Lightning trade Nate Thompson to Ducks for 4th and 7th-round picks in 2015

by Jun 30, 12:12 AM
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Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is a busy man as he prepares for free agency on July 1. He pulled off another trade Sunday night, the Lightning's third of the day: 

Thompson, a 29-year-old center who will turn 30 on Oct. 5, scored nine goals and added seven assists in 81 games this past season. He's under contract through 2016-17 at a cap hit of $1.6 million. 

He's doing something, that's for sure. 

"We are in a position right now, whether it's first in free agency, to improve our team," Yzerman said. "In order to do that, I had to move cash, and you have no idea how hard it is to move a contract right now."

Yzerman's actually making it look rather easy. 

The Lightning earlier Sunday night acquired Sam Gagner from the Oilers for Teddy Purcell, only to trade Gagner to the Arizona Coyotes, along with B.J. Crombeen, for a sixth-round draft pick in 2015

Here's a succinct rundown of what Yzerman accomplished Sunday:

This much we know: July 1 is going to be ridiculous. 

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