In only their second year of existence in the NHL, the Lightning had again finished in the cellar, 42 points behind the New York Rangers in the Atlantic Division.
Lightning forward Brian Bradley had finished his second of what eventually would be six seasons with the club. For the second consecutive time he had led the team in points with 64 and assists with 40. His 24 goals were one behind the team leader. For the second season in a row he had been chosen to represent the new franchise in the NHL All-Star Game.
And just over a month after the end of the season, Bradley’s son, Cody, was born.