case, is his controlled Possession Exit%. He wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t good, and that tells me he just goes in and does whatever the coach asks of him.

In Conclusion

Coburn is a very simple minded defenseman. You want him to get the puck out of the defensive zone, he will clear the zone one way or another. You want him to drive the offense and move the puck up the ice, he will move the puck up ice and drive the offense. If you want him to generate shots, he will shoot. He doesn’t play a flashy, risky game, but rather a slower, simpler game. He’s a very low risk, potentially high reward player, and for a guy to do that while averaging bottom D pair time on a night to night basis, that’s pretty solid, to me.

All stats via Hockey-reference

Spider graphs created by Kyle Pereira, data gathered by CJ Turtoro

Controlling the Blueline visual from Sean Tierney

Featured Image Photo Credit – Dinur Blum

 

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Tampa Bay Lightning: Braydon Coburn Stays Put

Per Joe Smith of The Athletic Tampa, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Braydon Coburn agreed to a two-year, 3.4m extension.

Deep Dive On Coburn

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The 34 year-old defenseman recorded four goals, and nineteen assists in seventy-four games last season, while maintaining a corsi-for percentage of 52.6 and a fenwick-for percentage of 52.2.

The former Thrasher has been in the league for fourteen years. He’s been quite the work horse, playing in at least seventy-two games a season for ten of his fourteen seasons in the NHL. During all those years in the NHL, Coburn has not only maintained a positive plus/minus, but is a career plus 44. 

Not only is that impressive in my opinion, but he’s done that while playing in nine hundred and twenty-four career NHL game. While plus/minus is a team statistic, I believe it tells more than whether or not a team has good defense. Each member of the defense has an important part to play, and an elite defender, or goaltender can only do so much to hide a lack of defensive production by an individual. Being a guy with such a high plus/minus, that shows just how good he is personally. In addition, his advanced possession metrics (fenwick-for and corsi-for) have been pretty impressive as well. 

With his consistent defensive production, his ability to stay relatively healthy, and his ability to add some depth scoring, it makes that 1.7 million cap hit beyond reasonable. Tampa Bay did a really good job keeping a quality veteran on the roster, without overpaying for the talent. This is a good contract.

What’s Next?

Now with Coburn on the books for the next two seasons, general manager Julien BriseBois now has to turn his focus to the other remaining pending free agents including Brayden Point, Anton Stralman and Cedric Paquette. The only issue is that Tampa has roughly 6 million in cap space. So, you can likely expect BriseBois to make a few moves in the coming days to free up space.

stats from hockey-reference.com

cap research from CapFriendly.com

featured image photo credit – Nikos Michals

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Tampa Bay Lightning: Awful Trades and A Slow Off-Season

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois has not impressed anyone yet. Since taking over a star-studded team built by former GM Steve Yzerman, BriseBois decided not to add at the trade deadline.

 

His team, regardless of that, had an historic season. Or should I say, Yzerman’s team did, because BriseBois only added Jan Rutta, who played 14 games in blue and white. He also called up Cameron Gaunce, who stepped in for two games.

Then, with forward Brayden Point waiting for a contract as a Restricted Free Agent, BriseBois tests everyone’s patience by first extending Rutta, and then trading a bright, young, and talented goaltending prospect in Connor Ingram for a bucket of pucks. I mean a seventh round pick, in a draft three years from now, ultimately has the same value as a bucket of pucks. But at least you can get the pucks immediately and not wait three years for them. You’re welcome Nashville.

 

Why Is The Ingram Trade Bad?

First off, Ingram is a prospect, and the best in the Lightning system for his position. That alone should be reason enough for him to warrant a hell of a lot more than a seventh round pick in 2021. But there’s a lot more than meets the eye, so a deeper dive should do the trick.

 

Who Is Connor Ingram?

Ingram is a 22 year old goalie, who was drafted in the third round (88th overall) in 2016, where he was ranked as a top-10 goalie (and the eighth off the board).

