HFNHL Lightning Make Big Trade

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  1. Canuck09

    Canuck09 Registered User

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    Only a few days after a trade block was posted, Tampa Bay Lightning GM Jeff Kirk pulled the trigger on an often proposed player, acquiring Jakub Voracek from the Anaheim Ducks. Along with Voracek Tampa also acquired prospect Taylor Raddysh and a future 5th round pick. Heading to Anaheim was top prospect Jesse Puljujarvi, along with a 1st, 2nd and pair of 4th round picks.

    While trading Puljujarvi wasn't something the Lightning GM wanted to do, many years of losing, and a 14-5 start to the season gave hope for a potential return to the playoffs. With the young NHL core left intact and an improved supporting cast the team felt they could afford to take a bit (or big) of a hit to their system depth. No longer what it once was there are still a few pieces that could complement the current roster like last years top 5 pick Cody Glass.

    And in other team news, Auston Matthews is ready to return from injury after missing 6 games. During his absence the team managed to go 5-1, so adding him, along with the newly acquired Voracek, is almost like a secondary trade.

    Line combos as seen on the coaches white board looked like...

    Patrik Laine - Henrik Zetterberg - Tyler Toffoli
    Teuvo Teravainen - Auston Matthews - Jakub Voracek
    Calle Jarnkrok - Victor Rask - Markus Granlund
    Kyle Brodziak - Luke Glendening - Brendan Gallagher
    Scratch: Matt Stajan, Matt Beleskey

    It's believed the team is still looking to make another move to improve the top 6 by trading one of the many quality young NHL forwards but there's also a chance a trade to recoup picks moved in the Voracek deal is made.

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