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2017–18 Tampa Bay Lightning · NHL
Atlantic Division Champions
Division 1st Atlantic
Conference 1st Eastern
2017–18 record 54–23–5
Home record 29–10–2
Road record 25–13–3
Goals for 296
Goals against 236
General Manager Steve Yzerman
Coach Jon Cooper
Captain Steven Stamkos
Alternate captains Ryan Callahan
Ondrej Palat
Anton Stralman
Victor Hedman
Arena Amalie Arena
Average attendance 19,092 (100%)[1]
Team leaders
Goals Nikita Kucherov (39)
Assists Nikita Kucherov (61)
Points Nikita Kucherov (100)
Penalties in minutes Steven Stamkos (72)
Wins Andrei Vasilevskiy (44)
Goals against average Andrei Vasilevskiy (2.62)

The 2017–18 Tampa Bay Lightning season was the 26th season for the National Hockey League (NHL) franchise that was established on December 16, 1991.[2]

Off-seasonEdit

AprilEdit

On April 9, 2017, the Lightning's 2016–17 season came to an end when they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4–2 at Amalie Arena.[3] The Lightning were eliminated from playoff contention the night before when the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5–3.[4]

On April 23, 2017, the Lightning signed Boris Katchouk to a three-year, entry-level contract. Katchouk posted career highs in goals (35), assists (29) and points (64).[5] Katchouk said he had "dreamed of this for a long time" after signing the contract.[6] Katchouk joined the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL) after the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds were eliminated from the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) playoffs.[7]

On April 25, 2017, Tanner Richard left the Syracuse Crunch to join the Switzerland men's national ice hockey team to try to earn a spot for the 2017 IIHF World Championship. It was unknown at the time whether Richard would rejoin the Crunch if the team remained in the playoffs.[8]

On April 28, 2017, Richard agreed to a two-year contract with Genève-Servette HC of the Swiss National League A (NLA).[9]

MayEdit

On May 15, 2017, the Lightning announced it had signed Taylor Raddysh to a three-year, entry-level contract.[10] Raddysh led the OHL's Erie Otters offense the past season with 109 points in 58 games.[11]

On May 29, 2017, the NHL announced the Lightning would host the 2018 NHL All-Star Game at Amalie Arena.[12] The Lightning had previously served as host of the NHL All-Star game back in 1999, which notably featured Wayne Gretzky's final appearance in an NHL All-Star Game.[13]

On May 31, 2017, the Lightning announced it had traded Bokondji Imama to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. For the condition to be satisfied, the Kings had to sign Imama to an NHL contract before the June 1, 2pm deadline.[14] The Kings satisfied the requirements of the conditional seventh-round pick when it signed Imama to a three-year, entry-level contract.[15]

JuneEdit

On June 15, 2017, the Lightning announced a blockbuster trade that sent forward Jonathan Drouin to the Montreal Canadiens and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second-round pick in the 2018 Draft.[16] In 2016–17, Sergachev played in 50 games with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires, recording 10 goals and 43 points.[17] Sergachev also helped Windsor capture the 2017 Memorial Cup as Canadian Hockey League (CHL) champions.[18]

On June 18, 2017, the Lightning announced its list of protected players for the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. The Lightning chose to protect forwards Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Ryan Callahan, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn, Vladislav Namestnikov; defensemen Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman and Braydon Coburn; and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Vegas was permitted to negotiate with any unprotected players until June 21. If a player was signed, then it counted as Vegas' expansion draft pick. Barring any trades, Vegas would create its inaugural roster by selecting one player from every NHL club.[19]

On June 19, 2017, Jokerit of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) announced it had signed Lightning forward prospect Henri Ikonen to a two-year contract.[20]

On June 20, 2017, Lausanne HC of the NLA announced it had signed Lightning prospect Joel Vermin to a five-year contract that contains an NHL clause for a one-way deal. The deal had been previously reported in January, however the terms of the deal and which club had signed him was unknown. Vermin has played in 24 NHL games and recorded four assists. He has primarily played in the AHL, where he has made 185 appearances, scoring 44 goals and 55 assists.[21]

On June 21, 2017, the Vegas Golden Knights selected Lightning defensemen Jason Garrison in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. In order to facilitate Vegas selecting Garrison, the Lightning traded prospect Nikita Gusev, a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 Draft. In so doing, the Lightning were also able to protect defensive prospects Jake Dotchin and Slater Koekkoek. The selection of Garrison also freed up $4.6 million in salary cap for the 2017–18 season.[22]