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After being drafted, he returned to the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League, where he had played for the previous two seasons. In 45 games, he posted a 2.44 goals against average (GAA) and a .927 save percentage (SV%). Then, in six postseason games, he was magnificent, with a 2.18 GAA and .946 SV%.

The following season, he began with the Lightning’s ECHL affiliate at the time, the Adirondack Thunder, where he quickly proved he was too good to be there. With a 1.30 GAA and .960 SV% in three games, he was called up to the Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. There, he stepped into a big role, starting 35 games and posting a 2.33 GAA and .914 SV%.

Ingram started this season once again with Syracuse. But then, out of the blue, his playing time was rolled back. Despite being in the AHL all-star game this past season for his stellar season with the Crunch, he was sent to the new ECHL affiliate, the Orlando Solar Bears, after 22 games.

In those said 22 games, Ingram had a solid 2.26 GAA and .922 SV%. He was beginning to show why he was worthy of being a third-round selection (about where top goalies tend to get selected). That’s when things fell apart. According to personal sources, there was a dispute between Ingram and Lightning management, though it is unclear what exactly the disputes were about at this time. He did not play well in the 13 regular season ECHL games that followed (2.81 GAA, .914 SV%), but did play up to expectations in the playoffs (10 games, 1.94 GAA, .935 SV%), before ultimately falling short and getting knocked out of the playoffs.

 

In Conclusion

His frustrations were clear in his struggles at a low-level of hockey, and he reportedly requested a trade when he initially was sent down to the ECHL.

Just like with the Jonathan Drouin situation however, Ingram went back to his true on-ice self in the playoffs, and the problems seemingly, were no longer problems anymore. But at least the Lightning were able to snag Mikhail Sergachev for Drouin. Granted, Drouin had a lot more value than Ingram does, but the Lightning could have easily gotten more. At least get a third round pick back for him, or even a B-level prospect. But instead, in essence, a bucket of pucks that will get delivered in 2021.

 

All stats via Elite Prospects

Featured Image Photo Credit: Nikos Michals

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Tampa Bay Lightning: Free Agency Frenzy

Now that the Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed everyone that they could, they have $250,000 of salary cap space remaining.

 

It would be best if the Tampa Bay Lightning had an extra forward and an extra defenceman, which they can’t possibly afford with the cap space they have. Based on last season, for the most part the Lightning had two extra forwards and one extra defenseman, which could cost around $3M to have. With that being said, trading must be done. So, who are some players the Lightning could, and maybe even should, trade this off-season?

 

Alex Killorn – $4.45M Cap Hit, 4 Years Remaining

Killorn has been a solid top-nine forward for several years with the Lightning. He’s also been one of the top playoff performers on the roster, making it harder for me to want the Lightning to trade him. With the salary cap rising, along with the fact he’d probably be a middle-six  forward on another team rather than a fourth liner for the Lightning next year. He does have a No Trade Clause (NTC), but he could agree to be moved.

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Not just that, but with the Seattle expansion draft right around the corner, and players with NTC’s and NMC’s (No Movement Clause), it’s enormously important to move him to protect someone who will be far more important than him. If there’s a team who could use some depth, as well as a solid veteran to be paired with their youngsters, I’d say the  Buffalo Sabres or the Vancouver Canucks would be a good landing spot for him. 

Tyler Johnson – $5M Cap Hit, 5 Years Remaining

There’s no doubt Johnson is an overpaid forward, but also his term is far too long. He also has a NTC, making it even more important for the Lightning to get him off the books. However, his new-found chemistry playing on the left wing with Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov could save him, while also giving the Lightning a deadly second line.

But the fact that he is automatically protected and is overpaid, he still should get moved to a team who needs more offense. With Johnson’s versatility, he can play on either wing or at center. The Arizona Coyotes would be a nice destination for Johnson.

Ondrej Palat – $5.3M Cap Hit, 3 Years Remaining

Probably the most attractive option for other teams, as he has the most skill. But he is still, at least in my opinion, another overpaid forward. He also has a NTC, surprise, surprise. Although I’m not completely on the “Trade Ondrej Palat” ship, but his performance in the playoffs, and just the general hate he receives from some Bolts fans, makes him another option. For Palat, I’d say a contender out west, who could use a top-six winger, could use Palat. The Colorado Avalanche for example, although they must save some cap space for Mikko Rantanen as well. 

