2015–16 Tampa Bay Lightning · NHL
Division 2nd Atlantic
Conference 6th Eastern
2015–16 record 46–31–5
Home record 25–13–3
Road record 21–18–2
Goals for 227
Goals against 201
General Manager Steve Yzerman
Coach Jon Cooper
Captain Steven Stamkos
Alternate captains Ryan Callahan
Rotating
Arena Amalie Arena
Average attendance 19,092 (100%)[1]
Team Leaders
Goals Steven Stamkos (36)
Assists Victor Hedman (37)
Points Nikita Kucherov (66)
Penalties in minutes J. T. Brown (59)
Wins Ben Bishop (35)
Goals against average Ben Bishop (2.06)
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The 2015–16 Tampa Bay Lightning season was the 24th season for the National Hockey League (NHL) franchise that was established on December 16, 1991.[2] The Lightning entered the season as the defending Eastern Conference champions.

The regular season began on October 8, 2015 against the Philadelphia Flyers with a 3–2 victory, with Jason Garrison scoring the first 3-on-3 overtime goal in NHL history.[3]

Off-season[edit | edit source]

June[edit | edit source]

The off season for the Lightning began on June 15, 2015, when the lightning lost in the Stanley Cup final in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks.[4] On June 17, 2015, during exit interviews, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman stated that his number one priority was to sign Steven Stamkos to a long term contract. Stamkos also expressed his desire to remain with the team when stated that "I've said it all along, I want to win a championship with this group. It's been a great ride this year. I know we'll have some talks, whether it's in the next day or weeks, I don't know. But we'll definitely be getting something worked out hopefully shortly." Yzerman expressed that Stamkos had done everything that the team asked of him and that Stamkos played through an injury during the playoffs.[5] The nature and the extent of the injury were not revealed during exit interviews. Yzerman also addressed the teams goaltending and expected roster changes in his interview. Yzerman stated that he would be really comfortable with Ben Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy as the goalies heading into the season. Yzerman also added that he was not looking to move either goalies, and that he'd like to enjoy the tandem for another year or two. When answering questions on the roster, Yzerman said that he did not expect a lot of roster changes by pointing out that Vladislav Namestnikov, Jonathan Drouin, and Nikita Nesterov will get more opportunities with the team in the coming season.[6] On the injury front, Lightning center Tyler Johnson revealed that he was not sure if his broken right wrist would require surgery in the off season. He said that he got hurt in Game one of the Stanley Cup Final when he landed on it after getting checked at mid-ice by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.[6] Goalie Ben Bishop said that his groin tear suffered in the final will not require surgery, just rest in the off season.[7]

On June 22, 2015, the Lightning released its preseason schedule for the 2015–16 NHL season.[8] The Lightning will be playing the Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, and Dallas Stars at Amalie Arena and at their opponents venue. In addition to these opponents, the Lightning will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA game in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The game will be nationally televised on NBC Sports Network. Johnstown was selected "Kraft Hockeyville USA" through a public voting system at www.krafthockeyville.com. Along with being the host arena, the Johnstown Cambria County War Memorial Arena will receive $150,000 in upgrades. Fans may be familiar with the arena, because it was the inspiration for Charestown and the Chiefs in the 1977 Paul Newman film Slap Shot.[9] Later in the same day, assistant coach George Gwozdecky announced that he was leaving the team to pursue other opportunities. Gwozdecky said that he felt this decision coming for "a while," and that after his two-year deal expired, he and the team mutually agreed to part ways. He also stated that "I have nothing but great memories, great things to say about the team, about the organization," and that "it was a great learning experience. In his phone interview, Gwozdecky said he does not have anything lined up, other than some rest and relaxation. George will be attending this week's NHL draft with the Lightning, and taking part in the coaches association meetings before making his annual drive back home to Denver.[10]

On June 23, 2015, the Lightning announced that they will continue their partnership with the Lyon Hockey Club Lions for the 2015-16 season. The affiliation will last the entire season, which includes business and marketing elements for the clubs. The key component is that the Lightning's AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, will hold training camp and play preseason games versus the Utica Comets in Lyon, France. The games will take place at Charlemagne Skating Rink, which has been home to the Lions since 1967.[11]

On June 24, 2015, the National Hockey League held its annual awards ceremony in Las Vegas. The lone member of the team nominated for an award was General Manager Steve Yzerman. Yzerman was voted the winner of the award, and became the first Lightning General Manager to win the award in team history. In Yzerman's first season as general manager, the team reach the Conference finals in 2010-11. From there Yzerman oversaw the rebuild of the roster that reached the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, with only two holdovers from the 2011 team (Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman). Yzerman bolstered the roster with draft acquisitions (Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat), free agency (Brian Boyle, Valtteri Filppula, Tyler Johnson, Anton Stralman), and trades (Ben Bishop, Ryan Callahan, Braydon Coburn, Jason Garrison). This resulted in the Lightning setting franchise records with 50 wins and 108 points during the regular season. The Lightning led the league with 262 goals and 32 home wins. In the playoffs the Lightning captured their second Prince of Wales Trophy in franchise history, which earned them a berth in their second Stanley Cup Final.[12]

