Bolts make big addition to goaltending corps
TAMPA BAY, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Anders Lindback (AHN-dehrs LINDbahck), forward Kyle Wilson and a seventh-round draft selection in 2012 from the Nashville Predators.
In a deal announced last week by Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman, the Lightning in turn sent to Nashville goaltender Sebastien Caron, Minnesota’s second-round and Philadelphia’s second-round selections in 2012, and Tampa Bay’s third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Lindback, 24, played in 16 games this past season with the Predators, compiling a record of 5-8-0 to go along with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. The 6-foot-6, 203-pound goaltender has appeared in 38 career NHL games, all with Nashville, registering a 16-13-2 record, with a 2.53 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.
One of the league’s tallest goaltenders, Lindback made his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2010, against the Anaheim Ducks in a relief effort. He made seven consecutive starts from Dec. 4-17 during the 2010-11 season, posting a 6-0-1 record with a 1.43 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage.
The Gävle, Sweden, native was originally selected by Nashville in the seventh round, 207th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Lindback earned a Bronze medal with Sweden at the 2010 World Championships, his first time representing his nation.
Wilson, 27, played in five games last season with the Predators, recording two shots. The Oakville, Ontario, native has skated in 39 career NHL games with the Washington Capitals, Columbus Blue Jackets and Predators, collecting four goals and 13 points. Wilson notched two assists in his NHL debut as a member of the Capitals on Dec. 15, 2009, against the Colorado Avalanche.
Wilson was originally selected by the Capitals in the ninth round, 272nd overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Wilson has appeared in 321 career AHL games with the San Antonio Rampage, Hershey Bears and Springfield Falcons, recording 119 goals and 251 points. He won back-to-back Calder Cup championships as a member of the Bears in 2009 and 2010.