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Mock Trades

Tampa Receives: Kevin Connauton (D), 2019 2nd round pick

Arizona Receives: Alex Killorn (F)

Connauton has a $1.375M cap hit through 2020 and could be a solid bottom pair defenseman, in a rotation alongside Jan Rutta and Brayden Coburn. Connauton would wind up having just one more year, and is not required to re-sign, unlike Killorn, who has a much longer term. This would make things easier for Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois next season when Andrei Vasilevskiy hits the books.

They would free up $3.075M in cap space, giving them $3.325M to work with, but with only 11 forwards on the roster. Another thing this trade does is give the Lightning a second round pick in this years National Hockey League entry draft, something they don’t currently have.

After this trade, I’d say that the Lightning would keep both of Palat and Johnson, as Palat would likely be moving around the top three lines, but mainly playing alongside Steven Stamkos on the first. Johnson seemingly found great chemistry with Point and Kucherov, which would likely make him a second liner for most of next season. Now to fill that extra forward spot, while also having at least one extra forward.

Who To Sign?

Boston Bruins depth forward Noel Acciari could be a very nice addition to fill in on either wing, playing mainly in the bottom-six forward group. He plays a very physical brand of hockey, something that the Lightning need more of. He’s not a very flashy forward, but he is responsible in his own end and generates energy. I’d say a one-year, $950K contract would be accurate for Acciari. That would leave the Lightning with $2.375M remaining for one more forward.

Riley Sheahan of the Florida Panthers is another attractive option for the Lightning’s depth. He would more than likely be rotating in with prospect Alex Barre-Boulet if he doesn’t work out as the Lightning would hope on sheltered minutes.

Sheahan is experienced, but not old and also brings a strong two-way game. Putting up nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points in 81 games this past season, he proves to be durable, and can play anywhere on the bottom-six forward group. Sheahan, Cedric Paquette, Barre-Boulet and Acciari could be in a rotation for who the scratched forward is, similar to last season with the Lightning defencemen. He, too, could sign a one year, $950K contract.

 

Here are the new-look rosters after all these moves are made, using Capfriendly’s Armchair GM tool.

All stats via Hockey-Reference

All Salary Cap/Roster Make-up’s via Capfriendly

Featured Image Photo Credit – Nikos Michals

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Tampa Bay Lightning: Is Making A Big Deadline Deal Bad Luck?

Over the past few years, I have noticed a pattern, or at least what seems to be a pattern, after the season concludes. It all starts with the deadline, and how the Tampa Bay Lightning not making a move can actually be beneficial for the team for the remainder of the year.

That pattern is this: teams that make big splashes at the trade deadline seemingly never win the Stanley Cup. Not to say it has never happened, but more likely than not, that’s been the case.

2009 

The biggest name to be moved at the 2009 NHL deadline was then-30 year old veteran Olli Jokinen, who was coming off a 71 point campaign the year prior and at the time of the trade had 42 points in 57 games.

Upon arriving in Calgary, he finished the year with 15 points through the final 19 games. With that being said, he wound up producing at a higher rate with Calgary than he did with the Phoenix Coyotes. Come playoffs, he had 5 total points in the 6 games Calgary played before they were eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks in round 1.

Jokinen was traded by Calgary the following year, and despite his legendary career, would only ever see the playoffs for those 6 games.

2010 

In the days leading up to the 2010 deadline, the Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils came together for a blockbuster trade. Atlanta shipped out 26 year old sensation Ilya Kovalchuk (who was a point per game player in three of the prior four seasons), along with Anssi Salmela. In return they got Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a 2010 first round pick (traded to Rangers and became Kevin Hayes).

