Ottawa Senators Acquire Matt Gilroy From Lightning For Brian Lee

Feb 25, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defender Matt Gilroy (97) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens won 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

(SB Nation, Jeremiah Oshan) - The Ottawa Senators have acquired Matt Gilroy from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a trade that sent Brian Lee the other way, according to Bruce Garrioch. The Senators get a 27-year-old defenseman who has been enjoying his most productive season of his three-year career, while dealing away a 24-year-old who has yet to live up to his being picked in the first round of the 2005 Entry Draft.

Gilroy heads to Ottawa having logged two goals and 15 assists and posting a +2 in 53 games. The Senators are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but have allowed more goals than every team in the East other than the Lightning. In fact, their 192 goals allowed is five more than any other team in playoff position from either conference.

The Lightning are currently six points out of the playoffs and sitting in 11th place. This appears to be a move with the future in mind.

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