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Off the market: Lightning extend Nate Thompson — Four years, $6.4 million

Mar 23, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

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A few teams were eyeing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nate Thompson as a potential trade deadline addition. They can now cast their eyes elsewhere as the Lightning announced they’ve locked up the rugged forward to a four-year contract extension.

ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports the deal has a cap hit of $1.6 million per year, totaling out to $6.4 million in all.

Thompson’s been a solid third-line forward for the Lightning and doubles as a penalty killer as well. Offensively, he’s got six goals and four assists this season through 30 games.

With Thompson locked up long-term, that takes yet another name off what was already shaping up to be a short list of players who could’ve been moved by the April 3 trade deadline. Thompson along with Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were all thought to be there to be had, but all three are out of the picture now.

Hey, maybe that Roberto Luongo deal can finally happen to give us something to run with on deadline day.

  1. tbbolts91 - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    questionable…

  2. boltsfan777 - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    He’s a guy that’s not a star player, but you can plug him in anywhere, and he does it all. He consistently has his head in the game and makes a big play when it’s needed. He’s a solid grinder on both ends of the rink, and I’m really glad he’s here to stay for a while. Tom Pyatt is another one of those guys.

  3. mathieug79 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Most teams will start to sign their best 3rd -4th liners to longer deal, with less cap hit. Worst case scenario: if someone can replace him, you can buy him out at the end of the season, and keep him off your salary cap. Best case Scenario he keeps playing the way he’s been playing the last 2 years! great faceoff guy, mostly first on the puck, plays his hearth out, and very skilled on the boards. IMO this is a very good signing! fill out a spot on our roster, and only takes up minimal cap space!

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