Bolts not open to Luongo

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman (REUTERS)

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman (REUTERS)

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 7:52 PM ET

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman doesn't seem interested in trading for the Canucks' Roberto Lightning to shore up Tampa Bay's goaltending.

With former first-stringer Dwayne Roloson set to become an unrestricted free agent, Yzerman admits he needs a goalie, but preferably not via trade.

He told Tampa radio station WDAE on Thursday his goal is to find a Hall of Fame goalie.

"But good luck trying to do that, it takes time," Yzerman said. "We'll find that guy through the draft or unrestricted free agency -- that guy isn't there at this time."

Also on Yzerman's radar is Finnish goalie Riku Helenius, 24, a first-round draft pick of the Lightning in 2006, who has played in Europe the past three seasons.

Meanwhile, Yzerman has been negotiating to acquire star Swiss forward Damien Brunner.

"I know Damien was very, very impressed with Steve Yzerman," Brunner's agent, Neil Sheehy, told the Tampa Bay Times. "They have met and there's interest on both sides."

Brunner, 26, a speedy, skilled winger, led the Swiss team in scoring at the world hockey championship.

 


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