Bolts Send Reid to Flyers for Center

(Springfield Falcons release)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired center Daniel Corso from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for right wing Darren Reid, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.

Corso, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound native of Montreal, Quebec, has appeared in six games with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League this season. He has scored two goals and recorded four assists with an even plus/minus rating in his first season with the Phantoms. He spent the 2005-06 season with the Frankfurt Lions, recording 11 goals and 17 assists in 29 games. Corso ranked fourth on the team in points and goals.

"This is basically a position trade," said Philadelphia interim general manager Paul Holmgren told WXXA in Philadelphia. "We feel that between the Flyers and the Phantoms we are sort of overloaded with centers. Darren is a right wing and at this time, we feel that we are a little short on right wingers. He's a bigger guy and right now the Phantoms are lacking a little bit of size. Darren will help us in that regard."

Corso, 28, has played in 77 career NHL games with St. Louis and Atlanta, totaling 14 goals and 25 points. His best offensive season was 2000-01 when he scored 10 goals in 28 games with the St. Louis Blues. He has also played in 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games and recorded one assist that season. He played three seasons with the Blues before joining the Atlanta Thrashers organization for the 2003-04 season.

Corso was drafted by St. Louis in the seventh round, 169th overall, at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Reid, a 6-2, 205-pound right wing, has scored one goal in 10 games with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL this season. He played in seven games with the Lightning last season and recorded one assist. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the eighth round, 256th overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

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I think SF was counting on Perrin helping down there and when he made the team, that put the Falcons in a bind. Reid showed up to camp out of shape, was sent down quick, and has sputtered around on the 3rd line. We may read something from Feaster about Reid "sulking" in SF. This could also make a spot for either Smolenak or Lascek in SF, though neither are bangers, if Aulin's released from his PTO.

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I think the team is looking for someone to center Blatny and Kvapil and Aulin hasn't fit the bill. I suspect Aulin gets cut loose from his PTO very soon now.

As for Reid, it's sad. He's been one of my favorite players to watch in Springfield, but his game is all about work ethic and it seems he didn't show that ethic in the offseason. I think the team decided he just doesn't have NHL upside and made the move for Corso accordingly.

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