Team-by-Team Grades

Hope you guys had fun as much as I did. I was hoping for more and it was up and down on Tuesday where some trades happened in a row and then we went through stretches of boredom.

Still, thanks to Trademan and Lint07. We’re a great team. I was very pleased with the way we changed the layout of the front page. I know it may have not looked as nice, but it gave us, and you, more flow to navigate the links and refresh the page. We were packed and when we’re packed with high traffic, we cannot work the Web site. While it’s frustrating, it is great news for us as well! So, thanks Trademan for allowing me to get the news up on the go, and Lint07 did an excellent job as well. Poor guy was so sick……SO SICK……that he had to stay home from work. Such a brave Habs fan, is he not? Heart and soul guy….smart, yet….not even GM Gainey would trade an 8th rounder for him!

Thanks for your support, the HTR members and the Guests. You make our work fun to do! Check out my grades on the teams for Monday-Tuesday deals.Calgary: B.; David Hale, young…solid d-man for just a 3rd.

Colorado: D; Did nothing to improve the organization in any way shape. Nothing for the future, nothing for the now.

Edmonton:C; The Ryan Smyth deal was just such a shocker, yet the return value was excellent on paper. Will both prospects turn out good? We shall hope. Why does EDM get a C? If they dealt M-A Bergeron, and Ryan Smyth….then why did they even bother to keep Petr Sykora and other players who won’t help the team in rebuilding years? I think they should have kept Smyth despite improving their future.

Minnesota:C+; Adding Dominic Moore gives Lemaire a hard working young center that fits the system perfectly.

Vancouver: B+; Excellent gets in Brian Smolinski and bringing back Brent Sopel. More depth that fits the look of the Canucks this year, and little has been traded away.

Boston: B; They gained a stay at home physical d-man in Aaron Ward, who works hard, and despite trading away Paul Mara, offensive, Dennis Wideman is a great get for the Bruins. Brad Boyes only had two goals in 26 games. Just two.

Buffalo:C- ; Martin Biron for next to nothing and Ty Conklin replaces him? I mean, where is the logic in that? With all the injuries this team had, Biron should have landed another body. Zubrus is overrated and his numbers should be credited to Alex Ovechkin. A first rounder for Zubrus? Good luck re-signing a 2nd-tier player.

Montreal: F; What was this? Trading Rivet for Josh Georges and a 1st and then do nothing? Get a character player for crying out loud! Montreal played the cards yet left the table. What kind of move is that? When you trade a well-liked player, that upset your players as well, for a 1st rounder, and you are still trying to make the playoffs, you just CANNNNNNNOT stay put the next day.

Ottawa: C+; They needed playoff experience, someone to rely on in the playoffs and Roberts was the target. So from Roberts to Saprykin is quite a line of difference. Yet, the grade C+ is not that bad. I still think Saprykin has potential and could flourish well in Ottawa.

Toronto: C; Very average and Yannic Perreault is a great get, but it does not give them that much needed winger. Stayed too quiet and is just rolling a dice with what he’s got with this team as far as making the playoffs.

Anaheim: Inc; Didn’t do anything! Bad thing? Detroit, Vancouver, and San Jose got better. Good thing? Burke may not win it this year with this year’s Ducks, but keeping the young core and nucleus, which will only gain goodness in the post-season, makes the Ducks a more dangerous team next season.

Dallas: B; Very mellow as a low scoring team, but in typical Dallas Stars fashion, they strengthened the defense with a solid player in Matty Norstrom, veteran, experience…. and stabilized the blueline. The bad part is that the Stars should have gotten an insurance back-up goalie.

Los Angeles: B+; Yeah, may be an exaggerated grade, but Nortstrom had no future and it was time to let go. Modry is back in LA, where he did well, and a 1st in 2008 (should be a better class than 2007), a 2nd and a 3rd in 2007. Not bad at all. Jason Ward to the Bolts was meaningless. Imagine if they kept Avery? A 2nd rounder at the very LEAST would go to LA.

Phoenix: D; Traded Oleg Saprykin, which does exactly what to the team? A nice 2nd rounder, but the Coyotes were most likely expecting more interest in their players. Yannic Perreault dealt for a good return from the Maple Leafs and Georges Laraque…well…not much there. Owen Nolan refused to be traded as his wife is pregnant. I thikn the Coyotes believe they can put a better team next season. Haven’t they been doing this for the past few years though? (segment corrected).