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Kovalchuk was the biggest piece, as the Devils wanted to add to the team, as they anticipated a deep playoff run. Kovalchuk had 58 points in 49 games with Atlanta that season, and played 27 with the Devils to finish off the year, registering 27 points. In the playoffs, Kovalchuk registered 6 points in 5 games, as the Devils were eliminated by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round.

2011 

The biggest trade on deadline day in 2011 was a deal that sent then-28 year old Dustin Penner from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings, in exchange for a 2011 1st round pick (Oscar Klefbom), and a 2012 3rd round pick (Daniil Zharkov) and defenseman Colten Teubert.

During the 2009-10 NHL season, Penner had a career year, scoring a career high 32 goals, adding 31 assists, for a career high 63 points for Edmonton. During the 2010-11 season, he played 62 games in an Oilers sweater, with 39 points, and was well  on his way to potentially another 30+ goal season. However, after the deal transpired, he recorded just 2 goals as a King in the final 19 games. But, just like every team so far, the Kings lasted just 6 games before a round 1 exit, with Penner recording 2 points in that span.

2012 

In 2012, the Los Angeles Kings made a trade that netted them a then-27 year old center from the Columbus Blue Jackets who was coming off 3 consecutive 30+ goal seasons, including a 46 goal campaign in the 2008-09 season in the form of Jeff Carter. In exchange, the Blue Jackets received defenseman Jack Johnson and a 2013 1st round pick (Marko Dano).

That season, Carter had 25 points in 39 games as a Jacket, and played 16 games in a Kings sweater following the deal, going on to record 9 points. However, this time around, Los Angeles went 20 games to glory, beating the New Jersey Devils to claim Lord Stanley’s Cup. Carter went on to record 13 points in those 20 games, 8 of those points being goals.

2013

In 2013, it was clear what the biggest trade (at that time) was. It was the trade that sent the New York Rangers fan favorite Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets, in exchange for Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, John Moore and a 2014 6th round pick (traded to Minnesota, became Chase Lang).

Coming off of a 41 goal season in 2011-12 with the Rangers, Gaborik played his final 35 games as a Ranger recording 19 points, before being shipped off. He finished the season playing 12 games in Columbus, recording 8 points. Columbus would wind up missing the playoffs entirely, despite making the biggest splash. .

2014 

The 2014 trade deadline was a sad one, as the big trade was my beloved Martin St. Louis heading to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan, a 2014 1st round pick (traded to New York Islanders, became Josh Ho-Sang) and a 2015 1st round pick (traded to Islanders, became Anthony Beauvillier).

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That season, St Louis suited up for 62 games with the Lightning, registering 61 points. After arriving in New York, he recorded 8 points in the 19 games played. In the playoffs, St. Louis recorded 15 points through 25 games, but the Rangers lost in 5 games to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final.

2015 

The biggest trade of this deadline has to be the deal between the Buffalo Sabres and the Winnipeg Jets. In this deal, the Sabres received then-23 year old Evander Kane, then-24 year old Zach Bogosian, and goalie Jason Kasdorf, while sending then-24 year old Tyler Myers, then-29 year old Drew Stafford, then-21 year old Joel Armia, then-18 year old Brendan Lemieux and a 2015 1st round pick (Jack Roslovic) to the Jets.

This is a lot to take in, I know, but bear with me here.

On the Sabres end, Evander Kane was coming off a 41 point season in 63 games with the Jets the year prior, and had played 37 games prior to the trade, garnering 22 points in that span. However, he was injured and did not play a game for the remainder of the regular season with the Sabres.

Zach Bogosian was a solid top 4 defenseman, with not much offense, but a solid 51.1 Corsi For % with the Jets prior to the deal. Upon arriving in Buffalo, he would play 21 games to round out the year, with not much offense and a worse CF% of 41.

Jason Kasdorf on the other hand, didn’t play with the Sabres that season, and has only played 1 NHL game on his career (currently).

As for the Jets, Tyler Myers had slightly more offensive upside than Bogosian, recording 13 points through 47 games with the Sabres that season, along with a terrible 39.7 CF%. After arriving in Winnipeg, he finished the year with 24 games played, registering 15 points and a CF% of 34.8 (yikes).

