Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Hannu Traded

Well there goes the logjam in net. Hannu has been traded to the Blues for Carl Soderburg.\

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=214405&hubname=nhl


I can't find much on Soderberg other than this from the Blues GM Larry Pleau:

"I like him a lot," Pleau said. "When we traded to get Keith Tkachuk and Doug Weight, we gave up some young forwards. We need skill players for our top two lines. Carl played very well on the Swedish world-junior team. I think about Christian Backman, another young Swede, who took three or four years before he came to North America. I see Soderberg taking some time and gaining success in their elite league before he tests the waters over here."

http://www.nhl.com/futures/features/prospects_stl022505.html


There is this too

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/carl_soderberg

He's also coming off a fairly serious eye injury.

I don't like this trade at all. I think that the prospects might be an even match. But I think goalies are a more valuable (both to a the team and as trade bait) than forwards. I also think Hannu is closer to being a NHLer than Soderberg. I don't particular like trading for foreign players either (I'm aware that Hannu is Finnish, but he's been playing in NA for awhile). I'd be much more comfortable with someone coming up through the AHL and being used to the North American game. I just don't think this is going to work out for the Bruins.

Also, I think Hannu was worth more on the market than this. I think they could have gotten a solid NHLer for him. This is also confusing because it flies in the face of the Fernandez signing. A signing that it is move for the team to compete now. Acquiring Soderberg may benefit the team in the future. If they want to rebuild, fine. I can deal with that. But they can't burn the candle at both ends. Its not productive.

A team should always be looking to improve and turnover is a part of every offseason. But additions like Fernandez are for a team looking for a final piece of the puzzle. Additions like Soderberg are for teams trying to start a new puzzle. The Bruins have the final piece for a puzzle they don't have and have started a new puzzle at the same time.

Did I go to far with the metaphor?

OK, well to put it plainly: The team is a fucking mess

5 comments:

The Duckman Says said...

Saying that the bruins are a fucking mess is way off. After these two transactions, I have come to realize that the Bruins will not make the playoffs. No chance at all. If the Bruins have to rely everything on Fernandez then the bruins have a problem.

I'm affraid that Rask is going to go through the same problem Hannu went through. Hannu is only 22 and they claimed him bad. No one on this Bruins team seems to understand when a goalie primes. I think that if Rask doesnt have a 2.00 GAA or whatever then I think he might be shipped off.

Chiarelli is a horrible manager,

Justin said...

They have no chance at the playoffs. But they don't have a wealth of prospects or cap room. That seems like a mess to me.

The Duckman Says said...

I think the Bruins have a ton of prospects that will be future 2nd 3rd and 4th line players. The problem I have is they keep trading one prospect for a prospect of lesser value.

Thornton was signed allowing Donovan to go. Shaefer was signed to let Axelsson go.
This is a completely different problem. I dont know why I mentioned it, I just did.

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