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|2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning · NHL|
|General Manager||Brian Lawton|
|Coach|| Barry Melrose (Oct/Nov) |
Rick Tocchet (Nov-Apr) interim
|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)|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Malone then agreed to a 7-year contract with the Lightning two days before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.
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.
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.
|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.
|e-Tampa Bay Lightning||82||24||40||18||210||279||66|
|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-New York Rangers||82||43||30||9||210||218||95|
|e-Toronto Maple Leafs||82||34||35||13||250||293||81|
|e-Tampa Bay Lightning||82||24||40||18||210||279||66|
|e-New York Islanders||82||26||47||9||201||279||61|
* – division leader
|2008–09 Game Log|
October: 3-3-3 (Home 1-2-3, Road 2-1-0)
November: 3-7-4 (Home 2-2-2, Road 1-5-2)
December: 4-6-3 (Home 1-2-2, Road 3-4-1)
January: 7-7-0 (Home 4-3-0, Road 3-4-0)
February: 3-7-2 (Home 3-3-1, Road 0-4-1)
March: 4-6-5 (Home 1-4-3, Road 3-2-2)
April: 0-4-1 (Home 0-2-0, Road 0-2-1)
Record vs. OpponentsEdit
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
The Tampa Bay Lightning failed to qualify for the 2009 NHL playoffs.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes
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
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Lightning. Stats reflect season totals.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record
Awards and recordsEdit
|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|
|July 4, 2008|| To Tampa Bay|
First-round pick in 2009
Fourth-round pick in 2010 draft
| To San Jose|
|August 29, 2008|| To Tampa Bay|
| To Ottawa Senators|
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|
|October 6, 2008|| To Tampa Bay|
| To Vancouver Canucks|
|November 7, 2008|| To Tampa Bay|
Fourth-round pick in 2009 draft(later traded)
| To Philadelphia Flyers|
Third-round pick in 2009 draft(later traded)
|November 25, 2008|| To Tampa Bay|
| To Phoenix Coyotes|
|November 30, 2008|| To Tampa Bay|
| To Dallas Stars|
|February 7, 2009|| To Tampa Bay|
Fourth-round pick in 2009 draft(later traded for Richard Petiot)
| To Carolina Hurricanes|
|March 4, 2009|| To Tampa Bay|
| To Boston Bruins|
Second-round pick in 2010 draft
Claimed from WaiversEdit
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.
|1||1||Steven Stamkos||(C)||Canada||Sarnia Sting (OHL)|
|4||117 (from San Jose)||James Wright||(C)||Canada||Vancouver Giants (WHL)|
|5||122||Dustin Tokarski||(G)||Canada||Spokane Chiefs (WHL)|
|5||147 (from San Jose)||Kyle De Coste||(RW)||Canada||Brampton Battalion (OHL)|
|6||152||Mark Barberio||(D)||Canada||Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)|
|6||160 (from Florida via Chicago)||Luke Witkowski||(D)||United States||Ohio Junior Blue Jackets (USHL)|
|7||182||Matias Sointu||(RW)||Finland||Ilves Tampere (Finland Jr.)|
|7||203 (from Anaheim)||David Carle||(D)||United States||Shattuck-Saint Mary's (USHS-Minnesota)|
Updated April 2, 2009.
- ↑ Lightning Head Coach John Tortorella Will Not Return For 2008-09
- ↑ Oilers sale to Daryl Katz approved by NHL
- ↑ Barry Melrose Named Head Coach of Tampa Bay Lightning
- ↑ Lightning Buy Out Contract of Goaltender Marc Denis
- ↑ Lightning Acquire Rights To Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts
- ↑ CANOE - SLAM! Sports - Hockey NHL - Tampa Bay - Lightning sign Mark Recchi to one-year deal
- ↑ CANOE - SLAM! Sports - NHL - Bolts win draft lottery
- ↑ NHL.com - Stats (2008-06-21). Retrieved on 2008-06-21.
- ↑ Tampa Bay Lightning - Team - Roster. Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved on 2009-04-02.
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