Red Wings Trade Mike Commodore To Lightning For 7th-Round Pick

CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 31: Tim Jackman #15 of the Calgary Flames fights Mike Commodore #22 of the Detroit Red Wings in first period NHL action on January 31, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

(SB Nation, Travis Hughes) - Mike Commodore has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning on 2012 NHL Trade Deadline day. The Detroit Red Wings sent the 32-year-old defenseman to Steve Yzerman's club in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick.

It's the second deal of the last week between these two clubs after the Bolts flipped Kyle Quincey to the Red Wings in exchange for a first-round pick. By trading Commodore and freeing up a spot on defense, the Red Wings could be preparing for another move at the deadline. It's wait and see in that department.

The Lightning add a contract in Commodore that's worth $1 million against the cap. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, but he gives Tampa Bay some much-needed depth on defense between now and April. The seventh-round pick isn't much to give up for that help, although knowing the Red Wings, they'll probably turn it into the next Henrik Zetterberg.

Follow along with 2012 NHL Trade Deadline day with SBNation.com's comprehensive deadline StoryStream.

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