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Lightning Have A Busy Weekend, Even Before The NHL Draft Started

 

Tampa Bay had a busy weekend starting Friday afternoon and no one knows how busy it was like the Tampa Bay Times Lightning beat writer Joe Smith.

Prior to the NHL Draft, the Lightning traded their second-round pick to Vancouver for Jason Garrison, rights to Jeff Costello, and a seventh-round selection next year. 

Smith was at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia over the weekend as the Bolts strengthened the future of their blue line with four of their seven selections used on defensemen and spoke with GM Steve Yzerman about what the organization is looking to add through free agency. 

The Lightning continued making moves Sunday, trading Teddy Purcell, BJ Crombeen and fan favorite Nate Thompson for a a total of three draft picks.

Smith joined Tom Jones and Darek Sharp Monday morning to discuss all of Tampa Bay's moves and acquisitions over the past 72 hours and started with the reasoning behind the rash of trades. 

"I talked to him (Yzerman) over the weekend at the Draft," Smith said, "And it seemed as though it would be kind of quiet week on the free agency front because they didn't have a lot of salary cap room, unless they could move some forwards, or had some forwards, a lot of young guys that they wanted to move in, so they had that resource available.

"It is hard to move contracts in the league, but he was able to move three of them last night and pretty much get around $10-11 million in cap space going into free agency. They don't have to use all of it they don't want to, but it makes them look like a bigger player going into Tuesday. So that was the whole idea behind it - it was moving some salary."

To hear the entire conversation with Smith, including his thoughts on NHL free agency, the Lightning's draft selections, and the weekend trades, click the player below: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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