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Yzerman: Lightning aren’t looking to trade for a rental

Mar 11, 2013, 11:46 PM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have gone 4-13-1 since February 1, so it’s reasonable that some think GM Steve Yzerman should make a big trade or two.

If he does, Yzerman told ESPN that he’ll have the future in mind in more ways than one, which means he doesn’t want to acquire a player with an expiring contract (aka a “rental” player).

“Rental players cost you draft picks or young players, we’re not interested in that,” Yzerman said. “That’s why we signed free agents in the summer, to fill those places. If there’s a trade that makes sense where a team has a need and we have a need, then it would be addressed that way.”

(As you can see from their Cap Geek page, the Bolts have plenty of players locked up beyond this season, including guys who could feasibly be traded, such as Ryan Malone.)

Yzerman admits that he hasn’t been happy with the way things have gone, but he notes the team’s upcoming schedule is lighter. There aren’t many back-to-backs, which can submarine fringe squads like the Lightning.

Even if he didn’t seem so optimistic, Yzerman indicates that there might not have been any opportunities to make a big splash, anyway.

“To sit here and say, ‘I’m going to do something big,’ there’s nothing big that can be done at this time,” Yzerman said. “It’s not like we just sit here and do nothing all day. You talk to people, you see if there’s anything that makes sense. For a lot of reasons it’s difficult to find a fit, to find the right players, the right salaries to make a trade. You don’t just do something to do it.”

Some might argue that teams have been trading just to trade lately, actually.

  1. gotampabay52 - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    We got the best GM go Bolts

  2. blomfeld - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:24 AM


    Friends, don’t ask me why, but I’m positively “convinced” that by “hook or by crook” Roberto Luongo ends up in Tampa Bay! Yes, I know that the Miami angle is also a possibility. But right from the very start, Tampa Bay is where I saw this man ultimately ending up. Regardless, we’ll see soon enough, one way or the other eh? :)

    • mathieug79 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      I wouldn’t mind seeing him become a Bolts, but we’ll need to trade one of our big contract back the other way. I think Roberto Luongo would thrive in a bolts jersey! Also we need at least 1 more top 6 d-men. Do we really need Ryan Malone? No we now have 3-4 guys who can contribute the same as he does for far less money. I know he has a no movement clause but if he were to be traded to the Pens or even for Luongo. I don’t see him not waiving his NMC. Vancouver could use his grit, and his front of the net presence to make another playoff run.

      • georgejarkko - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        hey – Malone is teriffic when he manages to play 10-12 games in a row.

      • mathieug79 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        he can be easily replaced by some prospects!! for 4M cheaper

  3. Stiller43 - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    The best GM in the league has you at 13th in the east anf 28th out of 30 in the whole league?

    • bensawesomeness - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      Yzerman’s made it clear, even if this season doesn’t go well, he’s going all in on the future seasons, next season and beyond. He’s got to be pretty aware Tampa isn’t going to win a cup this year ( sorry guys, you’re not ) but he has hopes that he can make a few trades and next season and the season after they can start contending again

      Wing’s fan ( still biased, i wear an Yzerman jersey all the time, but still )

  4. thomaspratt - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    To me, there is a deal to be done between Vancouver and Tampa Bay. The Bolts should not waste their excellent collection of forwards by pairing it with subpar goaltending.

    • 19to77 - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      Such as? Vancouver’s mostly looking to move one of their collection of expensive D contracts for some centre depth right now, not one of their goalies while they’re still not clear which one they actually want.

  5. rca26 - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    The Lightning only have like 5 skaters over 30, and we’re not a contender. Obviously we’re not going to trade for rentals.

    The interesting part is that this was Yzerman’s response to their beat reporter asking what they’d do at the deadline – and all he did is say what they wouldn’t do. My GM-speak translator suggests Tampa Bay might be selling their way into a youth movement this year.

  6. rushledger - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    They’ve got a lot of good pieces down there, yeah there 13th in the east but look what they’ve gained in a year a goalie that will get better, Matt Carle Sami salo Benoit puliot all serviceable players. Not to mention Corey connacher, even with Stamkos there’s no true quick fix to this team without giving up the future.

  7. rainyday56 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Forget players, Y should hire a new coach. Hire Hitchcock (hire him now, Blues are going to fire him anyway). I want to see him try to turn Stamkos into a 25 goal checking forward.

    Sadly, this potential absurdity is the only entertainment I get out of this league at the moment.

    • tbbolts91 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM


    • imleftcoast - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      There are a bunch of NBA shows getting zero ratings. Maybe you should go watch half court shots and unchallenged dunks, and navel gaze about the plight of the Lakers. Obviously, you don’t like the plethora of fighting, high scoring games and tight playoff races.

  8. mathieug79 - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Why not trade for Jonathan Bernier? We could get him for a 2nd and a 3rd IMO. Get him some time in front of the net for the rest of the season, Lindback is only owed 1.8M. He can be a very good backup If he doesn’t become the Elite goalie the bolts are hoping for. Also it gives us a good Young Goalie in Bernier, if Bernier doesn’t work out after next season or even at the 2014 deadline, you trade him. Or he can become a very good backup if he agrees!

    • gramkind - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Hate to break it to you, but a 2nd and a 3rd won’t get you Bernier. !st at least probably 1+

      • mathieug79 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        Yeah, he doesn’t want to be there, he asked to be traded, they will not get a 1st round pick or even a 1st + is way too much! He’s unproven, doubt he gets a 1st round pick, he an RFA at the end of the season, and will want at least 2-3M. I don’t think he’s worth more than a 2nd and a 3rd or a prospect and a 2nd round pick.

    • tatdue - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Try a 1st and a good roster player or good prospect and maybe you could get Bernier…

      • mathieug79 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        doubt it, maybe if he had a team friendly deal in place, but he’s an RFA after this season so he’s going to want a raise, and a 1st round pick is way too much for someone unproven. I think a 2nd rounder and a 3rd rounder is more realistic. Even if LA will ask for a 1st rounder or a roster player, doesn’t mean they’ll get it!

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