Drew Stafford was coming off of a 34 point season with the Sabres the year prior and had played 50 games with them before the deal was made, registering 24 points. He went on to finish the year as a Jet, playing in 26 games with 19 points.

Joel Armia played just one game that season (with the Sabres) and never stepped out on the ice for Winnipeg that year.

Meanwhile, Lemieux was still developing in the juniors and didn’t have any effect for either team that year.

The Buffalo Sabres would go on to miss the postseason, while Winnipeg did clinch. Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford went on to play just 4 games (they got swept by Anaheim in round 1) recording 1 and 2 points, respectively. Yet another team falling despite a big deal.

2016 

Nashville Predators. Columbus Blue Jackets. Seth Jones for Ryan Johansen. A major deadline deal that would go on to shape the two team’s futures.

The then-23 year old center, Johansen was coming off a 71 point campaign with the Blue Jackets, and had 26 points in 38 games prior to the deal. After arriving in Nashville, he finished with 34 points in 42 games.

As for Seth Jones, the then-21 year old defenseman was coming off a career high 27 point campaign in Nashville. He had 11 points through 40 games with Nashville before being dealt, along with a CF% of 57.7. Jones finished the year in Columbus with 41 games, registering 20 points, and a substantially lower CF% of 49.7.  

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Columbus wound up falling short of the postseason, but the Predators ended up making it into the playoffs. Eventually, they were eliminated in round 2 by the San Jose Sharks in 7 games. Johansen registered 8 points through the 14 playoff games played.

2017 

The Washington Capitals acquisition of Kevin Shattenkirk was the biggest move at the deadline. The Capitals struggled in their own zone and led the league in goals allowed. So, acquiring a top 4 defenseman was critical.

In addition to Shattenkirk, the Capitals also acquired goalie Phoenix Copley in that deal. 

In return, the St. Louis Blues received Zach Sanford, Brad Malone, a 2017 first round pick (traded to Philadelphia, became Morgan Frost), and a conditional 2019 second round pick.

Shattenkirk was on pace to having a career year with St Louis before being dealt. In the 61 games leading up to the trade, he had 42 points, 20 of which on the power play. When he came to Washington, he posted 14 points through 19 games, which is incredibly solid. He also had a much better +/- and Corsi For % (from -11 and 52.4% to +4 and 54.3%). However, once the playoffs rolled around, he was not very good. He recorded just 6 points through 13 games, as well as a -4. He also averaged close to 2 minutes less in the playoffs than in the regular season.

At the end of the day, the Capitals fell shy of the Eastern Conference Finals in seven games to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

2018 

The big trade at this deadline had to be the one between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers (again), but this time, it benefitted the Lightning, who were looking to add at the deadline.

The Lightning received defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward JT Miller. In return, the Rangers received Vladislav Namestnikov, Libor Hajek, Brett Howden, a 2018 1st round pick (Nils Lundkvist) and a 2019 conditional 2nd round pick (if the Lightning win the Stanley cup in 2018 or 2019, it becomes a 1st round pick).

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That season, McDonagh had 26 points through 49 games, to go along with a +7 +/- and a 46.4 CF%. Upon arriving in Tampa, he only put up 3 points in 14 games and a slightly worse +1 +/-. However, his CF% was much better, with a 52.7.

As for JT Miller, before the trade, he had 40 points through 63 games. After joining Tampa, he was nearly a point per game player, registering 18 points through 19 games.

In the playoffs, the Lightning made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, but fell short against a destined Washington Capitals team in 7 games. Through the 17 games, McDonagh recorded 5 points and a +2 +/- while Miller had 8 points through 17 games. But again, another team was hit with the bad luck that is the big deadline deal.

Recap

So, as you can see, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois might walk away with a Stanley Cup win this year. Instead of making a deadline trade that could potentially backfire on Tampa, they stayed quiet as their front office believed in their squad.

All stats via Hockey-Reference

All trades via nhltradetracker and nhl.com

Featured Image Photo Credit – Nikos Michals