As Friday wanes this is still no news on Milwaukee’s new head coach.
However, that coach to be named later will be guiding an Admirals’ team without another one of its key players as forward Kyle Wilson, who spent the majority of his 2011-2012 season with Milwaukee, was packaged as part of a deal that sent one of the NHL’s top backup goaltenders in Anders Lindback and a seventh-round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The seventh-round pick in 2008 also played a pair of games in Milwaukee last season.
In exchange Nashville restocks its previously near-barren draft cupboard, snagging two second-round picks in the upcoming draft, plus a third-round pick in 2013 and journeyman goaltender Sebastian Caron.
The Lightning will still need to sign Lindback, who is an RFA, but it looks like Steve Yzerman found a potential long term No. 1 goaltender on the cheap. Personally I think Lindback is a diamond in the rough with all the potential to be a solid starter for years to come.
Here is Yzerman’s thoughts via NHL.com:
“We are very pleased to announce this trade today,” vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman said upon making the announcement. “We believe Anders will join the team and give us a nice lift at the goaltending position as we prepare for the 2012-13 season. He has the potential to develop into the No. 1 goaltender we covet.”
At this point Caron is heading toward unrestricted free agency. The 31-year-old saw just 135 minutes of NHL action last season, his first in the league since 2007. He appears just looks like a throw in piece. Perhaps this paves the way for Jeremy Smith to enter the NHL as Pekka Rinne’s new backup, which he has proven he’s ready to do.
Meanwhile, Wilson is set to earn $550,000 next season, but now gets a legit shot to return to the NHL on a full time basis. The former ninth-round draft pick go into five games with Nashville last season, and was one of Milwaukee’s best talents when he was down with the Admirals.
So Roundtable . . . What is your take on the Lindback/Wilson for picks trade? Certainly, Nashville needs draft choices, but this is a big piece to give up? Did Preds G.M. David Poile get enough in return? Will Jeremy Smith take over Lindback’s spot?