San Jose: B+; Billy Guerin with Joe Thornton? If that works out, then Guerin has a good chance of re-signing with the Sharks as well. Less attention on Cheechoo. A first rounder was obvious (from NJ though), Nieminen nothing special to the team. Great acquisition. Smoked the other GMs who were being too cheap.

New Jersey: D; They needed to clear cap space so they traded a good young defenseman in David Hale to the Calgary Flames. Mmmmm..hmmm…..

New York Islanders: A; I love gutsy move and Garth Snow just wants to smack around the other GMs that poke fun at his rookie season. Ryan Smyth, wow. I had a strong feeling Smyth was going to get traded, and I connected the Oilers to the Rangers as they have a relationship. I was surprised when I read that Smyth re-signed, and yet when I saw him become an Islander…wowzers. Yeah the Isle’s traded a lot, but who gives a damn. This guy is heart and soul and he will make such a drastic change for the Isle’s. Jason Blake thought he was the real leader of the team playing with a heart and soul style of hockey and thought he was the Isle’s first priority. Snow replied to Blake’s untimely request of a contract renewal by telling Blake “I have a better option, have a nice summer”. Smyth is Captain material…he deserves to get a long-term contract on Long Island. Snow also killed any hopes for the New York Rangers to make the playoffs as they will play them six times in the next couple of months. I just loved this trade and Snow showed guts. Isle’s draft picks have been mediocre in recent years, and Snow wants to get this team back in action. Smyth is a great starting point. I think the Isle’s will win the first round and play hard in the second round with Smyth. Rick DiPietro in net and this team is over-achieving, they have so much confidence. As a Rangers fan, I have sinned, but the Isle’s get my support for this trade.

New York Rangers: C+ ; I was wondering if Paul Mara was worth a get for the Rangers once Brad Stuart was dealt to the Flames. Here is a good 2-way d-man who scored 15 goals as a Coyote and ended up on a mediocre and unstable Bruins team. He has size, offensively gifted. Aaron Ward was just not going to last with the way he was playing. Forget the Jagr argument he had. Ward was just not fitting in. Nice try and I liked his efforts, but he looked like a rookie on most nights. Pascal Dupuis for a top Thrasher prospect, former 15th overall pick. Not expected to become a 1st line player, but a good 2nd line guy? Yeah, Rangers need that! So, two good moves yet a C+? They sold, yet they bought, and therefore they have no clue what to do. Larry Brooks did though. He would have traded Jagr….

Philadelphia: A-; Very weird Biron trade as they could lose him to free agency. Yet, a 2nd rounder for a starting goalie is not so bad either. Lasse Kukkonen will be a solid depth d-man. Calder out of the way is a big plus. Flyers look good for the future and can still look good next season. Not bad….

Pittsburgh: C+; Noah Welch was expandable, although they have to cross their fingers that Gary Roberts does not get injured. A young d-man who can become top-4 on a team for a 41-year old injury prone rental? Hmmm…. not that convincing, yet Roberts can offer so much. Laraque was a useless trade in my opinion. Why do teams want this guy? He is useless.

Chicago: C; I didn’t quite understand the Lasse Kukkonen trade for Jason Williams. Williams is gifted and may pan out in Chicago, but he may not and that’s the risk. They had the young defensive depth, but it just seemed so……unnecessary. Brian Smolinski had to be traded and draft picks can be good, yet….no one will remember this trade until those picks become NHL’ers in four years or so; IF they ever do. I like the addition of Nikita Alexeev. Big body, potential, and could be a nice project. Still, I think the Hawks could have gotten better talent in return overall.

Columbus: F; Please, fire GM MacLean. Doesn’t ownership see where the money has been going in recent years? How about down the toilet of an Australian cheapo gas station in the middle of nowhere? Why did i say Australian? I think it’s cool that toilet water cycles the opposite way. Seriously speaking though, this guy has been a disaster to this hockey club. He didn’t come up with anything on TD-Day….has useless players, overpaid too. Fire the guy, period.

