Sharks, Bolts strike deal before game-time
The small list of NHL teams willing to sell off assets at the trade deadline grew by one on Thursday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning sent centre Dominic Moore and a seventh-round draft pick this year to the San Jose Sharks for a 2012 second-round pick. The trade was announced just before the Sharks faced the Lightning.
“Dominic is an extremely versatile player that has performed in a lot of important playoff games the last two years,” San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “We feel that he is a great fit in several areas and his veteran presence will benefit our team greatly.”
Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman announced earlier Thursday that he was also working on a deal involving veteran defenceman Pavel Kubina.
“We’ve decided to protect our interest and keep Pavel off the ice until the situation is resolved,” Yzerman told reporters in Tampa.
Entering Thursday’s game, Tampa was 10 points back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Lightning join a list of teams willing to trade players ahead of the Feb. 27 trade deadline. Columbus, Edmonton and Carolina are among the others looking to make moves with an eye on the future.