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'Canes address Neids Written by Laci Bloomers - December 15th, 2008

With the line of Rod Brind A'mour, Ray Whitney and Scott Walker reunited from their glory days, and looking 5 years younger, the Tampa Bay Lightning are starting to look like they could be making a move.

The trio of forwards, reunited since Whitney was acquired a couple of weeks ago, were game stars 1 and 2 respectively today as the Lightning stymied the New York Islanders 3-1.  Brind A'mour had a goal and an assist, Walker scored a goal and Whitney drew a helper to lead the way.

Dan McGillis, another recent reclamation project of the Hurricane's GM, had a pair of assists as he continues to bolster the blueline core for the 'Bolts.  The Lightning limited the home town Islanders to just 15 shots on goal.

In an interesting turn of events after the game, the clubs announced a trade.  Seems the club's GMs were chatting during the contest, and after the contest the Lightning announced that they had acquired winger Mike Knuble, center Rob Neidermayer and young defensive prospect Michael Stone from the Islanders.  Crossing the hall to the home team dressing room was Daymond Langkow, while Steve Downie will also join the Islander's organization.

GM Normoyle had this to say after the deal was announced:

"With Modano, Brindy and Langkow we really had 3 first line centers on the club, and Langs was being short-changed his ice time.  We really felt that we could use another top 6 winger, and Knuble has always put up strong numbers.  Neidermayer is a strong 2-way forward who can play the wing or up the middle, which is where we will use him.  He gives us a strong presence behind Mo and Brindy.

Stone has the ability to be a gem the way he is developing.  He has put up 9 goals and 28 points in 33 games in the WHL this season so far, including 6 power play goals.  When we add him to the group on the farm, such as Alzner, Ranger and the other young guns, we are going to be a force to be reconned with in a couple of years behind the blueline."

The move will allow the Bolts to let Blake Comeau develop in Macon this season, as the team feels he is not quite to his potential.

- Laci Bloomers reporting -

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