As rumors swirl ahead of draft Lightning said to have interest in Bruins' Tyler Seguin
The rumor mill kicked into high gear on Saturday and the Lightning had a prime place at the table as there was speculation it had interest in speedy Bruins right wing Tyler Seguin.
The basis for this rumor: Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli were seen speaking at the Jersey City hotel that is headquarters for both organizations ahead of Sunday’s draft in Newark N.J.
Of course, as one report noted, perhaps they were just making dinner plans. Still, Canada's RDS television network reported the Lightning was "one of many teams in the mix."
That said, it was unclear if the talks really had any traction, but they apparently were instigated by Boston’s wish to move up in the draft. The Bruins first pick is No. 60. Their first-round pick (No. 29) went to the Stars in the Jaromir Jagr deal.
The Lightning has the No. 3 overall pick. There also have been plenty of rumblings Yzerman wouldn’t mind parting with left wing Ryan Malone. Tampa Bay also has a deep well of prospects at forward with which to deal.
Yzerman has said he feels no need to move up or down because of the high quality prospects available at the top of the draft. On the other hand, for a team looking to get faster and younger and add an immediate impact player, Seguin might be an attractive asset.
Seguin, 21, had 16 goals, 32 points and was plus-23 in 48 games last season. The No. 2 overall pick of 2010 has 56 goals, 121 points in 203 career games. But he is expensive with five years left on a six-year, $34.5 million contract that pays $5.5 million next season.
The Lightning, thanks to its buyout of Vinny Lecavalier’s contract, has about $9 million of salary cap space.