Tampa Bay Lightning's Top Trade Candidate This Season

There is not going to be a lot of movement when it comes to the Tampa Bay Lightning this season since they don't have a lot of cap space to work with and have a solid lineup once again. What they will likely address is a depth piece or two which will be to upgrade both forward and defence.

The Lightning want to add a forward that provides similar value as Blake Coleman or Barclay Goodrow did during their Stanley Cup runs. Someone on a cheap deal, even if it costs them more futures. This will force money out as well as at least one player from the roster.

Who makes the most sense for the Lightning to move if this is the case is Vladislav Namestnikov. He is on a one-year, $2.5 million deal that has a partial no-trade list attached to it. Namestnikov gives the Lightning 20 teams he can be traded to. This may make things a tad difficult, but not hard to move out his money for someone more productive that maybe has another year left on his deal.

Namestnikov has only scored four goals and 11 points in 46 games this season and has recently been demoted to the fourth line. The reunion hasn't worked out quite like the Lightning would have hoped and he is the prime candidate to either go to a non-contender for the remainder of the season or be dealt in a player swap.

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