The Moose Is Now A Nuck

The Vancouver Canucks have obtained goaltender Johan Hedberg from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2004 NHL draft. Now the Nucks have a good goaltending tandem in net. A great trade here for both sides. With the emergance of rookie Sebastien Caron, and the highly-touted Marc Andre-Fleury being able to compete for a spot in the Penguins training camp, the Craig Patrick decided once ag ain to drop some salary, by trading Hedberg for a 2nd round draft pick in the 2004 draft. Patrick got to dump salary and gets to develop his 2 top young netminders, and Burke gets the backup he was desperately looking for. I’m not surprised that it happened this quick either.

Smart move by both sides, it’s a win-win situation, considering that the Pens have 2 solid, cheap, and young goaltenders, both perennial franchise goaltenders that need to be developed, and the Nucks needed a solid backup to Dan Cloutier in net. Johan Hedberg will help in net as back up, and he’ll take some pressure off of Cloutier’s shoulders once Cloutier is given the starting job, and could even compete for the starting job and bring out the better in Cloutier.