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We have a trade to announce: Tampa Bay acquires Mike Commodore from Detroit

Feb 27, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Mike Commodore, B.J. Crombeen AP

The Tampa Bay-Detroit pipeline is alive and well.

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, after saying earlier that he felt the team was done dealing, acquired defenseman Mike Commodore from the Detroit Red Wings. The price? A conditional seventh-round draft pick according to’s Dan Rosen.

Commodore has been used sparingly in Detroit this season and after the team acquired Kyle Quincey from the Lightning last week, it meant that someone was going to be leaving town between Jakub Kindl or Commodore.

There was a thought that the Red Wings might hold tight after seeing Jonathan Ericsson go out for a month with a wrist injury, but with guys like Brendan Smith waiting in the AHL for a shot, giving Commodore a shot to actually play in Tampa makes for a better move for him. In Tampa, Commodore will get the shot to play as they’re always looking for healthy defensemen, more so now that Mattias Ohlund‘s career is in doubt after having knee surgery.

  1. hockinj25 - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Can’t wait to see what Smith can do in the NHL. He better live up to the hype.

    • bensawesomeness - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      He played a few games earlier this season and looked pretty good – cant wait to see what he can do!

  2. balewsquare - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    I don’t see how this makes sense for the Wings…what happened to the “you can never have enough D men for the playoffs” saying.

    • polegojim - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Frankly, Commodore was barely a D man.

      Decent guy ‘in the day’, but he’s done.

      Holland is already working on some rebuilding.

  3. hockeyknowledge - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Red Wings have capable defensive players in GR, and no one seems to remember Meech.

  4. wingsdjy - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    A seventh-round pick? Yikes.

  5. hockeyknowledge - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Janik and Brendan Smith

  6. hockinj25 - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Stop complaining about only getting a 7th round pick. That’s where we get all of our good players.

  7. bensawesomeness - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    i just feel like this went down like this

    Holland : okay cool, you’re gunna trade us Quincey, want Commadore?
    Stevie : Yeah sure
    Holland : cool, so we’ll see what happens by monday, and if our entire blue line doesnt blow up, we’ll send him over.

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