Monday, February 27, 2012

Via Bolts by the Bay: Deadline Summary: Lightning Acquire Three Defensemen

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...more.

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