As it turned out, Steve Yzerman was not finished making moves. Hours before the trade deadline, the Lightning announced three separate trades. The first announcement involved a deal with the Detroit Red Wings. The Lightning picked up veteran defensman Mike Commodore in exchange for a 7th round pick at the 2013 draft. Commodore has been around for a while, playing in 471 games with the Devils, Flames, Hurricanes, Senators, Blue Jackets, and the Red Wings in the past 11 years. Commodore is a big defenseman, standing at 6 feet and 5 inches and weighing 235 pounds. The Lightning then gave up defensemen Matt Gilroy in exchange for Ottawa’s Brian Lee. Lee has played 167 career games with the Senators, along with 123 games at the AHL level. And finally, the Lightning also received Keith Aulie from the Leafs in exhange for forward Carter Ashton. Keith Aulie is a big 6 foot 6, 217 pound defensman that has played in 17 games with Toronto this season and 57 NHL games in his career. Brian Burke, General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, said this of Keith Aulie
“We’re trading away an asset who we think will have a great NHL career. big, strong defenseman. he’s a good man” via Twitter @TBLightning.
It seems as though Brian Lee and Mike Commodore will be placed into the lineup as soon as possible. Keith Aulie is likely to be the odd man out, although with Evan Oberg moving up and down this season, Aulie may slide in to take his place. Either way, it seems Oberg will be sent down once again. Every one knows that defense has been the main issue this season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Steve Yzerman made some moves today that may be able to solve that in the short-term.
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