On June 22, 2017, it was leaked by the media that the Lightning were re-signing goaltender Peter Budaj to a two-year contract extension.[23] Budaj joined the Lightning as part of the trade that sent Lightning starting goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings (along with a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft) in exchange for prospect Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in 2017 and a conditional pick in 2017.[24]

On June 25, 2017, the Lightning announced the schedule and tentative roster for their annual developmental cap at The Ice Sports Forum. The camp will feature some of the Lightning's top prospects, along with the 2017 Draftees and invitees. Notable prospects attending this year includes Mikhail Sergachev, Brett Howden, Anthony Cirelli, Mathieu Joseph, Taylor Raddysh and Conner Ingram. Also in attendance will be all six players selected at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, including first round pick Callan Foote.[25]

On June 26, 2017, the Lightning announced it had re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, $1.95 million contract.[26] Sustr skated in 80 games last season, recording 14 points.[27]

Shortly after Sustr's extension was announced by the Lightning, the team announced it had re-signed forward Yanni Gourde to a two-year, $1 million contract extension. Gourde made 20 appearances in 2016–17, scoring six goals.[28]

Later in the afternoon, the Lightning announced it had issued qualifying offers to nine players: Michael Bournival, Jake Dotchin, Kristers Gudlevskis, Tyler Johnson, Tye McGinn, Ondrej Palat, Matthew Peca and Tanner Richard. In so doing, the Lightning retained the rights to these players. Notable players not being issued qualifying offers by the Lightning were prospects Dylan Blujus, Jonathan Racine and Henri Ikonen. Any player not tenured a qualifying offer became an unrestricted free agent.[29]

On June 28, 2017, the Lightning announced it had re-signed forward Cory Conacher to a two-year, $1.3 million contract extension. Conacher appeared in 11 games in 2016–17 with the Lightning, recording a goal and three assists. Conacher predominately played for the Crunch this past season. In his stint with the Crunch, Conacher recorded 17 goals and 43 assists.[30] Additionally, Conacher led all players in scoring in the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs with 12 goals and 28 points.[31]

A short time after the announcement of Conacher being re-signed, the Lightning announced it had re-signed Gabriel Dumont to a two-year, $1.3 million contract extension.[32] Dumont appeared in 39 games with the Lightning in 2016–17, recording two goals and two assists. In the AHL, Dumont played in 20 games with the Crunch, scoring five goals and five assists. Additionally, Dumont appeared in all 22 playoffs games with the Crunch, where he recorded 5 goals and 11 points.[33]

On June 29, 2017, the Lightning announced a massive $6 million renovation to The Ice Sports Forum. The Ice Sports Forum owner Tom Bradley will also be contributing $500,000 to the project. As part of the expansion, the Lightning extended their lease for another ten years. The renovation will increase the size of the facility from roughly 14,500 square feet to 18,000 square feet.[34]

Later that afternoon, the Lightning announced the signing of forward prospect Alexander Volkov to a three-year, entry-level contract. Volkov played for SKA-1946 St. Petersburg the past four seasons. During that time, he played in 128 games and recorded 35 goals and 26 assists.[35] Volkov is expected to play for the Syracuse Crunch in upcoming 2017–18 season.[36]

JulyEdit

On July 1, 2017, the Lightning announced it had signed prospect Oleg Sosunov to a three-year, entry-level contract.[37] Sosunov was recently selected 39th overall in the 2017 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft by the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Moose Jaw Warriors.[38] Sosunov will be playing for the Warriors in the upcoming 2017–18 season.[39]

The Lightning acquired forward Carter Verhaeghe from the New York Islanders in exchange for goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis. Verhaeghe is a former third-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs.[40] Verhaeghe appeared in 45 games with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he scored 16 goals and 13 assists.[41]

The Lightning announced the signing of goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year, two-way contract. Leighton played in four games with the Carolina Hurricanes this past season. Leighton also spent time with the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, where he played in 23 games. He had a record of 11–7–3 in those games, along with a 2.17 goals-against average (GAA) and a .921 save percentage.[42] Leighton is expected to start the season as the Syracuse Crunch's starting goaltender.[43]

The Lightning announced the signing of defenseman Mat Bodie to a one-year, two-way contract. In 2016–17, Bodie played for both the AHL's Rochester Americans and Hartford Wolf Pack. His season totals were 10 goals and 39 points, both career highs.[44]

The Lightning announced the signing of left wing Alex Gallant to a one-year, two-way contract.[45] Gallant played in 29 games with the AHL's San Jose Barracuda in 2016–17, recording two assists. Gallant has also skated in 56 career AHL games, scoring one goal and two assists.[46]

