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.
Here's a succinct rundown of what Yzerman accomplished Sunday:
This much we know: July 1 is going to be ridiculous.