Mar 1, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Nate Thompson (44) watches his team take on the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Lightning defeated the Stars 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Trade Nate Thompson to the Anaheim Ducks

It would seem as if there is a fire sale going on over at the Tampa Bay Lightning offices. In what has turned out to be the third, and seemingly last trade of the wee hours of the morning, Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman has traded center Nate Thompson to the Anaheim Ducks.

In exchange for Thompson, the Lightning have received a fourth and seventh round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

I must say that while I can somewhat understand the necessity for the move; I am still puzzled by it. What Thompson lacked on the score sheet, he certainly made up in utility. He was solid in the faceoff circle as well as on the Power Play.

The Power Play is something that the Lightning have seemingly struggled with for the past two seasons, so it seems a little strange that they would trade off someone who has performed so well in the role.

Last season, the 6 foot tall Anchorage, Alaska native played in all but one of the games the Lightning played. In that time, he was able to net 9 goals and 7 assists for a total of 16 points to accompany a plus-3 rating.

Unfortunately, just like many on the Lightning’s roster, Thompson came up empty in the post season.

He has been fairly consistent since joining the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009-10 season; the same season that we acquired the recently traded Teddy Purcell.

It is becoming apparently clear that Yzerman has some big plans for the impending Free Agency period. At this point, Yzerman seems to be the only person who truly knows what the Free Agency period holds in store for the Bolts Nation, but we all have our assumptions.

We all know that he is searching for a goaltender to serve as a back for Ben Bishop next season; however, this is a role that could easily be filled by prospect goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis.

Yzerman may also be searching for yet another veteran defenseman to seal up some of the holes that we have been experiencing for the past few seasons.

As I said, there are still many questions that need answers. Thankfully, those answers may not be that far away.

What are your thoughts on the Nate Thompson trade? What are some of your favorite moments with the former Lightning center? Furthermore, what do you think Yzerman has in store for Tuesday? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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