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Striking again: Tampa sends Thompson to Ducks for picks

Jun 30, 2014, 12:19 AM EDT

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Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman certainly did make Sunday a night to rest.

The Bolts added yet another trade to the mix tonight, as they sent forward Nate Thompson to Anaheim for the Ducks’ fourth and seventh-round picks in 2015.

Here’s a quick rundown of how different the Lightning look after today’s dealings:

No longer with the Lightning:

Thompson (now in Anaheim)
Sam Gagner (briefly in Tampa Bay, now in Arizona)
B.J. Crombeen (also in Arizona)
Ted Purcell (went to Edmonton in the trade that briefly made Gagner a member of the Lightning)

Lightning retain:

$1.6 million of Gagner’s salary

The Lightning receive the following picks:

Anaheim’s selections in the fourth and seventh-round
The Coyotes’ sixth-round pick

Tampa Bay receives cap relief:

When all the smoke clears, Cap Geek estimates that the Lightning end up with a little bit less than $8 million of cap space. They also bulked up on later-round picks, obviously.


So, the Lightning parted ways with Nate “Boucher” Thompson, whose apple-of-Guy-Boucher’s-eye status probably doesn’t mean a whole lot to relatively new Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper.

It’s plausible that the Lightning merely believe that their impressive set of young forwards will make the difference in all these personnel moves. Still, the far more interesting question is: which player(s) might the Lightning be targeting with this extra cap space?

It could be as fun to find out as it was strange to observe Sunday’s stream of events.

  1. bolts1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    I’m hoping it’s Niskanen

    • cliffatola - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Not sure about that but there is definitely another side to all of this on Tuesday.

    • ctcork - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      Can’t wait for July 1st! I’d be happy with Niskanen or Yandle, honestly

  2. Windmiller4 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Its shaping up to be a good offseason

  3. pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Wow… They must have a ton of secret weapons… Jonathan Drouin Must be built like the Terminator or something.

  4. pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    I would think they are trying to get Georges from Montreal…

    • 19to77 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      Could be Ehrhoff, could be Niskanen. Unlikely they’d go looking for a righty, though.

      • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        Yeah, i dont know much about Tampa Bay but i do know after last years showing in the playoffs this team should not shy away from any defense man thats in the open market. They have great offense and their goaltending is solid. Even Lindback played well…. I dont know why afrancis55 is saying they should dump him. He did great in the playoffs and hes a great back up goalie. Obviously him and others that would say that cannot tell when TEAM D needs some work.

  5. puckyou14 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    I’m not a Tampa Bay fan but all this has me curious. its kind of exciting.

  6. afrancis55 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Stevie Y should dump Eric Brewer and Anders Lindback while he’s at it.

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      The TBL gave up like 8 break aways per game against montreal in the playoffs and you say to “dump” lindback…. You are about as smart as the dog feces i stepped in earlier today. Their DEFENSE needs to tighten up from the wingers, to center all the way back to the defenders. He gave that team a chance to win. It was break away after breakaway for both teams. Was the worst structural game of hockey i have ever seen in a series by two teams.

  7. bwayblueshirt - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Wow. They got a better return for Thompson than Gagner. Crazy.

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Well, this much is clear… Stevie Y and the Lightning have a plan. They’ve already retained Callahan plus they have the likes of Stamkos, Palat, Johnson, Hedman, Bishop, etc. and now it seems they’re looking to add one more major veteran piece to their core. Niskanen? Boyle (short term)? Who knows, but I’ve learned to trust Stevie Y. He always seems to find a way to do something under the radar; Now he’s on everyone’s map. Would he take a run at more offense like Iginla or Stastny? Or is he just clearning space for an expensive defender (a la Phaneuf)? We’ll never know until it happens but I really, really like what they’re building down there.

    As for Gagner, it appears as if he’s finally going somewhere where he can receive 1st line and regular PP minutes. I like him a lot as a replacement for Ribiero.

    • ctcork - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:20 AM

      Doubt it’s a forward, we’re just clearing room for our youngins. A top 4 D man is more likely. Hedman, Carle, Garison, ______, Gudas, and Brewer seem too be the plan for the season with Koekkoek and Sustr playing intermittently or for injuries. Stay tuned for July 1st. I’m guessing Niskanen. I thought Yandle when we got Gagner but since we shipped him to PHX instead of making a package deal for Yandle I think Nisk is the goal. We’ll see.

      In Stevie Y I trust

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:03 AM

        Don’t take my point as to mean that they will not target the best available player they can (FA or trade), I believe that’s what they’re doing… but you never know with Yzerman. To me, Niskanen is this summers Matt Carle. He benefited from an impressive supporting cast and got a lot of PP time. That’s not to say they shouldn’t go after Niskanen, but he’s probably not more than a #3 guy who will be paid like a top-pairing blueliner. Hedman is an absolute BEAST.

        You’re lucky in Tampa, you already have a pretty solid roster from top to bottom (plus a Vezina caliber netminder, when healthy) and plenty of top notch prospects (drouin). And your GM isn’t afraid to take chances. Niskanen would be a good fit but I think GMSY will go with a smaller name with a more proven track record. And then hope someone like Nikita Kucherov steps up, fulfills his potential, and makes them even better offesnively. I’m a Flyers fan through and through but I’m really excited to see the juggernaut Tampa is building.

        Great job by Yzerman. I’m sure Detroit fans can’t wait for Holland to retire so they can lure this guy back home.

      • shaundre93 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:17 AM

        From everything you said, it sounds like TB is the perfect destination for Niskanen. If anything, TB has a better supporting cast than Pit and Niskanen wouldn’t be the best D man on the ice for his team as he’d probably be out there with Hedman. I honestly think TB is the only team that Niskanen would be able to play up to his contract for. Its a perfect fit. Det would be similar, but Hedman >> Kronwall

  9. Stiller43 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Those counting on niskanen to be a top D man are going to be sorely disappointed. I love him – and hope he stays in the burgh, but he’s a 2nd pairing guy at best

  10. jb8588 - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Agreed that Niskanen isn’t that great and I hope Yzerman doesn’t overpay for him if he’s their target. Bolts definitely need help on D…though shipping Brewer out would be awesome and a good next step. Still pretty surprised he traded Thompson though.

  11. themagicfanguy - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    This is exciting! I can’t wait to see what this all leads up to.

  12. gkc3 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    I agree that TB could definitely use some help on D, but after trading away three forwards who were with the team this past season, I have to feel like Yzerman should get some forwards with the cap space too. I know TB has a ton of prospects, but Palat, Johnson, and Kucherov already played in TB this year. Who’s up next, Drouin? Then who?

    • tankerkevo2013 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM


  13. gkc3 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    I agree that TB could definitely use some help on D, but after trading away three forwards who were with the team this past season, I have to feel like Yzerman should get some forwards with that cap space too. I know TB has a ton of prospects but Palat, Johnson, and Kucherov played with the team this year. Who’s up next, Drouin? Then who?

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