Brad Lukowich was one of the most underrated players on the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning team that won the championship.
In his 12 years in the NHL after being drafted by the New York Islanders in 1994 draft, Lukowich was traded 7 times in his career, winning the Stanley Cup in 1999 with the Dallas Stars (His name wasn’t on the trophy because he didn’t play enough games), and with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.
However, one trade in particular of his had a very large impact on the Lightning that can still be felt today, and it was the one where he left town.
On July 4, 2008, the Lightning sent Dan Boyle and Lukowich to the San Jose Sharks for Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, 1st round pick in 2009 (Kyle Palmieri), and a 4th round pick in 2010 (James Mullin)
First, lets focus on what the Sharks acquired. Dan Boyle, still a premier defenseman, and journeyman Brad Lukowich. Boyle stayed with San Jose until the 2013-14 season, when the Sharks traded the pending free agent to the New York Islanders on June 5th of 2014 for a conditional 2015 fifth round draft pick that could become a 4th round pick if the Islanders and Boyle could come to terms on a new contract. However, Boyle and the Islanders were not able to come up with a contract and he signed with the New York Rangers on July 1st of that year. He played with the Rangers for 2 season until retiring on October 5th, 2016.
That 5th round pick that the Islanders sent to the Sharks became Rūdolfs Balcers, who is currently in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers, scoring 77 points in 66 games.
End of Dan Boyle
As for Brad Lukowich, after being traded to the Sharks, he was traded on August 28th, 2009 to the Vancouver Canucks along with Christian Ehrhoff for prospects Daniel Rahimi and Patrick White, neither of which have played in the NHL.
End of Brad Lukowich
As an upcoming unrestricted free agent in 2011, Christian Ehrhoff was traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. More on that 4throunder soon.
A day after acquiring Ehrhoff, the Islanders traded his rights to the Buffalo Sabres on 29 June in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, which turned into Loic Leduc.
That 4th round pick was then traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets, along with another 4th round pick in 2012 and Taylor Ellington in exchange for Samuel Pahlsson. Pahlsson returned to Sweden, while the first of the 4th round picks became Josh Anderson. The later pick was later traded with a 2012 2nd and a 2013 4th for BOB. That’s right, Sergei Bobrovsky, the guy whose most likely going to win the Vezina Trophy and maybe even the Hart, was traded for 3 picks.
That’s right, I almost forgot, those picks. The 2012 2nd became Anthony Stolarz, and the 2012 4thbecame Taylor Leier. But wait, there’s more.
The 4th round pick in 2013 was traded to the Los Angeles Kings as a conditional pick for Simon Gagne. The condition was that if the Flyers made the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it would turn into a 3rd round draft pick. They did not, and the Kings selected Justin Auger in the 4th round.
End of Christian Ehrhoff and END OF THE 1st HALF OF TRADE
Matt Carle. A lot of Tampa Bay fans lambasted him in his latest run with the Lightning, as he was showing signs that he wasn’t the same player everyone thought that he was. And I’m not going to lie, I was also in that same boat for a while. However, when the Bolts got him in a trade and then promptly shipped him off, a lot of people were wondering why the Lightning gave up on him so fast. More on that in a bit.
So, in the trade for Boyle and Lukowich, The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, a first round pick in 2009, and a forth round pick in 2010.
Carle was then shipped off to the Philadelphia Flyers, along with a 3rd round pick in 2009, just 12 games into the Lightning’s 2008-09 season. The return? Steve Downie, Steve Eminger, and a 2009 4th round pick.
That 4th round draft pick in the next years draft? Don’t worry, the Lightning kept that one and drafted James Mullin. He’s currently in the NCAA, and his rights are still owned by the Lightning.
Now, let’s talk about 1st round draft picks and why you should possibly keep them. Meanwhile, that 1st round draft pick ended up being traded to the Ottawa Senators along with Alexandre R. Picard and Filip Kuba for Andrej Meszaros.
Andrej Meszaros was then traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 2nd. He was then traded by the Flyers to the Boston Bruins for a "3rd round pick." Per BroadStreetBuzz, the conditions to that trade are as follows:
The 2014 3rd round pick becomes a second pick IF,
-The Bruins make the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals (Meszaros must play in at least 2/3 of all playoff games)
-The Bruins re-sign Meszaros prior to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
The Flyers receive a 2015 4th round draft pick IF,
-The Bruins sign Meszaros for the 2014-2015 season, but after the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
And, almost incredibly, none of those conditions were met. So, the 2014 3rd round pick became Mark Frieldman.
