GM: Bryan Camara (4th GM in team’s history)
Coach: Willie Desjardins (Replaced Peter Laviolette after Season 4)(Laviollette replaced Todd McLellan after Season 3)
Last season: 14th overall
Ins and Outs (Season 4 to Season 5)
Out: Claude Giroux (trade), Dougie Hamilton (trade), Gareth Roberts (trade), Chris Higgins (free agent)
In: Shea Weber (trade), Zach Parise (trade), John Tavares (trade), Craig Anderson (free agent), Kyle Brodziak (free agent), Matt Greene (waivers), Brandon Bochenski (waivers), Benoit Pouliot (waivers),Nicolas Aube-Kubel (draft), Maxim Letunov (draft)
In Place (Key players signed past Season 5)
Steven Stamkos*, C; Drew Doughty*, D; John Tavares*, Kari Ramo, G; Alex Steen, LW
*On last year of contracts but as Type 2s, should be able to retain them
1. Superstars and contract years – super exciting or super scary? Take a look at Lisbon’s Contract Management page and you’ll notice all the huge names are on the last year of their contracts. Shea Weber, Zach Parise, Steven Stamkos, Drew Doughty and John Tavares account for $32.75 million of the team’s payroll. Stamkos, Doughty and Tavares have Type 2 contracts and GM Bryan Camara should be able to retain their services if he wants to, but Weber and Parise are older and could elect to leave the team rather than resign. And Tavares is likely to ask for a pay hike. So a year from now, Camara needs to get a couple million dollars off some of those big salaries because goalie Kari Ramo (two years left on his contract) will be asking for more money, as will defenseman Jared Spurgeon.
2. How about those starting 6 though? They are truly scary from an opponent’s point of view. Forwards Stamos, Tavares and Parise have all hit 40 goals and 100 points at least once in the last four seasons. And that was when none of them was with the other two. It will be interesting to see how they perform together, especially when defensemen Weber and Doughty are distracting and worrying defenders. Teams that survive these six will still have Joe Thornton, Alex Steen and some other good skaters to deal with. Lisbon has the potential to hit 300 goals this season. They will give the Southern Conference powers like Paris, Athens and Berlin all they can handle and should end with their best record to date.
3. Where are they weak? Goaltending could cost Lisbon HC several points in the standings. Kari Ramo was not good last year and he needs to get better. He was 30th in the league in goals against average (3.81) and 29th in save percentage (87.9). But there is plenty of hope for the Finn. He is only 23 years old and had a better year in Season 3 when he was in the top 20 in goalie stats. Craig Anderson was signed as a free agent to backup Ramo, but his numbers aren’t any better. Jan Laco is waiting in the wings.
Season Place PTS PP % PK % SPG SAPG GPG GAPG PIM
Season 4 14 82 18.5 77.9 30.63 31.39 3.38 3.73 9.70
Season 3 16 83 20.2 80.9 28.39 31.09 3.41 3.46 11.80
Season 2 21 70 13.0 80.3 27.78 30.67 2.83 3.73 11.83
Season 1 23 57 18.8 76.4 26.76 32.20 3.04 4.38 9.78
Top Draft picks
Season 1: Steven Stamkos, C, current age 25. Games played: 328; points: 443; -22
Season 2: Karri Ramo, G, age 23. GP: 159; Save Pct. 88.1
Season 3: Seth Jones, D, age 21. GP: 82; points: 16; -11
Season 4: Sami Vatanen, D, age 23. GP: 82; points: 25; -12
Season 5: Nicolas Aube-Kubel, RW, age 18
Season 1 (picks without years listed are from initial draft)
Traded Round 3 pick (used to draft Brent Seabrook) and Round 4 pick (Jason Spezza ) to Bern for Claude Giroux
Traded Round 7 pick (Slava Voynov), Round 10 pick (Trevor Daley) and 2013 Rd 2 pick (Erik Ersberg) to Madrid for Max Pacioretty
Traded Josh Gorges to Prague for Jared Spurgeon
Traded 2014 Rd 2 pick (traded later) (Hunter Shinkaruk) to Minsk for Jonas Holos
*From the commissioner: missing one trade. My notes aren’t good for part of Season 2.
Traded Travis Zajac to Helsinki for Kyle Clifford and Gareth Roberts.
Traded Max Pacioretty to Moscow for Darnell Nurse, 2016 Round 1 pick (later traded to Copenhagen) and 2017 Round 1 pick.
Traded 2016 Round 1 pick (Linus Klasen) to Gothenburg for Zach Parise
Traded Dougie Hamilton, Gareth Roberts and 2016 Round 1 pick (later traded to Bratislava – Marten Madsen) to Copenhagen for Shea Weber
Traded Claude Giroux to Edinburgh for John Tavares
Transactions after the start of Season 5:
Claimed Mike Ribeiro (waivers)
Signed Hayden Hawkey (free agent)
Claimed Jordan Caron (waivers)
Traded Joe Thornton to Bern for Evgeny Kuznetsov and Mats Rosselli Olsen