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We have a trade to announce: Lightning get goalie, acquire Lindback from Nashville

Jun 15, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

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We now know what Steve Yzerman had planned for all his stockpiled draft picks.

The Tampa GM — who had five selections in the first 50 of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft — has flipped a package of them to Nashville in exchange for backup netminder Anders Lindback.

To Tampa: Lindback, Kyle Wilson, 2012 7th round pick
To Nashville: Two 2012 2nd round picks, 2013 third round pick, Sebastien Caron

The move is Yzerman’s boldest in what’s been a lengthy goalie search. Lindback, 24, is one of the league’s prized backups, having served behind Vezina nominee Pekka Rinne for the last two seasons. At 6-foot-6, 205 pounds he’s a unique physical specimen and has posted solid-if-unspectacular numbers since breaking into the NHL in 2010: 16-13-2 record, .914 save percentage and a 2.53 GAA.

As for the ripple effect:

– You can all but cross Tampa Bay off the list of suitors for Roberto Luongo, though Yzerman never really sounded that interested.

– Nashville was all but out of the draft after flipping their first-rounder for Paul Gaustad and their second-rounder for Hal Gill. Now they have the 37th and 50th picks overall.

– Even though the Lightning now have Lindback and Riku Helenius in the fold, it’s unclear if Yzerman’s goalie search is over. Neither are very experienced.

  1. scionofflame - Jun 15, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Lindback isn’t very experienced and his numbers don’t really reflect how good he can be as a goaltender. We’ll miss him in Nashville, but I’m glad he’ll get a chance to secure a starter spot for another team in the league.

  2. elvispocomo - Jun 15, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    While it’s not a surprise a team went after Lindback, I’m a little surprised Stevie Y didn’t go after someone more likely to succeed right away as a starter. If they expect to platoon the two along with Garon, they’d better have some success or find themselves looking for better help at the deadline.

    Remember, this is a team with good young stars plus a number of notable veterans that went to the Eastern Conference finals two years ago. Those veterans won’t stick around forever, so they may have an opportunity to make a solid run for it in the short term, and that means there’s little time to experiment with their goalie situation.

    • vshehane - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      Expect great things from Anders. We hate to lose him in Nashville but I know it will be a great opportunity for him.

      • elvispocomo - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:19 PM

        I like Lindback, don’t get me wrong, but is he ready yet play and win a lot more games than he has considering his limited success so far? If it was a young team still developing, like the Oilers, they could afford to be patient but if Tampa wants to win, it’s a little bit of a risk.

        In the end, it’s a fair number of picks, but they kept both first rounders and didn’t really give up that much, it’s just down to whether it pays off or not.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        I agree!

        Nothing bad to say about Lindback, but I thought Yzerman would have gone after someone who has a bit more experience like Josh Harding.

        I think it’s a great move by both teams and best of luck

      • scionofflame - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:54 PM

        I think that with a proper number of games and time to settle into a good groove, Lindback can prove to play like a starter.

  3. killerpgh - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Looks like s good trade for both teams.

  4. oquintero99 - Jun 15, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Im thinking Steve Y would be looking for a veteran backup for Andurs, someone who could be his mentor, while the other two goalies get some playing time in the AHL. You develop both young guys in the minors and the vet backup can help Andurs. I think Yzerman got a better deal for both present and future in the goalie position

  5. jimw81 - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Let the NHL offseason insanity begin!!!!

  6. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    This seems like a no-brainer from the p.r. side of things for Yzerman. At worst, the Lightning will be only slightly better in net. In this scenario, they didn’t break the bank to get there- and (if I’m not mistaken) Lindback is on the final year of his entry level deal (a pending RFA). It’s an easy one to walk away from if it doesn’t work out, and Helenius could just as easily pan out as well. Nashville did okay on their end: ideally 2nd rounders are 50/50 propositions- If one of the 2 (Nashville actually has 3 now according to their earlier posted draft order) really pans out and Lindback earns a starting gig there then it’s an excellent trade for both sides.

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