The Nashville Predators have traded backup goaltender Anders Lindback to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Preds get two 2012 second-round draft picks, a 2013 third-round pick and the rights to goaltender Sebastien Caron, while young forward Kyle Wilson and a 2012 seventh-round pick will be joining Lindback on the trip to Florida.
Lindback, 24, is the centerpiece of the deal. The Lightning were in need of a goaltender -- current starter Dwayne Roloson is 42-years-old and his contract expires at the end of the month. It appears his days in Tampa Bay (and perhaps the NHL) are over. Lindback has plenty of promise as a young goaltender in the NHL but he's been buried behind the wall that is Pekka Rinne in Nashville.
Lindback will be a restricted free agent on July 1. He earned $875,000 against the salary cap on his entry-level contract.
Caron, 31, is an unrestricted free agent. He played just three games for the Lightning in 2011-12 after coming over from Germany towards the end of the season. A contract offer from Nashville is not guaranteed with news that Preds goalie prospect Magnus Hellberg will be coming to North America this summer.
Wilson, 27, has one year remaining on his contract. It carries a $550,000 cap hit. He's a depth forward at the NHL level and played 68 games in the AHL with Milwaukee in 2011-12.