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Yzerman Continues Blueline Makeover; Acquires Brian Lee from Ottawa

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Brian Lee from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Matt Gilroy today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Lee, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, has played in 167 career NHL games, all with the Senators. He has amassed five goals and 28 points after making his NHL debut during the 2007-08 season. In 2008-09 he ranked sixth among all rookie NHL defensemen in points with 13 and shots with 51. Lee also ranked ninth among rookie blue liners in average ice time with 18:53. He also played a career high of 53 games that season.

A native of Moorhead, Minnesota, Lee has played in 123 career AHL games with the Binghamton Senators, recording eight goals and 52 points. He played NCAA hockey for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, playing in 82 games in two seasons. He was named to the WCHA all-rookie team in 2005-06. Lee also represented the United States at the World Junior Championships on two occasions.

Lee was drafted by the Senators in the first round, ninth overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Tampa Acquires Keith Aulie from Leafs

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Keith Aulie from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Carter Ashton, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Aulie, 6-foot-6, 217 pounds, has played in 17 games with the Maple Leafs this season, collecting two assists and 16 penalty minutes. He’s also skated in 23 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, recording one assist and 30 penalty minutes.

The Regina, Saskatchewan native has played in 57 career NHL games, recording two goals and four points to go along with 48 penalty minutes. Aulie scored his first career NHL goal last season on March 8 against the NY Islanders.

The 22 year-old has skated in 107 career AHL games with the Marlies and Abbotsford Heat, posting five goals and 16 points. He represented the Marlies at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, PA last season.

He was originally selected by the Calgary Flames at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in the fourth round, 116th overall.

Bolts Acquire Veteran Blueliner Mike Commodore

The Tampa Bay Lightning have confirmed numerous reports that the Club has acquired well traveled and popular veteran defenseman Mike Commodore from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional 2013 7th round pick.

The Lightning will be Commodore's 7th NHL team after signing a 1 year deal worth $1M with the Detroit Red Wings on July 1, 2011. Commodore's acquisition by the Lightning is likely in response to the injury sustained by Victor Hedman in Saturday's game against Pittsburgh. Commodore has played just 17 games for the Wings this season recording two assists in a depth role on Detroit's blueline. The 32 year old defenseman won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 followed by a gold medal in the World Championships for Team Canada in 2007.

Lightning Claim Wallace From Isles

When asked this week if more trades could be on the Lightning's agenda, Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman commented that the team was running out of bodies.

Yzerman took a step to rectify the issue on Thursday when he claimed high-energy winger Tim Wallace off waivers from the New York Islanders, reported TSN's Darren Dreger on Twitter.

A native of Alaska, Wallace has just three assists in 55 games played, but has fared well offensively in the AHL for Bridgeport. He can bring energy, physicality, and tenacity to a Lightning forward lineup that has lost Vincent Lecavalier (injury), Steve Downie (trade), and Dominic Moore (trade) in the last week. The move should allow Norfolk captain Mike Angelidis to return to the Admirals, though nothing has been announced.

Lightning Press Releases on Downie, Segal

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft as well as defenseman Sebastien Piche in a three-team trade Wednesday, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning traded forward Steve Downie to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Kyle Quincey. Tampa Bay then sent Quincey to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for their first-round pick and Piche.

The Lightning now have two first-round picks in 2012 along with a maximum of four and a minimum of three selections in the second round.

Piche (pictured), 6-foot, 202 pounds, has played in 42 career AHL games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, recording five points (0-5-5). This season he has played in 22 games, notching three assists. Piche signed with the Red Wings as a free agent on April 12, 2009.

Piche has been assigned to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

The Lightning also acquired forward Brendon Segal from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Matt Fornataro on Wednesday. Fornataro was on an AHL contract with Norfolk.

Bolts Deal F Blair Jones for D Brendan Mikkelson

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Brendan Mikkelson from the Calgary Flames today in exchange for forward Blair Jones, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. Mikkelson will join the Lightning.

Mikkelson, 6-foot-3, 206 pounds, has played in 86 career NHL games with the Flames and the Anaheim Ducks, recording six assists and 40 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut during the 2008-09 season and played in a career-high 34 games with Anaheim. Mikkelson played in his first NHL game on January 2, 2009 against Philadelphia.

