Draft Trades Review
The Philadelphia Flyers acquire D Steve Eminger from the Washington Capitals for a 1st and 3rd round pick.
I am not so sure I like this deal for Philly. They gave up a first rounder when that was getting players such as Tanguay and Cammalleri for a guy who played only 20 games and was a healthy scratch down the stretch. Eminger is only 24 and is a solid defenseman, but I think Philly gave up way too much.
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Jamal Myers from the St. Louis Blues for a 3rd round pick.
Nice move by the Leafs. Myers is a solid depth player who can give good 3rd-4th line minutes.
The Minnesota Wild acquire Marc-Andre Bergeron from the Anaheim Ducks for a 3rd round pick.
I love this move. Bergeron is of the most under-rated offensive defenseman in the league, he is young and is cheap. He has been bounced around a few teams since being with Edmonton, but if one team will stick with him, they will be happy with his production. The price was cheap and it is a win win for both teams, Anaheim shedding cap space and Minnesota picking up some defensive help.
The Columbus Blue Jackets acquire R.J. Umberger and a 5th round pick for a 1st and 3rd round pick.
I don't get why Philly dumped him, he had 50 points and a great playoffs. He helped that offense out and was a 20 goal scorer in his rookie season. He is only in his 3rd seasons and is blossoming into a solid player. Columbus got a good deal in acquiring a potential 25 goal scorer to go along Rick Nash and Nikolai Zherdev.
The Phoenix Coyotes acquire Olli Jokinen from the Florida Panthers for Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton and a 2nd round pick.
An awful deal by Florida. They could have gotten more at the trading deadline and probably more this offseason. Jokinen has 1 year left on his deal, so Florida had to deal him, but the management is awful, letting both Luongo and Jokinen go with little return. Boynton is a bum, and could've been had for nothing off waivers last year. The 2nd round pick is just that, a pick. Ballard is a solid young defenseman, but he is now Bouwmeester, and isn't a top notch stud defenseman in the making. But, at the same time, if Phoenix does not re-sign Jokinen to an extension and loses him next year, I don't know why they would trade for him in the 1st place.
The Montreal Canadiens acquire Alex Tanguay from the Calgary Flames for a 1st round pick.
I like this move, but I also don't. 5 million for a guy who has yet to crack 30 goals, but yet is an 80 point winger. You see my point. Tanguay is a talented guy, but he is not the goal scorer some people believe he is. He is more of a playmaking winger, and I think Habs fans will be a bit disappointed at times when he isn't scoring goals. His contract also likely takes them out of the Hossa sweepstakes.
The Calgary Flames acquire Mike Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings for a 1st and 2nd round pick. The Los Angeles Kings acquire a 1st round pick from Anaheim for a 1st and 2nd round pick.
A great deal by Calgary. Cammalleri is a young scoring playmaker. He is one of the top youngsters in the game. He has an affordable contract this season and will do wonders with Iginla. Why did LA dump him is what I want to know. They had a nice young core with Kopitar and Cammalleri. I know Cammalleri had attitude issues, but I wouldn't dump him after a subpar injury prone year.