Minor trade

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February

The Lightning picked up forwards Kyle Wanvig and Stephen Baby (pronounced BAH-bee) from the Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Andy Delmore and right wing Andre Deveaux.

Wanving, 26, is a former second-round draft pick of the Wild. He was signed by the Thrashers as a free agent and played for AHL Chicago where he had 10 goals an 21 points in 26 games. He and Baby, a 6-foot-5, 230-pounder, will be assigned to AHL Springfield.

The move was done more to get rid of Delmore and save the $100,000 off the salary cap remaining on his $450,000 deal. The defenseman was a huge disappointment. Signed as a free agent, he was supposed to give some support to the power play. But he never caught with the Lightning and spent the entire season with Springfield.

It was a better deal for the Lightning than letting another team claim Delmore on re-entry waivers and still having to pay half the remainder of his salary. This way, the entire $100,000 is cleared and the Lightning gets some minor-league depth.

Baby, 27, who played at Cornell, has played in eight games for AHL Chicago with a goal and three points.

Okay, so no big deal here other than the Lightning saves a little money (its salary cap room is about $2-million), gets rid of a disappointing player and adds Wanvig, who is a big of a disturber. He had 64 penalty minutes in his best season for the Wild; 2005-06, when he also had four goals and 12 points in 51 games.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:37pm]

    

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