Tampa Bay Lightning: Brian Boyle, Ben Bishop Trades Send Wrong Message

The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded forward Brian Boyle and starting goaltender Ben Bishop in the last 24 hours for a couple of draft picks and minor league prospects.

While the Bishop trade can be understood, with Andrei Vasilevskiy signed to a three-year contract extension this past summer, trading him and Boyle around the same time is one horrible move.


How exactly?

Simply put, both players were veterans that weren’t afraid to speak up and demand change when the Lightning needed it most. Neither was the captain or alternate captain, but in a season where both Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan have been injured for a good chunk of time Boyle and Bishop kept the team afloat.

In essence, they were the team leaders. Both gave 110 percent every day and kept the Tampa Bay Lightning within striking distance of a playoff spot. Each one was integral during the recent seven-game point streak that got Tampa Bay within four points of being a part of the postseason conversation, not the footnote they were most of this season.

Now both are gone. Boyle to Toronto and Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings. Tampa Bay’s already slim playoff hopes likely went with them. A team predicted by many to win the Stanley Cup is left to play over a months worth of meaningless games, thanks in large part to a disappointing season and two trades that send the message to forget the postseason.

Long term, the Tampa Bay Lightning might have won these trades. General manager Steve Yzerman probably pulled off a miracle in getting what he did (Byron Froese, Erik Cernak, Peter Budaj and draft picks) for the guys who departed. Unfortunately, that’s little solace for a team and fanbase that had such high hopes of achieving something special this year.



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    Paris Pembroke 22 March, 2017 at 22:53

    @Erne Do you still feel those trades were worth it now? After losing to the Coyotes last night? Tonight Toronto moves up to 3rd taking Boston down to last wild card. Islanders win against NYRs and now within 2 pts of last wild card (Boston), and we are 5 pts out of last wild card, playING Boston tomorrow night. WOW we can’t really figure Boston out, too bad we play them twice yet. Sure would be nice to have Boyle watching our net.

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    Ed Erne 28 February, 2017 at 04:44

    troll…its like you have no concept of what has happened this season…injuries galour, salary caps, contract renewals, expansion draft..tampa has a lot of talent even in through their minor league…yes, Bishop and Boyle will be missed by the fans such as myself but it was necessary for the whole team at this time and not later…great move by Yzerman to realize that before the deadline…looks like the results paid off well last night too! GO BOLTS!!!

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