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2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning · NHL
Division 4th Southeast
Conference 13th Eastern
2008–09 record 18-25-11
Home record 9-10-7
Road record 9-15-4
Goals for 135
Goals against 167
General Manager Brian Lawton
Coach Barry Melrose (Oct/Nov)
Rick Tocchet (Nov-Apr) interim
Captain Vincent Lecavalier
Alternate captains Andrej Meszaros (Oct/Nov)
Jeff Halpern (Nov-Apr)
Martin St. Louis
Arena St. Pete Times Forum
Average attendance 16,054 (82.3% total)
Team leaders
Goals Vincent Lecavalier (24)
Assists Martin St. Louis (31)
Points Martin St. Louis (50)
Penalties in minutes Evgeny Artyukhin (77)
Wins Mike Smith (14)
Goals against average Mike Smith (2.62)

The 2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning season is the 17th season for the franchise in Tampa Bay.

OffseasonEdit

On June 3, it was announced that head coach John Tortorella would not return to the team despite having another year left on his contract.[1]

The NHL board of governors on Wednesday, June 18, approved the sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning was made to movie and television producer Oren Koules. The deal is pending the closing of the financial deal of $200 million US to buy the team and lease the St. Pete Times Forum. Koules, 47, played in Medicine Hat and Calgary in the Western Hockey League in the early 1980s. In more recent years, he achieved success with the Saw movie franchise and the television sitcom Two and a Half Men. Among his business partners in the Lightning deal is former NHL player Len Barrie.[2]

On June 24, the Lightning announced that Barry Melrose was hired as the team's new head coach. Melrose had not coached in the NHL since 1995, with the Los Angeles Kings. Since that time, he had served as an analyst for the ESPN networks.[3]

Goaltender Marc Denis's contract was bought out by the Lightning on June 25, almost 2 years to the date after his acquisition from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Denis had one year remaining on his contract.[4]

The Lightning acquired the rights to left wings Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2009.[5] Malone then agreed to a 7-year contract with the Lightning two days before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Lightning acquired the rights to right wing Brian Rolston from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2009 or 2010. Rolston would later sign with the New Jersey Devils.

On August 29, the Lightning acquired defenceman Andrej Meszaros from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defencemen Filip Kuba, as well as Alexandre Picard, and a first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (obtained in an earlier deal with the San Jose Sharks). The Lightning would go on to sign Meszaros to a 6-year contract worth $24-million.

On September 18, the Lightning announced that their new team captain would be Vincent Lecavalier.

Pre-seasonEdit

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be playing five preseason games before opening the season against the NY Rangers on October 4 in Prague. Of special note, this is the first time that Tampa Bay will be opening the season outside of North America. This will also be the first time that the Lightning will play a preseason game outside North America, playing Eisbaren Berlin in Germany on September 28. It was announced later that the Lightning would also play against HC Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak Extraliga on September 30.

Date Opponent Location Time Result
Saturday, September 20 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena 7:30pm 5-4 W (SO)
Monday, September 22 Pittsburgh St. Pete Times Forum 7:30pm 3-2 L
Tuesday, September 23 NY Rangers St. Pete Times Forum 7:30 pm 3-2 W
Thursday, September 25 NY Rangers Madison Square Garden 7:00 pm 4-2 W
Sunday, September 28 Eisbaren Berlin Berlin, Germany 10:00 pm 4-1 W
Tuesday, September 30 HC Slovan Bratislava Bratislava, Slovakia 12:00 pm 3-2 W (SO)
  • Note: all times EST and bold games are Home Games.

Regular seasonEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Southeast Division GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
y-Washington Capitals 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
x-Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
e-Florida Panthers 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
e-Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
e-Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 18 210 279 66

Conference standingsEdit

Eastern Conference GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
z-Boston Bruins * 82 53 19 10 274 196 116
y-Washington Capitals * 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
y-New Jersey Devils * 82 51 27 4 244 209 106
x-Pittsburgh Penguins 82 45 28 9 264 239 99
x-Philadelphia Flyers 82 44 27 11 264 238 99
x-Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
x-New York Rangers 82 43 30 9 210 218 95
x-Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 11 249 247 93
e-Florida Panthers 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
e-Buffalo Sabres 82 41 32 9 250 234 91
e-Ottawa Senators 82 36 35 11 217 237 83
e-Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 35 13 250 293 81
e-Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
e-Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 18 210 279 66
e-New York Islanders 82 26 47 9 201 279 61
x - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, z - clinched best conference record, e - eliminated from playoff contention

