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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Chiarelli's Grades (Part II)


Acquiring Stanislav Chistov from the Anaheim Ducks for a 2007 or 2008 pick- Chistov, the former 5th overall pick, has added talent to the 4th line, and he shows flashes of his skills at times. Him and Kessel seem to have a chemistry going, and Chistov continues to improve throughout the season. A 3rd round pick may have been a little hefty since deadline players with more talent were gotten for 4th and 5th rounders.
Overall Grade: B

Acquiring Phillipe Sauve from the Phoenix Coyotes for Tyler Redenbauch- Sauve sucked in Phoenix, and here. He was horrid in his two games here and showed a lack of talent. Sauve was brought here to play in Providence, but is worth nothing more than future considerations. I don't know much about Redenbauch, but the deal was nothing great.
Overall Grade: C-

Trading Wade Brookbank to the Pittsburgh Penguins for future considerations- Brookbank was likely to get waived anyways, by this deal, Chiarelli saved a few 100k in cap space, so good job. The Future Considerations will likely be a 7th round pick or a low tier prospect.
Overall Grade: A

Acquiring a 5th round pick from the St. Louis Blues for Yan Stastny- Stastny is a 4th line player who had no purpose here, and by judging Anson Carter was acquired for a 5th rounder as well, you have to admit Chiarelli also got a good deal on this one, not to mention a few 100k in cap room.
Overall Grade: B+

Acquiring a 4th round pick from the Washington Capitals for Milan Jurcina- The pick we may not end up getting, since it could go to Calgary, but Jurcina was in the doghouse here and we got a few 100k in cap space. Overall a wash and cap move.
Overall Grade: B-

Acquring Brandon Bochenski from the Chicago Blackhawks for Kris Versteeg and a conditional pick- Chicago got robbed on this one. Bochenski was slated to be a top player in Ottawa before being injured. In Chicago he never got the chance, but dominated the minors. Versteeg could turn out to be an okay player, but Bochenski is way more talented. Bochenski is a pure goal scorer with a knack of the the back of the net. He will come at relatively cheap money for a few years and will be a dynamic part of the offense for years to come.
Overall Grade: A+

Aquiring Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew from the Calgary Flames for Wayne Primeau, Brad Stuart, and a 4th round pick (if Stuart does not resign)- The pick is worthless, who cares it's a 4th rounder. Ference and Kobasew come at 1.4, and 1.2 respecitvely and that's cheap money. Kobasew is a 20 goal scorer on a bad Flames offense last season. Ference is highly underrated and has done well here already. Ference is under control for 3 more and Kobasew for 1 more season, while Primeau and Stuart are likely rentals for the Flames. A lot better price than a few picks.
Overall Grade: A-

Claiming Joey MacDonald off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings- Maybe another Lewis move, the Bruins needed backup. MacDonald did well against NJD, but is no backup. Likely a minor leaguer. He is a UFA at the end of the season, so he's likely gone. He is just insurance. A better backup would have been nice.
Overall Grade: B-

Acquiring Aaron Ward from the New York Rangers for Paul Mara- Mara sucked here, even though it wasn't entirely his fault. He was dead cap space in many Bruins fans opinions. Ward on the other hand is a solid defenseman who happened to get in a beef with Jaromir Jagr, bye bye. We got the best of this deal. Ward is a hard hitting guy with leadership.
Overall Grade: A-

Acquiring Dennis Wideman from the St. Louis Blues for Brad Boyes- I didn't, and still don't understand this one fully. Yes Wideman is a potentially good defenseman, but Boyes is a 70 point man. Maybe last season was all because of Bergeron and Sturm, or maybe Chiarelli miscalculated.
Overall Grade: C+ (still to early)


Blogger number4bobbyorr said...

Regarding the Boyes trade: I watched the press conference a couple of times and I think it was pretty clear that PC had an excess in offense that he wanted to turn into much needed defense. What got muddled was that the price for defense this year is very, very high. This was his best chance to get a good young defenseman and given the market Wideman was simply the best he could get.

I think it's ironic that with the rule changes defenseman have their hands tied behind their backs, so they look bad and are much more maligned, yet at the same time the good ones are a more precious commodity than ever.

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5:29 AM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

The bochenski trade seems to be a good one. Chicago struggled to score and they had this guy rot in the minors. When i look on how this guy is producing, with limited ice time,i wonder why Chicago let him go and was not willing to give him a chance. Let's wish that Bochenski will play more because he deserve more ice time. Like any trade, we will have to wait a bit to conclude that Bochenski is the real deal.

Wideman is a long shot and defensemans take more time to developp. Let's hope that the B's will be patient enough to help in his development. Lashoff could help the team on the PP but still play in Providence...

5:32 AM  

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