Detroit: B+; They could have gotten an A and I’ll tell you why. No key roster player was given away. That’s always best when you are a great team entering the playoffs. Why did they not get the A? Because Kyle Calder is a crap shoot and he may just be a waste of time. Todd Bertuzzi (thumbs up to Trademan for making the right call on Bert to DET) may not be back in two, three weeks. When he does, he is questionable. How many games will he play? I forgot who, but it may have been on the Team 990 or the Fan 590 where the host of the radio show said how Bertuzzi would play at his best since it is his contract year. Sure, I concur. But, Bertuzzi’s game is physical and that’s when he plays best. He will be prone to injury. If Calder does nothing and Bertuzzi cannot stay healthy enough to play significantly….then the Red Wings did not get anything on deadline to make themselves better. The plus is that they really didn’t lose anyone special. Williams was done anyway. Shawn Matthias is a very good prospect, but a few years away.

Nashville: Inc.; Forsberg was the only trade and nothing else happened. Does not mean it’s a bad thing though.

St. Louis: B+; They earned some much in youth assets with youngsters and picks…yet why did they not trade Martin Rucinsky? Brad Boyes was worth a shot. Still, I am not making a big deal about this guy. He had just two goals in 26 games recently. To me, that’s a bust. The Blues can get back on track next season; HUGE plus if they do as on top of that, their future finally got better aftre years of diminishing their farm system.

Atlanta: D; Sorry, I know Tkachuk was a great player to get, Zhitnik helps, and so on, but GM Don Waddell just DESTROYED the future of this franchise. He traded way too much future just to make the playoffs and evidently go deep. But, the playoffs are no sure thing either. I mean, he traded a top prospect of the organization in Alex Bourret for Pascal Dupuis and a 3rd rounder? Insanity. Will Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk re-sign once they become UFA’s? Good chance they won’t, and if so….by then this hockey club will have NO future. No good young players to make up for such lost talent. All that happened because he hit the panic mode, feared he would lose his job and just to make the playoffs. If they do, they will be dangerous, but a 1st round exit earns him right to be fired as well. He killed this franchise, and he knows it.

Carolina: C; Not that bad of a grade. They traded only a 5th for Anson Carter and that was it, as I so said when it happened. The Hurricanes won the Cup, they traded away assets in 2006 and giving away Jack Johnson was not so brilliant either. If anything he should have been traded to get a key player now; maybe even Forsberg. So…GM Rutherford didn’t have much flexibility and kept it simple in hopes that his team makes the playoffs.

Florida: B-; I’m being nice as Jacques Martin is a rookie GM and he inherited the players he traded. I think he should have sold completely. I don’t know why Martin Gelinas and Eddie Belfour were not traded. So, the only theory I have is that no Cup contender made a decent offer for Martin Gelinas, or made no offers. Gelinas said he would have waived his no-trade caluse if he was headed to a Cup contender, so maybe none did and only teams on the bubble where he declined to waive it. Goalie market was too poor and Belfour was not as sought after as people thought. It’s possible that he may stay in Florida at this point for next season too. Yet, concentrating on the trades…. Martin was not interested in draft picks. Martin wanted NHL ready players and Noah Welch for Gary Roberts made sense. He has potential and could become a solid top four d-man on the team. Joel Kwitkowski, a decent utility player, was traded for a 4th rounder to make room for Welch. Todd Bertuzzi was suspected by many to NOT be traded. So…it’s a plus that Martin got anything in return for him and Shawn Matthias is a very good prospect.

Tampa Bay: Inc.; They traded Nikita Alexeev for Karl Stewart, but no issues were addressed by the Bolts.

Washington: C; I know, they did the right thing to let Danius Zubrus walk away with his pathetic contract request, but this team did nothing to improve really. They lost two of their top six forwards and now it’s really just Ovechkin and Semin alone. The Caps better act quickly in the off-season and give Ovechkin a well deserved 1st liner. If not, Ovechkin has every right to demand a trade. Nonetheless, Novtony is a pretty good player and a 1st rounder can always be valuable.

Thanks all for reading and thank you again for sticking around Cannot wait for the Entry Draft and better yet, the off-season. I love the trade deadline and maybe for a lot of people it is more exciting than free agency. I would have agreed to that a couple of years ago. But now with younger UFA’s and more free agents? I think July will be an interesting month.

Micki Peroni


86 Responses to Team-by-Team Grades

  1. kamullia says:

    It was a horrible deal.  Perhaps Roberts et al can be of help, but that is not the point.  Especially when I still see their defense very porous.  And for God knows what reason, Therrien will not take Melichar out of the lineup.  Did you check out the perfect screen he gave to Langenbrunner while playing out of position in the last game?  Sometimes I wonder if he realizes he has a stick.

