Breaking Down the Deals
Petteri Nokelainen to the Anaheim Ducks for Steve Montador.
Great deal by the Bruins. No it wasn't Pronger, Morris or Kaberle, but Montador is a tough customer. He leads the Anaheim Ducks in PIM with 125, and he is a +14 on a defensively struggled Ducks team. Montador has 4 goals and 16 assists for 20 points, making him the 3rd highest scoring Bruins defenseman behind Chara and Wideman. Montador can play some wing as well and is a definite upgrade over Shane Hnidy and Matt Hunwick.
Nokie was a decent checking line/4th line player, but his offense was going nowhere and he did not have a spot on the roster. We also save 850k off the cap next season. Montador makes 900k this season.
Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums to Tampa Bay for Mark Recchi and a 2010 2nd round pick.
Recchi is the left-handed shot PC has been searching for since Sturm went down. Recchi is having a solid season in Tampa Bay, even though he is 41. He has 32 assists and 13 goals for 45 points. Now, I know some people have issues with Lashoff going, but honestly he was the 22nd overall pick, and he wasn't showing much. Hunwick is better than him and he did not have a spot on the team, not to mention his contract was up. Karsums is nothing more than a 3rd line winger who did not have a spot on the team. Karums for Recchi and Lashoff for a 2nd rounder that could be anywhere from 32-40.