9:03 AM EDT, Thu July 24, 2014

Thompson shocked to get traded, calls it "bittersweet"

Center Nate Thompson was at Keith Aulie's wedding in Saskatchewan over the weekend, hanging out with Lightning teammates Steven Stamkos, Eric Brewer and Mark Barberio.
Anaheim Calling Jun 30, 2014

Ducks Acquire Center, Nate Thompson from Tampa

for a fourth and seventh round pick in next year's Draft. In a flurry of moves made by Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning last night, the Ducks have added another center to the mix in 29-year-old Nate Thompson. Thompson had spent the last seven years in Tampa, and last year played 81 games for the Lightning, putting up nine goals and seven assists for 16 points. The most intriguing part of this deal is that Thompson is on a one way $1.6 million dollar contract.  Yzerman apparently was wheeling and dealing last night in order to clear cap space as Free Agency opens tomorrow.  But...

Ducks further add to center mix with Thompson

The Ducks continued to beef up the center position Sunday night by acquiring Nate Thompson from Tampa Bay for two 2015 draft picks. The move comes two days after trading for Ryan Kesler hours before the NHL Entry Draft. Thompson, 29, spent the last...
Raw Charge Jun 30, 2014

Lightning trade C Nate Thompson to Anaheim

He's not done yet, folks. #TBLightning have traded Nate Thompson to Anaheim for fourth and seventh round picks — Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) June 30, 2014 The Lightning, of course, have more than enough forwards to fill these spots. But the clearing of salary is pretty obvious. Another $1.6M in cap space cleared. Steve Yzerman has plenty of space to work with when free agency opens on Tuesday. It's unclear whether anything else will break tonight.

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