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Syracuse Crunch goalie logjam cleared up as Tampa Bay sends Spencer Martin to Vancouver

Spencer Martin needed a new home, and on Saturday the Tampa Bay Lightning gave him one.

The Lightning announced they have traded the Syracuse Crunch goalie to Vancouver in exchange for future considerations. Martin has played for the Crunch the past two seasons, going 7-5-2 with a .907 save percentage and a 2.83 goals-against average in 2020-21.

He was expendable because the Lightning inked veteran goalie Maxime Lagace earlier this week. Lagace has appeared in 18 career NHL games over three seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights and Pittsburgh Penguins, earning a 7-8-1 record to go along with a 3.69 goals-against average and .876 save percentage.

In 167 career AHL games over seven seasons, Lagace has compiled a record of 86-47-27 to go along with a 2.76 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. He and 2019 draft choice Hugo Alnefelt will split time in Syracuse in 2021-22.