The Lightning are set to host a four team rookie tournament at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida, which takes place from September 12–15. The arena is the home of the Lightning's ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades. The teams participating will be the Nashville Predators, the Florida Panthers and the Washington Capitals. This is the first time in franchise history that the Lightning has hosted a rookie tournament. As with previous tournaments the team participated in, the tournament will feature some of the top young talent the respective teams have to offer.[13]

On June 28, 2015, the Lightning announced the signing of forward Jonathan Marchessault to a one-year, two way contract. Marchessault appeared in two Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning this past postseason. He also appeared in two games during the regular season, recording one goal. This was first career goal, which was scored on April 11, 2015. In addition, Marchessault played in 68 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch last season, ranking sixth in the league in assists(43).[14] The Lightning also announced the signing of Brian Hart to a three-year, two-way contract. Hart appeared in 37 games with the Harvard Crimson during the 2014-15 season, recording seven goals and 17 points. Hart has played in 98 career games with Harvard over three seasons, recording 18 goals and 50 points.[14]

On June 29, 2015, the Lightning announced the signing of forward Mike Blunden to a one-year, two-way contract. Blunden appeared in two regular season games with the Lightning last season, recording two penalty minutes. He also played in 33 games with the Syracuse Crunch, recording 13 goals and 22 points. Over his professional career, Blunden has appeared in 104 NHL games with the Lightning, the Montreal Canadiens, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks. Blunden has also appeared in 412 career AHL games, posting 96 goals and 209 points.[15]

On June 30, 2015, the Lightning re-signed Andrej Sustr to a two-year, one-way contract. Sustr played in 72 regular season games, recording 13 assists and 34 penalty minutes. These were all career highs for Sustr. Sustr also appeared in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning, registering one goal and two points. Sustr has played in 117 career NHL games, all with Tampa over the past three seasons, collecting one goal and 21 points. Sustr was fourth in blocked shots on the team (84), and he set the Lightning franchise record for the best plus/minus (+7) in a playoff series in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings.[16] The team also announced the re-signing of Syracuse Crunch captain, Mike Angelidis, to a one-year contract. Angelidis appeared in three games with the Lightning last season, recording 12 penalty minutes. He also played in 64 games for the Crunch in 2014-15, recording 20 goals and 38 points.[17]

July[edit | edit source]

On July 1, 2015, the Lightning signed free agent forward Erik Condra to a three-year contract with a $1.25 million average. Condra had played the previous five seasons with the Ottawa Senators, which is the team he was originally drafted by in the 2006 NHL Draft in the 7th round. Condra had 9 goals and 14 assists in 68 games. Condra is known for his strong work on the penalty kill, which could make Condra a key third/fourth-line player and penalty killer for the Lightning. Condra also has ties to Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, who played for him while Cooper was coach of Texarkana of the USHL. The signing of Condra likely means that Brenden Morrow's tenure with the team is coming to an end.[18] Later in the day, the Lightning announced the signing of free agent defensemen Matt Taormina to a one-year, two-way contract. Taormina played 76 games with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL, notching 11 goals and 38 points. This will be Taromina's second stint with the organization, having previously played with both the Lightning and the Crunch over two seasons.[19]

On July 5, 2015, the Lightning signed forward Jeff Tambellini to a one-year, two-way contract. Tambellini has skated in 242 NHL games over six season, recording 27 goals and 63 points. He played his last NHL season with the Vancouver Canucks during the 2010-11 season. In the 2014-15 season, Tambellini skated in 30 games with Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss-A league, registering five goals and 13 points. He also played in 20 games with Vaxjo Lakers in the Swedish Hockey League, recording six goals and nine points.[20]

On July 8, 2015, the Lightning re-signed Philippe Paradis to a one-year, two-way contract. Paradis skated in 34 games with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2014-15 season, posting 8 goals and 15 points to go along with 49 penalty minutes. Paradis missed the final three months of the season due to an injury. Despite missing three months, he recorded a career best in goals.[21]

On July 17, 2015, the Lightning announced the re-signing of forward Vladislav Namestnikov and defenseman Luke Witkowski one-year, two-way contract. Namestnikov skated in 43 games with the Lightning during the 2014-15 NHL season, posting nine goals and 16 points (9-7-16), which were all career highs. Namestnikov appeared in 12 Stanley Cup playoff games in 2015, recording one assist. In addition, he played in 34 games with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2014-15 season, registering 14 goals and 35 points. Namestnikov represented the Crunch at the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic. Witkowski played in 16 games with the Lightning during the 2014015 season, recording 15 penalty minutes. He had 37 hits and blocked 20 shots during his sixteen-game stint with the team. Witkowski skated in 50 games with the Crunch last season, collecting two goals and eight points along with 91 penalty minutes. He also skated in three Calder Cup Playoff games with Syracuse in 2015, posting one assist and four penalty minutes.[22]

