The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Anders Lindback from the Nashville Predators on Friday. Lindback, 24, was originally drafted by Nashville of the seventh round in 2008 and has serving as the backup to Pekka Rinne. Lindback can be described as huge (6′ 6″ 205lbs) that displays great athleticism with a hybrid style of goaltending. Over the last two seasons, he has appeared in 38 NHL career games while posting a 2.53GAA, .914SV% and two shutouts. Currently, Lindback is a restricted free agent and made $875,000 in 2011-12.
“He’s relatively inexperienced, but we think he has tremendous potential,” Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said. “We gave up a significant amount to get him, but there weren’t a lot of options, so we paid a hefty price, but we thought the return was worth it. We feel he’s ready, and in talking to him, he is excited about the opportunity to take on more.”
Lindback expressed his thoughts of the Lightning as well. “It’s going to be great playing on such an offensive team.” Lindback said. “Obviously, having Steven Stamkos, Vinny (Lecavalier) and Marty (St. Louis) on your team is exciting for anyone. It’s the kind of team I want to be a part of.”
This trade certainly helps fill the void between the pipes going forward for Tampa Bay. Their goaltending depth now includes Anders Lindback, Mathieu Garon, Dustin Tokarski, Riku Helenius (signed on 6/14/2012)
Forward Kyle Wilson was also included in this trade to join Tampa Bay. Wilson has spent time with Washington, Columbus and Nashville where he has appeared in a combined 39 games, four goals, 13 points and is a minus three.
In return, Tampa Bay sent goaltender, Sebastien Caron, two 2012 second round picks and a 2013 third round pick to Nashville. Despite trading the 37th and 50th picks in the second round, the Lightning will still have two second round picks at 40th and the option of the 53rd.
Full Trade Details
To Tampa Bay:
Anders Lindback (G)
Kyle Wilson (F)
2012 7th round pick
Sebastien Caron (G)
2012 2nd round pick (from Minnesota)
2012 2nd round pick (from Philadelphia)
2013 3rd round pick
In addition to the trade, Tampa Bay re-signed forwards Adam Hall and JT Wyman on Friday. Hall’s contract is a one-year, one-way deal, while Wyman signed a one-year, two-way contract. “I’m happy and excited to be returning to the Lightning for the upcoming season,” Hall said. “The expectations for this year are understandably high, and I look forward to contributing where I can to help the team return to the playoffs with the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”