The 2nd round pick (Pontus Aberg) that the Lightning acquired in the Meszaros trade was traded to Nashville with another 2nd round pick in 2012 (Colton Sissons), a 2013 3rd (Jonathan –Ismael Diaby), and Sebastien Caron for Anders Lindback (Yikes), a 2012 7th round pick that became Nikita Gusev, who is currently tearing it up with Kucherov at the Worlds tournament, and Kyle Wilson. Kyle Wilson was then traded to Anaheim for Dan Sexton.
END OF MESZAROS
Once again, that 1st round pick in 2009 was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Now get ready for this. a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round pick in 2009 to the Blue Jackets, for a 2009 1st and 3rd round pick. That first round pick that the Blue Jackets acquired was then, along with a 2009 2nd round pick, traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 1st round draft pick. That 2nd round pick that the Ducks received became Matt Clark, while John Moore was then drafted with the 1st round draft choice that the Blue Jackets received.
The 3rd and 4th round picks that the Blue Jackets received for the 2009 draft were then traded back to the Islanders for a 2nd round section in that year’s draft. The Blue Jackets selected Kevin Lynch, while the Islanders were able to select Anders Nilsson with the 3rd rounder and Casey Casitas with their 4th rounder. There’s more, but I’ll come back to it in a minute.
The 1st round pick and the 3rd round pick that the Islanders picked up in the Blue Jackets trade were shipped to the Minnesota Wild along with a 7th pick for a 1st round pick. The Islanders picked Calvin de Haan with the 1st round pick that they were given, whereas the Wild picked Nick Leddy, Matt Hackett, and Erik Haula with their 1st, 3rd, and 7th rounders acquired, respectively.
Leddy and Kim Johnsson were then traded in 2010 to the Chicago Blackhawks for Cam Barker. And this is a nice way to say that Anders Nilsson was traded SO MANY TIMES. And it turns out that former teammates Leddy and Nilsson were traded for each other in 2014. Well, Nilsson, Ville Pokka, T.J. Brennan, and Kent Simpson for Nick Leddy. T.J. Brennan was then traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Spencer Abbott. Abbott was then traded with Sam Carrick to the Chicago Blackhawks for Kenton Helgesen and a 2019 7th round pick.
Back to Nilsson. The Blackhawks then traded Nilsson to the Edmonton Oilers for Liam Coughlin. Nilsson was then traded again to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Niklas Lundstrom and a 2016 5th round pick in 2016 that became Graham McPhee. Nilsson was traded one more time, from the Blues to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2017 4th round pick.
END OF ANDERS NILSSON
So Matt Carle was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on November 7th, 2008, along with a 2009 3rdround pick that became Simon Bertilsson. The return was Steve Downie, Steve Eminger (2 Steves), and a 2009 4th round pick that became Alex Hutchings.
Steve Eminger was traded by the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 4th, 2009, to the Florida Panthers for Noah Welch and a 2009 3rd round pick.
END OF STEVE EMINGER
Steve Downie, becoming a restricted free agent after the 2011-12 season, was traded for Kyle Quincey, but more on him in a minute. Downie was then traded a season later to the Philadelphia Flyers for Maxime Talbot, who went to the Colorado Avalanche.
END OF STEVE DOWNIE
Talbot was then traded on March 2nd, 2015, to the Boston Bruins along with Paul Carey for Jordan Caron and a 2016 6th round draft pick that eventually became Oskar Steen.
END OF MAXIME TALBOT
So, Kyle Quincey. He got flipped twice on deadline day before Mark Streit made it cool. But in the 2nd trade of the day for him, he had enough value to warrant the Detroit Red Wings trading for him in exchange for Sebastien Piche and a 2012 1st round draft pick. As BoltsGuy04 said on his Yzerman trade post on Raw Charge, "Sebastian Piche never saw time in the NHL, but he did put up 23 goals and 49 assists for 72 points in his overage year in Rimouski. He currently plays in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) in Austria." However, that 1st round draft pick turned out to be ANDREI VASILEVSKIY, who is an enormous piece in the current Bolts team that is looking to win its second Stanley Cup in franchise history. While Quincey is an above average defenseman, he does not nearly have the value that Vasilevskiy brings.
END OF TRADE
The winners of the trade tree? That’s for you to decide. But the two teams looking like winners so far are the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning. They have the current present and future superstars in net for their teams.
A special thanks to NHLTradeTracker and EliteProspects for helping me sort through the madness in this trade.
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