On July 21, 2015, the Lightning announced the signing of forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract. McGinn skated in 51 games in the NHL last season, between the San Jose Sharks and the Arizona Coyotes, posting two goals and seven points. McGinn has appeared in 87 career NHL games over three seasons, recording nine goals and 17 points to go along with 44 penalty minutes. McGinn has also skated in 163 career AHL games over three seasons, collecting 46 goals and 79 points.[23]

On July 24, 2015, the Lightning announced that Chief Executive Officer Tod Leiweke had resigned to become Chief Operating Officer of the National Football League. Effective immediately, Lightning President Steve Griggs has been named as the orgization's Chief Executive Officer.[24]

On July 29, 2015, the ECHL league owners voted unanimously to have single affiliation with NHL teams. Tampa's ECHL affiliate the Florida Everblades are now solely affiliated with the Carolina Hurricanes. Everblades President and general manager Craig Bursh said the owners wanted the 28 teams in the league to have an affiliation opportunity.[25]

August[edit | edit source]

On August 6, 2015, the Lightning announced their 23-man roster that will represent the team at the 2015 Prospect Tournament, which the team is hosting for the first time in franchise history. The Lightning team consists of all draft picks with the exception of one, Daniel Walcott, who was acquired from the New York Rangers via trade. Some notable names participating in the tournament are Slater Koekkoek, Anthony DeAngelo, Adam Wilcox, Brayden Point, Adam Erne, and Matthew Peca. Six draft picks from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft will be participating in the tournament, including top pick Mitchell Stephens, and fellow forwards Anthony Cirelli, Boko Imama, Mathiue Joseph, Dennis Yan, as well as defenseman Matthew Spencer.[26]

On August 11, 2015, Fox's Sun Sports, the regional television home of the Lightning, announced Brian Engblom as Bobby Taylor's replacement on color commentary for the 2015-16 season. Prior to joining Sun Sports, Engblom served as "Inside the glass" analyst on both NBC and NBC Sports Network, as well as the network's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Engblom has served as an analyst on NHL Live, and also served as color analyst for Winnipeg Jets Games on TSN in Canada. Prior to being an announcer, Engblom played at the University of Wisconsin, and was Montreal's third pick, 22nd overall, in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. He won three Stanley cups with the Canadiens (1978-1979). Engblom played for five different teams in his career: the Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings, Buffalo Sabers, and Calgary Flames. He retired as a player in 1987.[27]

On August 18, 2015, the Lightning announced the hiring of Brad Lauer as an assistant coach, which fills the vacancy left by the departure of George Gwozdecky at the end of the season. Lauer indicated that he will primarily work with the forwards, and collaborate with Cooper on the power play.[28] Lauer spent the previous four seasons with the Anaheim Ducks as an assistant coach. As a player, he was drafted by the New York Islanders. He played in 323 NHL games with the Islanders, Senators, Blackhawks, and Penguins, recording 44 goals and 111 points.[29]

September[edit | edit source]

On September 4, 2015, the Lightning announced that Andrei Vasilevskiy had undergone surgery the day before to remove a blood clot near his collarbone. Vasilevskiy arrived in Tampa this week reporting swelling in his upper left arm. Vasilevskiy was sent to the doctor as a precaution, where he was diagnosed with a type of thoracic outlet syndrome, which is a condition considered rare among hockey players. Lightning General Manager, Steve Yzerman, was encouraged that Vasilevskiy's surgery would not effect him long term. Dr. Karl Illig said that 90 to 95 percent of people get back to being a high level athlete. The prognosis for Vasilevskiy's recovery is between two and three months. Yzerman said that the team would look at Kristers Gudlevskis, Allen York, and Adam Wilcox as potential backups to Ben Bishop during training camp. However, Yzerman did not rule out the possibility of bringing in a veteran NHL goalie to compete for the backup goalie position.[30]

On September 8, 2015, the Lightning announced that they brought in veteran goalie Ray Emery and center Ryan Martindale on a training camp tryouts. Emery, 32, has played nine NHL seasons, the last two with the Flyers. Emery is expected to get a look at being the potential backup goalie, while Vasilevskiy recovers from his medical procedure.[31]

On September 17, 2015, the Lightning announced the signing of defenseman Daniel Walcott to a three-year, two-way contract. Walcott, skated in 54 games last season with Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, recording 7 goals and 41 points. He was first on the team among defensemen in goals, assists and points. He also appeared in six playoff games, recording a goal and four points. In his QMJHL career, he has appeared in 121 games, all with the Armada, collecting 17 goals and 80 points. He made his professional debut last season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League on an ATO.[32]

Training camp[edit | edit source]

September[edit | edit source]

