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Lightning complete busy Sunday with third trade

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 29 2014 11:54:42 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 30 2014 10:48:13 AM CDT
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It appears the Tampa Bay Lightning are setting themselves up for a big day when free agency opens Tuesday.

In their third move of the night Sunday, the Lightning traded forward Nate Thompson to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for fourth- and seventh-round picks in the 2015 draft.

The move comes after the Lightning traded right winger Teddy Purcell to the Edmonton Oilers for center Sam Gagner before flipping Gagner and forward B.J. Crombeen to the Arizona Coyotes for a sixth-round pick in the 2015 draft.

Multiple reports indicate the Lightning retained 1/3 of Gagner's $4.8 million yearly salary.

The moves clear roughly $5.65 million in salary-cap space for the Lightning.

Thompson, 29, played in 327 games with the Lightning, including playoffs, scoring 37 goals and 79 points.

The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Purcell played in 332 games, including 22 playoff games, with the Lightning since being acquired by the club in 2010. During his career in Tampa Bay, he scored 74 goals and 221 points.

Crombeen played in 99 games with Tampa Bay the past two seasons, recording four goals and 18 points with 191 penalty minutes.

The 24-year-old Gagner played in 481 career games with Edmonton, recording 101 goals and 295 points.

Purcell, 28, has two years remaining on a contract with a $4.5 million annual cap hit, Gagner has a $4.8 million cap hit with two years remaining on his current contract, Crombeen is owed $1.15 million for the upcoming season, and Thompson has a $1.6 million cap hit through the 2016-17 season, according to capgeek.com.

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