Trade talk

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February

It's a week before the trade deadline and there is no indication the Lightning are any closer to making a deal than they were a while ago. Feaster has said he wants to keep the locker room together and would rather trade draft picks and prospects than a body off the roster. Feaster also has kept consistent that he is after either a puck-moving defenseman or a third- or fourth-line grit guy.

The usual suspects are still out there. Columbus' Bryan Berard and Los Angeles' Brent Sopel would probably be the easiest to get and would fill an offensive need, though neither is stellar defensively. St. Louis' Eric Brewer would be a terrific get, but the Blues are still negotiating a new contract, so it could be near the end of the deadline before anyone knows if Brewer is actually available. On the other hand, the later it gets, the lower the price as St. Louis will not want to lose Brewer for nothing.

I was talking to someone today at the morning skate who had some interesting ideas on whom the Lightning should get. He liked Florida's Gary Roberts, an older player with a lot of experience who could play a third-line role or with Brad Richards' line. But Roberts has said he only wants to go to Canada if traded, and he wants a guarantee for next season. Florida's Marty Gelinas was another name that popped up. The guy is a terrific playoff performer and almost scored the winner for the Flames in Game 6 of the 2004 Cup final (remember the puck on the goal line that caused such controversy?).

BTW, Feaster also said he would have no problem going into the playoffs with the current roster. After not making a move last season, anyone have a problem with that?

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

    

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