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Tampa Bay Bolts also barter Brian Boyle as trades continue

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The Tampa Bay Lightning has traded away another fan favorite. The Bolts sent Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday afternoon for forward Byron Froese and a conditional second-round draft pick. The Lightning will get the higher of Toronto’s second-round picks. Froese, 25, has appeared in two games with the Maple Leafs this season, posting two shots on goal. The 6-foot, 205-pound forward has skated in 58 career NHL games, all with Toronto over the past two seasons, collecting…

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Lightning’s Steve Yzerman thinks team can still make the playoffs

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Even without the best goaltender in its history, general manager Steve Yzerman thinks the Tampa Bay Lightning can make the playoffs. On the morning after trading Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings, Yzerman said the post-season remains a goal. “We’re still trying to make the playoffs,” Yzerman said. “This tandem (goaltenders Andrei Vasilevskiy and Peter Bukaj) gives us a chance to win every night.” Yzerman said his choice was this trade or to sit tight until the end of…

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Tampa Bay Lightning trades goaltender Ben Bishop to Kings

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The Tampa Bay Lightning traded away the best goaltender in their history Sunday night. Now, the question is whether the team can make the playoffs without him. The Bolts swapped Ben Bishop, who has won 128 regular season games over past three-plus seasons, to the Los Angeles Kings for goaltender Peter Budaj, defensive prospect Erik Cernak and two draft picks. It is a trade that will free up salary cap space for the Bolts, but it hurts them in this…

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For Evan Longoria, losing teammates has to be getting old

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If the trade of Logan Forsythe by the Tampa Bay Rays was tough for you to see, imagine it through the eyes of Evan Longoria. He is  31, and his chances are fading away. His team keeps trading todays for tomorrows, and the payroll remains low, and the team’s place is in the cellar. And now, a trusted comrade is bound for Los Angeles, following the departure of so many others. David Price and Ben Zobrist and James Shields and Carl…

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Tampa Bay Rays trade Logan Forsythe for young Dodger pitcher

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The Tampa Bay Rays have traded one of their steadiest, most dependable players. For him, they got a hunk of potential. Good trade? Bad trade? For the Rays, sending second baseman Logan Forsythe (519 major-league hits) to the Dodgers for 24-year pitcher Jose De Leon was a trade the team had to make. The reasons? Last place. High salary. The constant need for lively arms. Forsythe, 30, was scheduled to make $5,750,000 this season. In De Leon, the Rays are…

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Rays trade pitcher Drew Smyly for Mallex Smith, prospects

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The Tampa Bay Rays, still trying to escape from the AL East cellar, have added some speed to their roster. The Rays traded pitcher Drew Smiley for young outfielder Mallex  Smith and prospects Carlos Vargas and Ryan Yarbrough. Smith will fit into a suddenly crowded outfield, which also will feature free agent Colby Rasmus, signed two days ago. Smith stole 16 bases for the Atlanta Braves last year. He has 299 steals in the minor leagues. Smith, 23, would help…

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Florida adds 16,400 jobs in July, new ADP report says

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Florida added 16,400 private sector jobs last month according to a report released Wednesday by payroll company ADP. The report estimates 1,800 new jobs were added in the goods-producing sector, with the other 14,600 jobs heading to the service industry. The industry breakdown shows 5,100 jobs added in professional and business services companies, 2,800 in trade, transportation and utilities, 1,200 in manufacturing and 700 new jobs in mining and construction. The performance ties the jobs added in July 2015 and…

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