    This team has to worry about making the playoffs, let alone getting anywhere after that.  I keep saying this, the Penguins schedule is not an easy one for this team.  Two games lost so far…let's see what happens with the trades in the lineup and who's left out.  Perhaps they will prove me wrong, but I say they will have to battle their entire way to keep a playoff spot.

    By the way, check your messages.

  2. broc says:

    The also got the biggest risk. Bertuzzi hasn't been a top player since he played with Naslund a few years ago. He's barely played at all this year. It wouldn't surprise me if he does nothing. It wouldn't surprise me if he went on a tear either- but either is a real possibility.

  3. kamullia says:

    P.S.  What ever happened to not trading the future for rent-a-players?  This is a classic example of letting go of the future for a rent-a-player.  Unless you want to go overboard a la Waddell in Atlanta and through in a bunch of picks to go along with it.

  4. kamullia says:

    throw…not through.  I keep catching, and missing a ton of misspellings and grammar mistakes since yesterday.  I wonder what happened to trigger it?

  5. OldGoalie says:

    Didn't actually see the Jersey goal last night, but you know perfectly well what I think of Melichar.  Has NOBODY in the organization noticed that they're basically playing .500 hockey since he came back?!?!?!?!?

  6. OldGoalie says:

    And I answered the message.

  7. kamullia says:

    Please do not remind me of painful memories. I responded in kind to your response.

  8. wingerxxx says:

    Bert hasn't been the same since the Moore incident.  It's been a while since he was a truly dominating player.  The good news is that the Wings didn't give up too much to get him.  But he is no guarantee to push Detroit over the top.

  9. Kraut182 says:

    I think Ryan Smyth's an awesome player, but if he doesn't sign this summer (and seeing as how he didn't sign in Edmonton, I'd say he's going to test free agency and its a crap shoot from there) then the Islanders gave up 3 1st Rounders for 2-3 months of Smyth.  Again, I like Smyth but I don't look at the Islanders roster and say, "Wow, now that's a cup contender team."

    So what I'm saying is I think its very possible that the Islanders gave away 3 1st Round picks, any or all of whom might be productive NHL players, for an addition that might help them make the playoffs but still has them exiting early.  Or they might not make the playoffs at all.  If the Leafs make this move (and they are in a very similar situation to the Islanders) then they are blasted for trading away their youth.  The Islanders make the move and they get an A.

  10. PuckMucker says:

    "JD" is not the GM of the St. Louis Blues. Larry Pleau is.

  11. Tuner44 says:

    John Davidson is  the GM in st.louis.  Next

  12. PuckMucker says:

    The only guarentee in Playoff Hockey is that hard work and hot goalies will help you advance. I agree the Red Wings got the big question mark, but the risk/reward factor has to be considered a wash for the Wings:

    Risk – Matthias turns out to be the NHL's next Todd Bertuzzi.

    Reward – Bertuzzi helps the Wings win a Stanley Cup.

    The Draft pick conditions are brilliant piece of work by GM Ken Holland, and while Matthias may very well turn out to be a bonafide NHL center, the chances of him becoming a superstar are low. 3rd line grinder/2nd line power (with right surroundings) and still years away.

    Calder is an improvement over Williams.

  13. beckfan05 says:

    Biggest winner on this day was……………….

    Mark Messier!

    He had his number retired by the Oilers. How can you go worg?

  14. strumtrelescent says:

    Nolan Schaeffer wasn't even the Sharks best minor league goalie, or prospect.  He played great for a few NHL games, but the reason that the Sharks got nothing for him is that those few games were the best he's ever played, and he sucked in the minors.  Patzold, Greiss and another whose name I forgot were more highly regarded in the Sharks system than Schaeffer, so it's really not that great of a trade.

  15. 92-93 says:

    really? well i guess we'll see won't we. time will tell. the same can be said about the Raycroft-Rask trade (only the return was better and i do think Rask is going to be really good).

  16. mikster says:

    I am just shocked that ownership gave him the okay with this. It’s insane to trade that much to try and secure a playoff spot as first task and go deep as 2nd task.

    I never liked Waddell, he never did anything for this franchise other than winning the lotteries on Kovalchuk, Heatley (got him Hossa), Lehtonen…. Do you see a solid player from a 2nd round pick on that team? I don’t.

