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How the 2015 Stanley Cup finalist Tampa Bay Lightning were built

Tampa Bay Lightning timeline graphic: the trades, free agents, draft picks and hirings that built the 2015 Stanley Cup finalists.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are playing in their first Stanley Cup finals since 2004, the year the franchise defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games for its first championship. No players remain from that club, but by scrolling down through our timeline, you can trace the trades, free agent signings, draft picks and hirings that year by year created the team’s current postseason roster.

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Total personnel

Draft picks: 11
Via trade: 5
Free agents: 8

  • C Alex Killorn2007

    Draft: 3rd round (#77)

  • C Steven Stamkos2008

    Draft: 1st round (#1)

  • D Mark Barberio2008

    Draft: 6th round (#152)

  • D Victor Hedman2009

    Draft: 1st round (#2)

  • VP/GM Steve Yzerman2010

    Hired: (5/25), ex-VP with Red Wings (2006-10)

  • C Tyler Johnson2011

    Free agent: (3/7), WHL Spokane

  • C Vladislav Namestnikov2011

    Draft: 1st round (#27)

  • RW Nikita Kucherov2011

    Draft: 2nd round (#58)

  • D Nikita Nesterov2011

    Draft: 5th round (#148)

  • LW Ondrej Palat2011

    Draft: 7th round (#208)

  • RW J.T. Brown2012

    Free agent: WCHA Minnesota-Duluth (3/28)

  • G Andrei Vasilevskiy2012

    Draft: 1st (#19)

  • C Cedric Paquette2012

    Draft: 4th round (#101)

  • D Matt Carle2012

    Free agent: Philadelphia (7/4)

  • Coach Jon Cooper2013

    Hired: (3/25), ex-coach of Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliates Norfolk (2010-12) and Syracuse (2012-13)

  • D Andrej Sustr2013

    Free agent: WCHA Nebraska-Omaha (3/21)

  • G Ben Bishop2013

    Trade: from Ottawa for C Cory Conacher, 2013 4th round pick (4/3)

  • LW Jonathan Drouin2013

    Draft: 1st round (#3)

  • C Valtteri Filppula2013

    Free agent: Detroit (7/5)

  • RW Ryan Callahan2014

    Trade: with 2014 2nd round pick, 2015 1st round pick — from NY Rangers for RW Martin St. Louis (3/5)

  • C Jonathan Marchessault2014

    Trade: with LW Dalton Smith — from Columbus for F Dana Tyrell, D Matt Taormina (3/5)

  • D Jason Garrison2014

    Trade: with rights to F Jeff Costello, 2015 7th round pick — from Vancouver for 2014 2nd round pick (6/27)

  • C Brian Boyle2014

    Free agent: NY Rangers (7/1)

  • D Anton Stralman2014

    Free agent: NY Rangers (7/1)

  • LW Brenden Morrow2014

    Free agent: St. Louis (7/11)

  • D Braydon Coburn2015

    Trade: from Philadelphia for D Radko Gudas, 2015 1st round (conditional) and 3rd round picks (3/2)

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