The Lightning announced it had signed defenseman Jamie McBain to a one-year, two-way contract. McBain spent the duration of the 2016–17 season with the Tucson Roadrunners. McBain is expected to provide Syracuse with a veteran presence, having played in 348 career NHL games.[47]

The Lightning announced the free agent signing of defenseman Dan Girardi to a two-year contract valued at $3 million per season. Girardi had spent his entire career with the New York Rangers before signing with the Lightning.[47] Girardi is a veteran of 788 career NHL games. During that span Girardi has scored 46 goals and 230 points.[48]

The final signing announced by the Lightning was free agent left wing Chris Kunitz to a one-year contract was worth $2 million. Kunitz brings a plethora of playoff experience, having won four Stanley Cups. Kunitz's career has spanned 884 career NHL games where he has 250 goals and 580 points.[49]

On July 10, 2017, the Lightning announced it had re-signed restricted free agent forward Tyler Johnson to a seven-year, $35 million contract extension. Johnson has spent his entire NHL career with the Lightning since signing with them as undrafted free agent. Over five season Johnson has recorded 89 goals and 122 assists.[50]

On July 14, 2017, the Lightning announced the re-signing of restricted free agent forward Ondrej Palat to a five-year, $26.5 million contract extension.[51][52] Since being selected in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Palat has scored 74 goals and 144 assists over 307 games.[53]

On July 18, 2017, the Lightning announced it had re-signed forward Michael Bournival to a one-year contract extension. In 2016–17, Bournival played in 19 games with the Lightning last season and 38 with the Crunch. In his career, Bournival has played in 108 career NHL games where he has recorded 12 goals and 22 points.[54]

AugustEdit

On August 17, 2017, the Lightning announced it had re-signed forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract. McGinn was limited to just 21 games in 2016–17 due to an injury. He recorded 10 goals and 19 points.[55]

On August 29, 2017, the Lightning announced its annual prospect tournament roster. Prospects of note in attendance are Brett Howden, Callan Foote, Mikhail Sergachev, Taylor Raddysh, and Anthony Cirelli. Also of note, the younger brother of Lightning forward Cory Conacher, Shane Conacher, is attending as an invitee. The prospect tournament will take place at Germain Arena, which is located in Estero, Florida. The other teams participating in the tournament are the Florida Panthers, the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals. The tournament is set to run from September 9 to 12, inclusive.[56][57]

Training campEdit

SeptemberEdit

On September 6, 2017, the Lightning announced the annual prospect tournament had been canceled due to Hurricane Irma.[58] The Lightning opted to play the Nashville Predators' prospects in a series of scrimmages over three days at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee.[59]

On September 13, 2017, the Lightning announced its 63-man roster for training camp. There were six training camp invitees this year, which were Shane Conacher, Kevin Hancock, Kevin Lynch, Reid McNeill, Joseph Raaymakers and Nicola Riopel. The roster also features all the prospects that participated in the scrimmages with the Predators the prior weekend.[60][61]

On September 18, 2017, Brian Hart and Cameron Darcy both cleared unconditional waivers. This terminated the remaining year on both players contract, which frees up two contracts as part of the team's 50-contract limit.[62][63]

On September 20, 2017, the Lightning announced the first round of players cut from their training camp roster. Kevin Hancock and Joseph Raaymakers were released from their tryout agreements. Alexey Lipanov, Christopher Paquette, Taylor Raddysh, Christopher Paquette and Oleg Sosunov were reassigned to their respective junior clubs.[64]

On September 21, 2017, the Lightning announced that it had trimmed down its training camp roster by three players. Boris Katchouk, Callan Foote and Libor Hajek were assigned to their junior clubs for the upcoming season.[65]

On September 23, 2017, the Lightning made another round of roster cuts, which reduced the training camp roster to 44 players. Shane Conacher, Kevin Lynch, Reid McNeill were released from their tryout agreements. Otto Somppi was assigned to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)'s Halifax Mooseheads. Alex Gallant, Carter Verhaghe, Mat Bodie, Matthew Spencer, Connor Ingram and Michael Leighton were assigned to the Syracuse Crunch.[66]

On September 25, 2017, the Lightning announced it was retiring Vincent Lecavalier's number 4 jersey on February 10, 2018. The retirement ceremony will take place before the game against the Los Angeles Kings, the club Lecavalier finished his career with.[67] That same day, the Lightning announced it had reduced its training camp roster down to 30 players. Former first round pick Brett Howden was assigned to his junior club in the WHL, while Anthony Cirelli, Adam Erne, Mathieu Joseph, Tye McGinn, Matthew Peca, Mitchell Stephens, Dennis Yan, Erik Cernak, Jamie McBain, Ben Thomas and Daniel Walcott were reassigned to Syracuse.[68]

On September 28, 2017, the Lightning announced it had signed forward prospect Alexy Lipanov to a three-year, entry-level contract.[69]

On September 29, 2017, the Lightning announced it had reduced its training camp roster by one player: Alexander Volkov, the Lightning's 2017 second-round draft pick, was reassigned to Syracuse.[70]

OctoberEdit

On October 1, 2017, the Lightning announced that it had reassigned goaltender Nicola Riopel to the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL.[71]

On October 2, 2017, the Lightning placed on Cory Conacher on waivers for the purpose of reassigning him to the Crunch.[72][73] Conacher was the final roster cut of training camp. The Lightning will started the season with thirteen forwards and eight defensemen. The forward group consisted of J. T. Brown, Ryan Callahan, Gabriel Dumont, Yanni Gourde, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, Chris Kunitz, Vladislav Namestnikov, Ondrej Palat, Cedric Paquette, Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos. The defensemen on the opening night roster were Braydon Coburn, Jake Dotchin, Dan Girardi, Victor Hedman, Slater Koekkoek, Mikhail Sergachev, Anton Stralman and Andrej Sustr.[74][75] Forwards Michael Bournival, Erik Condra, Jonne Tammela, Carter Verhaeghe and defenseman Dominik Masin remained with the team on injured reserve.[76]

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Schedule and resultsEdit

PreseasonEdit

Lightning score listed first;       Win       Loss       Overtime/shootout loss

Regular seasonEdit

2017–18 regular season game log[85]</div></div>

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

PlayoffsEdit

2018 Stanley Cup playoffs

Lightning score listed first;       Win       Loss       If necessary

Player statsEdit

May 23, 2018[185]

SkatersEdit

Regular season[186]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov 80 39 61 100 15 42
Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos 78 27 59 86 18 72
Point, BraydenBrayden Point 82 32 34 66 18 24
Gourde, YanniYanni Gourde 82 25 39 64 34 50
Hedman, VictorVictor Hedman 77 17 46 63 32 54
Johnson, TylerTyler Johnson 81 21 29 50 3 24
Namestnikov, VladislavVladislav Namestnikov

|| 62 || 20 || 24 || 44 || 11 || 35

Killorn, AlexAlex Killorn 82 15 32 47 22 45
Sergachev, MikhailMikhail Sergachev 79 9 31 40 11 38
Palat, OndrejOndrej Palat 56 11 24 34 16 6
Kunitz, ChrisChris Kunitz 82 13 16 29 8 35
Miller, J. T.J. T. Miller

|| 18 || 10 || 8 || 18 || −3 || 12

Girardi, DanDan Girardi 77 6 12 18 18 27
Callahan, RyanRyan Callahan 66 5 13 18 −4 29
Stralman, AntonAnton Stralman 80 4 14 18 29 18
Coburn, BraydonBraydon Coburn 72 1 14 15 3 40
Conacher, CoryCory Conacher 36 8 4 12 0 24
Cirelli, AnthonyAnthony Cirelli 18 5 6 11 11 6
Dotchin, JakeJake Dotchin 48 3 8 11 17 38
Paquette, CedricCedric Paquette 56 5 4 9 −5 41
Koekkoek, SlaterSlater Koekkoek 35 4 4 8 4 18
Sustr, AndrejAndrej Sustr 44 2 5 7 −5 18
Peca, MatthewMatthew Peca 10 2 3 5 6 0
Brown, J. T.J. T. Brown

|| 24 || 1 || 3 || 4 || −1 || 12

Erne, AdamAdam Erne 23 3 1 4 −1 11
McDonagh, RyanRyan McDonagh

|| 14 || 2 || 1 || 3 || 1 || 0

Dumont, GabrielGabriel Dumont

|| 7 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 4

Bournival, MichaelMichael Bournival 5 0 0 0 0 0

Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov 17 7 10 17 –6 10
Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos 17 7 9 16 –1 4
Point, BraydenBrayden Point 17 7 9 16 –6 10
Palat, OndrejOndrej Palat 17 6 6 12 –1 2
Hedman, VictorVictor Hedman 17 1 10 11 –4 10
Johnson, TylerTyler Johnson 17 3 5 8 –1 6
Miller, J. T.J. T. Miller 17 2 6 8 –4 15
Killorn, AlexAlex Killorn 17 5 2 7 4 12
Gourde, YanniYanni Gourde 17 2 5 7 0 8
Sergachev, MikhailMikhail Sergachev 17 2 3 5 1 12
Stralman, AntonAnton Stralman 17 1 4 5 –3 8
McDonagh, RyanRyan McDonagh 17 0 5 5 2 6
Girardi, DanDan Girardi 17 2 1 3 3 2
Cirelli, AnthonyAnthony Cirelli 17 2 1 3 1 4
Callahan, RyanRyan Callahan 15 2 1 3 1 4
Paquette, CedricCedric Paquette 17 1 1 2 –1 37
Coburn, BraydonBraydon Coburn 17 0 2 2 1 19
Kunitz, ChrisChris Kunitz 17 0 1 1 –1 16
Conacher, CoryCory Conacher 2 0 0 0 –1 10

GoaltendersEdit

Regular season[187]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Vasilevskiy, AndreiAndrei Vasilevskiy 65 64 3826 44 17 3 167 2.62 2075 .920 8 0 2 14
Domingue, LouisLouis Domingue

|| 12 || 11 || 687 || 7 || 3 || 1 || 33 || 2.89 || 384 || .914 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 2

Budaj, PeterPeter Budaj 8 7 431 3 3 1 27 3.77 217 .876 0 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Vasilevskiy, AndreiAndrei Vasilevskiy 17 17 1000 11 6 43 2.58 524 .918 0 0 0 2
Domingue, LouisLouis Domingue 1 0 19 0 0 0 0.00 7 1.000 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/finesEdit

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Steven Stamkos Fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct during game with the New York Rangers on November 2, 2017, at Amalie Arena. $5,000 November 3, 2017[188]
Alex Killorn Fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct during game with the New York Rangers on November 2, 2017, at Amalie Arena. $5,000 November 3, 2017[189]
Cedric Paquette Suspended one game for boarding Boston Bruins' defenseman Torey Krug on November 29, 2017, at TD Garden. 1 game $4,368 November 30, 2017[190]
Steven Stamkos Fined $5,000 for a dangerous trip on Toronto Maple Leafs' defenseman Morgan Rielly on March 20, 2018, at Amalie Arena. $5,000 March 21, 2018[191]

Awards and honoursEdit

AwardsEdit

Regular season
Player Award Awarded
Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos NHL First Star of the Week[192] October 23, 2017
Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov NHL Second Star of the Week[193] October 23, 2017
Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos NHL First Star of October[194] November 1, 2017
Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov NHL Second Star of October[195] November 1, 2017
Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov NHL Second Star of the Week[196] November 13, 2017
Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov NHL Third Star of December[197] January 2, 2018
Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos NHL All-Star game selection[198] January 3, 2018
Cooper, JonJon Cooper NHL All-Star game selection[199] January 7, 2018
Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov NHL All-Star game selection[200] January 10, 2018
Hedman, VictorVictor Hedman NHL All-Star game selection[201] January 10, 2018
Vasilevskiy, AndreiAndrei Vasilevskiy NHL All-Star game selection[202] January 10, 2018
Point, BraydenBrayden Point NHL All-Star game selection[203] January 24, 2018
Gourde, YanniYanni Gourde NHL Rookie of the Month for February[204] March 1, 2018
Hedman, VictorVictor Hedman James Norris Memorial Trophy[205] June 20, 2018

MilestonesEdit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Mikhail Sergachev 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
October 6, 2017
Slater Koekkoek 1st career NHL goal October 12, 2017
Mikhail Sergachev 1st career NHL goal October 19, 2017
Steven Stamkos 600th career NHL point October 21, 2017
Andrei Vasilevskiy 100th career NHL game October 26, 2017
Dan Girardi 800th career NHL game October 28, 2017
Steven Stamkos 600th career NHL game November 2, 2017
Nikita Kucherov 300th career NHL game November 4, 2017
Chris Kunitz 900th career NHL game November 8, 2017
Jake Dotchin 1st career NHL goal November 8, 2017
Vladislav Namestnikov 100th career NHL point November 22, 2017
Braydon Coburn 800th career NHL game November 24, 2017
Brayden Point 100th career NHL game December 16, 2017
Cedric Paquette 200th career NHL game December 23, 2017
Tyler Johnson 100th career NHL goal December 31, 2017
Alex Killorn 400th career NHL game January 22, 2018
Andrej Sustr 300th career NHL game January 25, 2018
Steven Stamkos 300th career NHL assist January 25, 2018
Alex Killorn 200th career NHL point February 1, 2018
Nikita Kucherov 300th career NHL point February 3, 2018
Victor Hedman 600th career NHL game February 12, 2018
Braydon Coburn 200th career NHL point February 12, 2018
Chris Kunitz 600th career NHL point February 22, 2018
Anthony Cirelli 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
March 1, 2018
Ryan Callahan 700 career NHL game March 18, 2018
Adam Erne 1st career NHL assist March 20, 2018
Brayden Point 100th career NHL point March 22, 2018
Yanni Gourde 100th career NHL game March 30, 2018
Anton Stralman 700th career NHL game April 3, 2018

Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Yanni Gourde 1st career playoff game
1st career playoff assist
1st career playoff goal
1st career playoff point
April 12, 2018
Brayden Point 1st career playoff game
1st career playoff assist
1st career playoff point
April 12, 2018
Mikhail Sergachev 1st career playoff game
1st career playoff assist
1st career playoff point
April 12, 2018
Anthony Cirelli 1st career playoff game April 12, 2018
Brayden Point 1st career playoff goal April 14, 2018
Ryan McDonagh 100th career playoff game April 18, 2018
Mikhail Sergachev 1st career playoff goal April 21, 2018
Anthony Cirelli 1st career playoff assist
1st career playoff point
April 21, 2018
Anthony Cirelli 1st career playoff goal May 2, 2018
Anton Stralman 100th career playoff game May 17, 2018

TransactionsEdit

The Lightning have been involved in the following transactions during the 2017–18 season.

TradesEdit

Date Details Ref
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21) To Vegas Golden Knights
Nikita Gusev
2nd-round pick in 2017
4th-round pick in 2018
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Vegas Golden Knights select Jason Garrison in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft
[206]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) To New York Islanders
Kristers Gudlevskis
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Carter Verhaeghe
[207]
November 14, 2017 (2017-11-14) To Arizona Coyotes
Michael Leighton
Tye McGinn
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Louis Domingue
[208]
January 31, 2018 (2018-01-31) To Edmonton Oilers
Future considerations
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Edward Pasquale
[209]
February 26, 2018 (2018-02-26) To New York Rangers
Libor Hajek
Brett Howden
Vladislav Namestnikov
1st-round pick in 2018
Conditional 2nd-round pick in 2019
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Ryan McDonagh
J. T. Miller
[210]
June 13, 2018 (2018-06-13) To Los Angeles Kings
Peter Budaj
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Andy Andreoff
[211]

Free agents acquiredEdit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Dan Girardi New York Rangers 2-year, $6 million [212]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Jamie McBain Arizona Coyotes 1-year, $650,000 [213]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Michael Leighton Carolina Hurricanes 1-year, $650,000 [214]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Mat Bodie Buffalo Sabres 1-year, $650,000 [215]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh Penguins 1-year, $2 million [216]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Alex Gallant San Jose Barracuda 1-year, $675,000 [217]
March 1, 2018 (2018-03-01) Alex Barre-Boulet Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3-year, $2.27 million [218]

Free agents lostEdit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
April 25, 2017 (2017-04-25) Tanner Richard Genève-Servette HC Unknown [219]
June 19, 2017 (2017-06-19) Henri Ikonen Jokerit Unknown [220]
June 20, 2017 (2017-06-20) Joel Vermin Lausanne HC Unknown [21]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Luke Witkowski Detroit Red Wings 2-year, $1.5 million [221]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Matt Taormina Montreal Canadiens 2-year, $1.3 million [222]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Byron Froese Montreal Canadiens 2-year, $1.3 million [223]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Greg McKegg Pittsburgh Penguins 1-year, $650,000 [224]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Mike McKenna Dallas Stars 1-year, $650,000 [225]
September 6, 2017 (2017-09-06) Mike Halmo HC Bolzano Unknown
September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26) Cameron Darcy Kalamazoo Wings 1-year [226]
October 1, 2017 (2017-10-01) Stefan Fournier Brampton Beast Unknown [227]
October 14, 2017 (2017-10-14) Dylan Blujus Jacksonville Icemen Unknown [228]

Players releasedEdit

Date Player Via Ref
September 18, 2017 Cameron Darcy Buyout [62]
September 18, 2017 Brian Hart Buyout [62]

Claimed via waiversEdit

Player Previous team Date Ref
Chris DiDomenico Ottawa Senators November 24, 2017 [229]
Gabriel Dumont Ottawa Senators February 21, 2018 [230]

Lost via waiversEdit

Player New team Date Ref
Gabriel Dumont Ottawa Senators November 22, 2017 [231]
Chris DiDomenico Ottawa Senators December 1, 2017 [232]
J. T. Brown Anaheim Ducks January 14, 2018 [233]

Lost via retirementEdit

Date Player Ref
August 13, 2017 (2017-08-13) Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond [234]

