Update (3:06 PM): Turns out it wasn’t to make a roster spot for a deal so much as that Smith option. What we’ve got is what we’re going with. – Matt
#RedWings ship extraneous d-man Mike Commodore to Tampa Bay for conditional 7th round pick.
— Helene St. James (@freepwings) February 27, 2012
It was fun. I hope you get more chance to crack the lineup in Tampa.
The consensus is that this is to set up something else, with the move clearing up a roster spot (that is, it’s not cap related). Alternatively, it makes it easier to get Brendan Smith up should Jakub Kindl not get it done in Ericsson’s absence.