Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quick Analysis

For your perusal:

Byfuglien, Sopel, Eager, and Aliu for Morin, Reasoner, 24th overall pick, 54th overall pick.

Byfuglien had an outstanding run in the playoffs but has struggled to put up points in the regular season so far in his career. He's a huge power forward with a lot of his career ahead of him at 25 years of age. He is making 3 mil this year and is an RFA after this season.

Sopel is 33 years old, registers on TSN at a 63.66 rating, and is a solid stay at home defenseman. Not Kubina solid, but he's cheaper at 2 million this year. He'll be a UFA after the season.

Ben Eager is roughly a straight up pound for pound even trade for Marty Reasoner. They're both grinders who can move the puck and put it in the net on occasion. Ben Eager is younger (26 to Reasoner's 33) and needs to be signed to an RFA contract. He'll likely make the same kind of money as Marty and will play a very similar game.

Akim Aliu was listed by as the Hawks' #4 prospect back in February of this year. He's got good size (6'2" 202 lbs) and plays on the right wing. Apparently he was the victim of a bad hazing incident in Windsor and has bounced around to several junior teams since, but has the right tools to be an NHL power forward someday.

Dudley sent Jeremy Morin back the other way. We here at TBC are big fans of Morin and wish him the best. He showed a lot of promise as a natural goal scorer, but you have to give something up to get something back. Like I said above, Reasoner for Eager is a wash with the slight edge going to Atlanta for gaining youth. It remains to be seen how valuable the two draft picks going Chicago's way turn out to be and how they balance the trade.

As Morty said, Dustin Byfuglien is your new and improved Colby Armstrong. Ben Eager is your new, younger Marty Reasoner. It looks like Brent Sopel is your economy version of Pavel Kubina.


the jointhead said...

1st AND 2 rnd picks? This seems like a dream senario for a desperate to dump salary chicago. Was there any negotiation or does Dudley jizz his pant when he sees a lolly pop. Don't like this trade.

the jointhead said...

Torchetti has to be a part of this deal.

GoPuckYourself said...

Unless Zhitnik was part of this deal, the only downside of this is losing Marty Reasoner. As I just posted on the previous TBC post--"Kovalchuk essentially nets the Thrashers Oduya, Bergfors, Cormier, Byfuglien, Sopel and Eager. That's half their team."

Those are my two cents. Love it or not, that's what we've gotten for The Czar.

the jointhead said...

Maybe I'm a stingy bastard but giving up a 1st and 2nd (not to mention Morin)to a team deperate to dump salary for mediocre players doen't leave me fist pumping. Chicago got the better of this deal by far, oh and Oduya, Bergfors, and Comier were not part of this deal. I quite liked what we got from NJ for Kovy.

j_barty_party said...

Only 19% of 2nd rounders ever make it to the NHL for 200 or more games anyway. No biggie giving up the 54th. In retrospect, we shouldn't have allowed Lou to get our original 2nd round pick. Would like to pick 38th this year with the depth of players available.

Oh well, and don't worry, I will stay away from sharp objects! Anyone want a signed Reasoner jersey??

Big Shooter said...

I like what we got, but think we may have given up a bit much for a team needing to dump salary. We'll see. Morin is gonna put pucks in the net. Custance's comments are a bit misleading as not all of those guys were a direct result of the Kovy trade. This seems like more of a video game trade instead of a real trade. So many parts. Got Dudley written all over it.

Will have to sleep on it and see how it looks tomorrow.

Big Shooter said...

Speaker - I heard only 19% of 2nd rounders play more than 200 games, so no biggie switching picks with Lou...

j_barty_party said...

True, I almond, didn't I?

Sometimes I don't feel like myself and...something...weird...happens...and..I feel like, ohhhh, breaking...things!


GoPuckYourself said...

Oh, so Craig Ramsey's going to be our head coach.

Or so it seems. Czech your Twitter accounts, folks.

GoPuckYourself said...

And the Vivbrator tweets this after the Ramsay news--"Another deal for Thrashers coming tonight. That should allow Chicago deal to happen. What a day!"