On September 23, 2015, the Lightning announced their first training camp roster cuts. The team reduced its training camp roster by ten players, which reducing the camp roster to 53 players. Goalie Philippe Cadorette and defenseman Kevin Gibson were released from their professional tryout agreements. Anthony Cirelli, Cristiano Digiacinto, Bokondji Imama, Mathieu Joseph, Matthew Spencer, Mitchell Stephens, Ben Thomas, and Dennis Yan were assigned to their respective junior hockey clubs.[33]

On September 24, 2015, the Lightning announced that defenseman Dominik Masin had been reassigned to the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League, which reduces the training camp roster to 53. Masin is expected to get a larger role playing for the Petes this season than he would have with the crowded blue line in Syracuse.[34]

On September 27, 2015, the Lightning announced a series of roster cuts that reduced their training camp roster to 29 players. The Lightning prospects cut from that list are Blujus, DeAngelo, Dotchin, Erne, Gourde, Hart, Ikonen, Peca, Richard, Vermin, Walcott and Wilcox. The following veteran players have to clear waivers to be assigned to the Syracuse Crunch: Mike Blunden, Philippe Paradis, Tye McGinn, Jeff Tambellini, and Matt Taormina.[35] In addition to the roster cuts, the Lightning announced that Ray Emery had been cut from his PTO with the team, and that the team had claimed goaltender Kevin Poulin off waivers from the New York Islanders. Poulin is expected to compete with Kristers Gudlevskis for the temporary backup role behind starter Ben Bishop while Andrei Vasilevskiy recovers from his injury. Poulin, 25, has played in 50 NHL games, going 18-25 with a 3.07 goals against average.[36]

On September 28, 2015, it was announced that all five Syracuse Crunch player that the Lightning put on waivers Sunday afternoon cleared NHL waivers today, allowing them to join the AHL team. The five veterans will be part of the roster that travels to Lyon, France today for a three-game tournament. Potential Syracuse assignment players still with Tampa that would require waivers to skate with Crunch are Syracuse team captain Mike Angelidis and Jonathan Marchessault.[37]

October[edit | edit source]

On October 1, 2015, the Lightning announced that Brayden Point had been reassigned to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. Point played in two games for the Lightning this preseason, recording three shots. Point also skated in all three of the team's prospect tournament games in Estero last month, recording a goal and three points. He was tied for third on the Bolts for points during the tournament.[38]

On October 5, 2015, the Lightning announced that forwards Mike Angelidis and Jonathan Marchessault had been placed on waivers for the purpose of assigning them to the Syracuse Crunch. Both forwards will have to go unclaimed on waivers for twenty four hours before they are officially assigned the Crunch. The Lightning also provided an update on injured backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Today Vasilevskiy did an on ice work out goalie coach Frantz Jean, facing shots from close range. He is still on blood thinners, which is restricting him from facing shots in the left shoulder area. He has an appointment on October 21, which will hopefully clear him for a return to full practice. Vasilevskiy stated that he thinks he will need a few games in Syracuse on a conditioning assignment before he is ready to return to the lineup.[39]

On October 6, the Lightning announced that goalie Kristers Gudlevskis and defenseman Luke Witkowski had been assigned to the Syracuse Crunch. With Gudlevskis assigned, it appears that Kevin Poulin will serve as the temporary backup behind Ben Bishop. Defensemen Slater Koekkoek and Nikita Nesterov are still with the team, though things may change since the team has indicated that it wants to carry seven defensemen.[40]

On October 7, 2015, the Lightning assigned Slater Koekkoek to the Syracuse Crunch. Yzerman said that both Koekkoek and Witkowski impressed during training camp and are expected to help the Lightning during the season when needed. Yzerman also said, "If we wanted to we could have kept them on this team. They're better off playing a lot of minutes in the American Hockey League." On the same day, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper announced that Ryan Callahan will wear a permanent "A" as an alternate captain this season. Cooper said the other "A" will be rotated among a group of players for the season.[41]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Divisional standings[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Florida Panthers 82 47 26 9 40 239 203 103
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 46 31 5 43 227 201 97
Detroit Red Wings 82 41 30 11 39 211 224 93
Boston Bruins 82 42 31 9 38 240 230 93
Ottawa Senators 82 38 35 9 32 236 247 85
Montreal Canadiens 82 38 38 6 33 221 236 82
Buffalo Sabres 82 35 36 11 33 201 222 81
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 29 42 11 23 198 246 69



Conference standings[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Washington Capitals 82 56 18 8 52 252 193 120
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 48 26 8 44 245 203 104
New York Rangers 82 46 27 9 43 236 217 101
Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Florida Panthers 82 47 26 9 40 239 203 103
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 46 31 5 43 227 201 97
Detroit Red Wings 82 41 30 11 39 211 224 93
Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
New York Islanders 82 45 27 10 40 232 216 100
Philadelphia Flyers 82 41 27 14 38 214 218 96
Boston Bruins 82 42 31 9 38 240 230 93
Carolina Hurricanes 82 35 31 16 33 198 226 86
Ottawa Senators 82 38 35 9 32 236 247 85
New Jersey Devils 82 38 36 8 36 184 208 84
Montreal Canadiens 82 38 38 6 33 221 236 82
Buffalo Sabres 82 35 36 11 33 201 222 81
Columbus Blue Jackets 82 34 40 8 28 219 252 76
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 29 42 11 23 198 246 69

