The Tampa Bay Lightning have a solid core and a wealth of prospects but very minimal salary-cap space. With so many assets and such little money to work with, Tampa Bay will have to look at trades to free up money and improve the team this offseason.
One target for trade talks this past offseason could have been Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier. His declining performance and injury issues combined with the team’s highest salary-cap hit ($7.727 million) would have made him a prime target. However, Lecavalier has a no-trade clause and mentioned he would like to stay in Tampa Bay for the rest of his career.
There are a few players that the Lightning could shop around this offseason in order to improve the team for a playoff run in 2013-14.