The Tampa Bay Lightning are sellers now and have traded center Dominic Moore and a seventh round pick in 2012 to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second round pick in 2012 (acquired by the Sharks from the Minnesota Wild). The Bolts now have three draft picks in the second round of this years draft.
Kevin Allen of USA Today says, “Center Dominic Moore is the style of player every team is looking for heading into the postseason. He’s a gritty grinder who can forecheck aggressively, be a stingy defensive presence and chip in important goals. The Sharks are hoping that Moore will be a piece that moves them closer to getting the job done in the playoffs. He was an integral part of Tampa Bay‘s playoff success last season. The Lightning are trading him only because they weren’t able to re-sign him. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.”
General Manager Steve Yzerman said, “”He’s been a great player for us, a great citizen, a leader. But we felt like a second round pick was very valuable to us.”
Moore, 31, had four goals, 15 assists and 48 penalty minutes in 56 games this season after scoring a career-high 18 goals last year. The Sharks will be his ninth NHL team; he has 67 goals, 112 assists and 179 points in 507 NHL games.
Moore also had three goals and 11 points in 18 playoff games last season.
The Bolts also held defenseman Pavel Kubina out of tonight’s game and have asked him to provide a list of teams he would agree to be traded to.*Dominic Moore photograph courtesy of Susan Ferlita.
About the Author: WB Philp is a published hockey writer who has a built in disdain for Barry Melrose. He covered the Detroit sports teams for many years until he came to his senses and moved to the Sunshine State. He is a true puckhead on a mission from God (Gordie Howe) to make hockey relevant in the south. He lives in Hockey Bay USA and covers the Lightning full time. Did I mention he hates Barry Melrose?