Lightning Deal for Predators Backup Goalie Anders Lindback
Tampa Bay, FL
The Tampa Bay Lightning beefed up their defense by acquiring back-up goalie Anders Lindback from the Nashville Predators Friday.
"We believe Anders will join the team and give us a nice lift at the goaltending position as we prepare for the 2012-13 season. He has the potential to develop into the No. 1 goaltender we covet," Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman told nhl.com.
Lindback is set to replace Lightning's last season starter Dwayne Roloson, who is an unrestricted free agent.
The Lightning gave up minor league goalie Sebastian Caron, two second-round picks this year and a third-round pick next year for Lindback, who served as Pekka Rinne's backup with the Predators.
Despite giving up two second-round picks in next Friday's NHL Draft, the Lightning still have the 10th and 19th picks in the first round as well as 40th pick in the second round.
The Predators surrendered center Kyle Wilson and a seventh-round pick. Wilson played five games for the Predators this past season.
Lindback played 16 games as Rinne's backup in his first full NHL season. He went 5-8-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
He has appeared in 38 career NHL games, all with Nashville, registering a 16-13-2 record, averaging 2.53 goals against and a .914 save percentage.
The 6-foot-6, 203-pound goaltender was a seventh-round pick (No. 207) of the Predators in 2008.
Aside from Lindback, the Lightning have two other goalies in their lineup -- veteran Mathieu Garon as well as 22-year-old Dustin Tokarski.
Wilson, 27, played in five games last season with the Predators, recording two shots. He played in 39 career NHL games with the Washington Capitals, Columbus Blue Jackets and Predators, scoring four goals and 13 points.
Wilson notched two assists in his NHL debut as a member of the Capitals on Dec. 15, 2009, against the Colorado Avalanche.
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