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February 25, 2017 | 3:37pm ET
Bolts, Predators talking trade?

The Tampa Bay Lightning appears to be engaged in trade discussions with the Nashville Predators, as the two clubs have been scouting each other vigorously this month.

It's unclear which players are being discussed, but the Lightning is expected to trade veteran forward Brian Boyle prior to Wednesday's 3pm ET trade deadline.

The Bolts have also been shopping center Valtteri Filppula, while teams have inquired about center Tyler Johnson and winger Ondrej Palat this season.

According to long-time Lightning beat reporter Erik Erlendsson, Predators Assistant GM Paul Fenton took in three consecutive Lightning games in Tampa a few weeks ago.

Boyle, Johnson and Palat are in the final year of their respective contracts. Boyle is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, while Johnson and Palat can become restricted free agents.

Filppula, 32, has one-year remaining on his contract after this season at a salary cap hit of $5 million. He also owns a limited no-movement clause, where he can list 16 teams he would accept a trade to.

The Predators have plenty of salary cap to play with and could add a significant piece to their roster prior to the deadline.

Tampa has been looking to create some cap space for next season, as Johnson, Palat and Jonathan Drouin require significant raises this off-season and the team does not look to be in a position to fit all of them under the cap along with other holes they'd need to fill.


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