February 22, 2018 | 3:55pm ET
YZERMAN LOOKING, BUT WON’T OVERPAY
Steve Yzerman, GM
The Tampa Bay Lightning is among the more active teams in the NHL searching for a top-tier asset to acquire by Monday’s 3pm ET trade deadline.
In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Yzerman revealed there are “very limited” options, with respect to what he’s specifically looking for, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t keeping his options open.
At the same time, though, the Bolts don’t plan on parting with any of young stars currently on their roster in exchange for a top star.
“At the trade deadline, when you’re trying to acquire players, usually teams that are selling are looking for younger players, draft picks and prospects,” Yzerman told the Times. “At this stage, the young players on our team, we want to keep on our team and we want to add to that.”
Yzerman and the Lightning have been linked to Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson, New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh and Edmonton Oilers blueliner Oscar Klefbom, but it’s unclear if Tampa’s made any progress in trade discussions.
As the Times notes, the Lightning has a lot of young, talented prospects, such as Cal Foote, Brett Howden and Taylor Raddysh, each of whom they could potentially part with in a package, if the right deal presented itself.
“I really don’t want to just get a player or something at all costs,” Yzerman said. “I don’t believe in that. Obviously if we feel we can improve our team and it gives us a better chance to be more successful in the playoffs, that would be our goal.”
The Bolts have also been connected to top-six forwards Evander Kane of the Buffalo Sabres, Michael Grabner of the Rangers and Patrick Maroon of the Oilers, and they could be cheaper options for Yzerman, should he decide to go that route.
Take a look at the updated TFP Top 30 Available Players List to see who could end up where by Monday’s deadline.