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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Minor Deal Complete: Walter traded

From Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe:

The Bruins have traded forward Ben Walter to the Islanders for former first-round pick, Petteri Nokelainen, a Finnish winger/center who has battled knee woes from the time he was drafted three years ago.

The Islanders also will receive a conditional draft ;pick from the Bruins, based on how many games Nokelainen might play with Boston.

Nokelainen, only 21 years old, originally was drafted by the Islanders in the first round (No. 16 overall) of the 2004 draft. The Bruins that year were without a first-round pick, and didn't make their first choice until the third round when they acquired David Krejci No. 63 overall.

As an 18-year-old, playing in Finland's top pro league, he connected for 15 goals in 52 games with SaiPa Lappeenranta. His only NHL experience came with the Islanders in 2005-'06, and he put up an unremarkable 1-1--2 in 15 games. Nokelainen spent all of last season in Bridgeport, the Islanders top AHL affiliate, and he again collected a modest 6-10--16.

Nokelainen, a righthanded shot, can play both center and right wing. He is 6-feet-1, 205 pounds.

As I reported last night the Bruins have completed a minor deal. Walter projects to be a checking line center, if he makes it to the NHL. Nokelainen is a few years younger, but has not put up impressive numbers in the minors and he has battled knee problems. This is another deal from Chiarelli that probably won't benefit either side.


Blogger Pekese said...

The pick is a conditional 2nd round pick.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous spokedB said...

Walters entry-level deal is done after this year; Nokelainen has some pot. as a third line winger/center, and may get a shot at it this year. We will likely never hear much about either guy, and the B's will likely end up keeping thier pick

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why does pc make such minor trades? is he tryna win a champ in should trade murray for whatever,and try sign a gp2.

9:14 PM  
Anonymous xpunkrockelvisx said...

I feel like we were kind of lacking that 2-way forward that we could call up. We had bangers and we had scorers, but down in Providence, we didn't really have a 2-way centerman that could get called up in case we decided to run a defensive 3rd line.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous xpunkrockelvisx said...

So, I guess on that note this makes sense.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This kid better turn out ok... i agree Chia needs to get rid of wideman and a pick to the rangers for petr prucha and then murray to colorado john micheal liles and still have money for markov

2:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's actually nice to see this deal - Walters played one-way(read soft but with the potential to pot 20 a year) and there is no spots open in the forseeable future for a 1st or 2nd line center.
They traded for a more physical player who may be able to move to a wing position with the paren club.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous spokedB said...

why would Colorado give up J-M Liles for Murray? or the Rangers Prucha for Wideman? This is not fantasy hockey, it is the real thing. You sound like all the Leaf fand who said "why didn't JFJ trade Antropov and McCabe for Luongo."

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You heard it here first, all you murray bashers beware, glen murray will get 40 goals this year.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to give our chess playing GM a year or so more, I will admit to being a little irritated with all of these small time deal but I get the feeling that in a year or so he is going to have to pull the trigger on some big time deals or spend some cash to bring in a Cup. If in the next few years the Bruins are not back to respectability then I don't see him with a Boston area code.

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
You heard it here first, all you murray bashers beware, glen murray will get 40 goals this year.

No he won't. He's getting older and more injury prone. He hasn't done it the last two seasons and won't do it this season. He should be traded just to get rid of the four million dollar contract that holds us up from getting a better player.

3:03 PM  

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