In the spirit of the NHL trade deadline being less than two weeks away, I thought it would be fun to look at some acquisitions made by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the past.
I am going to do a four-post "series" listing the last trade the Bolts have made with each team in the league. Each post is going to focus on a division in the NHL. It is only appropriate that we start with Tampa's own division, the Atlantic.
Note: For the sake of making this a history lesson of sorts, I am leaving out any deals that were made this season.
On March 2, 2015, the Bolts traded Brett Connolly to the Bruins. In return, Tampa Bay received a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, which turned into Matthew Spencer, and a 2016 second-round pick.
On June 25, 2000, Tampa Bay acquired a seventh-round and ninth-round pick in the 2001 draft from Buffalo. The seventh-round pick was traded to Ottawa and the ninth-round pick was Ilya Solarev. In exchange, the Sabres received Tampa's seventh-round pick in the 2000 draft.
Detroit Red Wings
On February 27, 2012, the Lightning acquired Mike Commodore from the Red Wings in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft.
On January 21, 2013, Tampa Bay acquired J.F. Jacques from Florida in exchange for future considerations.
On February 14, 2013, the Canadiens sent Cedrick Desjardins to Tampa Bay in exchange for Dustin Tokarski.
On April 3, 2013, Tampa Bay acquired goaltender, Ben Bishop, from the Senators. In return, Ottawa received Cory Conacher and a 2013 fourth-round draft pick. This is hands-down the best trade on this list for obvious reasons.
Toronto Maple Leafs
On February 6, 2015, the Lightning acquired both Carter Ashton and David Broll from Toronto. The Maple Leafs received a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2016 draft.