The Lightning have just moved Mark Recchi and a 2010 second-round pick to Boston for prospects Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums.
Recchi's 41 years old but has been through this drill before. He was dealt to the Hurricanes in 2006 at the deadline and helped them win a Stanley Cup, and will be overjoyed to be going to a contender once again this season.
On a team as deep as the Bruins, he'll likely only have to play a depth role and get some time on the power play. This should be a good fit provided they don't ask him to do too much.
Lashoff's regarded as one of the organization's top prospects, but Boston's in a win-now state of mind and has a few solid young defencemen in the system. He'll likely play in Tampa Bay in the future, and could eventually be a top four blueliner.
Karsums, meanwhile, has made excellent strides in the AHL and has been producing about a point a game with Providence.
In all, a very good return for the Lightning, who need to add young players and were set to lose Recchi for nothing anyway.
"The acquisitions of Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums today help the Tampa Bay Lightning as we look to build a younger, more aggressive team," said GM Brian Lawton upon announcing the trade. "We believe both players are NHL-ready; Matt is an offensive defenceman who skates very well and Martins is a smart, reliable, hard worker who gives us some depth at the forward position.
"We’d like to thank Mark Recchi for his hard work and service to the Tampa Bay Lightning. We’re happy that we can position him to make another run at a Stanley Cup. At the same time, Lightning fans should be comfortable in knowing this trade helps make us a better team as we focus on the future."