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Friday, September 29, 2006

'Canes Deal Johnson

The Carolina Hurricanes have traded their top D prospect Jack Johnson to the Los Angeles Kings for D Oleg Tverdovsky, C Eric Belanger, and D Tim Gleason. Johnson was drafted 3rd overall in the 2005 draft. The trade rumors of Johnson have be heavy as of late, and the Hurricanes were having extreme diffuculty signing him.

(TSN) Tverdovsky scored three goals and had 20 assists (12 on the power play) last season. In 687 career NHL games he has 77 goals and 236 assists. He has two years and $5 million remaining on his contract.

Gleason scored two goals and assisted on 19 others last season. The Kings re-signed Gleason, who will earn $1.2 million this season, as a restricted free agent to a two-year deal this past offseason.

Belanger put up 17 goals and 20 assists with the Kings last year. In 323 career NHL games he has 63 goals and 87 assists. He will make $1.3 million this season.

Latrappe's take: I know that Carolina is banged up at the blue line but it's always dangerous to trade a prospect like Jack Johnson. I didn't see Tim Gleason play but it seemed to me that Caroline may have traded some future for an immediate relieve which is not very good. I think they could have gotten more elsewhere for Jack Johnson.

Matt's take: This was an ok deal for the 'Canes. They did add a lot of depth to their team without dealing anyone on the current roster, but they already have tones of depth. Their blueline is a little thin, but Tverdovsky isn't going to be their savior. The Hurricanes could have gotten more than what they did, and from asking for a top line F and a top-4 defenseman, they didn't quite get that. Tverdovsky is way past his prime, while Belanger is an average forward. Gleason I don't know much about, but he doesn't look like anything special either. Johnson could very well turn into a all-star defenseman for years to come, or another Lars Jonsson. But as of now, the Kings got the better of this deal.


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