Schedule and results[edit | edit source]

Preseason[edit | edit source]

Lightning score listed first;       Win       Loss       Overtime/shootout loss
a Kraft Hockeyville game

Regular season[edit | edit source]

2015–16 Game Log[50]

Lightning score listed first;       Win (2 Points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Lightning score listed first;       Win       Loss       If necessary

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Final stats

Skaters[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[149]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov 77 30 36 66 9 30
Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos 77 36 28 64 3 38
Hedman, VictorVictor Hedman 78 10 37 47 21 46
Killorn, AlexanderAlexander Killorn 81 14 26 40 14 44
Palat, OndrejOndrej Palat 62 16 24 40 10 20
Johnson, TylerTyler Johnson 69 14 24 38 4 20
Namestnikov, VladislavVladislav Namestnikov 80 14 21 35 17 45
Stralman, AntonAnton Stralman 73 9 25 34 16 20
Filppula, ValtteriValtteri Filppula 76 8 23 31 −6 46
Callahan, RyanRyan Callahan 73 10 18 28 −5 45
Brown, J. T.J. T. Brown 78 8 14 22 16 59
Sustr, AndrejAndrej Sustr 77 4 17 21 −2 30
Boyle, BrianBrian Boyle 76 13 7 20 −7 57
Marchessault, JonathanJonathan Marchessault 45 7 11 18 −10 17
Condra, ErikErik Condra 54 6 5 11 −4 34
Garrison, JasonJason Garrison 72 5 6 11 −4 18
Paquette, CedricCedric Paquette 56 6 5 11 −2 51
Coburn, BraydonBraydon Coburn 80 1 9 10 12 53
Drouin, JonathanJonathan Drouin 21 4 6 10 1 4
Carle, MattMatt Carle 64 2 7 9 4 26
Nesterov, NikitaNikita Nesterov 57 3 6 9 −6 41
Blunden, MikeMike Blunden 20 3 2 5 3 34
Angelidis, MikeMike Angelidis 4 1 0 1 2 5
Gourde, YanniYanni Gourde 2 0 1 1 1 2
Koekkoek, SlaterSlater Koekkoek 9 0 1 1 −1 2
Vermin, JoelJoel Vermin 6 0 1 1 1 0
Witkowski, LukeLuke Witkowski 4 0 0 0 0 4
Taormina, MattMatt Taormina 3 0 0 0 0 0
McGinn, TyeTye McGinn 2 0 0 0 0 0

Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov 17 11 8 19 13 8
Johnson, TylerTyler Johnson 17 7 10 17 9 12
Hedman, VictorVictor Hedman 17 4 10 14 2 14
Drouin, JonathanJonathan Drouin 17 5 9 14 –1 14
Killorn, AlexanderAlexander Killorn 17 5 8 13 6 42
Palat, OndrejOndrej Palat 17 4 6 10 0 14
Filppula, ValtteriValtteri Filppula 17 1 6 7 5 0
Garrison, JasonJason Garrison 17 1 6 7 4 12
Boyle, BrianBrian Boyle 17 5 0 5 –1 20
Carle, MattMatt Carle 14 0 5 5 1 4
Callahan, RyanRyan Callahan 16 2 2 4 –3 29
Namestnikov, VladislavVladislav Namestnikov 17 1 2 3 0 0
Sustr, AndrejAndrej Sustr 17 1 2 3 7 16
Coburn, BraydonBraydon Coburn 17 0 2 2 0 12
Brown, J. T.J. T. Brown 9 0 2 2 0 2
Stralman, AntonAnton Stralman 6 1 0 1 –2 2
Nesterov, NikitaNikita Nesterov 9 0 1 1 1 9
Marchessault, JonathanJonathan Marchessault 5 0 1 1 1 6
Koekkoek, SlaterSlater Koekkoek 10 0 1 1 –1 2
Paquette, CedricCedric Paquette 17 0 1 1 0 24
Blunden, MikeMike Blunden 7 0 0 0 –2 4
Condra, ErikErik Condra 3 0 0 0 −1 0
Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos 1 0 0 0 –1 0
Witkowski, LukeLuke Witkowski 2 0 0 0 1 0
Taormina, MattMatt Taormina 3 0 0 0 1 0

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[150]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Bishop, BenBen Bishop 61 60 3585 35 21 4 123 2.06 1672 .926 6 0 1 4
Vasilevskiy, AndreiAndrei Vasilevskiy 24 21 1259 11 10 0 58 2.76 646 .910 1 0 0 0
Gudlevskis, KristersKristers Gudlevskis 1 1 60 0 0 1 1 1.00 32 .969 0 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Bishop, BenBen Bishop 11 11 582 8 2 18 1.86 297 .939 2 0 0 0
Vasilevskiy, AndreiAndrei Vasilevskiy 8 6 434 3 4 20 2.76 267 .925 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Tampa Bay. Stats reflect time with Tampa Bay only.
Traded from Tampa Bay mid-season.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Suspensions/fines[edit | edit source]

