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Lightning trade two from AHL Norfolk to Panthers for AHL defensemen



The Lightning on Friday traded AHL Norfolk center James Wright and defenseman Mike Vernace to the Panthers for AHL defensemen Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg.

Wright, 21, was a Lightning fourth-round draft pick in 2008 and made his NHL debut in the 2009-10 season, playing in 48 games (two goals, five points) before being returned to his junior team. He played one game with the Lighting last season and spent the rest of the season at Norfolk.

Vernace, 25, played 10 games with the Lightning last season (one assist, minus-2) and spent the bulk of the season at Norfolk.

Oberg, 23 and 6 feet, 165 pounds, played two games for the Canucks in each of 2009-10 and ’10-11, and has played in 125 career AHL games. Kostka, 26 and 6 feet 1, 210 pounds, has never played in the NHL and has 255 AHL games.

[Last modified: Sunday, January 1, 2012 12:29am]


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