    Blues did great.

    Snow did his part….i respect him a lot.

    Colorado……..gray zone. That’s all i can say.

  17. mikster says:

    I honestly thought that Leighton was claimed to set up a deal and maybe that was the case, yet….it didn’t happen. We can never know the behind the scenes stories here.

    Gainey screwed up on TD-DAY, but he has the off-season to make adjustments and if they count as good ones, then…he deserves to stay. Even if Souray leaves, yet he manages to sign solid players for lesser prices, then thumbs up. I think that’s his plan. He wants as much salary cap space to sign players this year. Why didn’t he trade Souray then if he may not sign him? He doesn’t want to give up on the playoffs. Making the playoffs also means making the playoff$.

  18. mikster says:

    Not trading the future…..yeah, but how much future can the Pens have? Welch was expandable. I think it was a good deal for them if Roberts plays the playoffs. As in…..pray that he is healthy by then.

  19. mikster says:

    Yes, both are rookies. Yet, Shero inherited a team with Crosby, Malkin, Staal, and more very good young players. Martin inherited a team whose previous GM dealt away the franchise goalie. He had loads of injuries to deal with. Because of the two situations being VERY different, i think Martin deserves more slack than Shero. Shero had to address necesseties, such as a physical veteran d-man. Martin needed to get what he thought was best for the team’s future. He did that.

    I think my grade on Shero was fair. You’re going to love Roberts, trust me on that. You just have to hope that he stays healthy. Welch should turn out good, but nothing is certain yet and i think he was expandable.

    Fair critique 😉 pero sei sempre uno scassa palle!

  20. mikster says:

    Hello Isle’s fan!

    As a Rangers fan, i MUST disagree with you……as it is my duty. But in this case it is odd to disagree with you on the Smyth deal. I never liked the Nilsson pick, i thought it was a bad pick when they had a choice of better players. O’Marra is a very good prospect, but i doubt he will be elite. The TSN guys were not thrilled with these two prospects.

    You’ll be surprised at how many 1st rounders have been traded this year. 2007 is a poor class as it’s a total crapshoot and total guesswork. I think Smyth was worth it all. He will get the team into the playoffs and i say they will make it to Game 6, or 7, of the 2nd round.

  21. mikster says:

    Why a B+? The only reason why nothing could have been fixed was due to their maxed cap. If they had room, you bet they were going to make a deal. Lamoriello ALWAYS makes at least one playoff acquisition. He could not have done it this year because of the contracts he handed out and he should feel lucky that the Sharks were takers for Malakhov.

    “Andy Greene, Richard Matvichuk, and a 3rd rounder for Hale is what it will turn out to be.”

    No…that’s not the right way to look at it. That’s more like trying to find ways of looking for positives. Greene had a great senior year and that’s it. There’s more for him to prove. Tomas Pock was considered elite in college for offensive d-men, yet he still has to prove himself. There are allways reasons as to why players don’t get drafted. Not saying anything bad about Greene, he can turn out great. But, you cannot know that and therefore….you can justify Hale’s departure.

    He is still a solid young d-man with potential. The Flames know how to produce solid d-men as well, so….we shall see.

  22. mikster says:

    It’s a C+ actually.

    Laraque CAN be the best heavyweight, but how many fights happen in the playoffs? I know the Pens need someone to protect Crosby, but get someone who can really play hockey and hit hard; open ice hits. Someone can nail Crosby and what is Laraque going to do? Try to get the guy to fight? He can hit….but he will get limited ice time as well and most likely get penalties. That’s what he brings to the Penguins, penalties.

    Roberts will do a better job of protecting Crosby. The guy does not need to drop his gloves. Like Nolan didn’t need to, and Messier. When some Panthers players get hit hard on one shift, Roberts goes out the next shift and hits hard, makes the other team pay. And….after the whistle, he stares at opponents…and those guys talk…and not really stand up either.

    I think Laraque was a useless acquisition. I had such high hopes for this guy in Edmonton. The guy said himself that he doesn’t always want to fight. Why not? He can be the best in the NHL and he doesn’t have the desire to kick someone’s ass? I am very skeptical.

  23. mikster says:

    Smith may be playing well than Turco but would you feel 100% safe with Turco and Smith in the playoffs? If so….fine for you. Not for me though.