Player signingsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
June 22, 2017 (2017-06-22) Peter Budaj 2-year, $2.05 million [235]
June 27, 2017 (2017-06-27) Andrej Sustr 1-year, $1.95 million [236]
June 27, 2017 (2017-06-27) Yanni Gourde 2-year, $1 million [237]
June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28) Cory Conacher 2-year, $1.3 million [238]
June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28) Gabriel Dumont 2-year, $1.3 million [239]
June 29, 2017 (2017-06-29) Alexander Volkov 3-year, $2.775 million [240]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Oleg Sosunov 3-year, $2.775 million [241]
July 3, 2017 (2017-07-03) Slater Koekkoek 1-year, $800,000 [242]
July 5, 2017 (2017-07-05) Matthew Peca 1-year, $650,0000 [243]
July 5, 2017 (2017-07-05) Jake Dotchin 2-year, $1.62 million [244]
July 10, 2017 (2017-07-10) Tyler Johnson 7-year, $35 million [245]
July 14, 2017 (2017-07-14) Ondrej Palat 5-year, $26.5 million [246]
July 18, 2017 (2017-07-18) Michael Bournival 1-year, $650,000 [247]
August 17, 2017 (2017-08-17) Tye McGinn 1-year, $650,000 [248]
September 28, 2017 (2017-09-28) Alexey Lipanov 3-year, $2.775 million [249]
April 1, 2018 (2018-04-01) Cal Foote 3-year, $2.775 million [250]
April 19, 2018 (2018-04-19) Michael Bournival 1-year, $650,000 [251]
April 19, 2018 (2018-04-19) Otto Somppi 3-year, $2.4 million [252]
June 7, 2018 (2018-06-07) Daniel Walcott 1-year, $650,000 [253]
June 12, 2018 (2018-06-12) Carter Verhaeghe 1-year, $650,000 [254]
June 18, 2018 (2018-06-18) Edward Pasquale 1-year, $650,000 [255]

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of Tampa Bay Lightning draft picks

Below are the Tampa Bay Lightning' selections at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on June 23 and 24, 2017, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 14 Callan Foote D Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
2 481 Alexander Volkov RW Flag of Russia Russia SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL)
3 76 Alexey Lipanov C Flag of Russia Russia Dynamo Balashikha (VHL)
6 169 Nicklaus Perbix D Flag of the United States United States Elk River High School (MSHSL)
6 180 Cole Guttman C Flag of the United States United States Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
7 200 Sam Walker C Flag of the United States United States Edina High School (MSHSL)

Draft notes:

  1. The Toronto Maple Leafs' second-round pick went to the Tampa Bay Lightning as the result of a trade on February 27, 2017 that sent Brian Boyle to Toronto in exchange for Byron Froese and this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade).[256]

