UPDATE – Breaking: Bolts Trade Purcell, Crombeen and Thompson

by W.B. Philp | Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2014

Purcell dealt to the Oilers

9:00 PM – The Lightning have traded forward Teddy Purcell to the Edmonton Oilers for center Sam Gagner(Photo/Susan Ferlita)

Clearly GM Steve Yzerman wants to clear some cap space, but  Gagner, 24, has a $4.8 million cap hit (compared to Purcell’s $4.5 million) the next two seasons. He had 10 goals and 27 assists for Edmonton last season. If the Bolts don’t put Gagner on waivers, trade him or pursue a buyout, they won’t be clearing any money.

Edmonton Oilers Headshots

Gagner is newest Bolt

Purcell has been a disappointment of late, combining for 23 goals the past two seasons. Gagner has 101 goals in seven seasons with the Oilers.

Gagner is a natural center, but if the Bolts keep him, he could move to wing because of the glut at the center position. The Lightning got the best of this trade getting a flexible veteran forward that can play center or wing.

10:45 PM – UPDATE:  The Bolts have flipped Sam Gagner and B.J. Crombeen to Arizona for a sixth round draft pick in 2015. Clearing cap room to almost $10 million. Tampa Bay is retaining 1/3 of Gagner’s salary. With the added cap room, perhaps GM Steve Yzerman is targeting a free agent defenseman.

NThompson14Midnight – UPDATE:  Nate Thompson has been sent to Anaheim for a fourth and seventh round pick in 2015. Thompson has a $1.6 million cap hit in each of the next three seasons. Yzerman is clearing more space.

This series of moves, and lacingt defenseman Mattias Ohlund on long-term injured reserve are most certainly a precursor to signing an elite free-agent defenseman, a backup goalie and another forward. At this point, Yzerman gas $11 million to play with starting Tuesday.

Also, due to Yzerman’s dealings, the Lightning now have 12 picks in the 2015 draft.

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  1. ITMAN says:

    Wow! A fast and furious Sunday night! A new era is ushered in. No Bugsy, Crombeen, Purcell or Thompson. Potentially a shiny new top pair dman! In Yzerman we trust.

  2. BigKahuna says:

    All the girls will hate these trades. LOL. Thompson will be missed for his PK and faceoff prowess. This only works if we get a top 4 defenseman and a backup goalie.

    • W.B. Philp W.B. Philp says:

      Yes that is what Yzerman is setting up, We’ll see come Tuesday who he has targeted…Boyle, Niskanen, Stralman or Erhoff?

  3. s says:

    Wow, I understand clearing cap space but they couldn’t get more for them?

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