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We have a trade to announce: Tampa Bay gets Aulie, Toronto gets Ashton

Feb 27, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

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Earlier this morning, Tampa Bay Lighting GM Steve Yzerman claimed he didn’t expect to make many moves on trade deadline day, saying he’d already pulled some significant deals and was waiting for the draft to acquire “impact players.”

Turns out he wasn’t being entirely truthful.

Yzerman has pulled off his second deal of the day, acquiring defenseman Keith Aulie from Toronto in exchange for Carter Ashton. Aulie, 22, is a towering blueliner — 6-foot-6, 225-pounds — that came to the Leafs from Calgary as part of the Dion Phaneuf deal in 2009. Aulie appeared in 40 games for Toronto last year and 17 this season, spending the majority of his time with AHL’s Toronto Marlies.

According to Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, Aulie was “in shock” about being dealt. “The one thing that bothers me is that I was hoping to help this team make the playoffs,” he said.

As for the skinny on Ashton:

— 20 years old, son of former NHLer Brent Ashton.

— One of Tampa’s two first-round picks in 2009 (29th overall; Victor Hedman went No. 2)

— The last first-round pick of the Brian Lawton regime. The following year, Steve Yzerman took Tampa’s GM job.

— Has been with AHL Norfolk this season and performed well (19G-16A-35PTS in 56 games).

— At 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, has the size that Leafs GM Brian Burke covets.

  1. lsxphotog - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    I think the loss of Carter Ashton may come back to bite Tampa in the ass..he was one of the promising prospects for the team’s feature. Commodore was a great pickup.

    • mathieug79 - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      i think its fair to say that the Lightning as of next season, will have lots of prospects that will take over Carter Ashton’s spot, he is projected to be a 2/3 line guy, but I think Keith Aulie was more needed than Ashton. Our Defense has been terrible for the last couples year, we need to solidify our d corps, and as of today, Yzerman has done a great job of doing that!. remember we have 2- 1st round picks, 4- 2nd round pick thats 6 picks in the top 60. (if florida gives decides to give up there 2nd rounder this season) yes ashton might come back to bite us, but Keith Aulie has much more upside.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    This doesn’t make a whole lot of sense on the surface, but Burke usually knows what he’s doing so I guess I have to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  3. sunking1 - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    As a Lightning fan, I am not sure that i like this move. I was looking forward to Ashton making the jump to the NHL next year and developing into the big forward the Bolts need.

    I don’t know enough about Aulie, but there is no doubt that the Lightning have needed to address the glaringly deficient ‘D’. Picking up 3 defensement today, Yzerman is clearly focusing on it

    • danphipps01 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      I’m still not liking the Quincey deal. The 28th pick at best for a solid D with decent scoring presence. Yzerman’s clearly stocking up on D, but he HAD a good guy in Quincey, and one probably a little better than the guys he’s gotten since.

      • mathieug79 - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM

        you’ll change your mind next season when we pick up a great prospect with that 1st rounder (maybe even our goalie of the future, someone like Malcolm Subban) we had a good guy in Quincey, yes, but I like the 1st rounder better and you will too in a couple of years!

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