Trading Partners: Tampa Bay Lightning Edition

We take a painful look through all 12 of the trades made between the two 1992 expansion franchises.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are considered to be like a brother to the Ottawa Senators’  organization. Both franchises entered (or in Ottawa’s case, re-entered) the NHL in 1992 in a dual-expansion year. Both teams have found success in their first 25 years in the league, with Tampa Bay of course winning the Stanley Cup once in their short history, and Ottawa coming ever-so-close in 2007. We take a look back at all of the trades that these two teams have completed thus far in their histories. There are a couple interesting ones more recently, with a couple of “Huh, who?” trades dating back to the early 90s.

1. Bishop for Conacher (April 3, 2013)

In what many Senators fans see as the most lop-sided trade in recent team memory, the Senators shipped off future Vezina finalist, Ben Bishop, for what management thought was a sure NHL player in prospect Cory Conacher. Ottawa also received a 4th round pick in that year’s draft, which turned into Tobias Lindberg. Conacher was a massive disappointment during his time in Ottawa, and was eventually put on waivers by the team. Ben Bishop would help backstop the Lightning on a few deep playoff runs, and was consistently among the top goaltenders in the league. Recently suffering through a string of injuries, Bishop was recently shipped off to the L.A. Kings prior to this year’s trade deadline for a few draft picks and Peter Budaj. The once top prospect in the Senators organization, Tobias Lindberg, was also sent to Toronto in the Phaneuf trade, and has yet to crack their NHL roster full-time.

2. Anze Kopit…Whoops,  Brian Lee (February 27, 2012)

Brian Lee was drafted 9th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Lee was selected above  some big-name players, like Anze Kopitar, Tuukka Rask, and T.J. Oshie. The Senators hoped he could turn into a stud on the blueline for the team, but ultimately failed for have a positive impact in the NHL. The Senators’ underperforming blueliner was sent to Tampa Bay in 2012 for fellow defenceman Matt Gilroy. Gilroy had a brief stint with the team, but never really made an impact with the organization.

3. Meszaros for Kuba (August 29, 2008)

In 2008, the Lightning acquired Andre Meszaros from the Senators in exchange for Filip Kuba, Alexandre Picard, and a 2009 1st round pick (which was traded to the Islanders and turned into Kyle Palmieri). Filip Kuba was undoubtedly the biggest piece the Senators received in the trade. He was Marc Methot before Marc Methot was cool. We all remember him as Karlsson’s first stable defence partner on the team, and he put up some impressive numbers with Kuba by his side. Kuba was a great mentor for the rookie, Erik Karlsson, and like Methot, helped to stabilize the defence while Karlsson went out and did what he does best: generate offence.

4. Derek Grant (June 23, 2007)

In a draft day trade, the Bolts acquired one 5th and two 7th round picks in that year’s draft, in exchange for a 2008 4th round pick, which turned into Derek Grant. Grant was quite successful with the Senators’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton, toiling there for many seasons and becoming a fan favourite. While he did play some games for the NHL squad, he failed to earn a permanent role and has ultimately ended up as a journeyman in the NHL, making stops in Calgary, Buffalo, and now Nashville, alternating between their NHL and AHL squads.

Some other (less) notable trades:

  • June 23, 2002 – 7th round pick to TBL, Josef Boumedienne to OTT
  • March 15, 2002 – Andre Roy, 6th round pick to TBL, Juha Ylonen to OTT
  • June 23, 2001 – 3rd round pick to TBL, 4th and 7th round picks to OTT
    • Note: OTT drafted Ray Emery with the 4th round pick, 99th overall, in 2001
  • March 13, 2001 – John Emmons to TBL, Craig Millar to OTT
  • June 4, 2000 – 7th round pick to TBL, Rich Parent to OTT
    • Note: TBL drafted Paul Gaustad with the 7th round pick, 220th overall, in 2000
  • March 8, 2000 – Jeff Shevalier to OTT
  • November 11, 1999 – Bruce Gardiner to TBL, Colin Forbes to OTT
  • June 30, 1999 – Andreas Johansson to TBL, Rob Zamuner and 2nd round pick to OTT
    • Note: rights for TBL to sign Rick Dudley as GM included in deal

Total trades made: 12

Total players involved: 18

Total draft picks involved: 12

Keep an eye out for future editions of Trading Partners!

All trade data is taken from and


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