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Tampa Bay Lightning acquire defenseman Mike Commodore from the Red Wings



The Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday acquired defenseman Mike Commodore from the Red Wings for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.

Commodore, 32, has had a difficult season in Detroit, where he played only 17 games with two assists. He was plus-3 while averaging 11:29 of ice time. He missed the first eight games of the season with a knee injury, and has been a healthy scratch for much of the rest of the season.

The move will cost the Lightning relatively little as Commodore, 6 feet 5, 235 pounds and a pending unrestricted free agent, is playing under a $1 million contract, so Tampa Bay's responsibility is about $220,000.

It is an interesting move in that it comes right after defenseman Victor Hedman went down with what might be another concussion. If he is concussed, Commodore at least gives the team another NHL blue-liner for the rest of the season. He also is known to Yzerman as Commodore played on Canada's 2007 gold-medal world championship team for which Yzerman was the general manager.

Here is the announcement from the team:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Mike Commodore from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Commodore, 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, has played in 471 career NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Red Wings during an 11-year career.  He has amassed 23 goals and 106 points in his career.  Commodore won the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Hurricanes and was also part of the 2004 Flames team that lost to the Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals.  He also won the Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Championships. A winner at every level, Commodore also won the 2000 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship as a member of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux.

A native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Commodore has played in 17 games this season with Detroit, recording two assists and averaging 11:29 in ice time per game.  It was his first season with the Red Wings.

While at North Dakota, Commodore was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team and also led the conference in penalty minutes. 
Commodore was signed by Detroit as a free agent on July 1, 2011.  He was originally drafted by New Jersey in the second round, 42nd overall, of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

[Last modified: Monday, February 27, 2012 1:36pm]


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