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The Tampa Bay Lightning Will Have A Busy Summer

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

The Lightning has an estimated $18 million in cap space next season, according to the cap website capfriendly.com. But is that enough to sign pending restricted free agents Drouin and forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat this summer?

"It depends on the type of contracts that we sign," Yzerman said. "The terms of their contracts that will affect the cap number."

Some other contract-cutting moves will need to be done to fit all three deals under the cap, plus a veteran backup goalie and the long-needed top-four defenseman. That's why it wouldn't be surprising to see Johnson, Drouin or Palat packaged in a draft or summer deal for that defenseman. You wonder if any of the three was involved in the deal that Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk nixed with the Lightning in January.

I still think the Lightning and the defensemen-rich Predators — teams that scouted each other heavily leading up to the deadline — could circle back before the draft. 

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Tampa Bay Trades Just Acquired Mark Steit To Pittsburgh

added 3:29pm,

 

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Mark Streit To Tampa Bay From Philadelphia

 

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No Playoffs For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

This was supposed to be the season the Lightning raised a Stanley Cup banner. Instead, it feels as if it might be raising the white flag.

Goalie Ben Bishop traded Sunday. Veteran forward Brian Boyle traded Monday. Hard to imagine a postseason run without them. Don't be shocked if another big name such as Tyler Johnson or Valtteri Filppula is dealt before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.

Bummer.

No one with the Lightning is going to come out and say this season is over. They can't. The pride of a hockey man says that as long as there's a pulse, there's a chance. And there's still plenty of talent and a long way between now and being officially eliminated from playoff contention.

But, let's face it, this season feels over, Monday's 5-1 win over the Senators notwithstanding.

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Looks Like Brian Boyle Is Heading To Toronto

added 3:45pm,

 

 

Tampa Bay release is below...

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Why Did Dean Lombardi Trade For Ben Bishop?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Maik,

In a curious but intriguing move that may turn the Western Conference playoff race upside-down, the Los Angeles Kings acquired the No. 1 available goaltender on the NHL trade market Sunday, landing Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The primary question surrounded the timing of the deal: Why did the Kings wait until now and not make the move weeks ago?

“Preferably, I would have done this deal two weeks ago,” answered Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi, “but this is just the way trade-deadline deals seem to work.”

Less than a day before completing the trade for Bishop, the Kings finally got their starting goaltender and two-time Stanley Cup champion, Jonathan Quick, back in the lineup after a 59-game injury absence.

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Ben Bishop To The LA Kings

 

added 6:51pm, Kings press release is below...

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Tampa Bay/Arizona Trade

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired right wing Stefan Fournier from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for right wing Jeremy Morin, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Fournier, 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, has played in 29 games with the Tucson Roadrunners this season, recording two goals and four points.  He has played in 139 career AHL games with the Roadrunners, St. John’s IceCaps, Springfield Falcons and Hamilton Bulldogs.

The 24-year-old has also played in 18 career ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers and the Brampton Beast, notching six points. 

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Steve Yzerman On The Trade Market

from NHL.com,

"It's relatively quiet around the League for a lot of reasons," Yzerman told Fox Sports Sun play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham. "One is simply the cap. A lot of teams don't have the cap space. And another is, everybody is kind of in the fight. There's very few teams that would consider today and say, 'We're out of it … We're just going to start moving our assets.' And those teams need partners, and the teams at the top don't have the cap space and don't have the urgency to do anything, so it'll get closer to the deadline for us, or in the middle a little bit.

"And we're trying to win. If I could do something that helped our team make a trade that identified a need for us -- not just for this year, but going forward -- I would do that and haven't been able to do that to this point and that's been going on, really, since the draft last year."

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Afternoon Line- Pierre LeBrun

I believe the Bolts would move Bishop before the trade deadline for the right price, but the reality -- as the Pittsburgh Penguins have also seen so far, with Marc-Andre Fleury -- is that other teams haven't shown much interest to date. You don't often see top goalies traded midseason. But perhaps over the next month another team will develop a need for one. If not, Tampa Bay knew it was possible it could play the whole season with Bishop and then have to let him walk and get nothing in return on July 1.

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN where you can read more on the Lightning...

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