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11-29-2012, 02:30 PM
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Lightining Flashes; Columbus Acquires Connolly, Purcell from Tampa Bay
The Columbus Blue Jackets have made another move to revamp their roster, acquiring former 5th overall prospect Brett Connolly, as well as forward Teddy Purcell, from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for centre Derick Brassard, veteran forward Vinny Prospal, gritty winger Matt Calvert, and Columbus's 3rd round pick in the upcoming 2013 draft.
"With some of the deals we've already made, we realized that you can't put draft picks on the ice. This was very much a hockey trade that we're very happy with." Jackets GM TribalPhoenix stated in a release this afternoon.
"We've acquired an elite forward prospect who is already developing his game in the NHL, as well as a 65 point forward in Teddy Purcell who will slide into a top 6 role immediately. It hurt giving up Derick Brassard, but we felt a change of scenery may be good for him in the long run while Vinny Prospal will get another chance at a Cup with Tampa Bay where has already won one. Matt Calvert is a solid prospect, and giving up a pick is always hard, but we feel we've gained great quality in this transaction."
Tampa confirms this deal, welcoming Vinny Prospal back to the fold. We're also thrilled with the addition of Derrick Brassard and Matt Calvert, two forwards with plenty of long-term potential who will make an immediate impact on our roster next season.
We wish Brett and Teddy the best of luck in their future endeavours.
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