The Tampa Bay Lightning were pretty active earlier in this trade season. First they shipped Dominic Moore across the hall with the San Jose Sharks in town, then it was Pavel Kubina heading out of town for draft picks before they pulled a three team ninja move, swapping Steve Downie to Colorado for Kyle Quincey and turning around to send Quincey to Detroit for a first round pick and Sebastien Piche. Heck, they even did a minor league move, picking up Brandon Segal from Chicago. All in all, they drove the trade market early on.
No more says Steve Yzerman, who will fully expects to be done making trades for the time being. The Bolts have two first rounders and (potentially) four second rounders as I explored at the time of the Quincey for Downie trade and he seems content to stick with just that.
Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune got the word from Yzerman, who says he’s content where things lie.
“We’ve made our major moves here and we’ll see what is up over the next 27 hours or so,” he said Sunday afternoon. “We’ll obviously work the phone and see what’s out there. As far as acquiring players, real impact players, that’s more likely to be done at the draft.”
Tampa Bay still has a handful of pending unrestricted free agents and Yzerman said there has been “mild” interest in some of those players.
What’s interesting to note in all of this is that Yzerman clearly had the resources required to acquire the likes of Ben Bishop from St. Louis – Tampa, in case you missed it, has some trouble between the pipes – but instead opted to hold on to his draft assets.
In terms of UFAs on the Tampa Bay Lightning roster which could be swapped: Dwayne Roloson, Bruno Gervais, Matt Gilroy, Brett Clark, Mike Angelidis, Trevor Smith, Adam Hall, Ryan Shannon and Tim Wallace (from the net out, in case you didn’t notice) all have expiring contracts.
If I were to speculate on guys who are most likely to move I’d have to figure a guy like Gilroy or Hall would be first out the door. Gilroy because he offers the ever elusive puck moving defenceman quality that teams are often so desperate for this time of year while Hall is a useful two-way guy who has gone deep in the playoffs before in his career. Even Roloson could be an option for some teams looking for goaltending as his playoff pedigree is intriguing even if he has been abysmal this season.
With all this in mind though, don’t expect Stevie Y to make a move unless he gets a fantastic offer.