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Tampa Bay lands its goalie, snags Anders Lindback from Nashville

Per TSN:

The Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning exchanged players and picks on Friday, one week before the 2012 NHL Draft takes place at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

The Predators acquired two second-round draft picks (37th and 50th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, a 2013 third-round selection and goaltender Sebastien Caron in exchange for goaltender Anders Lindback, forward Kyle Wilson and a 2012 seventh-round selection (202nd overall).

The Predators now have nine selections in next week’s NHL Entry Draft.

added 5:20pm (Paul), Team releases are below…

Nashville, Tenn. (June 15, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired two second-round draft selections (37th and 50th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, a 2013 third-round selection and goaltender Sebastien Caron in exchange for goaltender Anders Lindback, forward Kyle Wilson and a 2012 seventh-round selection (202nd overall).

The Predators now have nine selections in next week’s Entry Draft at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. In addition to Tampa’s two picks, and three picks of its own, Nashville previously acquired Toronto’s third-round pick (66th overall), Phoenix’s fourth-round pick (118th overall), Dallas’ sixth-round pick (164th overall) and the New York Rangers’ sixth-round pick (179th overall).

Lindback was a seventh-round choice of the Predators (207th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Wilson, Minnesota’s ninth-round selection (272nd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, was signed as a free agent prior to the 2011-12 season.

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Anders Lindback (AHN-dehrs LIND-bahck), forward Kyle Wilson and a seventh-round draft selection in 2012 from the Nashville Predators in exchange for goaltender Sebastien Caron, Minnesota’s second-round and Philadelphia’s second-round selections in 2012, and Tampa Bay’s third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Lindback, 24, played in 16 games this past season with the Predators, compiling a record of 5-8-0 to go along with a 2.42 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. The 6-foot-6, 203-pound goaltender has appeared in 38 career NHL games, all with Nashville, registering a 16-13-2 record, with a 2.53 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. One of the league’s tallest goaltenders, Lindback made his NHL debut on October 9, 2010 against the Anaheim Ducks in a relief effort. He made seven consecutive starts from December 4-17 during the 2010-11 season, posting a 6-0-1 record with a 1.43 goals against average and a .949 save percentage.

The Gavle, Sweden native was originally selected by Nashville in the seventh round, 207th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Lindback earned a Bronze medal with Sweden at the 2010 World Championships, his first time representing his nation.

Wilson, 27, played in five games last season with the Predators, recording two shots. The Oakville, Ontario native has skated in 39 career NHL games with the Washington Capitals, Columbus Blue Jackets and Predators, collecting four goals and 13 points. Wilson notched two assists in his NHL debut as a member of the Capitals on December 15, 2009 against the Colorado Avalanche. 

The Oakville, Ontario native was originally selected by the Capitals in the ninth round, 272nd overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Wilson has appeared in 321 career AHL games with the San Antonio Rampage, Hershey Bears and Springfield Falcons, recording 119 goals and 251 points. He won back-to-back Calder Cup championships as a member of the Bears in 2009 and 2010.

 

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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Why the Predators did not return a scoring forward prospect for Lindback confuses the hell out of me.  They got a good deal in picks, but if they’re really “going for it”, like they seem to want their fans to believe, trading their backup for picks because they’re confident in their goaltending depth (which they should be) doesn’t make a ton of sense.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/15/12 at 05:50 PM ET

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Great deal for the Preds.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 06/15/12 at 05:53 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

If Rinne EVER gets hurt, they’re screwed now. Caron? Really?

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 06/15/12 at 06:07 PM ET

yzer19man's avatar

Stevie Y with one hell of a deal. This year’s draft is pretty lame after the first few picks anyways. Who knows about next year. Good trade for both teams. Not sure what Poille is thinking not getting a legit forward tho. Hopefully, Lindback can get the Bolts back in the playoffs. Needs better defensive help.

Posted by yzer19man from Chicago, IL on 06/15/12 at 06:13 PM ET

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Caron will return to Europe next season. The Preds will shop for a veteran backup for Rinne, and there’s plenty of guys fitting that description on the market this year. Hedberg, Biron, Clemmensen…

Posted by JG on 06/15/12 at 08:05 PM ET

SYF's avatar

THAT is an outstanding deal for the Bolts.

Well done, Stevie Y.  Well done.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis on 06/15/12 at 09:34 PM ET

Primis's avatar

If Rinne EVER gets hurt, they’re screwed now. Caron? Really?

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 06/15/12 at 05:07 PM ET

They have a goalie coming over from Sweden they feel is ready to play in the NHL right now.  Given their goalie track record in NAS, I don’t doubt them.  Caron was moving a warm body back.

NAS has no lack of goalie sin their system.

Posted by Primis on 06/16/12 at 12:08 AM ET

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