I’d like to start by apologizing for not announcing that I was going to be away for a week. I went on a little vacation going to Cleveland to see my boys, the Indians, unfortunately lose to the Yankees, but luckily A-Roids couldn’t connect on #600 and I got to see a rare event (Jeter go 0 for 5). Then went to upstate New York for some personal vacay. I should have posted I was going away, but here I am regardless… now on to the post.
Early this morning, Glen Sather made a surprise trade snatching Todd White from the Atlanta Thrashers for Donald Brashear and Patrick Rissmiller. These are two people that were NEVER going to see the light of day in Ranger uniforms ever again, so to me, this is a steal.
White, a 35 year old veteran of 12 NHL seasons, did not have an amazing year last year with 7 goals and 26 points in 65 games. He has had moments of good play though, putting up a banner year two seasons ago in 2008-09, snagging 22 goals and 73 points in a full 82 game season. I wouldn’t get too excited, as the closest he’s ever had to that season was when he had 60 points and 25 goals, six years prior! Still an impressive career for a man that went undrafted.
Some things to consider: White will most definitely boost the team’s offense and penalty kill. He more than likely is the center we were all looking for to be paired with Marian Gaborik. Remember, White put up his stellar year with Bryan Little and Ilya Kovalchuk on his line. He is in the last year of his contract and brings a $2.375 million cap hit. Also, when he missed the last 8 games of the season, he underwent surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder and a torn labrum.
And if you had any doubt as to whether Wade Redden might be staying or not, well this seems to push Redden out even further.
This also make you wonder, where is this room for the new younger players to come up an play? With this trade (and other previous moves), it has seemed to fill most available spots. Which leads to believe that Mr. Sather is not even close to done. Personally, I can see Michal Rozsival, Sean Avery, or Brian Boyle being traded to free up room and even more cap space. I know most people don’t want to see Avery go, but he has a $1.938 hit against the cap and his role has kind of been filled with an almost as expensive but more painful bruiser in Derek Boogard. Now I’m not saying I want him gone, because I love that he gets under the other team’s skin and pushes all their buttons, I’m just saying I CAN SEE it happening.