A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Mikkelson has appeared in 33 games for the Abbotsford Heat this season, notching three goals and 15 points. He is one of three Heat players to skate in all 33 games in 2011-12 and ranks second among all team defensemen in goals, assists and points.

Mikkelson has played in 183 career AHL games with the Portland Pirates, Iowa Chops, Toronto Marlies and Abbotsford. He has amassed 18 career AHL goals and 64 points. Mikkelson helped Portland to the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs, recording two goals and eight points.

The 24-year-old was claimed off waivers by Calgary from Anaheim on October 19, 2010. He was drafted by the Ducks in the second round, 31st overall, of the 2005 NHL Draft.

Milan on the Move

If Lightning prospect Daniel Milan is going to turn his season around, it’s not going to be in a Moncton uniform.

The Lightning’s post-training camp free agent signee was traded by Moncton today to Victoriaville for two players, Danick Emond and Jacob Sweeney. The trade was listed on the QMJHL's official website.

Victoriaville is rumored to be after Moncton’s biggest prize, defenseman Brandon Gormley who is currently with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships.

A native of Michigan, Milan made the QMJHL all-rookie team last year after he scored 14 goals and 38 points in 68 games. This season he has just five assists in 33 games. He recently broke a personal 14-game scoreless streak.

Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman said after he signed Milan that he was signed for his defensive abilities and anything on offense is a bonus, though they probably didn’t envision Milan to slump this bad statistically.

Milan joins a Tigres team who is 11 points above Moncton in the league standings. With Shawinigan hosting the Memorial Cup this year, two QMJHL teams will get in the tournament, and Victoriaville is pushing for that honor.

Lightning Swap Wright and Vernace for Two Defensemen

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced they have traded Bolt Prospects alumni James Wright and veteran AHLer Mike Vernace to the Florida Panthers in exchange for defensemen Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg.

Kostka (pictured), 26, is a 6'1" 210 pound righty shot defenseman. He played his college hockey with the University of Massachusetts before being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Sabres in 2008. A year ago, Kostka led the Rochester Americans in scoring with 16 goals and 55 points in 80 games. This year, with the San Antonio Rampage, the defenseman has only managed 2 goals and 6 points in 18 games.

Oberg, 23, is a 6'0" 191 pound lefty shot defenseman. He played two seasons for the University of Minnesota before being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vancouver Canucks in 2009. He recorded no points in his 4 career NHL appearances with the Canucks, and his AHL best season was 2009-2010 with the Manitoba Moose, when he scored 3 goals and 26 points in 70 games. He has just 2 points in 12 games this year for the Rampage.

Wright, 21, surprisingly made the Lightning out of camp in 2009-2010 and played 48 NHL games before being returned to his junior team. Since then, Wright has never returned to the big leagues and he struggled offensively to start this year with just 1 goal and 5 points in 22 games. The 2008 4th round pick had 16 goals and 47 points with Norfolk of the AHL last year, which was his rookie season as a professional. His departure is perhaps the biggest news of today's transaction.

Green Bay Sends Wilcox to Storm

General Manager and Head Coach Drew Schoneck announced Monday that the Tri-City Storm acquired Tampa Bay Lightning prospect goalie Adam Wilcox from the Green Bay Gamblers for a first round draft pick in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft.

“We felt that, while Pheonix (Copley) has played well for us so far this season, we could add a champion-like goalie in Wilcox to help this team take it to the next level,” Schoneck said in a Storm press release. “Adam was a major part of the success in Green Bay over the past year, and split time with a quality goalie in (Ryan) McKay, which allowed him to battle for his time.”

“We expect Adam to be a big addition to the Storm. He adds a little more winning experience to this team, and hope that he and Pheonix will lead this team to more wins overall.”

Ritola Leaves North America for MODO

TSN's Bob McKenzie is Tweeting forward Mattias Ritola has cleared unconditional waivers and Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting he will be latching on with MODO of the Elitserien. Ritola, who has spent parts of two seasons with the Lightning since being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, refused assignment to Norfolk of the AHL last week.

Happy trails to you you too, Ritz.

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