NHL Trade Deadline: Lightning Acquire Keith Aulie From Toronto For Top Prospect

As the NHL trade deadline gets closer, the Tampa Bay Lightning are stuck in the middle and GM Steve Yzerman is playing his cards close to the chest.

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2012 NHL Trade Deadline: Tampa Bay Lightning Get Defensive on Deadline Day

The Lightning made the biggest noise at the NHL Trade deadline, acquiring three defensemen while dealing away a top prospect and a rental defenseman.

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NHL Trade Deadline: Tampa Bay Lightning Not Done Yet?

The Tampa Bay Lightning have made a number of trades in recent weeks, but they may still be busy before the deadline passes.

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Steve Downie Traded To Colorado Avalanche In Three-Team Deal

Lightning forward Steve Downie was traded to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

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Steve Downie Trade: Winger Heading To Colorado In Three-Team Deal

According to TSN.ca's Bob McKenzie, the Tampa Bay Lightning have traded winger Steve Downie to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Kyle Quincey. He is also reporting that the Lightning have swung Quincey to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a first-round pick and minor-leaguer Sebastian Piche.

Downie, who has been a member of the Lightning since the beginning of the 2008-2009 season, has 12 goals and 16 assists to go along with 121 penalty minutes this season.

The trade comes as no surprise, as Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has been busy in recent weeks with a new rebuilding effort that has seen Pavel Kubina and Dominic Moore also traded. Downie was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

The Avalanche currently sit three points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, and were looking for a spark to get them over the top.

While Downie does bring a tough style of play to the table, he has also had a knack for taking bad penalties and has been suspended twice in his career for illegal hits.

The 24-year-old Piche will arrive in Tampa Bay having yet to play in an NHL game. He has no goals and three assists in 22 games with the AHL affiliates of the Red Wings, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

For more coverage on the Tampa Bay Lightning as the NHL Trade Deadline nears, check out Raw Charge.

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NHL Trade Deadline: Tampa Bay Lightning Send Dominic Moore To San Jose Sharks

In a bid to solidify their playoff position, the San Jose Sharks added forward depth on Thursday by trading for Tampa Bay Lightning center Dominic Moore. The 31-year-old was sent to the Sharks, along with a seventh round pick, for San Jose's second round pick. The Lightning now have three picks in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

The Lightning are 10 points out of a playoff spot and have become sellers at the deadline. Moore's contract expires at the end of the season, so general manager Steve Yzerman was keen to make a deal and get something back for him. He is just one of the players the Lightning are looking to move; the team is holding Pavel Kubina out of practice and games as they attempt to trade him.

For more on the teams involved in the trade, check out Tampa Bay Lightning blog Raw Charge and San Jose Sharks blog Fear The Fin.

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2012 NHL Trade Deadline: Tampa Bay Lightning Put Up Open For Business Sign

With the cupboard bare, the Lightning look to restock by trading off some of their high priced vets.

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