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Trade Details
THOMPSON TO DUCKS AS BOLTS SHED PAYROLL Monday, June 30, 2014
The Anaheim Ducks acquired center Nate Thompson from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a fourth-round draft in 2015 and a seventh-round draft pick in 2015.
What does it give the Anaheim Ducks?
Anaheim's center overhaul continues. At the recent NHL Draft they acquired veteran star pivot Ryan Kesler, and now they get a key role player in Thompson. While he won't put up big scoring numbers, Thompson is a gritty locker-room leader who wins face-offs and kills penalties. Expect him to slot in as Anaheim's fourth-line regular, especially with Koivu not expected to return.
What does it give the Tampa Bay Lightning?
The salary slashing continues for Tampa Bay. After recently jettisoning the contracts of Purcell and Crombeen here they drop Thompson's deal as well (which has three years left at $1.6 million per season). These deals still leave Tampa Bay with one of the NHL's heftiest payrolls for next season, but they at least get some breathing room heading into free agency.
Fantasy Impact
Thompson isn't much of a fantasy factor (except in deep leagues that reward face-offs and shorthanded stats). He should continue to produce at the same level with Anaheim as he did with Tampa Bay. His departure could mean more minutes for young Bolts centers Cedric Paquette and Namestnikov but neither of the latter should be seen as fantasy contributors for 2014-15.
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fourth-round draft pick in 2015
seventh-round draft pick in 2015