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Nikita Nesterov Boarding Dallas Stars forward Curtis McKenzie during NHL Game No. 54 in Tampa Bay on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 15:56 of the second period. 2 games $7,983.88 October 16, 2015[151]

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

Awards[edit | edit source]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos NHL All-Star game selection[152] January 6, 2016
Bishop, BenBen Bishop NHL All-Star game selection[153] January 6, 2016
Callahan, RyanRyan Callahan NHL second star of the week[154] February 29, 2016

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Erik Condra 300th career NHL game October 8, 2015
Steven Stamkos 500th career NHL point October 12, 2015
Alex Killorn 100th career NHL point October 12, 2015
Steven Stamkos 500th career NHL game October 23, 2015
Ben Bishop 100th career NHL win October 23, 2015
Victor Hedman 400th career NHL game October 24, 2015
Alex Killorn 200th career NHL game October 27, 2015
Jason Garrison 400th career NHL game October 31, 2015
Joel Vermin 1st career NHL game November 19, 2015
Joel Vermin 1st career NHL point November 21, 2015
Anton Stralman 500th career NHL game November 27, 2015
Nikita Kucherov 100th career NHL point December 10, 2015
Brian Boyle 500th career NHL game December 12, 2015
Yanni Gourde 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
December 15, 2015
Victor Hedman 200th career NHL point December 20, 2015
Ben Bishop 200th career NHL game December 28, 2015
Tyler Johnson 200th career NHL game January 5, 2016
Vladislav Namestnikov 1st career NHL Hat Trick January 15, 2016
Ondrej Palat 200th career NHL game February 3, 2016
Vladislav Namestnikov 100th career NHL game February 9, 2016
Ryan Callahan 600th career NHL game February 12, 2016
Matt Carle 700th career NHL game February 16, 2016
Steven Stamkos 300th career NHL goal February 20, 2016
Cedric Paquette 100th career NHL game February 20, 2016
Valtteri Filppula 700th career NHL game February 23, 2016
Slater Koekkoek 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
March 7, 2016
Nikita Kucherov 200th career NHL game March 11, 2016
Jason Garrison 100th career NHL assist March 25, 2016

Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Jonathan Drouin 1st career playoff assist
1st career playoff point
April 15, 2016
Matt Taormina 1st career playoff game April 19, 2016
Slater Koekkoek 1st career playoff game April 30, 2016
Jonathan Drouin 1st career playoff goal April 30, 2016
Vladislav Namestnikov 1st career playoff goal May 3, 2016
Luke Witkowski 1st career playoff game May 6, 2016
Slater Koekkoek 1st career playoff assist
1st career playoff point
May 24, 2016

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Lightning have been involved in the following transactions during the 2015–16 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

Date
Details
Ref
June 26, 2015 (2015-06-26) To New York Islanders
NYR's 1st-round pick in 2015
To Tampa Bay Lightning
EDM's 2nd-round pick in 2015
FLA's 3rd-round pick in 2015
[155]
June 26, 2015 (2015-06-26) To Edmonton Oilers
ANA's 7th-round pick in 2015
To Tampa Bay Lightning
7th-round pick in 2016
[156]
November 12, 2015 (2015-11-12) To Calgary Flames
Kevin Poulin
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Future Considerations
[157]

Free agents acquired[edit | edit source]

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Erik Condra Ottawa Senators 3 years, $3.75 million [158]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Matt Taormina Worcester Sharks 1 year, $600,000 [159]
July 5, 2015 (2015-07-05) Jeff Tambellini Vaxjo Lakers 1 year, $575,000 [160]
July 21, 2015 (2015-07-21) Tye McGinn Arizona Coyotes 1 year, $660,000 [161]

Free agents lost[edit | edit source]

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Mark Barberio Montreal Canadiens 1 year, $600,000 [162]
July 21, 2015 (2015-07-21) Carter Ashton Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod undisclosed [163]

Claimed via waivers[edit | edit source]

Player Previous team Date
Kevin Poulin New York Islanders September 27, 2015[164]

Lost via waivers[edit | edit source]

Player New team Date

Player signings[edit | edit source]