* – division leader

Game logEdit

2008–09 Game Log
Schedule

Record vs. OpponentsEdit

Team Points Record
New Jersey* 106 0–1–3
NY Islanders 61 1–2–1
NY Rangers 95 0–3–1
Philadelphia 99 1–2–1
Pittsburgh 99 1–2–1
Boston* 116 1–3–0
Buffalo 91 2–2–0
Montreal 93 2–0–2
Ottawa 83 1–2–1
Toronto 81 3–0–1
Atlanta 76 2–3–1
Florida 93 3–2–1
Carolina 97 0–4–2
Washington* 108 0–6–0
Chicago 104 0–0–1
Columbus 92 1–0–0
Detroit* 112 0–1–0
Nashville 88 0–1–0
St. Louis 92 0–0–1
Calgary 98 1–0–0
Colorado 69 0–1–1
Edmonton 85 0–1–0
Minnesota 89 0–1–1
Vancouver* 100 0–1–0
Anaheim 91 1–0–0
Dallas 83 1–0–0
Los Angeles 79 1–0–0
Phoenix 79 1–0–0
San Jose* 117 0–2–0

Notes: * denotes division winner; teams in bold are in the Southeast Division; teams in italics qualified for the playoffs; points refer to the points achieved by the team whom the Thrashers played against

     = Member of the Atlantic Division
     = Member of the Northeast Division
     = Member of the Southeast Division
     = Member of the Central Division
     = Member of the Northeast Division
     = Member of the Pacific Division

PlayoffsEdit

The Tampa Bay Lightning failed to qualify for the 2009 NHL playoffs.

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
St. Louis, MartinMartin St. Louis 82 30 50 80 +4 14
Lecavalier, VincentVincent Lecavalier 77 29 38 67 -9 54
Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos 79 23 23 46 -13 39
Prospal, VaclavVaclav Prospal 82 19 26 45 -20 52
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi 62 13 32 45 -15 20
Malone, RyanRyan Malone 70 26 19 45 +4 98
Eminger, SteveSteve Eminger 50 4 19 23 -4 36
Krajicek, LukasLukas Krajicek 71 2 17 19 -8 48
Halpern, JeffJeff Halpern 52 7 9 16 -13 32
Artyukhin, EvgenyEvgeny Artyukhin 73 6 10 16 +1 151
Meszaros, AndrejAndrej Meszaros 52 2 14 16 -4 36
Jokinen, JussiJussi Jokinen 46 6 10 16 -8 16
Pettinger, MattMatt Pettinger 59 8 7 15 -14 24
Murphy, CoryCory Murphy 25 5 10 15 -3 12
Ranger, PaulPaul Ranger 42 2 11 13 -5 56
Hall, AdamAdam Hall 74 5 5 10 -9 29
Szczechura, PaulPaul Szczechura 31 4 5 9 -1 12
Roberts, GaryGary Roberts 30 4 3 7 -11 27
Lashoff, MattMatt Lashoff 12 0 7 7 -7 10
Vrbata, RadimRadim Vrbata 18 3 3 6 -1 8
Craig, RyanRyan Craig 54 2 4 6 -7 60
Downie, SteveSteve Downie 23 3 3 6 +2 54
Malik, MarekMarek Malik 42 0 5 5 -3 36
Melichar, JosefJosef Melichar 24 0 5 5 +1 29
Karsums, MartinsMartins Karsums 18 1 4 5 -5 6
Smaby, MattMatt Smaby 43 0 4 4 -11 50
Petiot, RichardRichard Petiot 11 0 3 3 +5 21
Mihalik, VladimirVladimir Mihalik 11 0 3 3 -3 6
Niskala, JanneJanne Niskala 6 1 2 3 0 6
Gratton, ChrisChris Gratton 18 0 2 2 -3 10
Heward, JamieJamie Heward 13 0 2 2 -1 4
Koci, DavidDavid Koci 33 1 1 2 +3 132
Carle, MattMatt Carle 12 1 1 2 +1 6
Lundin, MikeMike Lundin 25 0 2 2 -4 4
Bochenski, BrandonBrandon Bochenski 7 0 1 1 -3 2
Konopka, ZenonZenon Konopka 7 0 1 1 -1 29
Smolenak, RadekRadek Smolenak 6 0 1 1 +1 10
Wishart, TyTy Wishart 5 0 1 1 0 0
Quick, KevinKevin Quick 6 0 1 1 0 0
Ward, JasonJason Ward 1 0 0 0 0 2
Hutchinson, AndrewAndrew Hutchinson 2 0 0 0 -5 0
Segal, BrandonBrandon Segal 2 0 0 0 0 0
O'Brien, ShaneShane O'Brien 1 0 0 0 -1 0
Welch, NoahNoah Welch 17 0 0 0 -4 14
Kinrade, GeoffGeoff Kinrade 1 0 0 0 -1 0

