In May 2010, Vinik hired Steve Yzerman away from the Detroit Red Wings front office to be the new GM, signing him to a five-year contract.

The last time he joined the podcast, Tampa was fresh off a disastrous first round sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Unable to make a final push for the playoffs, they were officially eliminated from contention within the first week of April. Join our linker program. The Lightning were busy during the final weeks before the NHL's trade deadline, acquiring wingers Kyle Wanvig, Stephen Baby and defenseman Shane O'Brien. Columbus fans were ecstatic, and rightfully so as the franchise’s first playoff series victory came in epic fashion. Because if he had been healthy all year, based on everything I know, he would not have been available with the 6th pick." It was revealed he suffered from a torn left meniscus, which put him out for the rest of the season. Jon Cooper has served as head coach since 2013 and is the longest tenured active head coach in the NHL. host and hockey fanatic Alex Trebek, Western Conference: Assigning captains to the captain-less teams, Way Too Soon NHL Power Rankings for the Pacific Division, Anaheim Ducks: Don’t discount the addition of Kevin Shattenkirk, Stanley Cup Playoffs: 5 best Presidents' Trophy winners that didn't win the Stanley Cup, Wednesday’s Hot Clicks: The Lightning Sent the Most Melodramatic Tweet After Their Choke, Stanley Cup Playoffs: Examining a trend with getting swept in first round, Columbus Blue Jackets: 3 reasons why they upset Tampa Bay Lightning, 3 players the Tampa Bay Lightning should trade after playoff exit. Desperate times call for desperate measures. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. "[22] On June 23, ESPN reported Melrose had been chosen to be the head coach of the Lightning, beginning in 2008–09. Tampa Bay did, however, win both game three and four to take a 3–1 series lead.

[16] By mid-February, the Lightning were well out of playoff contention and were sinking under a rash of injuries.

The new sweaters were unveiled on September 27, 2014. The Lightning were set to play against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals. Your privacy is safe with us. By using our platform, you consent to our use of cookies. To finish the season the league expanded the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs to include 24 teams. Engblom has served as an analyst on NHL Live, and also served as color analyst for Winnipeg Jets games on TSN in Canada. Despite the introduction of the new uniforms, the previous third jersey was retained, with the new simplified logo replacing the old logo in the shoulders prior to the 2012–13 season. The Lightning played their first regular season game on October 7, 1992 in Tampa's tiny 11,000-seat Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The first game of the series ultimately became the fourth-longest NHL game in history, as the game-winning goal was scored by Brayden Point at the 10:27 mark of the fifth overtime period. This style was also used on the blue alternate in 1998–99, replacing an "electrified" number font used from 1996 to 1998. They had acquired goal-scorer Dino Ciccarelli from the Detroit Red Wings during the 1996 off-season, and he did not disappoint, scoring 35 goals while Chris Gratton notched another 30 goals. With the sixth pick of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Lightning selected forward Brett Connolly despite a history of injuries while playing for the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Prince George Cougars. After this point, they won 23 of their next 26 games, including two separate win streaks of at least ten games, the second of which eventually set a new franchise record of eleven consecutive wins. One of the things I like to look at is how well teams pass the puck to create an opening from the slot, or inside the house for a scoring chance. [70], Until the 2019–20 season,[71] an official dance team known as the Lightning Girls performed at all home games and community events. Taylor had served as the teams color commentator since the 1993–94 season, which was the team's second year of existence. [35] St. Louis, who had a no-move clause in his contract with Tampa Bay, reportedly consented to only being traded to the New York Rangers. He stated, "I miss not having a dog in the fight. Ryan is a Certified Level III USA Hockey Coach. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices.

