Commodore, Lee Traded To Tampa

A pair of former Sioux defensemen are on the move to Florida.

Mike Commodore (Detroit Red Wings) and Brian Lee (Ottawa Senators) were dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning in separate deals Monday afternoon.

Commodore has played 17 games with the Red Wings this year, registering two assists. Detroit general manager Ken Holland commented on the trade in this story. Tampa Bay will be the 7th NHL team for Commodore. He has previously played for the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit.

Commodore signed a one-year, one-way deal worth $1 million with Detroit last summer.

“Although my time in the D was short, I really did have a great time,” Commodore tweeted. “I really enjoyed the city of Detroit and met a lot of great people around town. I really can’t say enough about the players in that locker room. Great guys and a lot of great people in the organization that I will miss. I wish them nothing but the best.

“But it’s time to move on. Super excited to get to Tampa and get rolling in the state of Florida.”

Lee, meanwhile, has spent his whole professional career with the Senators. He has played 35 games this season, registering one goal and seven assists.

Lee is in the final year of a one-way contract that he signed with the Sens. He is making $925,000 this season, according to

5 Responses

  1. Siouxguy

    Didn’t Commodore play for the Anaheim Ducks as well? I thought that is where he and Babcock had issues before Commodore came to Detroit.

  2. Jason

    Babcock was critical of Commodore’s conditioning when they were both in the Anaheim organization. I’m a big Red Wing fan, and I thought Commodore played well in the games that he played. It is too bad that he got hurt in training camp. Had he started the season healthy, I think things would have worked out better for him in Detroit.

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