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Smith, MikeMike Smith 41 2471 14 18 9 108 2.62 1282 1174 .916 2
Ramo, KarriKarri Ramo 24 1311 4 10 7 80 3.66 756 676 .894 0
McKenna, MikeMike McKenna 15 775 4 8 1 46 3.56 406 360 .887 1
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig 8 410 2 4 1 25 3.66 245 220 .898 0
Helenius, RikuRiku Helenius 1 6 0 0 0 0 0.00 2 2 1.000 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Lightning. Stats reflect season totals.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and recordsEdit

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Steven Stamkos 1st NHL Game October 4, 2008
Steven Stamkos 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
October 28, 2008
Steven Stamkos 1st NHL Goal October 30, 2008
Steven Stamkos 1st NHL Hat Trick February 17, 2009

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

July 4, 2008 To Tampa Bay
Matt Carle
Ty Wishart
First-round pick in 2009
Fourth-round pick in 2010 draft
To San Jose
Dan Boyle
Brad Lukowich
August 29, 2008 To Tampa Bay
Andrej Meszaros
To Ottawa Senators
Filip Kuba
Alexandre Picard
First-round pick in 2009 draft (pick acquired in Matt Carle trade, later traded)
September 29, 2008 To Tampa Bay
Conditional 2009 draft pick (6th round, Jaroslav Janus)
To Nashville Predators
Nick Tarnasky
October 6, 2008 To Tampa Bay
Lukas Krajicek
Juraj Simek
To Vancouver Canucks
Shane O'Brien
Michel Ouellet
November 7, 2008 To Tampa Bay
Steve Eminger
Steve Downie
Fourth-round pick in 2009 draft(later traded)
To Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Carle
Third-round pick in 2009 draft(later traded)
November 25, 2008 To Tampa Bay
Future Considerations
To Phoenix Coyotes
Wyatt Smith
November 30, 2008 To Tampa Bay
Lauri Tukonen
To Dallas Stars
Andrew Hutchinson
February 7, 2009 To Tampa Bay
Wade Brookbank
Josef Melichar
Fourth-round pick in 2009 draft(later traded for Richard Petiot)
To Carolina Hurricanes
Jussi Jokinen
March 4, 2009 To Tampa Bay
Matt Lashoff
Martin Karsums
To Boston Bruins
Mark Recchi
Second-round pick in 2010 draft

Free AgentsEdit

Player Former team Contract Terms
Adam Hall Pittsburgh Penguins 3 years, $1.8 million
Olaf Kolzig Washington Capitals 1 year, $1.5 million
Radim Vrbata Phoenix Coyotes 3 years, $9 million
Mark Recchi[6] Atlanta Thrashers 1 year, $1.25 million
David Koci Chicago Blackhawks 1 year, $525,000
Brandon Bochenski Nashville Predators 2 years
Marek Malik New York Rangers 1 year, $1.25 million
Player New team
Marc Denis Montreal Canadiens
Junior Lessard Atlanta Thrashers
Craig MacDonald Columbus Blue Jackets
Doug Janik Chicago Blackhawks

Claimed from WaiversEdit

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers
Matt Pettinger Vancouver Canucks October 21, 2008
Cory Murphy Florida Panthers January 19, 2009

Draft picksEdit

Steven Stamkos

Steven Stamkos was the first overall selection in 2008

Tampa Bay entered the NHL Draft Lottery with a 48.8-per-cent chance of winning the lottery after stumbling to a 31-42-9 record in the regular season. The Lightning finished last in the league just four years after winning their first Stanley Cup.[7]

