The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Anders Lindback, forward Kyle Wilson and a seventh-round draft selection in 2012 from the Nashville Predators in exchange for goaltender Sebastien Caron, Minnesota’s second-round and Philadelphia’s second-round selections in 2012 and Tampa Bay’s third-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft.
Lindback, 24 and an RFA come July 1, played in 16 games this past season with the Predators, compiling a record of 5-8-0 to go along with a 2.42 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. The 6-foot-6, 203-pound goaltender has appeared in 38 career NHL games, all with Nashville, registering a 16-13-2 record, with a 2.53 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. One of the league’s tallest goaltenders, Lindback made his NHL debut on October 9, 2010 against the Anaheim Ducks in a relief effort. He made seven consecutive starts from December 4-17 during the 2010-11 season, posting a 6-0-1 record with a 1.43 goals against average and a .949 save percentage.
The Gavle, Sweden native was originally selected by Nashville in the seventh round, 207th overall, in the 2008 NHL draft. Lindback earned a Bronze medal with Sweden at the 2010 World Championships, his first time representing his nation.
Wilson, 27, played in five games last season with the Predators, recording two shots. The Oakville, Ontario native has skated in 39 career NHL games with the Washington Capitals, Columbus Blue Jackets and Predators, collecting four goals and 13 points. Wilson notched two assists in his NHL debut as a member of the Capitals on December 15, 2009 against the Colorado Avalanche.
The Predators now have nine selections in next week’s 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).
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