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Lightning players await any moves as deadline looms

28

February

Every Lightning player was accounted for at Sunday's morning skate in Boston.

The question is whether all of them will be here after Monday's 3 p.m. trade deadline. GM Steve Yzerman has been meeting with his staff to decide if they're going to be making a move.

And the players are definitely paying attention to all the trades happening around the league.

"You're aware of it," center Brian Boyle said. "I think we're all kind of checking Twitter and all the stuff to see who is going where. Speculation is fun to look at. Anybody can go anywhere really. Just wait for that 3:01."

Yzerman had said he preferred to trade suspended RW Jonathan Drouin by the deadline, but won't deal him just to deal him. It has to be the right trade. Yzerman wants to bolster the power play, and has asked for a right-shot defenseman in any trade involving Drouin, per TSN's Darren Dreger.

But the Lightning (35-22-4) is rolling, having won five straight to pull within four points of first place heading into tonight's showdown with the Bruins.

"I'm really happy with this group," coach Jon Cooper said. "We just got (Nikita Kucherov) back, hopefully going to get (Jason) Garrison back. The guys are coming into our own a little bit. It's easy to say that when you've won a few in a row, but we're playing well. We're earning these wins."

More from morning skate: D Victor Hedman, who was unable to finish Friday's game due to an upper body injury suffered midway through the third period, said he's "100 percent" and good to go for tonight's game. "It feels way better now," he said. "Happy it wasn't anything too serious." G Ben Bishop will start in net. Cooper said there will be the same lineup as Friday in New Jersey, so RW Erik Condra and D Matt Taormina are scheduled to be healthy scratches. . Cooper said he's "cautiously optimistic" Garrison (lower body) will return on this trip, either tomorrow in Toronto or Thursday in Ottawa. After being a healthy scratch for a large chunk of the first part of this calendar year, Jonathan Marchessault has stayed in the lineup the last couple weeks. "Bottom line is he earned it with his play and his compete, good for him," Cooper said.

 

[Last modified: Sunday, February 28, 2016 12:52pm]

    

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