Best trade in franchise history? It just might be Byfuglien deal

I posed this thought on Twitter during Sunday night’s game: Is the trade that brought Dustin Byfuglien, and others, to the Thrashers the greatest in franchise history?

I was accused by a few of hyperbole. However …

* Byfuglien leads the Thrashers in scoring with 25 points through 24 games. He is also tied for the team lead with nine goals. He had 34 regular-season points all of last season with Chicago.
*After his goal against the Bruins, he leads the NHL with five game-winners. Two have come in overtime.

* He leads all NHL defensemen in points and goals.

* He leads all NHL defensemen with power-play goals (4) and is tied, with teammate Tobias Enstrom, atop the league in power-play points (13) by a defenseman.

* His four-point performance Sunday tied Jaroslav Modry’s franchise record for points in a game by a defenseman, set Dec. 26, 2005. Look at the four points. He assisted on Evander Kane’s goal by taking the puck into the offensive zone, circling all the way around the boards, before a cross-ice pass. He assisted on Jim Slater’s goal by stealing the puck along the boards instead of going for a big hit. He assisted on Niclas Bergfor’s power-play goal with a shot on net from deep inside the offensive zone. His goal was another demonstration of his wicked wrist shot.

* He is currently one of two alternate captains, along with Enstrom.

Remember, the Thrashers obtained Byfuglien, along with Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and prospect Akim Aliu, for Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb, prospect Jeremy Morin and one of their two first-round picks in 2010.

I thought for a minute about the trade for Marian Hossa, but the Thrashers gave up Dany Heatley in that deal. The Thrashers went to the playoffs with Hossa, but Heatley went on to have two 50-goal seasons with Ottawa.

17 Responses to Best trade in franchise history? It just might be Byfuglien deal

  1. reinjosh says:

    The Byfuglien trade was a damn good one. As was the Ladd one. Really it was Byfuglien, Eager, Sopel, Ladd, Aliu for Morin, Vishnevsky, 1st, 2nd rounder. Its Looking pretty damn good right now for the Thrashers. Who really thought they were going to turn out like this?

  2. reinjosh says:

    On the subject of trades, I want to propose a three-way trade between St Louis, Toronto and San Jose.

    Something centering around Beauchemin going to San Jose, Setoguchi going to St Louis and Berglund to the Leafs.

    Basically going off of the rumor of Beauchemin for Setoguchi. The Sharks are apparently looking for a dman, the Blues need a potential sniper and the Leafs need size. Other pieces would have to go to St Louis as Berglund is arguably the best player in the deal.

  3. TmLeafan says:

    Would love to do that deal from a Leafs standpoint.  Im not entirely sold on the idea that San Jose has given up on Setoguchi though.  If they have this would be a step in the right direction, and Beauch should make a good fit in San Jose.

  4. Boston_Bruins says:

    His 4 points against the Bruins yesterday doesn't do him justice. He just took that game over.

  5. lafleur10 says:

    right now byfuglein and lidstrom are the best defencemen in the league

  6. Boston_Bruins says:

    Thrashers bandwagon is starting up now too. Maybe Byfuglien can do the same for the Thrashers that he did for the Hawks?

  7. mojo19 says:

    Didn't I see Ladd wearing the 'C' the other night? Good for him.

  8. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Would rather have him on forward though…The Thrashers have a great number of d-men!!!

    Also, I didn't like how they did not sign Afinogenov. The guy whos suffered from it the most was Antropov.

  9. Boston_Bruins says:

    I just made an article on this but I'll post it here as well (about the WJC):

    Nothing too major in terms of surprises, although man oh man has Scott Glennie ever dropped off. I think he might have got an invite if Schenn was invited though. Also a little bit of a surprise that no members of the 67's trio was invited, and especially Toffoli.

    2 main issues I see here:

    1. Will LAK let Schenn play in the tournament? I'm leaning towards no because he wasn't an invite, but it wouldn't be out of the ordinary to see him get a last minute call for the tournament if the Kings let him.

    2. Gormley's health. He was included so it looks promising, but you never know.

    Anyways, here's how I think the final roster might shape up, given the assumptions that Schenn will not be released by the Kings and Gormley will be healthy.

    Leblanc-Eakin-Kassian ('09, '09, '09)
    Couturier-Johansen-Connolly ('11, '10, '10)
    Schwartz-Hishon-Ashton ('10, '10, '09)
    Ross-Cizikas-Pirri ('10, '09, '09)
    13th- Nugent-Hopkins ('11)

    Gudbranson-Cowen ('10, '09)
    Ellis-Despres ('09, '09)
    Gormley-de Haan ('10, '09)
    7th- Murphy ('11)

    Roy ('09)
    Pickard ('10)

    '09 – 11
    '10 – 8
    '11 – 3

    I think the main weakness is the lack of a go-to centerman. I like the depth up the middle, but ultimately the top 3 guys are all pretty similar in my opinion.

    I might be reaching with 3 draft eligible players in the line-up but it definitely could happen with no returning forwards. I see Couturier as a lock anyways. I think RNH would make a great 13th forward and Murphy SHOULD be a lock as a PP specialist.

    I LOVE the defense. There is so much starpower here. This is just a really solid group, although it is very heavy on offensive defensemen. However, a shutdown duo of Gudbranson and Cowen should make up for that. I wanted to include Olsen but couldn't find room.

    Roy and Pickard will probably get the inside track for goaltending, although Anderson might be able to steal a spot if he keeps up his great play in camp.

    The Americans will be the clear favourites with 9 returning from their gold medal team and on home soil and the Swedes look strong again, but never count Canada out. I actually wouldn't be surprised if it turned into Canada getting the home-town advantage with it being in Buffalo this year.

  10. reinjosh says:

    He's finally living up to that draft ordering.

  11. Boston_Bruins says:

    I wouldn't go that far yet as it's only a quarter into the season and you'd expect alot better career numbers for a 4th overall pick. Granted '04 was a pretty weak draft year in general.

  12. reinjosh says:

    Very true. To be fair though, getting the captaincy justifies that positioning in and of itself.

  13. Boston_Bruins says:

    True. I'm just saying you'd expect much better production for a pick that high. He certainly has great intangibles though.

  14. DannyLeafs says:

    I haven't actually watched much of Atlanta, so I don't know this for certain, but how much does he play defense versus forward?

    I was looking at the team stats and it looks like the team goes with 7 D-men on a nightly basis (including Byfuglien) that all average between 16.5 and 24.5 minutes a game, which means led me to believe that Byfugien is playing at least some games (or some time each game) on scoring line and not in a defensive pairing. So how does that effect eligibility for something such as the Norris trophy. Is he considered the league's leader in defensive scoring if not all of his points come from playing D?

    Just curious as to how much he is considered a defensmen, and how likely he could be to recieve Norris consideration if he keeps his numbers so high.

  15. Boston_Bruins says:

    Last night was the only time I watched them but he was on defense the whole night, at least for that game. I can't speak for the rest of his games. It is an interesting question though.

  16. coyotes_bettman says:

    Just curious but exactly how did this apply to Big Buff and or the Thrashers?

    Time will be the tell on this deal for sure but remember that the Thrashers did acquire a guy by the name of Marc Savard from the Craig Button Calgary Flames for a bag of Ice!
  17. BluesMan10 says:

    That was a great trade. It was a late first round pick going over to the Black Hawks, and neither Reasoner or Crabb are still with the Hawks. Nice job by Waddel.

    I think Atlanta will be a playoff team this year.

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