Sep 24, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nate Thompson (44) skates with the puck against the Nashville Predators during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators beat the Lightning 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Thompson Has a Message for Tampa Bay Lightning Fans

As most of you are painfully aware, Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman held quite the fire sale right before the beginning of the Free Agency period.

During that time, we saw a number of players leave the Bolts Nation.

While some would be missed far more than others, when you say goodbye to a player, sometimes it is like saying goodbye to a member of the family.

Thus is the case when it comes to Nate Thompson.

The Lightning traded Thompson to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a fourth and seventh round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

While there is a part of me that trusts in Yzerman’s decisions over the course of the last few days, including his spectacular choices in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft; however, there is a small part of me that is puzzled by the move.

At this point, you have heard my stance on this subject, if not, you can see it right here.

Now, after having some time to let everything sink in and make the necessary arrangements for the big move, Nate Thompson has taken to his Twitter page to express his gratitude to the team and the fans for making his time in Hockey Paradise so special.

As I said before, saying goodbye is never easy; especially when that player is as well respected by both the locker room and the fans. Thankfully, Thompson is handling the move with the utmost of class and making the most out of the situation.

While he may no longer be in a Lightning uniform, there will always be a piece of me cheering for the Alaskan Assassin. Well…except for when he plays against the Lightning. Then I will give my judging scowl.

If you had the opportunity to say one last thing to Nate Thompson, what would it be? What are some of your favorite memories of the Alaskan Assassin and his time here in the Bolts Nation? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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  • Dixon Cruickshank

    Only trade I was surprised at, with hindsight maybe not needed. 4th line needed to be better but thought it would be the wingers. Although, he got traded to the SC champs and for 2 draft picks in a strong draft, so he was as good as we thought and good luck to him. Just wonder if since we didn’t use all the cap space, Stevie wished he was still here.

  • Kara

    Nate was already a part of the Lightning when I became a fan and I, like so many others, saw him as a cornerstone and a large part of the team’s success even while playing fourth line. I don’t understand why he needed to go as his salary was relatively small in comparison to others. But I also trust our GM is doing everything he thinks would help set the team up for the long haul. There’s no doubt it plain sucks but at least he’s going to a good team and he’ll be closer to his home.

  • Norman Terry

    I personally think Stevie Y should just pack up and go back to detroit. He didn’t Hire Cooper for The Admirals. and HE DIDNT draft the current crop of rookies that we have in our system, despite drouin. So all that being said I think swapping similar pieces for players that have leadership and depth is just plain stupid. I can armchair GM with the best of em but I still don’t understand how adding boyle for double Nates salary made sense. With all that being said. I wish Nate the best. He is by far one of the classiest pro’s I have ever met, and always, I mess always made time for my kids. He was one of their favorites and will continue to be I’m sure.

    • bluejays79

      You should probably get your fact right, YES Steve Yzerman DID hire Jon Cooper for the Admirals

      Also he was the one that drafted Palat, signed Tyler Johnson, NO matter how you look at it, Steve Yzerman has done a tremendous job building this team/Franchise into what it is today, It only took him 4 years to build a playoff teams (where most players are under 29, and not in their prime for another 2-3 years).

      Nate can’t skate, you only need to look at him for 2 minutes, and you can see that he can’t keep up with the younger, speedier players. All three of Ryan Malone, Nate Thompson and BJ crombeen couldn’t skate fast enough for Jon Cooper’s system.

      Also if you look at it, he cleared about 8M in cap space and got 3 draft picks who can be flipped next year at the trade deadline to improve the team in time to make a playoff run.

      Hey if you don’t like watching playoffs hockey, sure get rid of Yzerman, but your oppinion is as stupid as I heard in a while.

  • Daniel Herrejon

    Norman, SY may not have hired Coop for the Admirals but he hired him for the Bolts, making the call to replace Boucher. He did draft Drouin, goalies – Gudlevskis & Vasilevskiy, Slater Koekkoek, Dylan Blujus, Cedric Pacquette, Vlad Namestnikov, and the two Nikita’s, Kucherov and Nesterov. He also drafted Ondrej Palat, Brett Connelly and Radko Gudas. Not to mention he signed an undrafted Tyler Johnson. Does he hit on every move he makes, absolutely not. It does however, appear that he is putting the pieces together to make a legitmate run at the Cup. I love Nate Thompson but Boyle is faster, bigger, stronger, better at faceoffs and younger than #44. Does that justify twice the salary, perhaps not but Boyle is no slouch. Nate was my son’s favorite player too and that trade hurt personally but on paper, it seems like it made the team better. I’m in Yzerman’s camp. Not drinking the Kool-Aid but see the overall picture and after the mess of the Cowboys & OK Hockey, Mr. Vinik and Yzerman are pro’s and they have my support. I don’t want to see Yzerman go anywhere.

  • Disqus

    “I personally think Stevie Y should just pack up and go back to detroit”. I love being a Lightning fan, but some of my fellow “fans” are down right retarded.