    No, not Biron…DEFINITELY not Jose. I thikn Belfour or Cujo would have been good buys for insurance.

  24. mikster says:

    Fair enough….but it’s a gray area and Gainey got the players restless dealing Rivet. I would have dealt him too at that price, but if you are going to deal a favored player by his teammates, then make other moves to motivate the rest of the team.

  25. mikster says:

    Yes, i made quite a mistake there and i apologize for it. It changes the grade for sure, and yeah…i am very tough on Barnett. The Yotes will never be a playoff team until the guy stops making so many changes to the team. Every season the Yotes look too different.

    PS, he needs a reliable, and proven, #1 goalie. This organization should have had one for years.

  26. mikster says:

    Good call on the Isle’s. I thikn they are overachievers though and they need more depth for next season. Having this roster, although Smyth changes everything, for next season will not guarantee a playoff spot. Yet Smyth makes it that much better.

  27. kamullia says:

    If…and even then, is still not a good deal. And how much future can they have? As much as possible, because it is an asset. It’s not like the Pens had to under all circumstances to never ever ever trade Welch.

    Miki, I was fine with them trading Welch…for something worth it, and Roberts is not it. No rental player on this year’s list was it. And that is my issue. They should have gotten a lot more for Welch, and not just dismiss him and give him away for a rent-a-player, especially Roberts. And I am not the only one saying this, everyone but Joe Starkey (reporter for the “other” paper in Pittsburgh, The Tribune) that I have read or talked about the subject, said Welch was too much to be paid. I am not the only one here. Look at yourself, you are ecstatic by that exchange, and so are the Panthers. In fact, the word around is that especially Ottawa offered a lot, other than roster players, as in several picks and a prospect, and the Panthers chose Welch straight up. It’s because it was a sweetheart of a deal. Shero GROSSLY overpaid for a rent-a-player, no matter Roberts’ resume.

    Besides that, how can anyone in that organization say that Welch was not needed next year, to phase out names like Nasreddine, Melichar, and oh God, Kwiatkowski? Starkey had the balls to say that he was fine with the exchange, because Welch would have had to clear waivers to go back to the AHL next year after camp. What the hell is he talking about? What kind of kakamame reason is that? Does this guy even know what a Zamboni is? Welch would have made the team hands down next year, he would have never had to clear any waivers. What a moron!? But hey, maybe he is related to Al Strachan.

    Please, I do not see how anyone in this world, being completely honest, rational, and objective, can say that Roberts for Welch was a good deal for the Pens and Shero.

    Great deal might have been Schaefer for a 7th round pick for the Pens, which by the way means to me almost certainly “Goodbye T-bo. Say hello to our new backup.”

    By the way Mr. Starkey, not even Al Strachan thought it was a good deal. That says a lot about you.

  28. kamullia says:

    I have big issues with the label of “rookie” GM and giving anyone any slack. You are either up to it, or you are not.

    And while we are in the subject, “rookie” GM Snow did not do too bad, now did he?

    Martin and Shero have no excuses, they just did not do what they really needed to do in the end, even if both made some good moves (Shero with Schaefer, and Martin with Welch).

    I will totally agree and give you that Martin had an uphill battle with what dumbass Keenan did all around. They were getting ready to lose Horton next, according to some of my sources.

    P.S. Ao. Qualcheduno deve romperti le palle!

  29. simplyhabby says:

    Very logical argument but of course, there are more shades of grey then just one.

    The team reacted well against the leafs and fell flat against your Rangers.  I have confidence in Gainey but like I said in my comment, if certain peieces do not fall in place, I will personaly lead the charge for his head on a pike! 

    Great analysis of the deadline BTW in such a short time.

  30. NjDEVSFN says:

    Lamoriello usually makes a trade, youre absolutely right. In all 3 Cup years he made some trade the turned out significant (Broten, Mogilny, Marshall).

    This was different. He has a NHL caliber defenseman ready to be called up as long as he clears the room. If Lou waives Hale, he loses him for nothing. He got a 3rd rounder for Hale and a 5th.

    That's better than nothing.

    Lamoriello said he was looking to move Hale to bring up Greene.

