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Lightning Round: The Bruins acquired Ondrej Kase and other trade deadline updates

The closest Lightning opponent made a very interesting deal.

Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The past day wasn’t as active on trade markets as the previous one; the Tampa Bay Lightning remained silent, but their closest opponent the Boston Bruins made a pretty interesting move.

The Bruins acquired Czech winger Ondrej Kase from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for David Backes, Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round pick. The Bruins will retain 25 percent of Backes’ $6 million cap hit during the next season. Kase has one season left on his contract.

Ondrej Kase is a right winger with pretty solid possession numbers, who could be very effective at both sides of the rink as the following chart from illustrates. The Czech forward suffered several injuries during his career and hasn’t played a full season in the NHL yet. He recorded his career high in the 2017-18 season when he had 38 (20+18) points in 66 games. This season Kase has 23 (7+16) points in 49 games.

Per reports, the Boston Bruins tried to acquire Blake Coleman, but after missing on him, managed to land another winger. Also, according to Eric Engels, the Bruins haven’t abandoned the idea of bringing Ilya Kovalchuk before the Trade deadline.

In another trade of Friday, the Winnipeg Jets have acquired Cody Eakin from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft which will be upgraded to a third-round pick if the Jets make the playoffs or re-sign Cody Eakin

The Colorado Avalanche re-signed goaltender Pavel Francouz to a two-year deal worth $2 million AAV on Friday. The Czech goalie celebrated a new deal with a first career shutout in the game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Some Russian journalists reported last night that the New York Islanders have traded their prospect goaltender Ilya Sorokin to the Chicago Blackhawks but the information haven’t been confirmed yet.

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