Tampa Bay had only played 70 games when the NHL suspended the season on March 12, 2020, due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

See All Posts By Glass & Out Podcast, "Everybody has to be respected. With a talent stocked roster like the Lightning, anyone can coach them to a playoff spot, but it’s now painfully obvious that Cooper couldn’t get the best out of his players when they needed to most. A third sweater was not used during all of 2017–18 and much of the 2018–19 season. The Lightning re-signed centers Cedric Paquette and Brayden Point to two and three-year contracts, respectively. The Lightning won the first three games of the series and had a chance to sweep the Canadiens, however Montreal responded with wins in Games 4 and 5 to extend the series to a sixth game. ", Two dream seasons and first Stanley Cup championship, Post-championship successes and disappointments, Conference finals and continuing contention, CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (, their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals since 2004, List of Tampa Bay Lightning award winners, "Lightning Unveil New Logo, Jersey Systems Along with Vision and Brand Aspiration", "Tampa Bay Sports And Entertainment LLC Closes on Purchase of Tampa Bay Lightning", "Part 1: Manon Rhéaume shatters hockey's gender barrier", "LCS Hockey : Team Reports : Tampa Bay Lightning", "Lightning winger St. Louis out with broken leg", "Vote deadline may have cost Khabibulin the MVP award", "Raising the Cup presents: Game 7 2004 Stanley Cup Final", "Tampa Bay Lightning – News: Lightning Acquire Conditional Draft Pick, AHL All-Star Defenseman From Philadelphia – 25 February 2008", "Tampa Bay Lightning – News: Lightning Acquire Goaltender Mike Smith, Center Jeff Halpern, Left Wing Jussi Jokinen & fourth-Round Pick From Dallas – 26 February 2008", "Tampa Bay Lightning – News: Lightning Acquire Seventh-Round Pick In 2008 From Nashville In Exchange For Jan Hlavac – 26 February 2008", "Lightning re-sign D Boyle to six-year extension", "Bickering Tampa Bay Lightning owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie on track for a messy divorce", "Tortorella calls new Tampa owners 'cowboys,' rips old franchise", "Lightning award Tocchet full-time coaching job", "Steven Stamkos' empty-net goal gives him 51 and a share of the Rocket Richard Trophy Damian Cristodero", "It's official: Tampa Bay Lightning fires coach Rick Tocchet and GM Brian Lawton", "Tampa Bay Lightning gets goalie Dwayne Roloson from New York Islanders for minor-league defenseman", "Lightning Release Guy Boucher of Coaching Duties", "Lightning name Jon Cooper as head coach", "Lightning To Use Compliance Buyout on Vincent Lecavalier", "Analysis of Lecavalier Compliance Buyout", "Lightning's Stamkos cleared to play Thursday against Sabres", "St. Louis, Lightning discuss future with team", "Lightning sign GM Yzerman to four-year extension", "Max Pacioretty lifts Habs to 2nd round in sweep of Lightning", "Lightning use second compliance buyout on Ryan Malone", "Lightning beat up on Original Six to reach Cup finals", "The Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff journey through the Original Six", "Tampa Bay Falls Just Short, Loses the Cup in Game 6 Shutout", "Stamkos' transformation into Kucherov's set-up man has Lightning looking scarier than ever | The Hockey News", "AP Source: Steve Yzerman stepping down as Lightning GM", "Steve Yzerman stepping down as Lightning general manager", "Lightning ties NHL wins record with No. Nov 29, TBL (12-11) lost to WSH, 3-4 OT, 33. [10] Williams knew very little about hockey, but was very visible and outspoken, and immediately pumped an additional $6 million into the team's payroll. Following their playoff exit, on August 7, 2007, Absolute Hockey Enterprises, a group led by Doug MacLean, announced it had signed a purchase agreement for the team and the leasehold on the St. Pete Times Forum. However, as had been the case with Demers, the damage from the last few seasons under Kokusai Green was too much for Ludzik to overcome. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Stamkos was also second in the NHL in points with 97, and was a finalist for both the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award. [40] The same day, the Lightning used its remaining compliance buyout on forward Ryan Malone after his on-ice performance had declined from injuries seasons prior in addition to his off-ice troubles that included a DUI arrest before the end of the season.[41]. The Lightning bounced back with this talent in the last third of the season, but it was not enough as they missed the playoffs by one point. After holding the first place in the Southeast Division for several months, they fell to second after a poor performance in March.

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