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  199. NHL (January 7, 2018). Jon Cooper named Atlantic Division coach for 2018 NHL All-Star Game. NHL.com. Retrieved on January 7, 2018.
  200. NHL (January 10, 2018). NHL reveals All-Star Game rosters. NHL.com. Retrieved on January 10, 2018.
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  203. NHL (January 24, 2018). Brayden Point to replace Victor Hedman on All-Star roster. NHL.com. Retrieved on January 24, 2018.
  204. NHL (March 1, 2018). Gourde named NHL Rookie of Month for February. NHL.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2018.
  205. Hedman wins Norris Trophy. NHL.com (June 20, 2018). Retrieved on June 28, 2018.
  206. Defenseman Jason Garrison selected by Vegas Golden Knights. Tampa Bay Lightning (June 21, 2017).
  207. Lightning acquire forward Carter Verhaeghe from Islanders. Tampa Bay Lightning (July 1, 2017).
  208. Lightning acquire goaltender Louis Domingue from Arizona. Tampa Bay Lightning (November 14, 2017).
  209. Lightning acquire goaltender Edward Pasquale from Edmonton Oilers. Tampa Bay Lightning (January 31, 2017).
  210. Lightning acquire D Ryan McDonagh, F J.T. Miller from New York Rangers (February 26, 2018). Retrieved on February 26, 2018.
  211. Lightning acquire forward Andy Andreoff from Los Angeles Kings (June 13, 2018). Retrieved on June 13, 2018.
  212. Tampa Bay, Lightning (July 1, 2017). Lightning sign defenseman Dan Girardi to two-year contract. Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  213. Lightning sign defenseman Jamie McBain to one-year, two-way contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (July 1, 2017).
  214. Tampa Bay, Lightning (July 1, 2017). Lightning sign goalie Michael Leighton to one-year, two-way contract. Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  215. Tampa Bay, Lightning (July 1, 2017). Lightning sign defenseman Mat Bodie to one-year, two-way contract. Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  216. Lightning sign four-time Stanley Cup Champion Chris Kunitz. Tampa Bay Lightning (July 1, 2017).
  217. Tampa Bay, Lightning (July 1, 2017). Lightning sign free-agent LW Alex Gallant to a one-year, two-way contract. Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  218. Lightning sign free agent F Alex Barré-Boulet to entry level contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (March 1, 2018).
  219. "Tanner Richard has reportedly signed with Genève-Servette HC". www.swisshockeynews.ch (2017-04-28). Retrieved on 2017-04-28.
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  221. Khan, Ansar (July 1, 2017). Detroit Red Wings sign Luke Witkowski for two years at $1.5 million. mlive.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  222. Canadiens' Matt Taormina: Signs two-way deal with Montreal. CBS Sports (July 1, 2017).
  223. Canadiens agree to terms on a two-year contract with Byron Froese. Montreal Canadiens (July 1, 2017).
  224. Penguins Add Four New Faces to the Organization as Free Agents. Pittsburgh Penguins (July 1, 2017).
  225. Dallas Stars sign goaltender Mike McKenna to a one-year contract. Dallas Stars (July 1, 2017).
  226. DARCY SIGNS DEAL WITH WINGS. Kalamazoo Wings (July 1, 2017).
  227. Beast Add Six to Finalize Training Camp Roster. Brampton Beast (October 1, 2017).
  228. ECHL TRANSACTIONS – OCT. 14. ECHL (October 14, 2017).
  229. Lightning claim forward Chris DiDomenico from Ottawa. Tampa Bay Lightning (November 24, 2017).
  230. Lightning claim forward Gabriel Dumont off waivers from Ottawa (February 21, 2018). Retrieved on February 21, 2018.
  231. Sens claim F Dumont on waivers. The Sports Network (November 22, 2017).
  232. Game Day 5: Sens @ Jets (December 1, 2017). Retrieved on December 3, 2017.
  233. Ducks Claim Brown on Waivers (January 14, 2018). Retrieved on January 14, 2018.
  234. Joseph Nocco (August 13, 2017). Former NHL forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond retires. FanRag Sports.
  235. Lightning sign goaltender Peter Budaj to two-year contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (June 22, 2017).
  236. Lightning re-sign defenseman Andrej Sustr to one-year contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (June 26, 2017).
  237. Lightning re-sign forward Yanni Gourde to two-year, one-way contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (June 26, 2017).
  238. Lightning re-sign forward Cory Conacher to two-year contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (June 28, 2017).
  239. Lightning re-sign forward Gabriel Dumont to two-year contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (June 28, 2017).
  240. Lightning sign Alex Volkov to entry-level contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (June 29, 2017).
  241. Lightning sign Oleg Sosunov to entry-level contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (July 1, 2017).
  242. Lightning sign defenseman Slater Koekkoek to one-year contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (July 3, 2017).
  243. Lightning re-sign Matthew Peca to one-year contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (July 5, 2017).
  244. Lightning re-sign defenseman Jake Dotchin to two-year extension. Tampa Bay Lightning (July 5, 2017).
  245. Lightning re-sign forward Tyler Johnson to seven-year extension. Tampa Bay Lightning (July 10, 2017).
  246. Lightning re-sign forward Ondrej Palat to five-year contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (July 14, 2017).
  247. @Allovimo (July 14, 2017). Tampa Bay Lightning re-sign forward Michael Bournival. SB Nation: Raw Charge.
  248. Lightning re-sign forward Tye McGinn to one-year, two-way contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (August 17, 2017).
  249. Lightning sign forward Alexey Lipanov to entry-level contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (September 28, 2017).
  250. Lightning sign Cal Foote to entry-level contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (April 1, 2018).
  251. Lightning sign forward Michael Bournival to one-year, two-way contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (April 19, 2018).
  252. Tampa Bay Lightning sign forward Otto Somppi to entry-level contract. Syracuse Crunch (April 19, 2018).
  253. Lightning re-sign defenseman Daniel Walcott to one-year contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (June 7, 2018).
  254. Lightning sign forward Carter Verhaeghe to one-year contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (June 12, 2018).
  255. Lightning sign goaltender Eddie Pasquale to one-year contract. Tampa Bay Lightning (June 18, 2018).
  256. Brian Boyle traded to Maple Leafs by Lightning (February 27, 2017). Retrieved on June 27, 2017.
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