The Nashville Predators announced today that they have traded goaltender Anders Lindback to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Here is the press release from the Predators:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired two second-round draft selections (37th and 50th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, a 2013 third-round selection and goaltender Sebastien Caron in exchange for goaltender Anders Lindback, forward Kyle Wilson and a 2012 seventh-round selection (202nd overall).
The Predators now have nine selections in next week’s Entry Draft at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. In addition to Tampa’s two picks, and three picks of its own, Nashville previously acquired Toronto’s third-round pick (66th overall), Phoenix’s fourth-round pick (118th overall), Dallas’ sixth-round pick (164th overall) and the New York Rangers’ sixth-round pick (179th overall).
Lindback was a seventh-round choice of the Predators (207th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Wilson, Minnesota’s ninth-round selection (272nd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, was signed as a free agent prior to the 2011-12 season.
This trade gets the Predators back into the upper rounds of the upcoming draft, as previous first and second round picks had been traded away in the acquisition of players during the previous season.
This is also a good opportunity for Lindback as he will have an opportunity to become a starting netminder with the Lightning. Lindback had backed up starting Pekka Rinne and was 5-8 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.42 GAA in the regular season. Lindback did not make an appearance in the playoffs.