Three points to make:
1) What a bust. I think Chicago helped themselves by grabbing Pahlsson. I think that was the only really good deal made by a team in the hunt. I don’t suppose anybody will remember this next year in the hype running up to next year’s dudline.
2) Toronto paid about $650,000 for a fourth round draft pick. This is a ridiculous overpay in my opinion so I suppose Brian Burke thinks the prospect he acquired is worth a few hundred thousand more than the prospect he gave up.
All the whispers about the Tampa Bay financial situation seem to be confirmed by the deal and the fact that the league let it go through.
3) I’m delighted by the Calgary decision to trade Matthew Lombardi for Olli Jokinen. I figure this one as a no lose for Canuck fans.
Is Sutter mad? He was asked whether Mike Keenan was influential in making the decision given his history in Florida. Sutter said something like, “No. In fact, we didn’t get serious about it until last night and I didn’t talk to him at all.”
He didn’t get serious about this until last night? It was a secret that Jokinen would be available? This decision wasn’t carefully made weeks ago? I guess not. That’s nuts.
Anybody who knows my taste in hockey players knows that I love Matthew Lombardi. I think he is a really good player, a guy who is far better than his statistics. Jokinen’s value is in his statistics. Even if I grant that Jokinen is a better player, I would never have traded these two players even up let alone throwing in a first round pick simply because Calgary was an outstanding team without making a trade. Me, I don’t fundamentally change an outstanding team.
My first premise is that it is very difficult to improve a very good team. At best, it can only be marginally improved. It is surprisingly easy to make an outstanding team worse and it can be a lot more than marginally worse. Surely Sutter’s first priority is to make sure he does not screw it up.
The Flames are going to be a very different team. I think it is very unlikely they will be a better different team. If Jokinen doesn’t fit in or the other players affected don’t adjust well to their new roles they will be a worse different team.