  31. cecilturtle says:

    A sports caster on espn radio 1050 NY brought up an interesting theory about the Smith trade yesterday afternoon…  He reminded everyone that Slats drafted Smith and he is by far the most perfect to fit free agent player the Rangers could possibly sign this off season.  I could see Smith getting to know and love NY over the next few months and then signing with the Rangers insted of the Isles.  The Rangers (with more cap room) could offer more money because they do not have the all of the crazy contracts the Isles have already commited too.  And Lets Face IT…  Smith did not sign a contract with Edmonton, the team for which he wore the C for and played his whole carrer for as a fan favorate…  Why would he show loyalty to the Isles when the whole reason he was traded from Edm. in the first place was because he really wanted to be a free agent and get the most money.  At the very very least, If the Isles do resign him???  The price tag will keep going up and up and up even higher – with the Rangers and almost every other team bidding for his services next year.  Anyway, thanks for showing Smith NY for us little bro!


  32. kamullia says:

    Even if the Laraque trade was good for the Penguins, which is something that is debatable at this point, the Roberts trade was brutal. Welch was well above anything else everyone was offering, or what they should have exchanged for Roberts. In fact, The Hockey News reported that the package that the Maple Leafs offered for Roberts was a player, plus several picks, while Ottawa was supposed to be the front runner in that deal, therefore their package must have been 3 assets also (being that Muckler said he would not part with anyone from the roster)…and yet the Panthers decided for just Welch, in a straight exchange. That speaks volumes for how much Shero overpaid.

    The only moron who I have found agreed with the exchange was Joe Starkey, because he said Welch had to clear waivers next year to go to the AHL. If Welch was not worth keeping in the club with names like Nasreddine, Melichar, Scuderi, and Kwaitkowski hanging around trying to land spots for next year, he was not much of a prospect. And just about everyone thought otherwise on him. Welch would have made the team, without question.

    Everyone that is of worth to listen to analyze it likes the fact that they got Roberts, but everyone also thinks that they overpaid with Welch. And they will regret it, eventually. To boot, no upgrade on defense, the clear real issue for this team for this year. Shero swindled somehow what seems a pretty good exchange for Shaefer, but that is of little consequence in the grand scheme of things.

    I frankly thought a C was too generous. I like the Laraque and Shaefer trades, the others were not too good, and Roberts for Welch was horrendous. “D and only because I do not want to see you again, Mr. Shero.”

  33. kamullia says:

    From the St. Louis Blues official website: “Senior Vice President and General Manager…….Larry Pleau


  34. Komic-J says:

    “Even if Souray leaves, yet he manages to sign solid players for lesser prices, then thumbs up.”

    I don’t see it that way…
    As a general manager, you have to make the best decision for the team every day…for the present, and the future. If Souray leaves this summer, no matter who Gainey signs after that, he wasted a golden opportunity to help the team reach the next level. With the pricetag attached to UFAs, especially defenseman, this season, Gainey had to trade him if he didn’t want to sign him this summer. He chose not to, therefor he MUST sign him in my opinion. I don’t agree with that move, as I think the money could be thrown elsewhere, but it’s his decision.

    “Why didn’t he trade Souray then if he may not sign him ? He doesn’t want to give up on the playoffs. Making the playoffs also means making the playoff$”

    If that’s the case, you need to make a move to make sure you’ll be in them. Gainey had a choice…and not doing anything wasn’t one of them. He either buy or sell, but he just couldn’t stay put. He traded Rivet, which in my opinion was a pretty awesome move. But it could be seen as a “seller” type move. Now if he wants to show his team that he didn’t give up on the playoffs, he needs to go outhere and make a deal happen. Or think about the future, and trade Souray…or Kovalev…or Samsonov…

    The thing that pisses me off about the whole situation, is that we don’t have a single clue as to what the plan is ? Gainey obviously don’t want to win right now…yet, it doesn’t seem like he’s doing anything he needs to in order to win in a couple of years. He kept all his young players, which is a good thing, but you need to keep on building for the future then. You need to bring a franchise player…you need to make something happen.

    …and that’s why I think Gainey should’ve traded Souray.

  35. jimbojones123 says:

    Mike Smith is in Long Island,
    Or was that Jason Smith?

    I know you wern’t talking about Ryan SmYth were you?

  36. EddieAVS says:

    colorado had no need to go out and sell and they definitely didnt need to go and buy. they stood still which is what im happy with. they picked up a mediocre prospect in mike wall, obviously because theyre planning on buying out theo's contract. they have lots of cap space next year, and will be back in the playoff hunt next year.

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