TRADE: Lightning Acquire Dumba From Coyotes

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been pretty quiet this deadline other than acquiring Anthony Duclair, but have finally made a trade for the back-end after losing out on multiple players like Noah Hanifin that they were linked to. The Lightning have acquired Matt Dumba and a 2025 seventh-round pick from the Arizona Coyotes in this trade in exchange for a 2027 fifth-round pick.

The Lightning are pretty close to being kicked out of a playoff spot after an up-and-down season with multiple key injuries, the most recent coming to Mikhail Sergachev who will be out for the remainder of the season. This freed up a ton of cap space that the Lightning haven't been able to utilize just yet, even with adding Dumba's contract.

He is a UFA after the season and likely won't re-sign with the Lightning, but has that toughness for the playoffs the team will need to compete. This move may also see one of the Lightning's right-shot defenseman shift over to the left side as the team currently has Darren Raddysh, Erik Cernak, and Nick Perbix in the lineup.

Dumba has four goals and 10 points in 58 games, but also has 55 penalty minutes, 150 hits, and 84 blocked shots.

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