Tampa Bay's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft[8] in Ottawa, Ontario.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Club Team
1 1 Steven Stamkos (C) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sarnia Sting (OHL)
4 117 (from San Jose) James Wright (C) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Vancouver Giants (WHL)
5 122 Dustin Tokarski (G) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
5 147 (from San Jose) Kyle De Coste (RW) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Brampton Battalion (OHL)
6 152 Mark Barberio (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
6 160 (from Florida via Chicago) Luke Witkowski (D) Flag of the United States United States Ohio Junior Blue Jackets (USHL)
7 182 Matias Sointu (RW) Flag of Finland Finland Ilves Tampere (Finland Jr.)
7 203 (from Anaheim) David Carle (D) Flag of the United States United States Shattuck-Saint Mary's (USHS-Minnesota)

RosterEdit

Updated April 2, 2009.[9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
76 Flag of Russia Artyukhin, EvgenyEvgeny Artyukhin

RW L 33 2001 Moscow, U.S.S.R.
27 Flag of the United States Bochenski, BrandonBrandon Bochenski

RW R 34 2008 Blaine, Minnesota
34 Flag of Canada.svg Craig, RyanRyan Craig

C L 34 2002 Abbotsford, British Columbia
18 Flag of the United States Hall, AdamAdam Hall

RW R 36 2008 Kalamazoo, Michigan
11 Flag of the United States Halpern, JeffJeff Halpern

 (A)

C R 40 2008 Potomac, Maryland
44 Flag of Latvia Karsums, MartinsMartins Karsums

RW R 30 2009 Riga, U.S.S.R.
33 Flag of the Czech Republic Koci, DavidDavid Koci

LW/D L 35 2008 Prague, Czechoslovakia
2 Flag of the Czech Republic Krajicek, LukasLukas Krajicek

D L 33 2008 Prostějov, Czechoslovakia
55 Flag of the United States Lashoff, MattMatt Lashoff

D L 30 2009 East Greenbush, New York
4 Flag of Canada.svg Lecavalier, VincentVincent Lecavalier

 (CInjury icon

C L 36 1998 Ile-Bizard, Quebec
22 Flag of the Czech Republic Malik, MarekMarek Malik

D L 41 2008 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
12 Flag of the United States Malone, RyanRyan Malone

LW L 37 2008 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
30 Flag of the United States McKenna, MikeMike McKenna

G L 33 2008 St. Louis, Missouri
6 Flag of the Czech Republic Melichar, JosefJosef Melichar

D L 37 2009 České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
14 Flag of Slovakia Meszaros, AndrejAndrej Meszaros

 Injury icon

D L 31 2008 Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
21 Flag of Canada.svg Murphy, CoryCory Murphy

D L 38 2009 Kanata, Ontario
50 Flag of Canada.svg Petiot, RichardRichard Petiot

D L 34 2009 Daysland, Alberta
24 Flag of Canada.svg Pettinger, MattMatt Pettinger

LW L 36 2008 Edmonton, Alberta
20 Flag of the Czech Republic Prospal, VaclavVaclav Prospal

LW L 41 2008 České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
31 Flag of Finland Ramo, KarriKarri Ramo

G L 30 2004 Asikkala, Finland
54 Flag of Canada.svg Ranger, PaulPaul Ranger

 Injury icon

D L 32 2002 Whitby, Ontario
32 Flag of the United States Smaby, MattMatt Smaby

D L 32 2003 Minneapolis, Minnesota
41 Flag of Canada.svg Smith, MikeMike Smith

 Injury icon

G L 34 2008 Kingston, Ontario
52 Flag of the Czech Republic Smolenak, RadekRadek Smolenak

LW L 30 2005 Prague, Czechoslovakia
26 Flag of Canada.svg St. Louis, MartinMartin St. Louis

 (A)

RW L 41 2000 Laval, Quebec
91 Flag of Canada.svg Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos

C R 26 2008 Markham, Ontario
38 Flag of Canada.svg Szczechura, PaulPaul Szczechura

C R 31 2008 Brantford, Ontario
7 Flag of the United States Welch, NoahNoah Welch

D L 34 2009 Brighton, Massachusetts

See alsoEdit

Farm teamsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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