The Detroit Red Wings have traded defenseman Mike Commodore to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
The conditional pick requires that Commodore, who signed as a free agent with Detroit last July, must play 15 or more regular season games for the Lightning and the club must qualify for the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"We really think that a couple young [defensive] players, Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith, can play for us," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told TSN. "Mike is a real good pro. But we're happy with the progression of our minor-league kids in Grand Rapids.
"I think back to 2007 when we called up Jonathan Ericsson and he did a really good job for us. We just want to go with the more younger legs down the stretch."
Ericsson suffered a fractured wrist on Saturday and is out until late March.
Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman sent defenseman Kyle Quincey to Detroit last week after acquiring him from the Colorado Avalanche. The 32-year-old Commodore, who has played just 17 games and has registered two assists this season, has been stuck behind Kindl most of the season.
Holland re-called Smith from Grand Rapids following the trade.
Commodore has played in 471 career NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Red Wings during an 11-year career, compiling 23 goals and 106 points. He won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and was also part of the 2004 Flames' team that lost to the Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals.