NHL Trade Deadline: Mike Commodore is Heading South

on February 27 2012 1:10 PM

It's been an incredibly slow start to deadline day in the NHL, but at 12:30, with two and a half hours to go before the deadline the Red Wings have moved Mike Commodore to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a conditional seventh round pick in this year's draft.

The move, which is hardly a blockbuster, is just the second deal of the day.

With Detroit picking up Kyle Quincey last week as part of a three way deal with Tampa and Colorado, Commodore was surplus to requirements in the motor city and so was sent packing for whatever the Wings could get.

Commodore is a solid stay-at-home defenseman who has never topped 29 points in a season, but he is a physical presence who blocks shots and can mix it up in front of the net.

He is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, but perhaps he can help the Lightning chase a playoff spot this season. Tampa is six points behind Winnipeg for eighth in the East, tied with Buffalo.

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