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Tampa Bay Lightning doesn't expect to make big trade before dead

NEWARK, N.J. — Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, looking to build organizational depth, said he will not trade his first-, second- or third-round draft picks for 2011 or 2012 as he looks at possible deals before the Feb. 28 trade deadline.

Consequently, he said not to expect a significant move.

"I don't want to hold myself up to saying we're not going to do anything," Yzerman said Sunday. "But I think it would be very difficult to add without giving up something of great value I wouldn't want to give up,"

Besides, Yzerman noted, newly acquired defenseman and power-play specialist Marc-Andre Bergeron is at AHL Norfolk getting into game shape.

"That gives us depth at the blue line," Yzerman said.

The Lightning in the next two drafts has picks in the first three rounds and an additional second in 2012 via D Andrej Meszaros' trade to the Flyers.

"To try and get a significant piece, you have to give up something," Yzerman said. "And closer to the deadline, prices for whatever you're going to look for will go up.

"If something comes along that makes you better, you will. But the reality of that happening, I'd be surprised."

STAMKOS CONTRACT: The Lightning has sent the agents for C Steven Stamkos a financial proposal on a new contract, and Yzerman said he expects the sides will get together "in the relatively near future."

"Steven is happy in Tampa and would like to get a deal done," Yzerman said. "So we'll do whatever we can."

MUTUAL ADMIRATION: When Lightning coach Guy Boucher said Devils coach Jacques Lemaire can talk for five hours at a time about hockey, it seemed like an exaggeration for the sake of a compliment. But Lemaire said he and Boucher did have a five-hour conversation.

"Just talking about different stuff: forechecking, neutral zone, backchecking," Lemaire said. "Just talk about hockey."

Boucher knows Lemaire because of his longtime friendship with Lemaire's son Danyk.

"He has probably the best ability I've ever seen to take something complex and break it down to something simple," Boucher said of Jacques Lemaire.

Of Boucher, Lemaire said, "He's very intense, and he knows the game. That's why he's doing well. He listens to what other people have to say, and he does the best he can do after."

SERIOUS INJURY: Prospect Mitch Fadden, 22, whose 51 points on 15 goals and 36 assists leads the ECHL, is out indefinitely with a blood clot in his leg and is on blood thinners.

Yzerman said the Florida Everblades center, a fourth-round pick (107th overall) in 2007, was hit by a puck and in a subsequent game slashed on the same spot. Best case, Yzerman said, Fadden can skate in a month.

ODDS AND ENDS: It was a year ago Saturday that Tampa Bay's game at New Jersey was suspended because of a power failure at the Prudential Center. A year ago today, play resumed with 9:12 left in the second period of a 4-2 Lightning win. … W Sean Bergenheim (illness) and D Matt Smaby were scratched.


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