Predators Trade Goaltender Anders Lindback To Tampa Bay In Multi-Piece Deal
On Friday afternoon, the Nashville Predators traded goaltender Anders Lindback, forward Kyle Wilson and a 2012 seventh-round draft selection (No. 202 overall) to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for two second-round draft selections in the 2012 draft (No. 37 and No. 50 overall), a third round selection in 2013 draft and goaltender Sebastien Caron.
Moving Lindback was a foregone conclusion for the Predators, who have the services of one of the NHL's premier goaltender's in Pekka Rinne. When the club signed Rinne to a seven-year, $49 million contract last season, Lindback became a movable asset; one which has been in demand.
For the Lightning, Lindback is considered to be their goalie of the future.
It was clear coming into this offseason that the Lightning were going to need to upgrade the goaltender position, which had allowed several sources to tie them to several different names, most notably, Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks who is on the trading block.
However, general manager Steve Yzerman made it clear he wanted to bring in a young goaltender to develop.
Via the Tampa Bay Times:
"My preference," he said, "is to go with a little bit of a younger guy that maybe has a little less experience and can step up and play well for us now."
Enter six-foot-seven, 24-year old Lindback who has played a total of 38 games in the NHL. Now that the Lightning have acquired their man, they will need to sign the restircted free agent to a new deal prior to the start of next season.
For the Predators, they have the expiring contract of Caron who is an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Most importantly though, Nashville has earned two second round draft picks, which the team desperately needed because they were coming into next week's draft without a selection in the first two rounds.
Ultimately, both sides are walking away happy; the Lightning have their goalie of the future and the Predators have the ability to add pieces to their system through the draft.
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