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
June 28, 2015 (2015-06-28) Jonathan Marchessault 1 year, $600,000 [165]
June 28, 2015 (2015-06-28) Brian Hart 3 year, $2.11 million [165]
June 29, 2015 (2015-06-29) Mike Blunden 1 year, $600,000 [166]
June 30, 2015 (2015-06-30) Andrej Sustr 2 years, $2.9 million [167]
June 30, 2015 (2015-06-30) Mike Angelidis 1 year, $650,000 [168]
July 8, 2015 (2015-07-08) Philippe Paradis 1 year, $600,000 [169]
July 17, 2015 (2015-07-17) Vladislav Namestnikov 1 year, $874,125 [170]
July 17, 2015 (2015-07-17) Luke Witkowski 1 year, $575,000 [170]
September 18, 2015 (2015-09-18) Daniel Walcott 3 years, $2.77 million [171]
October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13) Dominik Masin 3 years, $2.77 million [172]
February 26, 2016 (2016-02-26) Braydon Coburn 3 years, $11.1 million contract extension [173]
March 22, 2016 (2016-03-22) Ben Thomas 3 years, $2.07 million [174]
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01) Jonne Tammela 3 years, $2.77 million [175]
April 4, 2016 (2016-04-04) Mitchell Stephens 3 years, $2.77 million [176]
April 12, 2016 (2016-04-12) Matt Spencer 3 years, $2.77 million [177]
May 19, 2016 (2016-05-19) Anthony Cirelli 3 years, $2.77 million [178]
May 21, 2016 (2016-05-21) Joel Vermin 1 year, $575,000 [179]
May 21, 2016 (2016-05-21) Tanner Richard 1 year, $575,000 [179]

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Tampa Bay Lightning draft picks

Below are the Tampa Bay Lightning' selections at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, held on June 26–27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 33[a] Mitchell Stephens C Flag of Canada Canada Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
2 44[b] Matthew Spencer D Flag of Canada Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
3 64[c] Dennis Yan LW Flag of the United States United States Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
3 72[d] Anthony Cirelli C Flag of Canada Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
4 118[e] Jonne Tammela RW Flag of Finland Finland KalPa (Liiga)
4 120 Mathieu Joseph RW Flag of Canada Canada Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
5 150 Ryan Zuhlsdorf D Flag of the United States United States Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
6 153[f] Kristian Oldham G Flag of the United States United States Omaha Lancers (USHL)
6 180 Bokondji Imama LW Flag of Canada Canada Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Draft notes[180]
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning's first-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers as the result of a trade on March 2, 2015 that sent Braydon Coburn to Tampa Bay in exchange for Radko Gudas, a third-round pick in 2015 and this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade).[181] The condition – Philadelphia will receive the Lightning's first-round draft pick in 2015 if it is not the first overall selection – was converted on March 30, 2015 when Tampa Bay qualified for the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs ensuring that this pick could not be a lottery selection.[182]
  • a  The Edmonton Oilers' second-round pick went to the Tampa Bay Lightning as the result of a trade on June 26, 2015 that sent the Rangers' first-round pick in 2015 (28th overall) to the New York Islanders in exchange for Florida's third-round pick in 2015 (72nd overall) and this pick.
    The Islanders previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on June 26, 2015 that sent Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton in exchange for Pittsburgh's first-round pick in 2015 (16th overall) and this pick.
  • b  The Boston Bruins' second-round pick went to the Tampa Bay Lightning as the result of a trade on March 2, 2015 that sent Brett Connolly to Boston in exchange for a second-round pick in 2016 and this pick.[183]
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning's second-round pick went to the Calgary Flames as the result of a trade on June 27, 2015 that sent Calgary and Washington's third-round picks both in 2015 (76th and 83rd overall) to Arizona in exchange for this pick.[184]
    Arizona previously acquired this pick, as the result of a trade on March 1, 2015 that sent Keith Yandle, Chris Summers and a fourth-round pick in 2016 to New York in exchange for John Moore, Anthony Duclair, a conditional first-round pick in 2016 and this pick.[185]
    The Rangers previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade March 5, 2014 that sent Ryan Callahan, a conditional first-round pick in 2014, a first-round pick in 2015, and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015 to Tampa Bay in exchange for Martin St. Louis and this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade).[186] The condition – the Rangers will receive a second-round pick in 2015 if Callahan is re-signed by Tampa Bay for the 2014–15 NHL season – was converted on June 25, 2014 when Tampa Bay signed Callahan to a six-year contract.[187]
  • c  The Edmonton Oilers' third-round pick went to the Tampa Bay Lightning as the result of a trade on November 28, 2014 that sent Eric Brewer to Anaheim in exchange for this pick.[188]
  • d  The Florida Panthers' third-round pick went to the Tampa Bay Lightning as the result of a trade on June 26, 2015 that sent the Rangers' first-round pick in 2015 (28th overall) to the New York Islanders in exchange for Edmonton's second-round pick in 2015 (33rd overall) and this pick.[189]
    The Islanders previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on June 28, 2014 that sent a third-round pick in 2014 to Florida in exchange for this pick.
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning's third-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers as the result of a trade on March 2, 2015 that sent Braydon Coburn to Tampa Bay in exchange for Radko Gudas, a conditional first-round pick in 2015 and this pick.[181]
  • e  The Anaheim Ducks' fourth-round pick went to the Tampa Bay Lightning as the result of a trade on June 29, 2014 that sent Nate Thompson to Anaheim in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2015 and this pick.[190]
  • f  The Arizona Coyotes' sixth-round pick went to the Tampa Bay Lightning as the result of a trade on June 29, 2014 that sent Sam Gagner and B.J. Crombeen to Arizona in exchange for this pick.[190]
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning's seventh-round pick went to the New York Islanders as the result of a trade on June 28, 2014 that sent a seventh-round pick in 2014 to Tampa Bay in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2014 and this pick.[191]

