Lightning Add Ward and Stewart; Jettison Alexeev
Lightning GM Jay Feaster completed two more trades before the NHL trade deadline on Tuesday, offically closing the books on Nikita Alexeev's second tour with the Bolts. The Chicago Blackhawks acquired Alexeev in exchange for winger Karl Stewart and a 2007 6th round draft pick. Alexeev was originally drafted by Tampa in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 2000 draft by former Lightning GM Rick Dudley. Dudley is currently serving as the assistant GM of the Blackhawks. Stewart, 23, is playing in his first full NHL season and is listed at 5'11" and 185 lbs. In a radio interview by WDAE 620 in Tampa, Feaster indicated that Stewart would bring energy and a physical presence to the lower lines, using his speed and hitting on the forecheck.
Feaster also acquired forward Jason Ward from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2007 5th round pick. Ward was acquired by the King in early February as part of the deal that sent Sean Avery to New York Rangers. The 6-2, 205-pound native of Chapleau, Ontario will provide the Lightning with checking line depth.