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  156. Trades completed during 2015 NHL Draft weekend. Lightning.nhl.com (June 26, 2015). Retrieved on June 27, 2015.
  157. LIGHTNING TRADE GOALTENDER KEVIN POULIN TO CALGARY. Lightning.nhl.com (November 12, 2015). Retrieved on November 12, 2015.
  158. Erik Condra signs three-year deal with Lightning. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  159. Fox Sports. Tampa Bay Lightning sign D Matt Taormina to 1-year, 2-way deal. FOX Sports. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  160. Lightning sign forward Jeff Tambellini. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  161. LIGHTNING SIGN FORWARD TYE MCGINN TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 21, 2015.
  162. One-year, two-way contract for free agent defenseman Mark Barberio. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  163. Carter Ashton joined the line of attack, "Torpedo". Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. Retrieved on July 22, 2015.
  164. Smith, Joe (September 27, 2015). Lightning claims Poulin off waivers, release Emery. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved on September 27, 2015.
  165. 165.0 165.1 Lightning sign Jonathan Marchessault and Brian Hart. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  166. Lightning re-sign Mike Blunden to one-year contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  167. Lightning re-sign defenseman Andrej Sustr. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  168. Lightning re-sign forward Mike Angelidis. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  169. Lightning re-sign forward Philippe Paradis to one-year contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  170. 170.0 170.1 Lightning re-sign Vladislav Namestnikov and Luke Witkowski. Tampa Bay Lightning News. Retrieved on July 20, 2015.
  171. Tampa Bay Lightning News. Lightning Sign Defenseman Daniel Wallcott to Entry Level Contact. Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved on September 18, 2015.
  172. Smith, Joe (October 13, 2015). Coach Jon Cooper, Lightning interested in staying together. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved on October 14, 2015.
  173. LIGHTNING SIGN BRAYDON COBURN TO THREE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION. Tampa Bay Lightning News (February 26, 2016). Retrieved on February 26, 2016.
  174. Lightning Sign Defenseman Ben Thomas to Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract. Tampa Bay Lightning News (March 22, 2016). Retrieved on March 22, 2016.
  175. Lightning Sign Forward Jonne Tammela to Entry-Level Contract. Tampa Bay Lightning News (April 1, 2016). Retrieved on April 1, 2016.
  176. Lightning sign Forward Mitchell Stephens to Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract. Tampa Bay Lightning News (April 4, 2016). Retrieved on April 5, 2016.
  177. LIGHTNING SIGN DEFENSEMAN MATT SPENCER TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT. Tampa Bay Lightning News (April 12, 2016). Retrieved on April 13, 2016.
  178. Lightning sign forward Anthony Cirelli. Tampa Bay Lightning News (May 19, 2016). Retrieved on May 19, 2016.
  179. 179.0 179.1 LIGHTNING RE-SIGN FORWARDS JOEL VERMIN, TANNER RICHARD TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACTS. Tampa Bay Lightning News (May 21, 2016). Retrieved on May 23, 2016.
  180. 2015 NHL Entry Draft Pending Transactions. Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved on June 3, 2015.
  181. 181.0 181.1 Lightning acquire defenseman Coburn from Flyers. National Hockey League (March 2, 2015). Archived from the original on March 3, 2015. Retrieved on March 2, 2015.
  182. Lightning sweep Canadiens, clinch playoff berth. National Hockey League (March 31, 2015). Retrieved on April 15, 2015.
  183. Bruins acquire forward Connolly from Lightning (March 2, 2015). Retrieved on March 2, 2015.
  184. Trades completed during 2015 NHL Draft weekend (June 27, 2015). Retrieved on June 27, 2015.
  185. Rangers acquire defenseman Yandle from Coyotes (March 1, 2015). Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  186. Lightning trade St. Louis to Rangers for Callahan (March 5, 2014). Retrieved on June 25, 2014.
  187. Lightning and Callahan Agree to Six-Year, $34.8M Deal (June 25, 2014). Retrieved on June 25, 2014.
  188. Ducks Acquire Defenseman Brewer from Tampa Bay in Exchange for Third-Round Selection in 2015 NHL Draft (November 28, 2014). Retrieved on November 29, 2014.
  189. Trades completed during Day 1 of 2015 NHL Draft (June 26, 2015). Retrieved on June 26, 2015.
  190. 190.0 190.1 Lightning trade three forwards, get draft picks. National Hockey League (June 29, 2014). Retrieved on June 29, 2014.
  191. Notes from the 2014 NHL Draft (June 28, 2014). Retrieved on June 28, 2014.
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